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Elizabeth (Liz) Engler-Chiurazzi, PhD
Rodent Behavior Core Director

About: Dr. Engler-Chiurazzi completed her graduate work investigating the cognitive effects of sex hormones and hormone therapies at Arizona State University. Trained in the assessment of complex cognitive function and statistical analysis, Liz has over 10 years of experience working with rats and mice and has 10+ publications using these behavioral tasks. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. James W. Simpkins. Her research interests include investigating the convergence of the brain and the immune system on behavioral outcomes.


James W. Simpkins, PhD
Rodent Behavior Core Supervising Mentor

About: Dr. Simpkins investigates the causes and potential treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease and stroke in animal models and human subjects. He employs a variety of techniques, including cell cultures, microRNA analyses, behavioral assessments, and drug interventions, to clarify these endpoints. A leader in the scientific community, Dr. Simpkins has more than 400 publications and has had continuous research support for nearly four decades. He is also an accomplished advisor, having mentored more than 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.