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Michael Fox, Ph.D.

Michael Fox, Ph.D.

Professor
Director, School of Neuroscience, College of Science

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“We want to know the cellular and molecular mechanisms that allow our brains to wire properly during early brain development.”

Vision is more than meets the eye

How does the brain’s visual system develop?
Long before a baby opens her eyes for the first time, her brain is ready to start decoding visual stimuli. This process begins with retinal ganglion cell (RGC) growth. These cells line the back of the eye and process and transmit light-derived signals along their axons, which make up the optic nerve. The axons grow from the eye to various brain regions, including the thalamus and midbrain. Michael Fox, Ph.D., is a neurobiologist who studies how synapses are formed during development, and, in particular, how synapses are formed between RGCs and their destinations deep in the brain.

  • Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
  • Director, School of Neuroscience, College of Science
  • Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science
  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Monavarfeshani A, Knill CN, Sabbagh U, Su J, Fox MA. (2017). Region- and Cell-Specific Expression of Transmembrane Collagens in Mouse Brain. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.

Monavarfeshani A, Sabbagh U, Fox MA. (2017). Not a one-trick pony: Diverse connectivity and functions of the rodent lateral geniculate complex. Visual Neuroscience 34.

Brooks JM, Carillo GL, Su J, Lindsey D, Fox MA, Blader I. (2015). Toxoplasma gondii Infections Alter GABAergic Synapses and Signaling in the Central Nervous System. mBIO 6(6).

  • Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Campus
    Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • The College of William and Mary
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Kinesiology
  • Harvard University: Postdoctoral fellowship
  • Virginia Commonwealth University: Ph.D., Anatomy
  • College of William and Mary: B.S., Chemistry
  • Young Scientist Lectureship Award, International Society for Neurochemistry, 2015
  • NARSAD Independent Investigator, Brain Behavior Research Foundation, 2015
  • Jordi Folch-Pi Award, American Society for Neurochemistry, 2013
  • Young Investigator Award, International Society for Neurochemistry Annual Meeting, 2011
  • Marian Kies Award, American Society for Neurochemistry, 2004
  • University Leadership Award, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2003
  • H.L. Osterud Award, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2003
  • F31 NIH Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2002 
  • Travel Award, American Society for Cell Biology, 2002
  • Young Investigator Educational Enhancement Award, American Society of Neurochemistry, 2002
  • Jack Denning Burke Award in Cell Biology, Department of Anatomy, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2002
  • C.C. Clayton Award, Department of Anatomy, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2001
  • Election into Mortar Board Honor and Service Society, The College of William and Mary, 1999
  • West Point (USMA) Scholar Athlete Award, 1997
  • Patriot League Scholar Athlete Award, 1997

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