Dr. Lucia Carvelli

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

PhD, Pharmacology, The Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research

BS, University of Calabria


Lucia Carvelli fills a unique appointment as a tenured faculty member in the Wilkes Honors College and a researcher in the FAU Brain Institute.  She also holds a secondary appointment in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.  Dr. Carvelli’s research explores novel ion channels as targets for amphetamines, and she uses the tiny worm, C. elegans, in her research because this organism, with just eight neurons, can teach us much about how our brains function.  In a recent discovery, Dr. Carvelli has shown that amphetamine exposure to C. elegans embryos generates epigenetic changes that are, in turn, passed on to the next generation, and this has significant implications for understanding human predisposition for addiction. 


Dr. Carvelli earned her bachelor of science degree at the University of Calabria (Italy) and her doctoral degree at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research (Italy).  After being a postdoc at the University of Texas Health Science Center, she became a Research Associate at Vanderbilt College of Medicine before joining the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Dr. Carvelli looks forward to challenging students to develop their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, moving them beyond merely memorizing the fundamental principles of cell biology, physiology and neuroscience.  


Contact: 561-799-8115; RF 104


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