Mishaal Ali

Mentor: Dr. Habibeh Khoshbouei
College of Medicine
"It is well known that medicine is constantly evolving and advancing. These advancements, furthermore, would not be possible without innovative research. Being involved in research, therefore, allows me to contribute to the progression of medicine and science in general. Having the ability to do discover new links within neuroscience, I can confidently say, has been one of the most amazing experiences."


Political Science


International Relations

Research Interests

  • Addiction Studies
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Brain Function

Academic Awards

  • President's Honor Roll 2015
  • University Scholars Award
  • Multicultural Honor Award 2014
  • Dean's List 2014


  • UF Campus Diplomats
  • UF Medlife


  • Hope Lodge
  • Give Kids the World
  • Feed the Homeless Program

Hobbies and Interests

  • Reading
  • Listening to Music
  • Eating

Research Description

Localization of the Sigma-1 Receptor in the Dopaminergic System
My project investigates the interaction between the Sigma-1 Receptor and Dopamine Transporter. Essentially, we know that there is a link between the two, since the Sigma-1 Receptor and Dopamine Transporter are often co-localized in certain brain regions. If we can understand the exact relationship between the two, and how the Sigma-1 Receptor influences the Dopamine Transporter, then we can better understand the mechanics of addiction. Furthermore, my project will be utilizing techniques such as immunohistochemistry to view the distribution of certain cellular components within brain regions.