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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:
DegreeInstitutionFieldDates
PhD City University of New York Experimental Cognition 1997 
BA City College, City University of New York Psychology 1979 
Villegas, Francisco
 

Villegas, Francisco
Associate Professor
Behavioral Sciences