Martha Bhattacharya, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute
Martha Bhattacharya, PhD
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Martha Bhattacharya, PhD, is an associate professor at the Department of Neuroscience, where her research focuses on the molecular pathways involved in the degeneration of axons, the threadlike cell structures that are critical for neuronal communication. Her lab’s work has broad applications, with potential to improve the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, peripheral neuropathy, and Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Bhattacharya joined Vertically Integrated Projects in 2021 when she launched Brain Communication Networks, one of UArizona’s first VIP teams. That same year, she received the Distinguished Early-Career Teaching Award from the College of Science, in recognition of outstanding classroom teaching in her VIP team and her undergraduate course “How to Build a Brain” (NSCS 440). In 2022, she was awarded the Margaret M. Briehl and Dennis T. Ray Five Star Faculty Award, a UArizona award for teaching and mentoring given by undergraduate students to one faculty member per year.

Dr. Bhattacharya also served as the Faculty Director for VIP at UArizona from 2022 through 2024. In this role, she led the program’s efforts in faculty and student recruitment, as well as strategic initiatives to advance VIP’s research productivity; educational outcomes; and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Dr. Bhattacharya earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Harvard University and a PhD in cell biology at the University of California, San Francisco. She completed postdoctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2014, she was appointed to her first tenure-track faculty position at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (now University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy). She began her position at the University of Arizona in January 2017.