Melanie A. Samuel, Ph.D.
Melanie A. Samuel, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Titles & Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

  • CPRIT Scholar, Huffington Center on Aging

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Grant Information

Grant ID: RR150005
Grant Mechanism: 
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Recruited From: 
Harvard University
Date Awarded: 
November 19, 2014
Grant Amount: 

Dr. Samuel’s interdisciplinary research group aims to decode the structural and molecular regulators of neuron fate and connectivity in order to understand mechanisms that may predispose the brain to diseases such as cancer. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and CPRIT Scholar in the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine. 

As a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar she earned three bachelor’s degrees from the University of Idaho (summa cum laude) and then completed her Ph.D. at Washington University studying neurotropic viral pathogenesis with Michael Diamond. As a postdoctoral fellow with Joshua Sanes at Harvard University she developed the retina as a model for synaptic aging. 

Her past awards include those from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, the Brain Research Foundation, a Pathway to Independence Award from the NIH, and the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.