Marcia Gordon, PhD

Marcia N. Gordon, PhD
  • Professor of Translational Neuroscience
  • Department of Translational Neuroscience
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Grand Rapids Research Center
  • 400 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: 616.234.2837
  • Fax: 616.234.0991


Marcia N. Gordon, PhD, joined Translational Neuroscience at Michigan State University as a Global Impact Initiative Professor in 2017.  Dr. Gordon earned the BS degree in Psychobiology and the PhD degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California under the guidance of Caleb E. Finch, PhD studying the neurobiology of aging.  She received postdoctoral training at the University of California Los Angeles in developmental neuroscience with the late Jean De Vellis, PhD, where she developed her interest in glial cells.  Dr. Gordon then joined the faculty of the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida, where she was promoted through the faculty ranks over the next 25 years.  Her research program, funded by nationally competitive federal grants, foundation grants and corporate contracts, is focused on preclinical biomedical laboratory research using mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease.  She is proud to have mentored numerous high school, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral scholars, and is a diligent proponent for women in the sciences. 


Institution Field of Study Degree Earned Year
University of Southern California, Los Angeles Psychobiology B.S. 1978
University of Southern California, Los Angeles Molecular Biology Ph.D. 1985

Research Interests

Dr. Gordon has research interests in Aging and Longevity, Alzheimer’s Disease, Glial Cell Function and Dysfunction in Neurodegenerative Disease

Technical Expertise

  • Flow cytometry/Cell sorting
  • Single cell transcriptomics
  • Transgenic mouse phenotyping
  • Rodent behavioral testing
  • Gene therapy
  • Stereotaxic surgery
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Histology
  • Microscopy
  • PCR
  • Western blotting