A researcher and teacher with a rich degree of experience in the fields of neuroscience, molecular pharmacology, and physiology, Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D., serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida (USF). Commanding an impressive professional and academic background, D’Agostino laid the foundations for his career while an undergraduate at Rutgers University, during which time he received his school’s Educational Advancement Scholarship. Following the receipt of his B.S. in Biological Sciences and Nutritional Science in 1998, Dominic D’Agostino enrolled at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1999 and spent the next five years immersed in doctoral studies in physiology and neuroscience. The recipient of a Predoctoral Fellowship, two Graduate Student Respiratory Physiology Awards, and the Proctor and Gamble Professional Opportunity Award in Physiology, Dominic D’Agostino earned his Ph.D. in 2004 and subsequently entered into a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Ohio. Dominic D’Agostino relocated to Tampa, Florida, in 2006 as a postdoctoral fellow sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida. Since then, he has completed various research projects related to developing and testing neuroprotective and metabolic therapies for a wide range of conditions, including Central Nervous System (CNS) oxygen toxicity, epilepsy, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, wound healing, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (commonly called ALS). As a result, D’Agostino has earned a number of grants from government organizations, along with publication in such peer-reviewed journals as the Journal of Applied Physiology, Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, and the Journal of Microscopy. Named Assistant Professor at USF in 2008, Dominic D’Agostino currently pursues a broad array of research and teaching endeavors as a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology at the Morsani College of Medicine. To learn more about D’Agostino’s professional background and research interests, please visit


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Work History

Work History
2008 - Present

Assistant Professor

University of South Florida


1999 - 2004


University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey