Keri Mans is a Term Lecturer in Health Professions Education at MGH Institute of Health Professions, where she teaches Cognitive Science of Learning (HE-921) and Teaching Practicum (HE-714). She has a background in neuroscience and pedagogy, as well as a passion for the neurobiology of effective teaching and learning. She also serves as Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Georgia Southern University, where she coordinates the baccalaureate program and teaches courses in evidence-based practice, human physiology, pathophysiology, and neurophysiology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Keri has experience leading students in many settings, including 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 that active and experiential learning will encourage her students to become lifelong learners. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, and Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences. 

When Keri is not teaching or researching, she enjoys her two daughters and husband, exercising, reading fiction, and going to the beach

  • 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)

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.

Moore NS, Mans RA, McCauley M, Allgood CS, Barksdale KA. 2021. Critical Effects on Akt Signaling in Adult Zebrafish Brain Following Alteration in Light Cycles. MDPI Cells, “Zebrafish” Special Issue 10(3):637.

Patel R*, Barksdale KA*. Effect of Supplemental Therapies on Motor and Nonmotor Outcomes in the Parkinson’s Population. In Revision at Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. *equal contribution

Barksdale KA, Lovicz AL, Awe A. Current Progress in Use of Zebrafish to Investigate the Effect of Stress on Learning and Memory. In Preparation, Invited Review for MDPI, 2022.

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.

Contact Information