Molly V. Wagster, PhD

Chief, Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience Branch, Division of Neuroscience
National Institute on Aging

Dr. Molly V. Wagster, Ph.D. is Chief of the Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch in the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Dr. Wagster oversees administration and development of research in cognitive and emotional change with age and in sensory and motor disorders of aging. She directly manages a portfolio of research in mechanisms of cognitive change with age that spans research from molecules to behavior. She served as Project Officer for development of the NIH Toolbox® for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function. She serves as a Federal Liaison to AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health and leads NIA's component of the joint McKnight Brain Research Foundation/NIA Research Partnership in Cognitive Aging, through the Foundation for NIH.

Dr. Wagster came to the NIA from the Department of Pathology, Division of Neuropathology, at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For over a decade, Dr. Wagster investigated neural mechanisms of learning and memory changes with age in animal models and in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Wagster received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Biopsychology) from Tulane University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropathology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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