Principal Investigator

Veronica Galvan, Ph.D.

Dr. Galvan is Professor and Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair of Aging Research in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC).  Dr. Galvan is also co-Director of the Center for Geroscience and Healthy Brain Aging at OUHSC and Research Career Scientist at the US Department of Veterans Affairs Oklahoma City Health Care System. 

Dr. Galvan has received prestigious awards including the Lucille P. Markey Scholarship in Biomedical Sciences, the NIA Sumer Institute on Aging Research Scholarship, the Young Investigator Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation and the John D. French Alzheimer’s Foundation Fellowship.  She  is a Fellow and currently serves as President of the American Aging Association, and is co-Editor-in-Chief of Geroscience, the Journal of the American Aging Association.  Dr. Galvan has contributed 77 scientific publications, some cited over 900 times. Dr. Galvan is currently President-Elect of the American Aging Association and serves as Deputy Editor of GeroScience, the Journal of the American Aging Association.

Dr. Galvan’s research focuses on the molecular and biochemical processes that lead to dementia in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other neurological disorders of aging. She has generated models of Alzheimer's and used them to identify novel mechanisms of neurodegeneration.  Dr. Galvan also pioneered the study of mechanisms that link brain aging to the pathogenesis of AD and other dementias. Her laboratory identified the mammalian-target of rapamycin (mTOR) as a central driver of disease in surrogate models of AD and vascular cognitive impairment, providing the first evidence for a role of a molecular mediator of aging in the etiology of AD and related dementias. Dr. Galvan’s laboratory also provided the first description of pathogenic forms of tau in brain microvasculature of Alzheimer's and other tauopathies.  


Postdoctoral trainees, predoctoral students, MD/PhD students and undergraduate students interested in pursuing research in the Galvan Lab should contact Dr. Galvan at


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