Neuroscience Major Welcomes Two New Faculty

Dr. Beverly Piggott and Dr. Katie Holick

The growing Neuroscience program at UM is excited to announce the Fall 2020 arrival of two new faculty members. In keeping with its collaborative, interdisciplinary design, these new faculty will hold appointments in two different colleges: Dr. Beverly Piggott in the Division of Biological Sciences (College of Humanities & Sciences) and Dr. Katie Holick in the Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences (Skaggs School of Pharmacy, College of Health).

Dr. Beverly PiggottDr. Beverly Piggott will be joining our program after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Yuh-Nung Jan at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular & Integrative Physiology in 2012 from the University of Michigan. Dr. Piggott’s expertise is in the fields of neurophysiology, neurodevelopment, and neural stem cells. Her research focuses on the role of ion channels in brain development and disease.

Katie HolickDr. Katie Holick will be relocating to Missoula from the Department of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University.  She earned both her B.S. (Microbiology) and Ph.D. (Neuroscience) degrees from the University of Montana and was a postdoctoral fellow at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense. Dr. Holick has considerable experience in the areas neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and neuroscience education. She is a dedicated teacher who is at the forefront of instructional technology and active learning, including the application of virtual reality to teaching cell biology and anatomy.

The addition of these two exceptional faculty members not only provides new research and classroom opportunities for UM Neuroscience students but also demonstrate UM’s strong commitment to the Neuroscience major.  Students can look forward to meeting Drs. Piggott and Hoffman in the fall.

UM Neuroscience Ambassador Jenny Taylor contributed to this article