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Brenda Claiborne

Dr. Brenda J. Claiborne
  • Professor Emeritus
  • FAU Biological Sciences
  • 561-297-0387
  • Boca Raton - SC, 136


  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1981

Research Interests

  • Neuroscience
  • Development
  • Aging

Research Description

My research interests are focused on the relationship between the structure and function of individual neurons in the mammalian brain, particularly during development and normal aging. In addition, my laboratory has investigated the effects of estrogen on learning and neuronal morphology in a rodent model, and we have examined the development of right/left differences in the hippocampal formation. I am currently re-activating my research program after serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Florida Atlantic University) and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (University of New Mexico).

Recent Publications

  • Rahimi, O. and Claiborne, B.J. (2007). Morphological development and maturation of granule neuron dendrites in the rat dentate gyrus. Prog Brain Res 163:167-181.
  • Mescal, J.R., Kroes, R.A., Otto, N.J., Rahimi, O. and Claiborne, B.J. (2006). Distinct patterns of gene expression in the left and right hippocampal formation of developing rats. Hippocampus 16(8):629-634.
  • Garza-Meilandt, A., Cantu, R.E. and Claiborne, B.J . (2006). Estradiol's effects on learning and neuronal morphology vary with route of administration. Behav Neurosci 120(4):905-916.
  • O'Boyle, M.P., Do, V., Derrick, B.E. and Claiborne B.J. (2004). In vivo recordings of long-term potentiation and long-term depression in the dentate gyrus of the neonatal rat. J Neurophysiol 91(2):613-622.

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