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 apply directly with the on-campus Office for UndergraduateResearch.

If you have prior research experience, you may also 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.

Periodically, volunteer opportunities outside of academia do occur. Those positions are posted on the home page.


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, Kang, Bhat
Amyloid toxicity Kang, Liu, Bhat, Uversky, Tan
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Selenica, Kang, Liu, Woo, Uversky
Axon guidance Bhat
Biomarkers Kang, Cao
Cell death mechanisms Liu, Kang, Bhat, Blair
Circadian Rhythm Gulick, Gamsby
Cytoskeleton Blair, Kang, Woo
Drug discovery Blair, Kang, Bhat, Nash, Jinwal, Cao, Weeber, Chen, Uversky, Tan
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) Kang, Blair, Woo, Selenica, Uversky
Mitochondrial dysfunction Liu, Lee, Kang, Bickford
Neurogenesis Bhat, Kang, Tan, Bickford
Neuroinflammation Lee, Nash, Cao, Selenica, Kang, Blair, Tan
Oxidative stress Kang, Liu, Lee, Bhat, Uversky
Parkinson’s disease (PD) Nash, Lee, Kang, Uversky, Tan, Bickford
Protein misfolding & chaperones Blair, Kang, Lee, Woo, Selenica, Cao, Uversky, Bickford 
Structure-based drug design Chen, Kang
Synaptic plasticity Weeber, Blair, Kang, Woo, Lee, Nash
Synucleinopathy Uversky, Kang, Nash, Bickford, Tan
Tauopathy Blair, Kang, Lee, Nash, Selenica, Jinwal, Uversky,
Tan, Bickford