Timothy J. Collier, PhD

Timothy J. Collier, PhD
  • Professor of Translational Neuroscience
  • Edwin A. Brophy Endowed Chair in Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Director, Michigan State University Udall Center of Excellence
  • Department of Translational Neuroscience
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Teaching Faculty, MSU Neuroscience Program and MSU BioMolecular Science
  • Grand Rapids Research Center
  • 400 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: 616.234.0953
  • Fax: 616.234.0991


Tim Collier received his undergraduate training in psychology at the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. training in psychology and neuroscience at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.  He did his postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester with Dr. John Sladek Jr. where he focused on cell transplantation in animal models of Parkinson’s disease and aging. Dr. Collier joined the faculty as a Professor in the Department of Translational Neuroscience at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine campus in Grand Rapids, MI in 2010.  He has served as the Director of the Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research at Michigan State University, and currently is the Edwin Brophy Endowed Chair in Central Nervous System Disorders.  Here his research focuses on the relationship between aging and neurodegenerative diseases and repurposing drugs for treatment of Parkinson’s disease.


Institution Field of Study Degree Earned Year
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN Psychology B.A. 1974
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Psychology/Neuroscience M.S. 1979
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Psychology/Neuroscience Ph.D. 1983
University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY Neurobiology and Anatomy Fellow 1982-1985

Research Interests

Dr. Collier’s research utilizes primary cell culture, rat and nonhuman primate models to study mechanisms of central nervous system aging, neurodegenerative diseases and the relationship between the two.  Current work emphasizes etiology and experimental therapeutics related to Parkinson’s disease. Current projects include collaborations in neurobiology of aging, neural growth factor gene therapy, and re-purposing drugs for Parkinson’s disease.  Additional interests include lifestyle factors for individuals with neurodegenerative diseases, including the benefits of diet and exercise.

Technical Expertise

  • Primary neuronal cultures
  • Stereotaxic surgery
  • Immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry, microscopy
  • Embryonic and adult brain tissue microdissection
  • Behavioral evaluations of motor performance in rodents
  • Stereology