Alice Bittar PhD

University of Texas Medical Branch

She is an electrophysiologist and animal behavior scientist by training. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), the department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology. Her doctoral dissertation work focused on investigating the mechanisms of neuropathic pain after peripheral nerve injury. More in detail, her work focused on studying changes in the inhibitory/excitatory balance of neuronal activity after nerve injury, and whether it is possible to reverse those changes and relief neuropathic pain. As a postdoc, She moved to investigating the mechanisms of traumatic brain injury on brain neuronal function and neurodegeneration. In Dr. Kayed’s laboratory, she currently focuses on examining the role of tau oligomers in TBI-induced tauopathies and other neurodegenerative diseases. The final goal of her work is to develop an effective immunotherapy method to protect against and possibly reverse neurodegeneration in patients exposed to different types of traumatic brain injuries such as war veterans, collision sports athletes, or regular civilians exposed to everyday accidents.