Dan Wesson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
University of Florida

Dan Wesson is a neuroscientist whose research interests involve understanding how coordinated neural activity generates perception and how those activities orchestrate sensory-driven decisions and behaviors. These research projects involve understanding the function of neural circuits in both healthy and diseased brain states, including the use of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease animal models.

Dr. Wesson received his PhD from Boston University and performed postdoctoral research at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in New York. Dr. Wesson began his independent research program as faculty in the Department of Neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University in 2011. In 2017 he moved his lab to the University of Florida where he is currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the College of Medicine and a member of the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases.

Dr. Wesson serves on several review boards, including as a standing member of the NIH study section, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Dr. Wesson has received awards and honors for his research and service including being named a Spitz Brain Health Scholar, Mount Sinai Healthcare Foundation Scholar, and in 2019 was recognized with an Exemplary Teacher award from the University of Florida College of Medicine as well as the Young Investigator Award for Research in Olfaction from the Association for Chemoreception Research – the world’s largest organization dedicated to fostering research on taste and smell.


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