Laboratory Research

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Welcome

The Byrd Alzheimer's Institute is dedicated to discovering the causes and cures of diseases affecting memory. Housed within the USF Health Neuroscience Institute, our scientists occupy nearly half of all available space in state-of-the-art, well-equipped laboratories. All labs receive some form of grant funding, whether through the NIH or private foundations. The lab teams are led by faculty from the Department of Molecular Medicine, the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology or the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, with support staff that includes both graduate and undergraduate students from USF. We invite you to explore these pages to learn more about our people, resources and productivity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Typically, no, we do not open labs for the public because of the sensitivity of the studies, security of data and safety of persons/property. “Meet and greets” of the entire facility are offered several times a year, however, and guided tours of some labs are part of the experience.

A general overview of each of our labs can be found on our Lab Focus page. From there, we suggest you explore the publications produced by each team to better understand their focus and efforts.

Every lab has a Principle Investigator (PI) who leads the lab much like a Coach leads a team or CEO leads a company. Most labs, also have a lab manager who handles administrative duties. Then, there are often both graduate and undergraduate students involved in running experiments, collecting data, assessing results and writing papers.

There are multiple funding sources for our laboratories but the most prestigious and preferred source are National Institute of Health (NIH) grants. USF Health also invests considerable funds in our labs, especially start-up costs for new investigators. Private grants are the third form of financial assistance, which we refer to as “bridge grants” because they help labs operate after receiving their USF monies but before they qualify for an NIH grant. Finally, we rely on individually directed donations which are instrumental in covering special needs such as student stipends, equipment upkeep, or travel to present at conferences.

If you are interested in supporting our research, please donate.