Morris Benveniste, Ph.D.

Morris Benveniste, Ph.D. 



Program Director, BS/MS Program in Neuroscience, Master in Neuroscience (MSNS) Degree Program

Location: Multidisciplinary Research Center 224
Phone: (404) 756-5792


National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Fellowships: NINDS, NICHD, NIDDK 

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Biophysics

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Research Interests

Modulation of Synaptic Transmission, and Synaptic and Non-synaptic plasticity in disease models such as Epilepsy and Alzheimer’s Disease.


  • Morel, C., Sherrin, T., Kennedy, N. J., Forest, K. H., Barutcu, S. A., Robles, M., Carpenter-Hyland, E., Alfulaij, N., Standen, C. L., Nichols, R. A., Benveniste, M., Davis, R. J., & Todorovic, C. (2018, Mar 14). JIP1-Mediated JNK Activation Negatively Regulates Synaptic Plasticity and Spatial Memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 38(15), 3708 –3728.
  • Carpenter-Hyland, E., Bichler, E. K., Smith, M., Sloviter, R. S., & Benveniste, M. (2017, Nov). Epileptic pilocarpine-treated rats exhibit aberrant hippocampal EPSP-spike potentiation but retain long-term potentiation. Physiol Rep, 5(21), e13490.
  • Weeks, A. M., Harms, J. E., Partin, K. M., & Benveniste, M. (2014, Oct). Functional insight into development of positive allosteric modulators of AMPA receptors. Neuropharmacology, 85, 57-66.
  • Inagaki, A., Frank, C. A., Usachev, Y. M., Benveniste, M., & Lee, A. (2014, Jan 8). Pharmacological Correction of Gating Defects in the Voltage-Gated Cav2.1 Ca2+ Channel due to a Familial Hemiplegic Migraine Mutation. Neuron, 81(1), 91-102.
  • Ehlen, J. C., Jefferson, F., Brager, A. J., Benveniste, M., & Paul, K. N. (2013). Period-Amplitude Analysis Reveals Wake-Dependent Changes in the Electroencephalogram during Sleep Deprivation. Sleep, 36(11), 1723-1735.

Honors and Awards

  • 2019: Interim Chair, Veterans Administration Neurobiology 2 Integrated Review Group (NURB)
  • 2019–Present: Ad Hoc Member, Brain Disorders and Clinical Neuroscience Integrated Review Group (BDCN)
  • 2013–Present: Member, Veterans Administration Neurobiology 2 Integrated Review Group (NURB)