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Outstanding Faculty Speaker Series

Learn more about our Outstanding Faculty that make Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi the destination for many students around the world. Nominate yourself or a colleague to be our next Outstanding Faculty Speaker.

Outstanding Faculty Speaker: Dr. Riccardo Mozzachiodi

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Dr. Riccardo Mozzachiodi will be presenting "Decision making in the context of reward and fear: from behavior to molecules" on Friday, November 19, 2021 from 11am - 12pm.Headshot portrait of Dr. Riccardo Mozzachiodi

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Dr. Riccardo Mozzachiodi

Dr. Riccardo Mozzachiodi received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy in 1999.

He conducted his post-doctoral training at the University of Texas - Health Science Center in Houston.

He joined the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faculty in August 2007 where he is currently an Associate Professor of Neuroscience.

14 years ago, he established the first and still only neuroscience research laboratory at TAMU-CC. His research focus is the cellular and molecular mechanisms of fear memory formation and retention. His research team utilizes an invertebrate, the marine snail Aplysia californica, which has an elementary nervous system that operates at a single-cell level in the same way as the human brain, but with only about 20,000 neurons instead of billions. Dr. Mozzachiodi investigates the universal problem of how an animal’s brain responds to fear and remembers it in a relatively simple brain. Ultimately, the collected results may help us understand the mechanisms behind neurological disorders and forms of mental illness such as posttraumatic stress disorder.

So far, the Mozzachiodi laboratory has provided research opportunities for 31 undergraduate students and 11 graduate students. Some of his mentees went to receive doctoral degrees from institutions including The University of Texas – Medical Branch in Galveston, The University of Texas – Southwestern in Dallas, The University of Massachusetts in Amherst (MA), and hold post-doctoral positions at institutions including The University of Texas – Health Science Center in Houston, Brown University in Providence (RI) and Harvard University (MA).

Dr. Mozzachiodi’s research has been published in the top neuroscience journals including Nature Neuroscience, Trends in Neuroscience, and Behavioural Brain Research. One of his articles has been cited 245 times so far.

In addition to presenting his work at national/international meetings Dr. Mozzachiodi gave presentations at institutions including: the University of Sussex in Brighton (United Kingdom), the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow (Russia) and the Centre for Ecological Research, Balaton Limnological Institute in Tihany (Hungary).

Dr. Mozzachiodi has so far received over $1,000,000 of grant funds from federal agencies including the National Science Foundation and The National Institute of Health.

In May 2019, Dr. Mozzachiodi received one of the American Physiological Society Frontiers in Physiology Research Host Awards. This award pairs a local science teacher with a selected member of the American Physiological Society.

He is the recipient of TAMU-CC 2021 Faculty Excellence Award in Research and Scholarly Activity.

For outreach, his research lab has hosted lab tours for over 900 students (from elementary to high school) from local and state schools. During the visits, students learned about the importance of animal biomedical research and how to record from living neurons and how to manipulate their neuronal activity.