Michael F. Salvatore, Ph.D.
Professor, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
BA, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1988
PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, 2000
Mentor: John W. Haycock, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral, Morris K. Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Fellow and Neurobiology of Aging Fellow, University of Kentucky Medical Center
Mentor: Greg A. Gerhardt, Ph.D. (primary)
Current position: Professor, Pharmacology & Neuroscience, University of North Texas Health Science Center-Fort Worth, 2015-
Previous: Associate Professor, LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport 2012-2014
Assistant Professor, LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport 2006-2012
BS, University of Houston
Society for Neuroscience, Neuroscience Scholars Program, 2022
Southern Gerontological Society, Student Travel Scholarship, 2022 Annual Meeting
Southern Gerontological Society, 1st place, Best Student Poster, 43rd Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, Florida
Graduates from the Salvatore Lab:
Brandon S. Pruett, MD, Ph.D.
BS, Northwestern State
PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, 2012
MD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, 2014
Research Track Resident, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University, 2014-2018
Current position: Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, UAB UAB
Tanya Chotibut, Ph.D.
BS, Swarthmore College
PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, 2014
Current position, Associate Director, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA
Jennifer C. Arnold, Ph.D.
BS, Kansas State University
PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, 2016
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, NYU School of Medicine
Current position, Medical Communications, CMC Connect
Ella A. Kasanga, Ph.D.
MPhil, Pharmacology, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
PhD, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 2021
Current position, Postdoctoral Fellow, Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Society for Neuroscience Trainee Award, 2017, 2019
Visiting Scholar Award, Parkinson’s Foundation, 2020
“Investigating the role of astrocyte- specific glutamate transporters in preservation of
nigral tyrosine hydroxylase following exercise in a rat hemi-Parkinson’s disease
model”, Will conduct work in lab of Jason Richardson, Ph.D., Florida Intl. Univ.
• Predoctoral International Fellowship, Neurobiology of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Training Program
• University of Utah, Rising Stars in Neuroscience Symposium
• Harbans Lal Award, Outstanding Graduate Student in Pharmacology & Neuroscience
• Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Online Sciathon First Place
Professional Lab Staff:
BS, Texas Wesleyan University
MS, University of North Texas
B.S., Texas Wesleyan University, 2021 (Summa Cum Laude)
About Robert; I like to write code in my spare time and my favorite part about science is making graphs. Studying Parkinson's is important to me because I'm making a direct impact
on an expanding patient population while still learning the skills I'll take with me into my future as a researcher. "
B.S., University of Texas-Dallas