Jordyn Wilcox

Assistant Teaching Professor

Assistant Teaching Professor
E458 Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-0383

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Primary Area: Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Research and teaching interests

Behavioral neuroscience, neurotoxicology, nutritional neuroscience, rodent models, experimental design.


Dr. Wilcox is an assistant teaching professor contributing to the neuroscience and behavior undergraduate major. Her graduate and postdoctoral training is in using rodent models of neurodegenerative disease (Huntington disease and Alzheimer’s disease) to understand gene-environment interactions and underlying mechanisms of disease. She loves to design experiments and primarily uses rodent behavioral and molecular biology techniques to investigate hypotheses of interest. The critical thinking and creative problem solving that is required of a researcher are highly valued by Dr. Wilcox, and these are skills that she hopes to foster in students she mentors both in the classroom and a lab setting.


B.A., Colorado College, 2015.

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2021.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2021-2022.

Approach to Mentoring

In her role as a teaching professor, Dr. Wilcox does not run a research lab of her own. However, she continues to conduct independent research and collaborates with others between teaching classes. Undergraduate or graduate students with interests that align with Dr. Wilcox’s expertise should contact her to discuss how she may be able to assist with or supervise their research projects.

Representative Publications

Wilcox, J.M., Consoli, D.C., Paffenroth, K.C., Spitznagel, B.D., Calipari, E.S.,
Bowman, A.B., and Harrison, F.E. (2022). Manganese-induced hyperactivity and
dopaminergic dysfunction depend on age, sex and YAC128 genotype. 
Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 213, 173337

Wilcox, J.M., Pfalzer, A.C., Tienda, A.T., Debbiche, I.F., Cox, E.C., Totten, M.S.,
Erikson, K.M., Harrison, F.E., and Bowman, A.B. YAC128 mouse model of
Huntington disease is protected against subtle chronic manganese (Mn)-induced
behavioral and neuropathological changes (2021). Neurotoxicology, 87, 94-105.

Wilcox, J.M., Consoli, D.C., Dixit, S., Buchanan, R.A., May, J.M., Nobis, W.P., &
Harrison, F.E. (2021). Altered synaptic glutamate homeostasis contributes to cognitive
decline in young APP/PSEN1 mice.  Neurobiology of Disease, 158, 105486. 

Pfalzer, A.C., Wilcox, J.M., Codreanu, S.G., Totten, M., Bichell, T.J.V., Halbesma, T.,
Umashanker, P.,Yang, K.L., Parmalee, N.L., Sherrod, S.D., Erikson, K.M.,
Harrison, F.E., McLean, J.A., Aschner, M., and Bowman, A.B. (2020). Huntington’s
Disease genotype suppresses global manganese responsive processes in pre-
manifest and manifest YAC128 mice. Metallomics, 12, 11181130.