• Ph.D.: Cornell University, 2003

Research/Clinical Interests

  • My educational role is to teach fundamental neuroscience courses to undergraduates, including principles of neurobiology, neurophysiology, and biological psychology.  I teach an intensive neurophysiology laboratory course for neuroscience majors, and an introductory course in drugs and disease in the brain for first year and non-science majors, using popular topics to introduce students to the field of neuroscience.  I also serve as the neuroscience advisor for students who take independent research for academic credit or capstone credit.

    My administrative role is to direct the undergraduate neuroscience major. I am responsible for designing courses for and organizing the curricula of each of the three tracks within the neuroscience major.  I am the academic advisor for students majoring in neuroscience, and guide each student individually through their coursework, independent research or internship, and preparation for careers or postgraduate training.  In addition, I work to develop opportunities for academic and career development for students within the University of Cincinnati.  This includes establishing contact between undergraduate neuroscience and the diverse array of research labs and division within the College of Medicine.

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Post Graduate Training/Education
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  • Research Fellow
    2003-2008, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Division of Developmental Biology, Cincinnati, OH, USA, Postdoctoral research fellow
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Professional Affiliations
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  • Member, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
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Positions and Work Experience
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  • 2008-2009,Field Service Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences,Neurobiology and Neurophysiology Instrcutor for the Undergraduate Neuroscience Major at the University of Cincinnati,University of Cincinnati,Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • 2009-to Present,Director, Undergraduate Neuroscience Major, Education Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences,Director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Major,University of Cincinnati,Cincinnati, OH, USA
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Research Grants
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  • DUE-104464306/15/2011-05/31/2014. National Science Foundation. Molecular Genetics in Neurophysiology Laboratories, PI, Active.
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  • In Press:Rivlin, Patricia K, St Clair, Ryan M, Vilinsky, Ilya, & Deitcher, David L (2004). Morphology and molecular organization of the adult neuromuscular junction of Drosophila. The Journal of comparative neurology, 468(4), 596-613.
  • In Press:Strausfeld, Nicholas J, Sinakevitch, Irina, & Vilinsky, Ilya (2003). The mushroom bodies of Drosophila melanogaster: an immunocytological and golgi study of Kenyon cell organization in the calyces and lobes. Microscopy research and technique, 62(2), 151-69.
  • In Press:Vilinsky, Ilya, Stewart, Bryan A, Drummond, James, Robinson, Iain, & Deitcher, David L (2002). A Drosophila SNAP-25 null mutant reveals context-dependent redundancy with SNAP-24 in neurotransmission. Genetics, 162(1), 259-71.
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Recent Awards/Honors
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  • Darwin T. Turner Faculty Award.Honored at the 2010 Darwin T. Turner Breakfast of Champions
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Courses Taught
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  • 15-NS-201 INTRO NS NEUROBIOL Undergraduate
  • 15-BIOL-152 DRUGS DISEASE BRAIN Undergraduate
  • ,15-NS-210 Neurophysiology Laboratory.
  • Regular Course15-NS 111 ,Neuroscience First Year Seminar. 40. Undergraduate
  • ,15-NS 401 Independent Research in Neuroscience. Undergraduate
  • ,15-NS 499 Capstone Research in Neuroscience. Undergraduate
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  • University/College Service ,Undergraduate Council ,Committee Member ,College(2010-to Present).
  • University/College Service ,Choose Ohio First Scholarship, Neuroscience ,Administrator of grant for neuroscience undergraduates ,Other ,University(2009-to Present).
  • University/College Service ,Neuroscience Center Advisory Board ,Representative for Undergraduate Neuroscience ,Representative ,University(2010-to Present).
  • Service to Student Groups ,NeuroSociety ,Faculty mentor for student interest group ,Other ,College(2009-to Present).
  • Departmental Service ,Undergraduate Neuroscience Program ,Director ,College(2010-to Present).
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More Information
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  • [Term: 10S] Grant 1044643 Ilya Vilinsky, Elke Buschbeck Co PIs.
    National Science Foundation.
    Title:  Molecular Genetics in Neurophysiology Laboratories
    Grant $199,968
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