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Lynn Wecker Ph.D.

Dr. Lynn Wecker is currently a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the University of South Florida, with joint appointments in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, the Department of Neurology, and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. She has held faculty positions at Northeastern University, Vanderbilt University, the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, and the University of South Florida, where she served as Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Therapeutics, as well as the Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Wecker’s research, which has been funded by the NIH, the Department of Defense, and the state of Florida, has been devoted to the study of cholinergic mechanisms in the brain, with a focus on the role and regulation of neuronal nicotinic receptors.

Examples of Dr. Wecker's accomplishments include:

  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an elected member of The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.
  • Past President of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and former Treasurer of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
  • Has served and continues to serve on the editorial boards for several scientific journals, and continues to review grants for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding agencies.
  • Author of more than 100 scientific articles and chapters, and the editor of Brody's Human Pharmacology: Molecular to Clinical, a widely used textbook.


  • Wecker L, Crespo L, Dunaway G, Faingold C, Watts S, eds. Brody’s Human Pharmacology: Molecular to Clinical. 5th ed. Maryland Heights, MO: Mosby, 2009.

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