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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

Remembering Michael T. Shipley

Dr. Michael ShipleyMichael 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 a 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.

Please help remember Dr. Shipley by joining us for a special live Tribute on 8/21/20 at 4 pm and by sharing your special memory at the tribute wall.

Memorial page for Michael T. Shipley

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).

Department News


Our newest faculty member, Dr. Marco Venniro, was awarded a NARSAD grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

We welcome Megan Fox, PhD, who joined us as an Assistant Professor. She received her PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill before joining the laboratory of Mary Kay Lobo, PhD 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.

Center for Substance Use in Pregnancy

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.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

The Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology is a proud sponsor of Black in Neuro, an organization celebrating black excellence in neuro-related fields.

School of Medicine Diversity Page

Common microaggressions that we need to know, and to avoid

Interim Chairman

Asaf Keller, Ph.D.

Asaf Keller, Ph.D.

Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Professor of Mathematics & Statistics (UMBC)