Department of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology at the University of Pittsburgh
Michael Zigmond, PhD
Professor, Neurology
7016 Biomedical Science Tower 3
3501 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-624-4258

Fax: 412-624-7327


BS (Chemical Engineering), Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1963.
PhD (Biopsychology), University of Chicago, 1968.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1967-69.

Research Areas
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Dr. Zigmond has retired from the University of Pittsburgh, where he and his research team led studies of cellular and animal models to examine Parkinson's disease (PD) and aging. During his 48-year career at the University he focused on the compensatory responses to partial loss of striatal dopamine, the dopaminergic influence of neurotrophic factors such as GDNF, the neuroprotective impact of physical exercise and of environmental enrichment, and the neurotoxic effects of isolation. He remains active as a teacher and mentor and is also pursuing several writing projects. He can still be reached at

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