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George Perry, Ph.D.
Semmes Foundation Endowed Distinguished University Chair in Neurobiology

The Semmes Foundation Endowed Distinguished University Chair in Neurobiology was established in 2013 to advance research efforts in the area of neurobiology in the College of Sciences. The Semmes Foundation was formed in 1952 by D.R. Semmes for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes, and awards grants primarily in San Antonio.

George Perry, Ph.D.

Semmes Foundation Endowed Distinguished University Chair in Neurobiology

Professor, Biology

George Perry is a leading Alzheimer’s researcher and member of the UTSA Brain Health Consortium. This collaborative team is using multidisciplinary approaches to advance basic understanding of the brain in order to prevent and treat the most debilitating brain disorders. Perry served as UTSA’s dean of the College of Sciences 2006-2018. 

Dr. Perry’s studies are focused on the mechanism of formation and physiological consequences of the cytopathology of Alzheimer’s disease. His laboratory is working to determine the sequence of events leading to neuronal oxidative damage and the source of the increased oxygen radicals.  The ultimate goal of the research is to develop effective treatments for this condition. To further development of treatment based on his experimental work, Perry serves in leadership positions in a few biotechnology companies. 

Prior to joining UTSA as dean in 2006, Perry worked for more than 20 years at Case Western Reserve University, where he was professor of pathology and neurosciences and chair of the Department of Pathology. Perry earned a B.A. in zoology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in marine biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He received a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Cell Biology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he laid the foundation for his observations of abnormalities in cell structures. 

Perry is recognized internationally as one of the top Alzheimer's disease researchers and has been cited over 95,000 times. He serves as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.