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Professor of Psychiatry, Cell Biology & Physiology, and Biomedical Engineering



Associate Vice Chair of Research

Department of Psychiatry

Director, Carolina Center for Neurostimulation


UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill

Education and Training:

International Diploma, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
, Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
PhD., Computational Neurobiology, University of California, San Diego & The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Neurobiology, Yale University

Summary Statement:

Dr. Frohlich received a master’s degree in electrical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, an International Diploma in electrical engineering at the Imperial College in London, and his PhD in computational neurobiology at UC San Diego. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University where he made the breakthrough discovery that the electric fields generated by the brain represent an active neuronal communication mode. In 2011, Dr. Frohlich moved to UNC to translate this discovery into novel therapeutic strategies for disorders of the brain. Dr. Frohlich is currently a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry where he also is the associate vice chair for research. In addition, he is a member of the UNC Neuroscience Center and holds adjunct appointments in Cell Biology and Physiology, Biomedical Engineering and Neurology.

Dr. Frohlich’s goal is to revolutionize how we treat psychiatric illnesses. His vision is that understanding brain network activity will enable the development of novel diagnosis and treatment paradigms. Dr. Frohlich is convinced that such rational design of neurotherapeutics will open the door for individualized, highly effective brain stimulation in psychiatry. Dr. Frohlich is passionate about combining different methodological approaches to scientific problems and is a pioneer in the field of non-invasive brain stimulation. His research integrates neurobiology, engineering, and medicine. Dr. Frohlich is the director of the Carolina Center for Neurostimulation, which offers clinical trials of non-invasive brain stimulation for the treatment of depression and other psychiatric illnesses.

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