Patricia F. Maness, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Biochemistry in 1975 from the University of Texas. She was an Anna Fuller Fund Postdoctoral Fellow from 1975- 1977 at the Rockefeller University in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Gerald M. Edelman. She was Assistant Professor at Rockefeller University from1977-1980. Since then Dr. Maness has served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine-Chapel Hill, where she is Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Dr. Maness is a member of the UNC Neuroscience Center, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, and UNC Curriculum in Neurobiology. Dr. Maness' research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms governing development of the mammalian nervous system; specifically, mechanisms of axon guidance and synaptic targeting and their disruption in neuropsychiatric disorders including schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Maness has received national recognition for her research, including the Jefferson-Pilot Award in Academic Research, NIH Career Development Award, Hilton Distinguished Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), and Pogue Scholarly Research Fellowship (2015). She has served as a full member of NIH Study Section Neurodifferentiation, Plasticity, Regeneration and Rhythmicity, 2013-2017.