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Olivera Nesic-Taylor, Ph.D.

Olivera Nesic-Tyalor, Ph.D.

Olivera Nesic-Taylor is a professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences for the University of Houston College of Medicine.  She holds the Cullen Endowed Chair of Biomedical Sciences for the University of Houston. Her expertise includes neuroscience research, in the field of neurotrauma and chronic pain, and medical education.

Before coming to UH College of Medicine, she was a tenured faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the Texas Tech Paul Foster School of Medicine at El Paso and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She also served as an associate dean for Biomedical Sciences at the Sam Houston State College of Osteopathic Medicine.

As a medical educator, Nesic-Taylor created pre-clerkship medical school curricula and developed interactive sessions with a strong emphasis on the blending of basic and clinical sciences. These curricular innovations extended into clerkships and residency programs. Her medical education research interests center on the various roles that basic science knowledge plays in improved clinical reasoning of future physicians, aligning with the overarching goals of UH College of Medicine to improve the quality of health care.

Nesic-Taylor has been a principal investigator of federally- and locally-funded research grants in the field of neurotrauma, and her research has been cited in more than 1,600 peer-reviewed articles. For her research work, she was awarded the Eric Nader award for breakthrough research in the field of spinal cord injury by the American Association for Spinal injury.

Her varied career spans several decades as a researcher and educator at different universities in the U.S. and abroad, but her most rewarding accomplishments have been in the personal realm — mentoring medical and graduate students, and helping their academic, research or medical careers.