Dr. George F. Koob

Dr. George F. Koob is the Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He is an internationally recognized expert on alcohol and stress, and the neurobiology of addiction. Dr. Koob’s research explores how the brain and body respond to alcohol, and why some people who drink become addicted while others do not. He is frequently featured in the national news as an authority on alcohol use disorders and college drinking. Dr. Koob describes himself as an “army brat,” who was born in Okinawa, Japan, and lived up and down the east coast of the U.S. and in France while his father served in the U.S. Army. He earned his Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University, and before coming to NIAAA was an award-winning researcher at The Scripps Research Institute and teacher at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Koob enjoys traveling, speaking French, and gardening.