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Nour Al-muhtasib

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Harney Science Center 319


Nour Al-muhtasib is an instructor in the Department of Biology. Dr. Al-muhtasib's graduate research focused on the neurons within the nucleus accumbens and how they differed from each other. Dr. Al-muhtasib teaches general biology, human physiology, and neurobiology. 

She is passionate about making the classroom an inclusive place for all students and decolonizing her curriculum.


  • Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Molecular and cellular physiology


  • Georgetown University, PhD in Pharmacology, 2018
  • University of Maryland, College Park, BS in Biochemistry, 2006

Prior Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Psychiatry, Yale University

Awards & Distinctions

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2019
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award, 2017

Selected Publications

  • Nour Al-muhtasib, P. Forcelli, S. Vicini. (2018). Differential electrophysiological properties of D1 and D2 spiny projection neurons in the mouse nucleus accumbens core. Physiological Reports.
  • Nour Al-muhtasib, A. Sepulveda-Rodriguez, S. Vicini, and P. Forcelli. (2018). Neonatal phenobarbital exposure disrupts GABAergic synaptic maturation in rat CA1 neurons. Epilepsia,59(2):333-344. 
  • N. Al-muhtasib, PA. Forcelli, KE. Conant, S. Vicini. (2018). MMP-1 overexpression selectively alters inhibition in D1 spiny projection neurons in the mouse nucleus accumbens core. Scientific Reports. 1;8(1)16230.