Judy Garner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell and Neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine. She completed her Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Anatomy at Case Western Reserve University in 1979, then performed postdoctoral work in the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University and again at CWRU prior to becoming a USC faculty member in 1984. Her primary research interest is in how organelles and pathogens are targeted to specific domains inside neurons and how they are maintained in those areas. Other areas of interest include mechanisms of axonal regeneration and the effects of aging on intracellular motile processes. Dr. Garner has received a number of research grants from the National Institutes of Health, as well as private foundations, and has served as a regular member of a Neuroscience study section at NIH.
The best part of teaching, to Dr. Garner, is the opportunity to interact in an intensive and focused way with both medical and graduate students. Most medical students have little background in neuroanatomy before their medical school course. Watching them go, in a short time, from ground zero to a working knowledge of how the brain and body work together, is both fascinating and highly satisfying. As a CET Fellow, Dr. Garner hopes to continue to improve her own teaching skills, to mentor junior faculty and graduate students who desire to optimize and enrich their teaching effort, and to develop and test new and innovative methods of effective small-group teaching of the sciences.