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Cecilia M. Fox, Director of Neuroscience Program at Moravian College

Cecilia M. Fox

Professor of Biological Science (2003)
Director of Neuroscience Program


  • B.S. in Biology, Manhattan College
  • Ph.D.Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Kentucky


Phone: 610-861-1426
Office: Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, Room 220

Teaching and Research

My teaching responsibilities include the following courses: Neuroscience (NEUR/BIOL263), Introduction to Neuroscience Methods (NEUR 367), Neuroscience Seminar (NEUR373), Brain Sex (NEUR218), Neuroanatomy (HLAT600), Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL103–104), Human Physiology (BIOL350) and Histology (BIOL345).

My research focuses on the area of neurobiology of aging and neuroprotective effects of antioxidants/growth factors in animal models of neurodegeneration. My lab attempts to define the scope of protection afforded by such antioxidants as selenium, α-tocopherol and curcumin in the rat model of Parkinson's disease.


Dr. Fox is the recipient of the 2006 Moravian College IMPACT Award for Outstanding Performance and Dedication to the Highest Standards of Excellence and the 2005 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has been a participant in the 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2005 and 2004 SOAR Summer Research Program as well as recognized in several editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

In 2009, Dr. Fox was also awarded the Omicron Delta Kappa Golden Apple Teaching Award.

Dr. Fox is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Beta Beta Sigma Xi, Society for Neuroscience, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience and Council on Undergraduate Research. In 2009, she founded the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience (LVSfN) Chapter and serves as president of this organization.  In 2011, the chapter won the SfN Chapter of the Year award in recognition of its innovative brain awareness outreach and undergraduate research endeavors.  

Dr Fox is a regular presenter at the Society for Neuroscience conference where she and her research students share their work regarding the neuroprotective effects of selenium in the rat model of Parkinson’s disease. She has also presented the LVSfN brain awareness outreach service learning and advocacy programs at the Society for Neuroscience and Council on Undergraduate Research conferences. Dr. Fox and the Moravian College Brain Club received the 2010 Omicron Delta Kappa Progress Award for the scholarly and outreach programs conducted through the LVSfN Chapter. Dr. Fox’s Brain Awareness Program on Brain Gender was also awarded the Omicron Delta Kappa Educational Program of the Year Award.

Select Publications

Halasz S., R. Stowell, and C.M. Fox.  DNSP-11 is protective in the MPP+ and TaClo models of Parkinson's disease. In preparation.

McCambridge T., J. daSilva, N. Hadeed, and C.M. Fox. Dietary selenium protects dopamine levels and has the potential to improve motor behavior in the 6-hydroxydopamine rodent. In preparation.

Fox C.M. 2017. Why government funding for science research matters.  Op-Ed.  The Morning Call, March  31, 2017.

Fox C.M. 2016. Teaching neuroscience with a liberal arts edge. Neuronline, Society for Neuroscience Publishers.

Fox C.M. 2016.  Brain awareness outreach:  A liberal arts perspective.  Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Newsletter.  May 2016 Issue. 

Fox C.M. 2015. "Developing the next generation of civic-minded neuroscience scholars: Incorporating service learning and advocacy throughout a neuroscience program." Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education 14(1):A23–A28.

Fox C.M. 2014. "Engaging neuroscience undergraduates in advocacy." Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Quarterly 2(2):3–5.

Fox C. M. 2010.  Cow brains and sheep brains and rat brains, oh my! Using service learning to educate the public about the benefits of animal research.  Research Saves, Issue 2, 24-25.

Fox C. M.  2007. Brain Awareness Day:  Integrating service with classroom instruction in neuroscience.  Journal of College Science Teaching, Vol. 37(2), 40-45.

Mueller S, Drost M and Fox C. M. 2007.  Dietary and intraperitoneal administration of selenium provide comparable protection in the 6-hydroxydopamine lesion rat model of Parkinson’s disease International Undergraduate Journal for Neuroscience, 2, 1-10.

Fox C. M. The positive outcomes of student involvement in Brain Awareness Day, 2004. Proceedings of the Best Practices in Higher Education, November Issue: 19-21.