Dwayne Simmons, PhD
Department Chair Cornelia Marschall Smith Endowed Professor
BS, Pepperdine University
Ph.D., Harvard University
Major area of research:
Aging brain function related to hearing and balance, neurodegeneration, and neuro-immune responses at Baylor University.
Dwayne D. Simmons is a graduate of Pepperdine University (BS) and Harvard University (PhD). He is currently the Cornelia Marschall Smith Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at Baylor University. This past year, he was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom where he conducted research at the University of Sheffield on the role of calcium buffering in auditory function and deafness. He is also recipient of a Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Most recently, he was a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology at UCLA and director of several NIH-funded undergraduate research programs, whose goals are to increase the number of students from diverse backgrounds who enter biomedical research careers. He also directed diversity and education programs for the UCLA Brain Research Institute. He has taught courses in neuroscience, physiology and cell biology. His research primarily focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms associated with hearing loss in the brain and inner ear. In addition to UCLA, he has been on the faculties at Pepperdine University and Washington University School of Medicine. His hobbies include Biblical studies, hiking, biking, and history. He and his wife, D’Nisa, have a teenage son and younger daughter.