Department of Bio-Medical Sciences - Georgia
Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

Adwoa D. Aduonum, PhD, MSc


Office: 678-225-7474
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Dr. Aduonum, received her BA degree in Biology from Southwestern University, Georgetown Texas. She graduated from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee Florida with a MSc in Biological Science. She then went on to complete a PhD in Anatomy & Physiology with a concentration in Neuroscience from Meharry Medical College, Nashville Tennessee in 2000.

In 2001, Dr. Aduonum was one of five women to receive a NIH fellowship to participate in a specialized postdoctoral program (Fellowship in Research and Science Teaching – FIRST) at the Emory University School of Medicine. During the postdoctoral fellowship her research focused on (1) using various pharmacological agents to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the spinal cord modulation of locomotion and/or the motor synchronization in the spinal as seen in myoclonic and paroxysmal disorders in the CNS and (2) assessing the efficacy and cost effectiveness of an HIV intervention for African-American women in reducing high risk sexual practices and sexually transmitted infections over an 18-month follow-up period.

Prior to joining the faculty at GA – PCOM, Dr. Aduonum worked at the prestigious Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia for several years where she taught biology and methods in biological research. Since 2007, Dr. Aduonum has been teaching Neuroscience and Physiology to osteopathic medical students and biomedical science at GA-PCOM. She is currently a standing member of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN), American Physiological Society (APS), International Drug Abuse Research Society (IDARS) and International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE). Dr. Aduonum enjoys globe-trotting.

  • Education

    PhD, Anatomy and Physiology, Meharry Medical College, Nashville TN, 2001
    MSc, Biology, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, 1997
    BA, Biology, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX, 1993

  • Research

    Dr. Aduonum's research focuses on assessing the effects of psychostimulants on learning and memory consolidation in the rodent in vivo model.

  • Awards

    Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging (CCDA) research scholarship award, 2008-2010

    Fellowship in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) award, 2001

    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director’s Fellowship Award, 2000

  • Publications

    Selected Publications

    Chirwa S, Aduonum A, Pizarro J, Reasor J, Kawai Y, Gonzalez M, McAdory BS, Onaivi E, Barea-Rodriguez EJ. Dopaminergic (2005) DA1 signaling couples growth-associated protein-43 and long-term potentiation in guinea pig hippocampus. Brain Res Bull. 64(5):433-40.

    Chirwa S, Mack J, Park R, Dennis K, Aduonum A. (2001) An in vivo model for investigating bilateral synaptic plasticity across CA3/CA1 synapses in guinea pig dorsal hippocampus. J Neurosci Methods. 110(1-2):25-30.

    Williams SM, Addy JH, Phillips JA 3rd, Dai M, Kpodonu J, Afful J, Jackson H, Joseph K, Eason F, Murray MM, Epperson P, Aduonum A, Wong LJ, Jose PA, Felder RA. (2000) Combinations of variations in multiple genes are associated with hypertension. Hypertension. 36(1):2-6.

    Selected Presentations

    Keynote Speaker: Summer Research Apprenticeship Program (SRAP)/Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Fort Valley State University, 2005

    Presenter: The Compact for Faculty Diversity, The Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, 12th Annual Conference, Arlington, VA 2005