Focus on Mentoring

Agenor Limon, MSc, PhD
September 2021


Dr. Agenor Limon completed his master’s and PhD degrees in physiological sciences at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Puebla, México. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), he served as an assistant project scientist at UCI and a lecturer at both UCI and California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Limon joined UTMB in 2018 and is a tenure-track assistant professor in the George and Cynthia Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in the Department of Neurology. He is a faculty member in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and the international joint PhD program between UTMB and the University of Palermo.

Dr. Limon’s research focuses on the mechanisms of synaptic resilience in neurodegenerative disorders and molecular mechanisms of excitation-inhibition imbalance in neurodegenerative diseases and mental disorders.
His research has been funded by multiple entities such as the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Amon G. Carter Foundation. He is currently the principal investigator or co-investigator on two R01 and U24 grants, including a new five-year R01 from the National Institute on Aging. He has published nearly 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has presented his work at over 50 symposia and conferences. He has served as a reviewer or editor for multiple scientific journals and as a grant reviewer for numerous national and international scientific agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT) in Mexico, and the National Agency for Evaluation and Prospective (ANEP) in Spain.

Since joining UTMB, Dr. Limon has mentored several students, including a PhD student from the University of Palermo and an international master’s student from the Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy, who has gone on to continue his graduate studies at the Max Planck Institute of Experiemental Medicine, Göttingen/University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany. Additionally, each year he has mentored a student in the Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate Research Program (NSURP). Dr. Limon’s mentoring ability is reflected in the productivity and outcomes of his students. Since 2018, his UTMB students have published seven papers, including four first author publications. After completing their training in his lab, Dr. Limon’s students have gone on to continue their education at other prestigious institutions in PhD, medical, or postdoctoral programs.

Dr. Limon has also been active in teaching courses within the Basic Biomedical Science Curriculum, Neuroscience, and Cell Biology graduate programs and receives strong evaluations from his students. He supports the administration of graduate education by serving on the Neuroscience Graduate Program admissions committee, the UTMB/University of Palermo admissions committee, as a faculty judge for various scientific forums and symposia, and on the selection committee for the T32 Training in Alzheimer’s Pathophysiology. Overall, Dr. Limon has demonstrated that he is an excellent mentor who has had a very positive effect on the long-term career goals of all of his mentees. Please join the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in celebrating Dr. Limon as the September 2021 GSBS Focus on Mentoring designee.


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