Keri Barksdale Mans, PhD

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Term Lecturer, Health Professions Education and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

Keri Mans is a term lecturer in the Health Professions Education program at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has a background in both neuroscience and pedagogy, as well as a passion for the neurobiology of effective learning. She also serves as Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Georgia Southern University, where she teaches courses in evidence-based practice, pathophysiology and neurophysiology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Keri has experience leading students in many settings: the research laboratory, the classroom, online classrooms, and in preparation for their next professional steps. She has completed professional development in teaching online, teaching at the college level, student success and assessment, and mentorship. Keri believes firmly that active and experiential learning, even facilitated online, will encourage her students to become lifelong learners.  She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN), and Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE).

When Dr. Mans is not teaching, completing research, or spending time with her family, she enjoys exercising, reading, and going to the beach.

Research Interests

Dr. Mans’ research focuses on the metabolic effects of stress in the brain, using zebrafish as a model organism.  She is currently investigating the effect of chronic stress on mitochondrial function in the zebrafish telencephalon, a structure analogous to the human hippocampus.


BS Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (2004)
PhD Neurobiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL (2010)
NIH-IRACDA Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL (2013)


Roberts RC, Barksdale KA, Roche JK, & Lahti AC. 2015. Decreased synaptic and mitochondrial density in the postmortem anterior cingulate cortex in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research. 168(1-2):543-53.

Barksdale KA, Lahti AC, Roberts, RC. 2014. Synaptic proteins in the postmortem anterior cingulate cortex in schizophrenia: relationship to treatment response. Neuropsychopharmacology. 39(9): 2095-103.

Barksdale KA, Perez-Costas E, Melendez-Ferro M, Gandy JC, Roberts RC, Bijur GN.  2010. Mitochondrial Viability in Post-Mortem Brain.  Faseb J. 24(9): 3590-9.

Barksdale KA, Bijur GN. 2009. The basal flux of Akt in the mitochondria is mediated by heat shock protein 90. J. Neurochem. 108(5): 1289-99.

King TD, Clodfelder-Miller B, Barksdale KA, Bijur GN. 2008. Unregulated mitochondrial GSK3beta activity results in NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase deficiency. Neurotox Res. 14(4): 367-82.

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