Dean of Research
Meharvan Singh, PhD
Title/s: Vice Dean of Research
Professor in Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Specialty Area: Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Dr. Meharvan Singh is the Vice Dean of Research for the Stritch School of Medicine and a professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology. His research focuses on the effects of hormones on the brain, particularly in the contexts of aging and neurodegenerative diseases.
Prior to joining Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Singh held many roles at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, including: Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and most recently as Director for the Institute for Healthy Aging, a multidisciplinary, research- and education-focused institute where faculty conduct basic biomedical and translational research, and clinical studies into the early diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of age-related conditions.
Dr. Singh has devoted his career to the study of how hormones, like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone affect the brain, particularly within the context of “normal” brain aging and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. His research addresses the potential role of these hormones and their associated signaling pathways in the observed sex differences in the prevalence and risk for age-associated diseases.
His research, published in multiple journals, has helped shape today’s understanding of how hormones affect the brain. Dr. Singh’s research and teaching have been recognized with several awards, including four from the University of North Texas: Outstanding Faculty Member Award (2006 and 2018); the President’s Research Educator Award (2012), and the Edward E. Elko Award for Distinguished Service to the Graduate Student Association in 2017. Additionally, he received the Fort Worth Business Press Health Care Hero Award (2013).
Dr. Singh served as Principal Director/PI of a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded program project grant (P01) and institutional training grant (T32) in the Neurobiology of Aging. An active participant in the manuscript and grant review process, Dr. Singh is chair of an NIH study section (Aging Systems and Geriatrics), and an ad hoc reviewer (or member) of the editorial boards for several prominent journals in his field.