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NeuroscienceNeuroscientists within the College of Veterinary Medicine are conducting cutting edge integrative basic and translational research with clinical relevance, including mechanisms by which environmental factors interact with the genetic background to induce neurological diseases. Research areas range from whole animal behavior to the cellular, epigenetic and genetic levels. The unique combination of strong research and teaching, the presence of clinical neurology and expertise in neuropathology within CVM and the multiple core research laboratories allow this group to be uniquely placed to advance our knowledge base in mechanisms of neurological disease. The four main focus areas are: Basic neuroscience, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Neurological diseases, and Neurotoxicology.

Basic neuroscience:

Intracellular signaling network at both post-transcriptional and post-translational levels, ion channel properties and function, synaptic plasticity, neuroimmunology, glial biology, myelination and interactions between neurons and glia.

Neurodevelopmental disorders:

Angelman, Prader-Willi and Turner syndromes, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), ataxia telangiectasia, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, hereditary neuronal system degeneration, neurofibromatosis.

Neurological diseases:


Neurodegenerative/neuro-oncological diseases/neurotrauma: Alzheimer's disease, , meningoencephalomyelitis, multiple sclerosis, macular degeneration, neuromuscular diseases, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury and tumors of the nervous system. Infectious diseases of the nervous system induced by retroviruses and picornaviruses are also under investigation and the role of psychological stress in susceptibility to diseases of the nervous system.


The impact of environmental toxicants on neural development, neuroepigenetics, neurodegenerative diseases and the onset of puberty. The toxicants under current investigation include: lead, mercury, cadmium, manganese, organophosphorous compounds, and alcohol.


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Ph.D. Protein Biochemistry, Osaka University 2001
M.S. Department of Biochemistry, Jilin University, China 1997
B.S Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jilin University, China 1994
Research Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Botany-Plant Biochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China 1990
B.S. Biology, Shanghai FuDan University, China 1985
Research Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Genetics, Texas A&M University 2006
Research Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Biochemistry, London University, U.K. 1981
B.Sc. Microbiology, London University, UK 1976
Professor (Joint Appointment) and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
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M.B.A. University of Houston Bauer School of Business 2004
Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences, Kent State University / College of Medicine 1998
B.A. Biology, University of Dallas 1988
Research Assistant Professor
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B.V.Sc. Madras University, India
Ph.D. New York University
FACMG Columbia University, New York
Clinical Associate Professor
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D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University 1988
Ph.D. Zoology, University of Washingtion 1982
B.A. Biology, Whitman College 1975
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Ph.D. Veterinary Anatomy, Texas A&M University
M.S. Veterinary Anatomy, Texas A&M University
B.S. Animal Science, Texas A&M University
Research Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Toxicology, Texas A&M University 2002
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia 1991
Clinical Assistant Professor
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Post-doc Developmental Neuroimmunology, University of California at Los Angeles 1982
Ph.D. Human Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston 1979
B.S. Biology, University of Texas at El Paso 1975
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Professor and Department Head
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DVM, Ph.D. Biology, Auburn/Notre Dame 1963
Senior Professor
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Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Hawaii 1997
M.S. Organic Chemistry, Beijing Normal University 1991
B.S. Chemistry, Beijing Normal University 1988
Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Neuroscience in Biomedical Sciences, Kent State U. affiliated w/ N.E. Ohio U Col. Med. 1996
M.S. Anatomical Sciences, National Yang-Ming Medical College, Taiwan. 1991
B.S. Biology, National Chang-Kung University, Taiwan. 1989
Associate Professor
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Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons 1994
M.S. Veterinary Physiology, LSU 1993
Resident Small Animal Surgery, Louisiana State University 1992
Internship Small Animal Surgery, Louisiana State University 1989
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1988
B.S. Veterinary Science, Texas A&M University 1986
Professor & Tom and Joan Read Chair in Veterinary Surgery
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Resident Neurology/Neurosurgery, Texas A&M University 2005
Internship Small Animal Surgery, Colorado State University 2002
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University 2001
B.S. Cornell University 1995
Department Head, Professor, & Helen McWhorter Chair in Small Animal Clinical Sciences
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D.V.M. Texas A&M University 2006
B.S. Biology , Cornell University 2001
Clinical Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Experimental Pathology, Michigan State University 1984
M.S. Veterinary Pathobiology, Ohio State University 1981
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Agronomy, Yassy, Romania 1966
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D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1992
B.S. Veterinary Science, Texas A&M University 1989
Clinical Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Immunology, University of Cambridge, England 1969
B.Sc. Pathology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 1966
B.V.M.& S. Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 1965
Distinguished Professor
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D.V.M. Texas A&M University 2004
Assistant Professor of Veterinary Radiology
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Ph.D. Genetics, Texas A&M University 2003
B.S. Molecular and Cell Biology, Texas A&M University 1999
Associate Professor
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M.D. Medicine, University of Chicago 1989
Ph.D. Biophysics and Theoretical Biology, Pritzker School of Medicine 1989
B.A. Chemistry, Northwestern University 1981
Associate Professor- Joint Appointment
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Postdoc Epigenetics, Childrens Health Research Institute - UWO 2009
Postdoc RNA Interference, Cold Spring Harbor Labs 2006
Ph.D. Veterinary Physiology, Texas A&M University 2003
BSc. Molecular Genetics, University of Western Ontario 2000
Assistant Professor
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Ph.D Molecular Medicine, The George Washington University 2013
DVM Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 2008
Assistant Professor