Eugene V Koonin
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA
About this speaker
John Weber is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Division of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He received a M.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Montana (USA) in 1995 and subsequently completed a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the Medical College of Virginia (USA) in 1999. He conducted postdoctoral research at Erasmus Medical Centre-Rotterdam in The Netherlands in the field of neurophysiology and joined Memorial University in November of 2006. He has a strong interest in designing appropriate experimental models of nervous system disorders. His current research program primarily involves the study of agents that can protect the brain from traumatic insults, the aging process and neurodegenerative disease, particularly substances derived from natural products. He also conducts a research program studying models of ataxia, and the effects of ethanol on the cerebellum, an area of the brain associated with motor coordination and learning. He teaches various topics within pharmacology to pharmacy, graduate and medical students and also teaches a variety of subjects in neuroscience including drug abuse and neurodegenerative diseases.