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Coleen Atkins

General Information

Coleen  Atkins


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  • English


  • Associate Professor


Research Interests

The research in my laboratory focuses on developing novel therapeutic interventions for traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.

We are identifying the biochemical changes that underlie the pathology in the CNS after trauma using molecular biology, biochemistry, and electrophysiology techniques.

We are developing therapeutic strategies targeting maladaptive electrophysiological alterations, inflammation, and intracellular biochemical signaling pathways that are misregulated during chronic traumatic brain injury.

The ultimate aim of the laboratory is to translate our preclinical studies to the clinic by testing our novel therapeutic interventions validated in the laboratory in chronic TBI survivors.


Brain Injury Association of America Young Investigator Award
Mentor Recognition Award, The Leadership Alliance Program
Oregon Chapter Society for Neuroscience Dendrite Speaker Award
Deborah Martin Achievement Award in Biomedical Sciences
Baylor Graduate Student Symposium Platform Speaker Award
Baylor Graduation Valedictorian
Baylor Graduate Student Symposium Poster Award
Baylor College of Medicine Dean’s Award


1999 Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
1993 B.A.
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis



Coleen M. Atkins, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Atkins started her career in learning and memory in 1993 in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Chapman at the University of Minnesota.  In 1999, she received her doctorate in Neuroscience under the mentorship of Dr. David Sweatt at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Atkins’ post-doctoral training was completed at Oregon Health & Sciences University with Dr. Thomas Soderling. In 2004, Dr. Atkins’ joined Dr. Dalton Dietrich’s laboratory at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and transitioned to the field of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Currently, Dr. Atkins is funded by the NIH to develop therapeutic strategies for learning and memory rehabilitation of chronic TBI survivors.