Ilya Vilinsky , Ph.D.

Professor Educator

Associate Professor, Educator

Rieveschl Hall


A&S Biological Sciences - 0006


Ph.D.: Cornell University Ithaca, NY, USA, 2003 (Neurobiology and Behavior)

Research and Practice Interests

My educational role is to teach fundamental neuroscience courses to undergraduates, including principles of neurobiology, neurophysiology, and biological psychology.  I teach an intensive neurophysiology laboratory course for neuroscience majors, and an introductory course in drugs and disease in the brain for first year and non-science majors, using popular topics to introduce students to the field of neuroscience.  I also serve as the neuroscience advisor for students who take independent research for academic credit or capstone credit.

My administrative role is to direct the undergraduate neuroscience major. I am responsible for designing courses for and organizing the curricula of each of the three tracks within the neuroscience major.  I am the academic advisor for students majoring in neuroscience, and guide each student individually through their coursework, independent research or internship, and preparation for careers or postgraduate training.  In addition, I work to develop opportunities for academic and career development for students within the University of Cincinnati.  This includes establishing contact between undergraduate neuroscience and the diverse array of research labs and division within the College of Medicine.

Positions and Work Experience

2008 -2009 Field Service Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Neurobiology and Neurophysiology Instrcutor for the Undergraduate Neuroscience Major at the University of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA

2009 -To Present Director, Undergraduate Neuroscience Major, Education Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Major, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Research Support

Grant: #DUE-1044643 Investigators:Buschbeck, Elke; Rogers, Nancy; Vilinsky, Ilya 06-15-2011 -05-31-2014 National Science Foundation Molecular Genetics in Neurophysiology Laboratories Role:PI $199,968.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #R40529 Investigators:Chemero, Anthony; Gaskins, Whitney; Holland, Kristopher; Sheth, Nandita; Vilinsky, Ilya 10-01-2019 -03-31-2020 UC's Urban Futures Digital Futures Anchor Development Program Strange Tools Research Lab Role:Collaborator $10,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Abbreviated Publications

In Press

Rivlin, Patricia K, St Clair, Ryan M, Vilinsky, Ilya, & Deitcher, David L (2004). Morphology and molecular organization of the adult neuromuscular junction of Drosophila. The Journal of comparative neurology, 468(4), 596-613.

Strausfeld, Nicholas J, Sinakevitch, Irina, & Vilinsky, Ilya (2003). The mushroom bodies of Drosophila melanogaster: an immunocytological and golgi study of Kenyon cell organization in the calyces and lobes. Microscopy research and technique, 62(2), 151-69.

Vilinsky, Ilya, Stewart, Bryan A, Drummond, James, Robinson, Iain, & Deitcher, David L (2002). A Drosophila SNAP-25 null mutant reveals context-dependent redundancy with SNAP-24 in neurotransmission. Genetics, 162(1), 259-71.

Honors and Awards

Darwin T. Turner Faculty Award Honored at the 2010 Darwin T. Turner Breakfast of Champions


Undergraduate Council Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:College 2010 -To Present

Choose Ohio First Scholarship, Neuroscience (Administrator of grant for neuroscience undergraduates ) Other Type:University/College Service Level:University 2009 -To Present

Neuroscience Center Advisory Board (Representative for Undergraduate Neuroscience ) Representative Type:University/College Service Level:University 2010 -To Present

NeuroSociety (Faculty mentor for student interest group ) Other Type:Service to Student Groups Level:College 2009 -To Present

Undergraduate Neuroscience Program Director Type:Departmental Service Level:College 2010 -To Present

Post Graduate Training and Education

2003-2008 Research Fellow, Postdoctoral research fellow, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Division of Developmental Biology, , Cincinnati, OH, USA

Professional Affiliation

2008 -To Present: Member, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

Courses Taught

15-NS-201 INTRO NS NEUROBIOL Level:Undergraduate

15-BIOL-152 DRUGS DISEASE BRAIN Level:Undergraduate

15-NS-210 Neurophysiology Laboratory

Neuroscience First Year Seminar Level:Undergraduate

15-NS 401 Independent Research in Neuroscience Level:Undergraduate

15-NS 499 Capstone Research in Neuroscience Level:Undergraduate

Other Information

Grant #1044643 Ilya Vilinsky, Elke Buschbeck Co PIs.
National Science Foundation.
Title:  Molecular Genetics in Neurophysiology Laboratories
Grant $199,968
National ,