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They call him Dr. Z(ombie)

The path Steven Schlozman, M.D., took to become Hollywood's foremost expert on zombie neurobiology began at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA, when he was invited to select a movie for its Science on the Screen program and lead a discussion after the show.

Schlozman, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, chose George Romero's 1968 cult classic, Night of the Living Dead, as the jumping off point for a discussion on the theoretical neuroscience of zombies.


He wrote a fake medical journal paper on Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome, the putative disease of zombies, to prepare for his talk, and from there his fascination with the living dead took on a life of its own.

"When I'm not taking care of patients, when I'm not teaching at the medical school, I'm thinking about zombies. I love zombies!" he says.

Shortly after the Science on the Screen event, The Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences, asked him to join its consulting staff.

"To get calls from writers and producers and to be asked about how to make a story plausible and fun is a dream and also feels like a genuine public service," he says.

Curriculum Vitae

Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant professor of psychiatry
  • Co-director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry
Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Lecturer
Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Program in Child Psychiatry
  • Associate Director of Training for the Child and Adolescent Residency Program
National Academy of Sciences
  • Consultant, The Science & Entertainment Exchange
  • The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse
  • Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome (unpublished)