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Neuroscience Program

Jonathan Fox, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Veterinary Science


I was born in Lapworth, Warwickshire, England. My first recollection of interest in neurologic disorders was as a child when, one summer while helping on a sheep farm, I saw a sheep circling - probably due to the presence of a tapeworm cyst in one of its cerebral hemispheres. I attended Veterinary School at the University of Liverpool. After this, I pursued my new found passion in pathology through residency training in anatomic pathology at the University of Florida and post-residency training at the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. During this period I had developed an interest in neuropathology but wanted to gain more neuroscience research experience. In 2002, I completed my Ph.D. in veterinary medicine, with a minor in neurotoxicology, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University (Virginia Tech). I studied transcriptional dysregulation as a mechanism of degeneration in an animal model of organophosphorus-induced axonal degeneration under Drs Marion Ehrich and ‘Bernie' Jortner. I then moved to Boston for additional research experience where I worked on Huntington's disease with Dr. Steven Hersch, at Massachusetts General Hospital. It was while here that I developed my current interest in oxidative pathways and neuroprotection in neurodegenerative diseases. I accepted a position at the University of Wyoming in 2008 where I am a Professor of Veterinary Science and a member of the Neuroscience Program. I am actively involved in research, teaching and pathology service. In my spare time I like to be outdoors - since coming to Wyoming I've taken up fly fishing and as an avid hiker, I have taken advantage of the local mountains.


BSc, University of Liverpool
BVSc, University of Liverpool
PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard University

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