Kennon M. Garrett Ph.D.


  • Associate Professor of Physiology 
  • Assistant Director, Office of Intellectual Property Management 
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry 
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy 

Special lnterests:

  • Molecular mechanisms of drugs acting at the GABAA receptor. 
  • Novel anxiolytic and antidepressant drugs. 
  • Commercialization of discoveries made in University laboratories. 


  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 
  • Postdoctoral training: University of California at San Francisco, University of Illinois Health Sciences Center at Chicago. 

Research Summary:

My primary focus is teaching electrophysiology and endocrine physiology. I also teach the process of commercializing technologies developed in academic institutions. This includes topics on patenting inventions and evaluating the market potential of discoveries. 

Relevant Publications:

  • Garrett, K.M., Basmadjian, G., B.T. Schaneberg, Khan, I., Seale, T.W., (2003) Extracts of Kava (Piper methysticum) induce acute anxiolytic-like behavioral changes in mice. Psychopharmacology 170:33-41. 
  • Garrett, K.M. and Gan J. (1998) Enhancement of GABAA receptor activity by a-chloralose. J. Pharmacol. Exp. Ther. 285:680-686. 
  • Garrett, K.M., Niekrasz, I., Haque, D., Parker, K.M. and Seale, T.W. (1998) Genotypic differences between C57BL/6 and A inbred mice in anxiolytic and sedative actions of diazepam. Behavior Genetics 28:125-136. 
  • Garrett, K.M., Haque, D., Berry, D., Niekrasz, I., Gan J., Rotter, A. and Seale, T.W. (1997) The GABAA receptor a6 subunit gene (GABRA6) is tightly linked to the a1-g 2 subunit cluster on mouse chromosome 11. Mol. Brain Research 45:133-137. 
  • Garrett, K.M., Barron, K.W., Briscoe, R.J. and Heesch, C.M. (1997) Neurosteroid modulation of [3H]flunitrazepam binding in the medulla: an autoradiographic study. Brain Res. 768:301-309. 


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