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