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Jennifer L. Bizon, Ph.D.

Jennifer Bizon, Ph.D.Professor

Department of Neuroscience (Joint Appointment in Department of Psychiatry)
University of Florida
1149 Newell Drive
PO Box 100244
Gainesville, FL 32611-0244

Email:              bizonj@ufl.edu
Office Phone: (352) 294-5149
Lab Phone:     (352) 294-5028
Lab Members: Bizon Lab

Education:

1998 Ph.D.
(Neurobiology & Behavior)
University of California,
Irvine, CA
1998-2003 Postdoctoral Fellowship
(Psychological & Brain Sciences)
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Key Words:   Aging; Memory; Executive Function; Plasticity

Research Interests & Overview:

My NIH-funded research program is broadly focused on determining the neural processes that support memory and executive functions and that contribute to the decline of these functions across the lifespan. Using rodent models, my laboratory employs an integrative approach that combines cognitive assessments with cellular, molecular, and pharmacological methodologies. My laboratory has uncovered disruptions in both glutamatergic and GABAergic signaling in the aged prefrontal cortex that contribute to impairments in cognitive flexibility, working memory and decision making. Moreover, we have identified deficits in olfactory discrimination abilities in aged subjects that predict impairments in hippocampal-dependent memory function. Finally, we have demonstrated that pharmacological targeting of GABAergic signaling reverses several aspects of cognitive dysfunction in aged rats, including working memory, cognitive flexibility, and olfactory discrimination learning. Our long-term goal is to use these findings from aged rodent models to develop therapeutics that promote personal independence and quality of life in older adults.


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