Joseph A. McQuail, Ph.D.

McQuail large cropAssistant Professor

Department of Neuroscience
University of Florida
1149 Newell Drive
PO Box 100244
Gainesville, FL 32611-0244


2013 Ph.D. (Neuroscience) Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Key Words: Aging, Stress, Prefrontal Cortex, Hippocampus, Memory 

Research Summary:

My research is chiefly concerned with the effects of aging on excitatory, inhibitory and modulatory synapses and receptors that support normal cognition. In particular, I investigate experiential factors and physiological processes that influence synaptic viability and function in rodent models of aging and age-related brain disorders with the goal of identifying new therapies that can prevent or reverse memory loss across the full human lifespan. This work combines detailed behavioral characterization of prefrontal- and hippocampal-dependent forms of memory with in vivo pharmacological assessments or genetic manipulations as well as in vitro pharmacological, biochemical, and molecular analyses.