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Letisha R. Wyatt, Ph.D. (she/her)

  • Associate Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine
  • Director of Diversity in Research, OHSU Research & Innovation
  • Racial Equity and Inclusion Center, Director of Innovative Policy, Vollum Institute
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program, School of Medicine


Letisha R. Wyatt is faculty in the Department of Neurology. She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology &Toxicology from the University of Southern California (2013). Her graduate and postdoctoral research focused on purinergic signalling in the central nervous system as a molecular target for new treatments for alcohol abuse and stroke. Letisha is a former NIH predoctoral fellow and has a strong record of mentorship in the laboratory and classroom. As the Director of Diversity in Research in the Office of Research and Innovation Office, part of her work involves supporting campus-wide efforts for enhancing inclusivity in laboratories and graduate education. More recently, Letisha has taken on the role of Director of Innovative Policy at the Racial Equity and Inclusion Center in the Vollum Institute where she focuses on building operational plans and internal systems to achieve organizational effectiveness in progressive workplace policies that advance racial equity. A major goal of her effort in this area is to engage with institutional leadership so that they may be empowered to identify structural racism and actively participate in the work to dismantle it. Read more about Letisha’s role on her personal website (https://www.letisharwyatt.com/) and view her work on ORCID: 0000-0003-1026-5232.

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • B.S., 2005, University of California, Davis
    • Ph.D., 2013, University of Southern California

Areas of interest

  • Neurobiology
  • Drug Pharmacology
  • Preclinical Testing
  • Data Management/Stewardship
  • Scientific Communication
  • Open Science
  • Activism/Organizing



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