Phillip Dmitriev

Mentor: Dr. Mingzhou Ding
College of Engineering
"I've always been interested in science, which to me means understanding the world around us and our place in it. I first started researching in my freshman year because I was really excited about understanding what it is about our brain that allows us to feel and think so deeply. I learned not only about the neuroscience behind cognition, but also about the neurodegenerative disorders that can take away part of that cognition that makes us human. Ever since then, I've sought a career in research to apply my knowledge to medicine and continue to delve deeper into the human mind."


Neurobiological Sciences, Microbiology and Cell Science



Research Interests

  • Aging
  • Neurodegnerative Disorders
  • Gene Therapy

Academic Awards

  • Conte Center Summer Undergraduate Research Experience 2016
  • William G. Carelton Scholarship 2016
  • Presidential Service Award 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016



  • Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students
  • Association of Future Physician-Scientists
  • American Physician Scientists Association


  • UF Shands Hospital Arts in Medicine Program
  • Haven Hospice
  • Annual Florida Heterocyclic and Synthetic Conference - Committee Chair

Hobbies and Interests

  • Guitar
  • Swimming
  • Reading

Research Description

Neural Markers of Cognitive Decline in Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder that typically manifests itself in older adults. While the motor abnormalities have been the main focus of PD research, the cognitive effects are still poorly understood. My research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during a cognitive task in order to define unique patterns of activation, volume, and connectivity in PD that will help us understand the neural processes underlying this disorder.