Aida Adlimoghaddam, PhD, CRQM

Assistant Professor, Smith Alzheimer’s Center

    About me

    Aida Adlimoghaddam, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Adlimoghaddam obtained her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, specializing in molecular pharmacology and physiology, from the University of Manitoba, Canada (2015). She joined Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 2023 after completing fellowships at the University of Manitoba (2016-2018) and St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre (2019-2023). She has been honored to receive a number of prestigious awards including the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) Young Investigator Scholarship (USA Alzheimer’s group) and the American Alzheimer’s Association Award.

    Dr. Adlimoghaddam has engaged in teaching and research across various disciplines (Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Neurobiology), for nearly 15 years. She has taught/mentored secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students; published over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts in high-impact journals; published more than 30 scientific abstracts; provided nearly 40 oral and poster presentations at various national and international conferences, meetings, and community outlets (radio, television, and YouTube interviews). She also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous scientific journals.

    During her doctoral program, Dr. Adlimoghaddam tested the effect of various pharmaceuticals, such as: acetazolamide, colchicine, concanamycin C, ouabain, phenamil, amiloride, and 5-(N-ethyl-N-isopropyl) amiloride (EIPA) to investigate and characterize the function of various ion channels using Caenorhabditis elegans and human cancer cell lines. Following her doctoral research, she carried out a variety of different pre-clinical projects and a clinical trial to understand mitochondrial function, inflammatory processes, and their connection to learning and memory in Alzheimer’s disease. She employed a wide range of pharmaceuticals and dietary interventions to assess their potential to enhance memory, improve mitochondrial function, and reduce inflammation in Alzheimer's disease.

    Aida Adlimoghaddam lab page



    Education & training

    Doctorate Degree
    Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology), University of Manitoba, Canada
    University of Manitoba, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Winnipeg, Canada
    St. Boniface Hospital Research Center, Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders, Canada


    American Alzheimer’s Association Award
    Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) Young Investigator