Dr. Daniel N. Cox is a Systems Neuroscientist whose research interests revolve are developmental neurogenetics, neurogenomics, molecular neuroanatomy, stem cell biology, and the molecular bases of behavior. He is Associate Professor of Systems Biology in the School of Systems Biology and a Principal Investigator of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University. He also serves as the Graduate Program Director in the School of Systems Biology and Director of Confocal and Cellular Imaging Facilities at the Krasnow Institute. He received a B.S. in Biology with Honors from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Genetics from Duke University. Following his Ph.D., Dr. Cox completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco where he was a Jane Coffin Childs Fellow for Medical Research and Research Associate of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Dr. Cox’s research focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying the specification and modulation of neural connectivity with a particular emphasis on the control of dendrite development and the functional relationships between dendrite morphogenesis and sensory behaviors, including pain perception. His research program is funded by the National Institutes of Health including grants from NIMH and NINDS, as well as a number of private agencies. Recent doctoral graduates from his laboratory have secured highly competitive postdoctoral positions at the NIH, Harvard, and MIT.
Apart from his research program, Dr. Cox has been the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and mentoring awards including the 2013 University Teaching Excellence Award, (2) College of Science Teaching Excellence Awards, and the inaugural OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award. In 2012, Dr. Cox received a national mentoring award in the Biological Sciences (1 of 3) from the Council on Undergraduate Research. Externally, he serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals and on grant review panels for a variety of agencies including the NIH, NSF, DOD, Wellcome Trust, UK, and the Israel Science Foundation. In 2011, Dr. Cox received the J. Shelton Horsley Research Award from the Virginia Academy of Science which is the highest honor bestowed by this agency.