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Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute

USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute

Undergraduate Training

Mentoring aspiring scientists is one of our top academic priorities. Responsibilities and time commitments vary from one lab to another but are based on the qualifications of our student volunteers. USF undergraduates who are interested in a Lab Internship at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute are encouraged to contact a Principal investigator directly at the Byrd Institute. Send a letter of inquiry (with CV attached) to the PI who best matches your interests. Please be aware that we receive hundreds of inquiries per year and cannot guarantee a personal response to each one.


The following is a list of all areas of focus that our laboratories explore along with last names of faculty investigators currently engaged in that research.

Area of Focus Faculty Engaged in Research
Addiction Gulick, Gamsby
Aging Bickford, Bhat, Thinakaran, Parent
Amyloid toxicity Bhat, Uversky, Thinakaran, Parent
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Uversky
Axon guidance Bhat
Biomarkers Cao
Cell death mechanisms Bhat, Blair, Thinakaran, Parent
Circadian Rhythm Gulick, Gamsby
Cytoskeleton Blair, Thinakaran, Parent
Drug discovery Blair, Bhat, Nash, Jinwal, Cao, Chen, Uversky, Thinakaran, Parent
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) Blair, Uversky, Thinakaran
Learning & Memory Parent, Thinakaran, Gulick, Gamsby, Bhat, Bickford, Cao, Blair, Nash, Jinwal
Mitochondrial dysfunction Bickford
Molecular Neuropathology Thinakaran, Blair, Parent, Heckmann, Dharap
Neurogenesis Bhat, Bickford
Neuroinflammation Heckmann, Nash, Cao, Blair, Thinakaran, Parent
Oxidative stress Bhat, Uversky, Thinakaran, Parent
Parkinson’s disease (PD) Nash, Uversky, Bickford
Protein misfolding & chaperones Blair, Cao, Uversky, Bickford, Thinakaran
Stroke & TBI  Dharap, Blair, Bickford
Structure-based drug design Chen, Thinakaran
Synaptic plasticity Parent, Blair, Nash,Thinakaran
Synucleinopathy Uversky, Nash, Bickford
Tauopathy Blair, Thinakaran, Nash, Jinwal, Uversky, Bickford, Parent