Sheila Fleming, Ph.D., has been appointed as the director of the Neurodegenerative Diseases and Aging Research Focus Area, effective July 1, 2021. Dr. Fleming, who was recently promoted with tenure to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is poised to lead the research focus area to greater heights. She obtained her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from Arizona State University and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the Department of Neurology and Neurobiology. Prior to joining NEOMED in 2016, Dr. Fleming held several academic positions that were instrumental in her rapid development as a researcher and faculty member at the University. Since joining NEOMED, Dr. Fleming’s research has been funded by the NIH, Department of Defense and the Michael J Fox Foundation.
Dr. Fleming has authored/co-authored more than 50 high impact peer-reviewed publications in the field of behavioral neuroscience and Parkinson’s disease. As the director of the Neurodegenerative Diseases and Aging Research Focus Area, Dr. Fleming will work with faculty and researchers while taking the lead in advancing the strategic vision of the research focus area through planning, launching and overseeing its growth.