Marcia Gordon, Ph.D.

Professor, College Of Medicine Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology

College Of Medicine Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology

Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, University of South Florida

Contact Info USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute
4001 E. Fletcher Ave.
Tampa, FL 33613

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Academic Phone: (813) 974-9926

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  • PHD, Molecular Biology, University Of Southern California, 1985

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Neuroscience

Research Interests

  • * Experimental therapeutics for Alzheimer's disease using animal models
  • * Role of glial cells and neuroinflammation in neurodegeneration
  • * Development of neuroprotective therapeutics


  • Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART (Member, 2014 - Present)
  • Alliance of Women Alzheimer's Researchers (AWARE) (Member, 2014 - Present)
  • American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair (Member, 2008 - Present)
  • Society for Neuroscience (member, 1980 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Joly-Amado, A.Brownlow, M.Pierce, J.Ravipati, A.Showalter, E.Li, Q.Gordon, MN.Morgan, D. Intraventricular human immunoglobulin distributes extensively but fails to modify amyloid in a mouse model of amyloid deposition. Current Alzheimer research. 11(7) : 664-71, 2014.
  • Selenica, ML.Davtyan, H.Housley, SB.Blair, LJ.Gillies, A.Nordhues, BA.Zhang, B.Liu, J.Gestwicki, JE.Lee, DC.Gordon, MN.Morgan, D.Dickey, CA. Epitope analysis following active immunization with tau proteins reveals immunogens implicated in tau pathogenesis. Journal of neuroinflammation. 11: 152, 2014.
  • Brownlow, ML.Joly-Amado, A.Azam, S.Elza, M.Selenica, ML.Pappas, C.Small, B.Engelman, R.Gordon, MN.Morgan, D. Partial rescue of memory deficits induced by calorie restriction in a mouse model of tau deposition. Behavioural brain research. 271: 79-88, 2014.
  • Lee, DC.Ruiz, CR.Lebson, L.Selenica, ML.Rizer, J.Hunt, JB.Rojiani, R.Reid, P.Kammath, S.Nash, K.Dickey, CA.Gordon, M.Morgan, D. Aging enhances classical activation but mitigates alternative activation in the central nervous system. Neurobiology of aging. 34(6) : 1610-20, 2013.
  • Lee, DC.Rizer, J.Hunt, JB.Selenica, ML.Gordon, MN.Morgan, D. Review: experimental manipulations of microglia in mouse models of Alzheimer's pathology: activation reduces amyloid but hastens tau pathology. Neuropathology and applied neurobiology. 39(1) : 69-85, 2013.
  • Brownlow, ML.Benner, L.D'Agostino, D.Gordon, MN.Morgan, D. Ketogenic diet improves motor performance but not cognition in two mouse models of Alzheimer's pathology. PloS one. 8(9) : e75713, 2013.
  • Carty, N.Nash, KR.Brownlow, M.Cruite, D.Wilcock, D.Selenica, ML.Lee, DC.Gordon, MN.Morgan, D. Intracranial injection of AAV expressing NEP but not IDE reduces amyloid pathology in APP+PS1 transgenic mice. PloS one. 8(3) : e59626, 2013.
  • Selenica, ML.Alvarez, JA.Nash, KR.Lee, DC.Cao, C.Lin, X.Reid, P.Mouton, PR.Morgan, D.Gordon, MN. Diverse activation of microglia by chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 overexpression in brain. Journal of neuroinflammation. 10: 86, 2013.
  • Selenica, ML.Brownlow, M.Jimenez, JP.Lee, DC.Pena, G.Dickey, CA.Gordon, MN.Morgan, D. Amyloid oligomers exacerbate tau pathology in a mouse model of tauopathy. Neuro-degenerative diseases. 11(4) : 165-81, 2013.
  • Nash, KR.Lee, DC.Hunt, JB.Morganti, JM.Selenica, ML.Moran, P.Reid, P.Brownlow, M.Guang-Yu Yang, C.Savalia, M.Gemma, C.Bickford, PC.Gordon, MN.Morgan, D. Fractalkine overexpression suppresses tau pathology in a mouse model of tauopathy. Neurobiology of aging. 34(6) : 1540-8, 2013.


  • Silver Performance Award for Outstanding Contributions (University of South Florida Health - 2007)
  • Travel Award (University of Michigan Claude D. Pepper Geriatrics Research and Training Center - 1992)
  • Travel Award (American Society of Neurochemistry - 1989)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (Brain Research Institute and Department of Anatomy, University of California at Los Angeles - 1987)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (Mental Retardation Research Center, University of California at Los Angeles - 1985)
  • Predoctoral Fellowship (Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California - 1982)
  • Teaching Assistant Fellowship (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California - 1978)