Angela LaMora, Ph.D.

Photo of Angela LaMora, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Biology

Chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics

Office: Voigt Science Hall 120A

Phone: (618) 537-6895


Ph.D., Pharmacological & Physiological Science, Saint Louis University (2009).

B.S., Chemistry with emphasis in Biochemistry and minors in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion. Lindenwood University (2003).

Teaching Interests

Cellular and Molecular Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Genetics, Developmental Biology


Cox JA, LaMora A, Johnson SL, Voigt MM (2013). Novel role for carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 2 in cranial sensory circuit formation. Int J Dev Neurosci. 2014 Apr;33:41-8.

Lu B, LaMora A, Sun Y, Welsh MJ, Ben-Shahar Y (2012). ppk23-Dependent chemosensory functions contribute to courtship behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS Genet. 2012;8(3).

Cox JA, LaMora A, Johnson SL, Voigt MM (2011). Diverse mechanisms for assembly of branchiomeric nerves. Dev Biol. 357(2):305-17.

LaMora, A and Voigt, MM (2009). Cranial sensory ganglia neurons require intrinsic N-cadherin function for guidance of afferent fibers to their final targets. Neuroscience 159: 1175–1184.

Kucenas, S, Cox, JA, Soto, F, LaMora, A. Voigt, MM (2009). Ectodermal P2X receptor function plays a pivotal role in craniofacial development of the zebrafish. Purinergic Signaling, 5(3): 395.

Teaching Philosophy

Knowledge is attained by curious individuals. A person must ask a question and search for a solution in order to retain information in a meaningful way. Therefore, it is my primary goal to get students asking questions and riddling out solutions.

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms governing animal behavior and physiology. I want to understand how events in the external world (which are received by the nervous system) get translated into motor output – that is, animal behavior or physiology.

Organizations & Memberships

Society for Neuroscience

Genetics Society of America

Future Educators, Washington University

Young Scientists Program, Washington University