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Dr. Aimee Franklin

Assistant Professor of Biology avfranklin@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BS in Biology, Southeastern University
PhD in Neuroscience, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Biography

Dr. Aimee Franklin attended Southeastern University from 2004 to 2007. Following graduation, she entered the integrative biomedical sciences graduate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a focus on neuroscience. She joined the laboratory of Dr. Lori McMahon in 2008 and began her thesis work investigating pathological synaptic mechanisms underlying learning and memory deficits in Fragile X syndrome, the most commonly inherited form of mental retardation. For this research, Dr. Franklin received numerous institutional awards and funding as well as grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS).

Dr. Franklin returned to Southeastern in 2014. While she remains passionate about neuroscience research, she is excited about the opportunity to come back to SEU and work with students who are interested in and excited about careers in science and medicine. She is grateful for the influence and direction provided by her professors throughout her time as a student at SEU and hopes to similarly influence students as she shares her passion for science through teaching. At Southeastern, Dr. Franklin teaches Anatomy and Physiology. Her research interests include synaptic physiology, synaptic plasticity, neurodevelopmental disorders, and learning and memory.