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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

Department News

Mary Kay Lobo was awarded 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).

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 renewed commitent to diversity

On July 8, the department hosted Dr. Sandra Quezada, who gave a presentation on “Update on SOM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives”, followed by an open discussion.

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)