Mark Moss, Ph.D.


Waterhouse Professor and Chairman

Phone: 617-638-4200
Fax: 617-638-4216
Location: L-1004, BUSM

Dr. Moss received his doctorate in Psychology from Northeastern University and completed postdoctoral training at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Neuroanatomy and Neuropsychology. He joined the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in 1982 and has served as its Chairman since 1998. Together with Dr. Douglas Rosene, Dr. Moss is co-director for the Laboratory for Cognitive Neurobiology. His studies focus on the neurobiology of learning and memory in non-human primate models, particularly with respect to aging and age-related disease. Specific interests include (1) the interaction of the prefrontal cortices with the medial temporal lobe limbic system in cognition; (2) the separate and combined effects of age and hypertension on cognition and integrity of the blood-brain barrier in a non-human primate model of hypertensive cerebrovascular disease and (3) parallel studies in normal aged humans and patients with MCI and Alzheimer’s disease. Techniques include automated behavioral assessment, functional and structural MR imaging, and an array of immunocytochemical and related anatomical-morphological techniques. Dr. Moss is also a recipient of an NIH MERIT award for his work on aging and hypertension.

Dr. Moss in the leader of the Head and Neck section of the Medical Gross Anatomy Course, and co-directs graduate courses in the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Neurobiology of Aging, and Cognitive Neuroscience. He is the 2003 recipient of the Stanley L. Robbins Award and the 2004 Thomas Robitscher Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Moss is also part of a Departmental initiative that is partnered with the Carnegie Foundation to evaluate the Doctorate in Neuroscience at a national level. He serves on a variety of scientific and administrative committees at the national, community, university, and medical school levels. He is a member of the Academy of Advisors and is academic advisor for the Clinical Neuroscience Society at BUSM.

Recent Publications

Moss, M.B., Rehbein, L. and Killiany, R.J. (2010) Allocentric and egocentric spatial function in the rhesus monkey. In: Spatial perception and spatial cognition F. Dollins (ed.) Cambridge University Press.


Moore TL, Killiany RJ, Pessina MA, Moss MB, Rosene DL.Assessment of motor function of the hand in the aged rhesus monkey. Somatosens Mot Res. 2010;27(3):121-30. doi: 10.3109/08990220.2010.485963 PMID: 20653499


Peters A, Sethares C, Moss MB,How the fornix is affected by age, J Comp Neurol. 2010 Oct 1;518(19):3962-80. doi: 10.1002/cne.22434.PMID:20737595


Moore, T.L, RJ Killiany, MA Pessina, MB Moss, SP Finklestein, Douglas L Rosene. (2012) Recovery from ischemia in the middle-aged brain: a non-human primate model Neurobiology of Aging,33:619-624.


Moore, TL, Schettler, SP, Killiany, RJ, Moss, MB and Rosene, DL. Impairment in Delayed Non-Matching following lesions of dorsal prefrontal cortex in the Rhesus monkey. Behavioral Neuroscience, 2012 Dec;126(6):772-80. doi: 10.1037/a0030493. Epub 2012 Oct 22 .PMID:23088539


Moore TL1 Killiany RJ, Pessina MA, Moss MB, Finklestein SP, Rosene DL. Recovery from ischemia in the middle-aged brain: a nonhuman primate model, Neurobiol Aging. 2012 Mar;33(3):619.e9-619.e24. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2011.02.005. Epub 2011 Apr 1. PMID: 21458887


Franzblau F, Broitman, S, Moss, M, Traish, A and Romney C. (2013) Success of a pre-medical master’s degree program in preparing students for medical careers. Pocedia Social and Behavioral Sciences 93: 405-414.


Fried PJ, Rushmore RJ 3rd, Moss MB, Valero-Cabré A, Pascual-Leone A, Causal evidence supporting functional dissociation of verbal and spatial working memory in the human dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Eur J Neurosci. 2014 Jun;39(11):1973-81. doi: 10.1111/ejn. Epub 2014 Apr 9 PMID: 24713032