Nicole Baganz, Ph.D.
Director of Community Engagement and Programming,
FAU Brain Institute
Research Assistant Professor, Biomedical Science
Biography: Nicole Baganz, Ph.D. recently joined the FAU Brain Institute as its Director of Community Programming. She received her Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, efforts that led to the Guarino Award for the top graduate thesis, university-wide. Beginning with her doctoral studies, and continuing through her postdoctoral studies in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Baganz has pursued research into the mechanisms by which chemical signaling in the brain can be impacted by the immune system, with a specific interest in alterations in the action of the chemical serotonin.
Among Dr. Baganz’ discoveries are findings that peripheral immune activation can alter serotonin inactivation and thereby lead to changes in mood-related behaviors. This work was recently honored with a Young Investigator Award by the Brain and Behavioral Research Foundation.
In addition to her scientific interests, Dr. Baganz has engaged extensively in community outreach and event programming to educate the public as to the promise and progress of brain research. For the latter activities, Dr. Baganz was awarded the 2015 Next Generation Award from the Society for Neuroscience, the largest body of scientists focused on brain research and brain disorders.