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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), Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL103–104), Human Physiology (BIOL350) and Histology (BIOL345).

My primary area of research focuses on the 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.  A second area of research in my lab that was recently funded by the Council of Independent Colleges Intergenerational Grant examines the impact of personalized music on cognition and quality of life measures in elders living with dementia.  


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 2018, 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 and curcumin 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 Programs have also been awarded the Omicron Delta Kappa Educational Program of the Year Award (most recently in 2019).  She has served on the Government and Public Affairs Committee for the Society for Neuroscience and continues to advocate for government support of scientific funding through visits to Capitol Hill for the annual SfN Hill Day.  

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. 2019.  Bridging the Generational Divide:  Using Age as a Central Lens for Neuroscience Research and Service Learning.  Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Newsletter.  October 2019 Issue.

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.

Select Presentations

Jones M, Buskirk M and Fox CM, The Impact of Personalized Music on Cognition and Quality of Life Measures in Elders Living with Dementia, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference, 2019

Jones M, Buskirk M and Fox CMBridging the Generational Divide: Partnering Undergraduates and Elders Through Music as Part of Brain Awareness Outreach, Society for Neuroscience Conference, 2019 

Seitz B, Jones M and Fox CM, Challenges and effects of personalized music on cognition in dementia patients Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Conference, 2018

Seitz B and Fox CM, Effects of personalized music on cognition in dementia patients:  a Music and Memory Pilot Study, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference, 2017

Fox CM, Highlighting advocacy through brain awareness service learning throughout the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, Society for Neuroscience Conference, 2017

Ryan J, Seitz B, Cusimano M, O’Hanlon K, Palmeri M and Fox CM, Incorporating advocacy in brain awareness service learning programs using a liberal arts approach, Society for Neuroscience Conference, 2017

Kanakamedala L and Fox CM,  The neuroprotective potential of curcumin in the 6-hydroxydopamine rat model of Parkinson’s disease, Lehigh Valley SfN Undergraduate Research Conference, 2017

Jordan R and Fox CM, The impact of long term exposure to curcumin in the 6-hydroxydopamine nigral lesioned rat, Lehigh Valley SfN Undergraduate Research Conference, 2017

Spencer M, Ghoweri AO and Fox CM, The neuroprotective potential of intranasal DNSP-11 in a 6-OHDA rodent model:  a behavior and cellular study, Lehigh Valley SfN Undergraduate Research Conference2016