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Demetria Neal

Graduate Student

Anatomy & Cell Biology


Hello, my name is Demetria Neal. I completed my undergraduate education in 2020 at UIC earning my Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and loved UIC so much I decided to complete my PhD in neuroscience here as well. My previous work focused on the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s diseases. Currently, I am interested in neurodevelopmental diseases/disorders and want to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that influence cognitive abilities in them in hopes of aiding in the development of new and/or better drug therapies and treatments. When I am not doing research, I am usually at the gym rock climbing with friends.


Advisor: Dr. Kuei Tseng

Selected Publications

Christian DT, Stefanik MT, Bean LA, Wunsch AM, Funke JR, Briggs CA, Lyons J, Neal D, Milovanovic M, D’Souza GX, Stutzmann GE, Nicholson DA, Tseng KY, Wolf ME. (2021). GluN3-containing NMDA receptors in nucleus accumbens core are required for incubation of cocaine craving. JNeurosci.

Notable Honors

2021-2025, Pipeline to an Inclusive Faculty (PIF) Fellow, UIC

2018, Chancellor Student Service & Leadership Award, UIC