Joyce Benjamins, PhD

Joyce Benjamins, PhD;

(313) 577-1275 (lab); 577-1265 (office)

(313) 577-7552 (fax)

Joyce Benjamins, PhD

Narrative Bio

Joyce A. Benjamins, Ph.D. has served in the Department of Neurology since 1995. She joined the Department of Neurology in 1975, and has maintained an active research laboratory since coming to WSU. She has served on multiple scientific review boards for NINDS and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and currently serves on the editorial boards of three neuroscience journals and as a section editor for the textbook Basic Neurochemistry.

Dr. Benjamins’ research interests are related to multiple sclerosis and other disorders affecting myelin. Her research projects investigate myelination, glial differentiation, glycolipid metabolism and function, and the roles of cyclic GMP and metabotropic glutamate receptors inprotecting oligodendroglia from injury. Currently she investigating the effects of glutamate receptor agonists and antagonists on disease outcome in an animal model of EAE. She collaborates with Dr. Lisak in studying the effects of cytokines on gene expression in CNS neurons and glia.

Office Address

2248 Elliman Building 421 E. Canfield Ave.

Academic Rank

 Professor of Neurology


Albion College, Michigan, 1963


University of Michigan, Biochemistry, Ph.D., 1967

Position Title

Professor of Neurology, Associate of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Immunology/Microbiology




Stanford University School of Medicine, Pediatrics and Genetics, 1968

Prior Appointments

Assistant Professor, Neurology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1971-1973

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences Research Center, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 1973-1975.

Assistant Professor, Neurology, Associate, Biochemistry, Wayne State University, 1975-1978

Associate Professor, Neurology & Biochemistry, Wayne State University, 1978-1985


Myelination, glial differentiation, roles of cyclic GMO and metabotropic glutamate receptors in protecting oligodendroglia from injury, glycolipid metabolism and function, effects of cytokines on gene expression in neurons and glia



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