Dr. Kinney earned his Ph.D. in 2000 from Colorado State University. He was then awarded an Intramural Research Training Fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health working in the Section of Behavioral Genetics investigating behavioral pharmacology projects as well as extensive behavioral phenotyping of transgenic mouse models of neurodegenerative disease. In October 2002, Dr. Kinney was awarded the Helen Dorris Fellowship in the Department of Neuropharmacology at The Scripps Research Institute in the laboratory of Dr. Tamas Bartfai. Research projects in the laboratory focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms in several neurological disorders. In August 2007, Dr. Kinney joined UNLV and in 2019 he serves as the founding chair of the Department of Brain Health.
After completing my bachelor’s degree at UNLV, I decided to stay and work under Dr. Jefferson Kinney given that his research aligns with what I am interested in studying. Furthermore, the faculty in the Department of Brain Health are extremely talented and are all involved in vigorous and important research, prompting me to want to be part of the team.24 February 2021