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Isabel Muzzio

Isabel A. Muzzio, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Phone: (210) 458-4810

Areas of Specialization
  • Aging
  • Animal Cognition
  • Learning and Memory
  • Sleep and Memory
  • Spatial Navigation

Brain Health Consortium
UTSA Neurosciences Institute


Ph.D. in Psychology; Rutgers University
M.S. in Psychology; Rutgers University
B.S. in Psychology; University of Massachusetts

Research Interests

Dr. Muzzio’s research focuses on the variables that affect spatial navigation and episodic memory - events occurring in specific contexts at particular times. Her lab investigates how neurons in the hippocampus and other areas of the medial temporal lobe form representations of context that facilitate navigation and memory encoding. Specifically, she studies how these representations change when animals are lost, under conditions of stress and fear, and following sleep deprivation. Dr. Muzzio’s lab addresses these questions conducting long-term single cell recordings in freely moving mice in combination with pharmacological, genetic, behavioral, and computational tools.

Training Opportunities

Trainees in Dr. Muzzio's lab learn sophisticated in vivo electrophysiological tools in combination with various pharmacological, and genetic approaches. Additionally, trainees learn to design and conduct complex behavioral experiments and use several computational and statistical approaches for data analysis.


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