Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of California, Los Angeles
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Nancy J. Woolf, Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in neuroscience.
From watching her father excel as a doctor, Dr. Woolf had an early interest in the brain and its functions. She earned a Bachelor of Science in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1978, and went on to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy in neuroscience from the UCLA Medical School in 1983. Dr. Woolf served as an assistant research neuroscientist to her alma mater from 1984 to 1992 before spearheading a career in teaching. From 1992 to 2003, she was an adjunct associate professor to UCLA, and progressed in her career serving as an adjunct professor from 2003 to 2009. After a renowned 30-year career, she is now recognized as a professor emeritus. Looking back, Dr. Woolf feels honored to have met and worked with many great minds, and she has learned that there is always more than one perspective on any problem. She hopes to be remembered by her peers as an original, creative and open-minded thinker.
In addition to her teaching, Dr. Woolf has been at the forefront of revolutionary research in her field of neuroscience. Her research interests focus on nanoscale structures in the central nervous system and the participation of those structures in higher cognition. She has also studied cytoskeletal abnormalities in Alzheimer’s disease, microtubules and microtubule-associated proteins in learning and memory, microtubule-based models of cognition and pharmacological strategies based on proteomics. Additionally, Dr. Woolf has notably mapped the pathways in the central nervous system that manufacture and release acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter whose function is to communicate between nerve cells, and found that the cholinergic system not only relays messages, but it also modifies neuroplasticity, rather, the ability of the nervous system to change in response to experience.
To match her research and studies, Dr. Woolf is the author of, “Conscious Matrix: Our Portal to God,” published in 2020, and the co-author of, “Nanoneuroscience: Structural and Functional Roles of the Neuronal Cytoskeleton in Health and Disease” from 2009. She is also the writer behind 75 research articles and is a member of the Society for Neuroscience. For her exceptional teaching and research career, Dr. Woolf was the recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award from the UCLA Department of Psychology in 2008, as well as an Academic Advancement Program Faculty Recognition Award in 2002. She had also been recognized with the Colby Prize from the Sigma Kappa Foundation in 1990, named a Graduate Woman of the Year by UCLA in 1983 and named a Woman of the Year from College of the Desert in 1976. To attest to her legacy, Dr. Woolf and her accomplishments can also be found in various editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.
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