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Ilya Vilinsky

Title: Associate Professor, Educator
Office: 613B Rieveschl Hall
Tel: 513-556-9749
Email: ilya.vilinsky@uc.edu


  • Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA, 2003 (Neurobiology and Behavior).

Research Information

Research Interests

My educational role is to teach fundamental neuroscience courses to undergraduates, including principles of neurobiology, neurophysiology, and biological psychology.  I teach an intensive neurophysiology laboratory course for neuroscience majors, and an introductory course in drugs and disease in the brain for first year and non-science majors, using popular topics to introduce students to the field of neuroscience.  I also serve as the neuroscience advisor for students who take independent research for academic credit or capstone credit.

My administrative role is to direct the undergraduate neuroscience major. I am responsible for designing courses for and organizing the curricula of each of the three tracks within the neuroscience major.  I am the academic advisor for students majoring in neuroscience, and guide each student individually through their coursework, independent research or internship, and preparation for careers or postgraduate training.  In addition, I work to develop opportunities for academic and career development for students within the University of Cincinnati.  This includes establishing contact between undergraduate neuroscience and the diverse array of research labs and division within the College of Medicine.

Research Support

  • (PI), Buschbeck, Elke; Rogers, Nancy; Vilinsky, Ilya, Molecular Genetics in Neurophysiology Laboratories, National Science Foundation. (DUE-1044643), $199,968.00. 06/15/2011 to 05/31/2014. Status: Active.


In Press

  • Rivlin, Patricia K, St Clair, Ryan M, Vilinsky, Ilya, & Deitcher, David L (2004). Morphology and molecular organization of the adult neuromuscular junction of Drosophila. The Journal of comparative neurology, 468(4), 596-613.
  • Strausfeld, Nicholas J, Sinakevitch, Irina, & Vilinsky, Ilya (2003). The mushroom bodies of Drosophila melanogaster: an immunocytological and golgi study of Kenyon cell organization in the calyces and lobes. Microscopy research and technique, 62(2), 151-69.
  • Vilinsky, Ilya, Stewart, Bryan A, Drummond, James, Robinson, Iain, & Deitcher, David L (2002). A Drosophila SNAP-25 null mutant reveals context-dependent redundancy with SNAP-24 in neurotransmission. Genetics, 162(1), 259-71.

Honors & Awards

  • Darwin T. Turner Faculty Award. Honored at the 2010 Darwin T. Turner Breakfast of Champions.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2008 to 2009, Field Service Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA.
  • 2009 to Present, Director, Undergraduate Neuroscience Major, Education Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA.

Post Graduate training and Education

  • 2003 to 2008, Research Fellow, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Division of Developmental Biology, Cincinnati, OH, USA.


  • Committee Member, Undergraduate Council 2010 to Present
  • Other, Choose Ohio First Scholarship, Neuroscience Administrator of grant for neuroscience undergraduates, 2009 to Present
  • Representative, Neuroscience Center Advisory Board Representative for Undergraduate Neuroscience, 2010 to Present
  • Other, NeuroSociety Faculty mentor for student interest group, 2009 to Present
  • Director, Undergraduate Neuroscience Program 2010 to Present

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 2008 to Present ,Member, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience,

Courses Taught

    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10A
    Comments: Introductory course in neurobiology for neuroscience majors in the College of Arts and Sciences
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10W

  • 15-NS-210 Neurophysiology Laboratory
    Term: 10S

  • Neuroscience First Year Seminar
    Neuroscience First Year Seminar
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10W

  • 15-NS 401 Independent Research in Neuroscience
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10A

  • 15-NS 499 Capstone Research in Neuroscience
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10A

Additional Information

Grant 1044643 Ilya Vilinsky, Elke Buschbeck Co PIs.
National Science Foundation.
Title:  Molecular Genetics in Neurophysiology Laboratories
Grant $199,968