Dr. Joseph McQuail, Postdoctoral Fellow receives F32 NIH Fellowship Award

McQuail, JosephDr. Joseph McQuail is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Bizon.  Joe has just received notification that he is being awarded an NIH F32 Fellowship Award on his project titled, “Molecular and physiological determinants of age-related working memory decline”.

Congratulations, Joe. A well-deserved honor! You have a great career ahead of you.

Joe received his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA graduating with highest honors. He then began working with Dr. Michela Gallagher, a renowned brain aging scientist at Johns Hopkins University, where he obtained additional valuable professional and technical experience. In 2007 Joe started his graduate studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem where he joined the laboratory of Dr. Michelle Nicolle in Neuroscience working on age-related changes to anatomical and biochemical substrates that mediate reference memory. Joe obtained his PhD in 2013 with his dissertation project titled, “Normal aging and cognition: system-specific changes to G-protein coupled receptormediated signal transduction within the hippocampus”, and was named the “Outstanding Doctoral Student” in his graduating class.

In May 2013 Joe joined the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Bizon in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Florida. His current work in Dr. Bizon’s lab is to further explore age-related changes to the balance of neural excitation and inhibition that are associated with impaired executive function, which provides him an excellent opportunity to build on and expand his prior research expertise.