Assistant Professor of Biology
Education and Postdoctoral Training
Postdoctoral Researchers, University of California Davis, Davis CA
PhD, Biomedical Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee FL
BS, Biomedical Mathematics, Florida State University, Tallahassee FL
AA, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens FL
Dr. Molly Foote earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Florida State University’s College of Medicine in Tallahassee, FL. Her graduate research focused on developing novel animal models in order to understand the underlying pathology of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders including Parkinson’s disease and Schizophrenia. This work has been presented at several international conferences and led to multiple peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience and featured on the cover for Biological Psychiatry.
Upon completion of her graduate work, Dr. Foote joined the laboratory of Dr. Robert Berman at the University of California Davis, School of Medicine’s department of Neurological Surgery. Her postdoctoral research developed novel animal models to investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms of disease progression in neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, including Fragile X Syndrome and Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS). Her research has been presented at several international scientific conferences and has resulted in multiple publications.
Outside of the laboratory, Dr. Foote is passionate about scientific communication, career development and outreach. While at UCD, she served as the Chair of the Postdoctoral Scholars Association and institutionalized the Postdoctoral Research Symposium. She has designed and participated in several career development and exploration resources and events for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. In the local community, she has been involved in a variety Neuroscience Outreach programs with UC Davis. She also served as a board member on the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). She is an active member in the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).