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A headshot photo of Elizabeth Engler-Chiurazzi.

Elizabeth Engler-Chiurazzi, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Contact Information

PO Box 9303
108 Biomedical Road
BMRC 119
Morgantown, WV 26506


  • Department of Neuroscience
  • Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Graduate Training

  • Arizona State University, Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience)


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. James W. Simpkins, Brain Aging, Stroke, and Neurodegenerative Diseases, West Virginia University

Research Interests

The research focus of Engler-Chiurazzi laboratory is to investigate how the central nervous and immune systems converge to impact brain function and health in the context of cognitive aging, brain injury and affective/mood disorders. To explore these complex interactions and identify/develop novel therapeutic targets or interventions to ease the burden of human disease, we employ a variety of techniques including the assessment of functional outcomes following experimental manipulations in a wide variety of behavioral domains (affective, cognitive, nociception, sensori/locomotion, substance use/abuse, etc) combined with subsequent evaluations of the neurophysiological and molecular biological correlates that underlie these behaviors. These efforts center around assessing immunological underpinnings of:


  1. Age-related Cognitive Decline
  2. Major Depressive Disorder
  3. Post-stroke Depression

Recent Publications