Rita Cowell, Ph.D.

Fellow Drug Discovery

rcowell@southernresearch.org

Cowell maintains an independently-funded research program and oversees the Neuroscience Department, with the mission of discovering new treatments for people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. She has more than 20 years of experience and expertise in this area, has more than 30 publications in journals, has authored four book chapters and published almost 50 abstracts. The Cowell Lab is currently supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Cowell received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Michigan, where she also completed her postdoctoral work. Before joining Southern Research in 2017, she began her independent research laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she also served as co-director of the Neuroscience Graduate Theme for the UAB’s biomedical sciences program and associate director for communications and outreach for the Civitan International Research Center.

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