Dr. Michael ‘Miki’ Aschner

Michael Aschner, Ph.D., ATS

Miki obtained his B.S. degree from the University of Rochester (NY) in 1980, followed by his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1985. His love of Rochester kept him there for a brief postdoctoral fellowship in Toxicology, after which he took his first faculty position at Albany Medical College (NY) in the Department of Pharmacology (1988-1994). Miki finally left the north and joined the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, where he quickly became a world-renowned authority on metal neurotoxicity.

In 2004, Miki decided to travel further south to the beloved Music City of Nashville, TN, where he currently serves as the Gray E.B. Stahlman Chair in Neurosciences and Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Pediatrics at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is also a Senior Investigator in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development.

Miki has received several NIEHS grants that have continuously supported his research on manganese over several years. He has also served as the Principal Investigator of a major Department of Defense (DOD) Research Program (Manganese Health Research Program), which has funded not only his research, but of many other labs that are under his administration as director of Vanderbilt’s Center in Molecular Toxicology. Miki has authored over nearly 300 peer-reviewed publications, several book chapters and books, in addition to other types of publications.  Additionally, Miki has won several awards for his mentorship of both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In 2011, he was the honored recipient of the esteemed Merit Award given by the Society of Toxicology.

In his spare time, Miki is an avid runner, and has participated in several marathons and races, including the 196-mile Ragnar Relay from Chattanooga, TN to Nashville, TN (crazy, right?). He also enjoys spending time with his wife Judy and his family whenever he gets the chance. Miki is also a supreme chocolate lover.