Janet M. Menzie Suderam, Ph.D.

Janet M. Menzie Suderam

Research Assistant Professor

777 Glades Road Building

Boca Raton, FL 33431

BC 71, Room 201J

p: 561-297-0273


Department: Biomedical Science


Janet Menzie-Suderam, Ph.D., earned her B.S. degree in Biochemistry at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica.  Dr. Menzie-Suderam obtained her M.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, USA, and received her Ph.D., in Integrative Biology with a focus in Neuroscience under the training of Dr. Jang-Yen Wu at Florida Atlantic University, USA.  Her doctoral work focused on stroke research and she studied the potential therapeutic effect of the growth factor, granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), in focal cerebral ischemia.  After obtaining her Ph.D. in 2016, Dr. Menzie-Suderam transitioned in her postdoctoral research to investigate further the efficacy of G-CSF as a gene therapy intervention for global cerebral ischemia; a disease condition that not only have a direct impact on the brain but is one of the pathological outcomes of cardiopulmonary arrest.  Since 2020, Dr. Menzie-Suderam has initiated important novel research projects on mechanisms of protection against myocardial ischemia in collaboration with Dr. Herbert Weissbach. 

Dr. Menzie-Suderam work in the area of protective therapies for cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease has propelled her current research interest to involve the dysfunction of microvasculature in neurological disorder and neurodegenerative diseases.  She collaborates with Dr. Claudia Rodrigues in researching the role of endothelial c-Myc, a transcription factor, in the aging brain and in Parkinson Disease.


  • 1989-1990: B.Sc. (Hons.) Biochemistry, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • 2004-2006: M.S. Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Maryland at Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 2010-2016: Ph.D. Integrative Biology/Neuroscience, Florida Atlantic University, FL, USA

Work History

  • 1990-1994: Teaching Assistant, Biochemistry, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of the West Indies, Jamaica.
  • 1999-2004: Instructor, Anatomy, School of Medicine, University of the West Indies, Jamaica.
  • 2007-2015: Teaching Assistant, Anatomy and Physiology, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, Florida, FL.
  • 2016-2019: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Biomedical Sciences, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Florida Atlantic University, Florida, FL.
  • 2019: Adjunct Instructor, Biology, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Florida Atlantic University, Florida, FL.
  • 2020-2021: Research Associate, Center of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Florida Atlantic University, FL.
  • 2021-present: Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Allani SK, Rayala R, Rivera O, Prentice HM, Chen X, Ramírez-Alcántara V, Canzoneri J, Menzie-Suderam J, Huang X, Georgescu C, Wren JD, Piazza GA, Weissbach H. A novel sulindac derivative protects against oxidative damage by a cyclooxygenase-independent mechanism. J. Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2022 doi: 10.1124/jpet.122.001086.
  • Menzie-Suderam J., Modi J., Hongyang C, Bent A., Tao R., Prentice H., Wu, J-Y Granulocyte-colony Stimulating Factor Gene Therapy as a Novel Therapeutics for Stroke in a Mouse. Journal of Biomedical Sciences. 27(1):99, 2020
  • Modi J., Menzie-Suderam J., Hongyang C, Tao R., Prentice H., Wu, J-Y Mode of Action of Granulocyte- colony Stimulating Factor (G-CSF) as a Novel Therapy for Stroke in a Mouse Model. Journal of Biomedical Sciences. 27(1):19, 2020.
  • Menzie-Suderam J., Tzen J.T.C., Wu G., Prentice H., Wu, J-Y. Mode of action of Chiang Tang Tong Fu, a Chinese herbal supplement, against glutamate-induced toxicity. Current Topics in Phytochemistry 14:13-20, 2018
  • Menzie-Suderam J., Gharibani P., Modi J., Ma, Z., Tao R., Prentice H.,Wu, J-Y Granulocyte- colony stimulating factor protects against endoplasmic reticulum stress in an experimental model of stroke. Brain Research: 168: 1-13, 2018.
  • Davis S, Cirone A.M., Menzie J., Russell F., Dorey CK., Shibata Y, Wei J., Nan C. Phagocytosis-mediated M1 activation by chitin but not by chitosan. American Journal of Physiology- Cell Physiology 315(1):C62-C72, 2018.
  • Modi J, Altamimi A, Morrell A, Chou H, Menzie J, et al. Protective functions of AEURA in Cell Based Model of Stroke and Alzheimer disease. J Neurosci Neurol Disord. 1: 016-023, 2017
  • Gharibani P.M., Modi J., Menzie, J., Alexandrescu A., Ma, Z., Tao, R., Prentice, Hand Wu, J-Y Comparison between single and combined post-treatment with s-methyl-n,n diethylthiolcarbamate sulfoxide and taurine following transient focal cerebral Ischemia In Rat Brain. Neuroscience: 460-473, 2015

Scholarly Activity

Honors and Awards

  • 2003-2004 Research Assistantship Award, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • 2008-2015 Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions Scholarship Award (L.A.C.C.E.I)
  • 2009-2010 Lifelong Learning Society Graduate Scholarship
  • 2012 Florida Atlantic University Graduate and Professional Student Association Travel
  • 2012-2013 Florida Atlantic University Graduate School Dissertation Year Award
  • 2015 Teaching Assistant Award, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2019 BRAINS Fellow Cohort

Professional Memberships and Reviewer

  • 2005 -present Member of Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
  • 2007-2010 Member, American Association of Anatomists (AAA)
  • 2010 Co-Chair, Integrative Biology Retreat Committee, Florida Atlantic University, FL.
  • 2011-2015 Member of Golden Key International Honor Society
  • 2013-2015 Member, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 2017-present Member of American Heart Association (AHA)
  • 2018-2019 Board Member of Postdoctoral Association, Florida Atlantic University, FL.
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Cell Biology and Toxicology, Brain Science, Journal of Biomedical Sciences, Cell Physiology and Biochemistry, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, The International Journal of Neuroscience.
Additional Information
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine offers students a variety of educational programs and degrees.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, BC-71
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 297-4828