PhD in Medical Sciences Concentrations
Research and education in the Neuroscience
concentration in the Medical Sciences PhD Program is focused
on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of nervous system and related
disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders,
stroke, and neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and drug addiction.
Training will include a unique interdisciplinary blend of didactic coursework,
journal clubs, seminar series, as well as significant research experience.
The curriculum for the PhD in Medical Sciences can be found in the Graduate Catalog. A sample of courses offered within the Neuroscience concentration is listed below.
- Basic Medical Neuroscience
- Advanced Neuroscience
- Advanced Neuroanatomy
Cells and Brain Repair
- Aging & Neuroscience
Faculty & Research
Current research interests include:
and stem cell therapies for neurodegenerative disease
and molecular mechanisms of CNS oxygen toxicitY
- Neural plasticity with neurodegenerative disease and
after brain injury
Learn more about our faculty, students, and their research interests below.
Current Faculty & Students
Affiliated Institutes & Facilities
Center of Excellence for Aging & Brain Repair
- Sara Cazzaro – Received the Dorothy Benjamin
Graduate Fellowship in Alzheimer’s Disease
Students selected for Travel Award for the American
Society for Neural Therapy and Repair 28th Annual Conference
Niat Gebru - 2021 Research Day Best Poster in
the field of Neuroscience
- Criado-Marrero M, Gebru NT, Gould LA, Blazier
DM, Vidal-Aguiar Y, Smith TM, Abdelmaboud SS, Shelton LB, Wang X, Dahrendorff
J, Beaulieu-Abdelahad D, Dickey CA, Blair LJ. FKBP52 overexpression accelerates
hippocampal-dependent memory impairments in a tau transgenic mouse model. NPJ
Aging Mech Dis. 2021 May 3;7(1):9. doi: 10.1038/s41514-021-00062-x. PMID:
33941782; PMCID: PMC8093247.
- Ma C, Hunt JB, Kovalenko A, Liang H, Selenica MB,
Orr MB, Zhang B, Gensel JC, Feola DJ, Gordon MN, Morgan D, Bickford PC, Lee DC.
Myeloid Arginase 1 Insufficiency Exacerbates Amyloid-β Associated
Neurodegenerative Pathways and Glial Signatures in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer's
Disease: A Targeted Transcriptome Analysis. Front Immunol. 2021 May
11;12:628156. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2021.628156. PMID: 34046031; PMCID:
- Dodge A, Willman J, Willman M, Nenninger AW,
Morrill NK, Lamens K, Greene H, Weeber EJ, Nash KR. Identification of UBE3A
Protein in CSF and Extracellular Space of the Hippocampus Suggest a Potential
Novel Function in Synaptic Plasticity. Autism Res. 2021 Apr;14(4):645-655. doi:
10.1002/aur.2475. Epub 2021 Jan 20. PMID: 33474832.
For information about the Medical Sciences PhD Program, contact 813-974-2836 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, students do not apply directly to a concentration. Interested students should submit an application for the PhD in Medical Sciences. Concentrations are typically selected during the first year of study.