Adam R Ferguson, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Ferguson is an associate professor of Neurological Surgery at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a principal investigator in the Brain and Spinal Injury Center (BASIC) at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). His research focuses on the mechanisms of recovery after neurological trauma. Injuries to the brain and spinal cord invoke a number of complex biological processes that work in concert to determine the extent of tissue repair and functional recovery. To further complicate matters, some biological processes have contradictory effects when present at different stages of neurological recovery. For example, mechanisms of synaptic regulation can contribute to cell death in the early phases of recovery but may promote plasticity and restoration of the function at later stages. Understanding the mechanisms of repair in the complex microenvironment of the injured central nervous system (CNS) requires a large-scale integration of complex biological information and functional outcomes. Dr. Ferguson’s work uses a combination of molecular and cell biology, behavioral neuroscience, and statistical modeling to provide an information-rich picture of the holistic syndrome produced by CNS trauma in translational models. The long-term goal of this research is to provide system-level therapeutic targets for enhancing recovery of function after brain and spinal injury.

Education and Training

  • Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX, BA, 1998, Psychology (Biology)
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, MS, 2000, Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience)
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Ph.D., 2004, Psychology (Behavioral/Cellular Neuroscience)
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Postdoc, 2004-2006, Neuroscience
  • University of California, San Francisco, CA, Postdoc, 2006-2007, Neurosurgery
  • University of California, San Francisco, CA, Individual NIH/NRSA Postdoc, 2007-2010, Neurosurgery
  • University of California, San Francisco, CA, Assistant Professor, 2010, Neurosurgery

Positions Held

  • 1995-1998 Research Assistant, Dept. of Psychology, Southwestern University.
  • 1998-2004 Teaching Assistant, Instructor & Research Assistant, Dept. Psychology, Texas A&M University
  • 2004-2006 Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Neuroscience, The Ohio State University
  • 2006-present Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Neuroscience, The Ohio State University
  • 2006-2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2010-present Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2012-present Faculty, Doctorate of Physical Therapy Graduate Program, UCSF
  • 2013-present Faculty, Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program, UCSF

Selected Honors

  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Psi Chi
  • Texas A&M University Thesis Minigrant, 2000
  • Society for Neuroscience/Eli Lilly Graduate Student Travel Award, 2002
  • Texas A&M University Distinguished Graduate Doctoral Research Award, 2004
  • The Michael Goldberger Prize from the National Neurotrauma Society, 2007
  • Individual National Research Service Award (F32), 2007
  • NIH Early Stage Investigator Award (R01), 2010
  • NIH Established Investigator Award (R01), 2010

Professional Societies/Service

  • 1998-present Society for Neuroscience
  • 2006-present American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2006-present New York Academy of Sciences
  • 2004-present National Neurotrauma Society
  • 1998-2006 American Psychological Association, Division 6
  • 2009 Chair, Society for Neuroscience Nanosymposium: “Spinal Cord Injury: Beyond Biology to Therapy”
  • 2007-present Reviewer: Behavioral Neuroscience; European Journal of Neuroscience; Journal of Neuroscience; Journal of Neurotrauma, Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology, Neurotherapeutics, PLoS One
  • 2012 - present AO Spine
  • 2013 - present American Pain Society

Adam R Ferguson, PhD
Associate Professor
Brain and Spinal Injury Center
1001 Potrero Ave, Bldg. 1, Rm. 101, San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: 415-206-3734
Fax: 415-206-3948
Email: adam.ferguson@ucsf.edu

PUBLISHED WORK