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Welcome to the Department of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia!

The Department was founded in 1993, formerly as the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics. The mission of the Department is to promote multidisciplinary research and teaching excellence in both biomedical and clinical sciences. We seek to attract outstanding faculty and bright students by creating a welcoming, collegial and collaborative environment to foster success and creativity. Our faculty study a variety of fundamental questions ranging from neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders, brain injury, learning and memory, neuroprotection, development, inflammation and regenerative medicine, using a broad repertoire of experimental approaches. Our department is also the home to the Transgenic and Genome Editing Core supported by the Georgia Research Alliance.  

The Medical College of Georgia is the flagship medical school of the University System of Georgia, the state's only public medical school, and one of the top 5 largest medical schools in the United States. Founded nearly 200 years ago in 1828 as the nation's fifth public medical school, the third medical school in the Southeast and the thirteenth in the nation, the Medical College of Georgia has risen to its current role optimizing health care in Georgia and beyond through education, discovery, and service.

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New Faculty Announcement

*  We are delighted to announce that Dr. Danielle Mor will join the Department of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine as an Assistant Professor on October 1, 2020.  Currently a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, she investigates the mechanisms of neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease.  Her work aims to identify the causes and modifiers of prion-like α-synuclein transmission in animal models of Parkinson’s disease.  Dr. Danielle Mor received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Neuroscience from Wesleyan University.

*  We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hedong Li will join our department as an Associate Professor on October 1, 2020.  He received his PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from Wayne State University and completed postdoctoral training at Rutgers University.  Currently a well-funded associate professor of biology at Penn State University,  Dr. Li studies the neuronal reprograming process and neurodevelopment.  He combines the in vivo reprogramming technology with microRNA biology to reprogram glial cells into functional neurons for brain repair.


DNRM Seminars 2020-2021

Virtual Seminar @ 11:00am

May 11, 2020

Maiken Nedergaard, MD, DMSc
Professor/Co-Director, Center for Translational Neuromedicine
University of Rochester  

Virtual Seminar @ 11:00am

 May 18, 2020

Frank LaFerla, PhD
Dean, School of Biological Sciences
Professor, Neurobiology &  Behavior
Univ. of California, Irvine 

Virtual Seminar @ 12:00pm

June 8, 2020

"CRISPRing Around the Mouse Genome"

Joseph Miano, PhD
Professor, Vascular Biology Center
Augusta University

Virtual Seminar @ 12:00pm

June 15, 2020
"Cellular and Network Mechanisms of Cognitive Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease"

Jeannie Chin, PhD
Associate Professor, Memory & Brain Research Center
Dept. of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine

Virtual Seminar @ 12:00pm

June 30, 2020
"Epitranscriptomic regulation in neurogenesis, regeneration, and degeneration"

Hongjun Song, PhD
Pereiman Professor of Neuroscience
Perelman School of Medicine
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania


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Contact Us

Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine

Health Sciences Campus

Interdisciplinary Research Center


Ann Stephens

1120 15th Street, CA 3008, Augusta, GA 30912

1462 Laney Walker Blvd. Augusta, GA 30912