Jessica Alber, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Ryan Research Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
  • Phone: 401-874-2687
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Jessica Alber completed her Ph.D. in human cognitive neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and her post-doctoral fellowship as part of the Clinical Psychology Training Consortium at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, followed by a year as assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown. She has received numerous awards, including the University of Edinburgh Principal’s Career Development Award and the University of Edinburgh Medal for Academic Distinction. Alber spent the early years of her career conducting neuropsychological assessments in memory clinic and building a foundation in neurodegenerative disease research, with a focus on preclinical biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). During her post-doctoral fellowship, she studied under Stephen Salloway and Peter Snyder, developing expertise in AD clinical trials and biomarkers for the early detection of AD.

Alber is currently engaged in research examining potential retinal biomarkers for the detection and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Other projects include examination of the effect of cardiac rehabilitation on long-term cognitive decline, and the effect of the APOE E4 gene on cognitive, lifestyle, and biomarker outcomes in preclinical AD. She has published extensively on the early detection and prevention of AD, and looks forward to expanding her burgeoning career in neurodegenerative disease research.