Elba E Elisa Serrano

Elba E Elisa Serrano, PhD


Regular Regents Professor New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico United States


Elba Serrano, Regents Professor of Biology, received her undergraduate degree in physics with distinction from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in biological sciences from Stanford University with an emphasis in neuroscience and biophysics. Serrano’s biomedical research focuses on sensory disorders of hearing and balance, neurogenetics, and nanobiotechnology. Her research has been continuously funded since 1991 through awards from the National Institutes of Health, NASA, NSF and the Whitehall Foundation. Serrano is an advocate of interdisciplinary research and education and she collaborates with scientists and engineers at LANL, Harvard University, MIT, and Southwest Sciences Inc. Over 100 NMSU graduate and undergraduate students have participated in mentored research in her laboratory. She serves as director of two NIH-funded biomedical student research training programs at NMSU: Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE; 2008 - present) and BP-ENDURE Building Research Achievement in Neuroscience (BRAiN; 2010-present).

Professor Serrano teaches at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum from introductory non-science majors course in Human Biology to doctoral level courses in Auditory Neuroscience and Professional Development. She has offered courses, workshops, and lectures on science, ethics, and society for over 15 years. Serrano developed NMSU's first course in neurobiology 18 years ago.

Serrano’s honors include a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a AAAS Lectureship in Women in Science and Engineering, the NMSU Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the NMSU SP Manasse Scholar Endowed Chair. Serrano has served on the Advisory Board for ABRCMS, the Health Sciences Council for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the CINT Users Advisory Board, and the International Society for Neuroethics Program Committee. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the NIH Director, and the Society for Neuroscience Professional Development Committee. In January 2009, she was appointed a Regent's Professor; in 2012 she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Neuroscience Sub-Discipline
Bioinformatics / Neuroinformatics
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Disorders of the Nervous System
Excitable Membranes and Ion Channels
History, Teaching, Public Awareness, and Societal
Sensory Systems Neuroscience
Bioinformatics / Neuroinformatics
Cell Culture
Electrophysiology (channels)
Genetic Models and Techniques
Genomics, Proteomics, and Systems Biology
Histochemistry and Tracing
Imaging (microscopy)
Molecular Approaches
Optical methods
Species: Vertebrate

SfN Service History

CommitteeTitleMember Status
Working Group On Scientific TrainingMemberPast
Professional Development Committee MemberPast
Professional Development Committee MemberPast
Global Membership CommitteeMemberCurrent