Kennie Shepherd, PhD
Faculty Mentor

Kennie Shepherd

Kennie Shepherd, Ph.D.
Peer Mentor since 2003
Faculty Mentor since 2011




Dr. Kennie Raviie Shepherd is an Assistant Professor in the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in toxicology from Florida A & M University (FAMU). At FAMU, he found that two pesticides, paraquat and methyl parathion, increased methylation and induced biochemical and behavioral deficits similar to those seen in Parkinson’s disease (PD). He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the department of Developmental Neurobiology under Richard Smeyne. At St. Jude, he received training in neurogenetics, and studied mouse strain susceptibilities to the experimental PD-inducing agent, MPTP.  He then completed a second postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, under Gary Miller in the department of Environmental Health and the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease. At Emory, he studied how reduced expression of vesicular monoamine transporters alters glia cell populations, and subsequent susceptibility of dopamine neurons to experimental Parkinson’s agents.  Dr. Shepherd is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, Society of Toxicology, the American Society for Neurochemistry and the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. He has served as a reviewer for several journals including Brain Research, Developmental Brain Research, Molecular Brain Research, Neurotoxicology, Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, and Neurochemical Research.


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Contact Information

Affiliation:  Assistant Professor
Institution/Address:  Morehouse School of Medicine
 720 Westview Drive
 Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone:  404.712.8587
Fax:  404.727.3728
Email:  kennieshep@hotmail.com
FASEB Society Member:  ASPET
Scientific Discipline:  Neuroscience
ABRCMS 2011 Mentor:  YES













Breaking the Ice - Kennie's "Q&A"

 If you were a Smurf, what would your name be?

 Romantic Smurf.

 What is one thing that you constantly think about (other than material things?)


 What's your favorite sport?


 Listener or talker?


 Best dessert you have ever had?

 My grandmother's blackberry cobbler.

 What is the best reward anyone can give you?

 A hug.

 Do you squeeze the toothpaste from the top or the bottom?

 From the bottom.

 Coffee or Tea?


 If you were a piece of fruit, what fruit would you choose to be?

 Mango.  Because when ripe, it's soft, juicy and sweet.

 What's your favorite ice cream flavor?

 Butter Pecan.