Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology
At the Forefront of Neuroscience
Our research focuses on:
- Addiction & Motivated Behaviors
Aging & Neurodegeneration
- Developmental Neurobiology
- Leaning And Memory
- Sensory Systems & Pain
Michael T. Shipley, who served for many years as the Chair of the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, passed away on July 31, 2020. On his last official day as a faculty member in our department. He was surrounded by his family, who will hold a private service for him.
Dr. Shipley joined UMSOM faculty as Chair in 1994 and served until 2019. Over the course of his more than 25 years as department chair, Dr. Shipley transformed the department into a vibrant and successful research enterprise. He was also a world-renown scientist who conducted important research into the complex cell communications in neural networks within the nervous system.
We welcome Megan Fox, Ph.D., who joined us as an Assistant Professor. She received her Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill before joining the laboratory of Mary Kay Lobo, Ph.D. as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Fox's research focuses on neuroadaptations in psychiatric illness at the cellular, molecular, and circuit level. Her work is funded by a K99/R00 award from NIDA.
Mary Kay Lobo was awarded a U01 grant from NIDA. This large Cooperative Agreement is titled "Heroin-Induced genomic regulation of Ventral Pallidum neuron subtypes".
Congratulations to Mary Kay Lobo for her promotion to the rank of Professor (tenured) in our department.
Congratulations to Judith Edelman, our Administrator, for receiving the 2019-2020 USM Board of Regents Staff Award in the Category of Effectiveness and Efficiency. This is the highest recognition awarded by the University of Maryland System, to only one of its nearly 22,000 employees.
About the Program
The University of Maryland School of Medicine is located on the downtown campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Our graduate faculty are chiefly affiliated with the Program in Neuroscience but are also affiliated with the Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS).
The Center for Substance Use in Pregnancy will conduct pre-clinical and clinical neuroscience research, focusing on the use of marijuana, opioids, nicotine and alcohol, all of which have increased dramatically in recent years. The center will be co-directed by Joseph Cheer, PhD, Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Psychiatry, and Mary Kay Lobo, PhD, Associate Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology.