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Villegas, Francisco

Villegas, Francisco

Associate Professor
Behavioral Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Central mechanisms of reward and Sleep

Dr. Villegas’ central interest is based on contemporary research using adult stem cell (neurospheres) transplantation and recovery of cognitive functions in a rat model of Alzheimer’s disease. The rat Alzheimer’s model is produced by chronic infusion of neurotoxins. The behavior test includes using the Morris water maze for testing learning and memory, and a ‘serial reaction time task’ for testing attention. The study presents an innovative strategy for exploring more permanent treatments for neurodegenerative disorders.

Education:
Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  City University of New York  Experimental Cognition  1997 
BA  City College, City University of New York  Psychology  1979 

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Villegas, Francisco
 

Villegas, Francisco
Associate Professor
Behavioral Sciences