Contact Information

Associate Professor of Pharmacology
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences
551 SR2 Bldg (mail code 5307)
Houston, TX 77204

Office (713) 743-7835
Office (713) 743-1772
Fax (713) 743-1884

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2012


Maria Victoria Tejada-Simon, PhD, MEd, MS

Maria Victoria Tejada-Simon, PhD, MEd, MS


Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
M.Ed. in Teaching, University of Houston, Houston, TX
M.S., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
B.S. in Biology, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain


Research Statement

Overall, my laboratory at the University of Houston has the clear mission of advancing the scientific understanding of disorders of the brain. We are striving towards finding therapeutic targets for diseases with impaired cognition and develop strategies for prevention and treatment of these disorders. I have a broad background in animal models of cognition, learning and memory paradigms, pharmacological modulation, with specific training and expertise in key research areas relevant to drug abuse and mental health. We are also interested in exploring cell and receptor-specific novel therapeutic targets for drug abuse and relapse. Additionally, I have wide expertise and leadership mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom are from diverse underrepresented populations in science.

About Me

Dr. Maria V. Tejada-Simon is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Psychology and Biology at the University of Houston, in Houston, Texas. She has devoted her scientific career to researching psychiatric conditions and mental disorders, with a particular emphasis on cognitive deficiencies and autism spectrum disorders. Her goal is to find promising therapeutic alternatives that improve the quality of life of patients presenting intellectual disabilities and other mental problems.

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