Deborah W. Vaughan, PhD

Emeritus Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Deborah Vaughan
72 E. Concord St Instructional (L)


My current research interests and endeavors are in the realm of educational scholarship, especially in learning technologies. My scientific interests lie in the cellular morphology of the central nervous system, and aging, specifically the effects of advancing age on the ability of motor neurons to regenerate axons following injury. Techniques included light and electron microscopy in conjunction with morphological, cytochemical and immunocytochernical analyses.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Dean, Admissions, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • Boston University, PhD
  • University of Vermont, BA

Classes Taught

  • GMSAN701


  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Eisenstein A, Vaisman L, Johnston-Cox H, Gallan A, Shaffer K, Vaughan D, O'Hara C, Joseph L. Integration of basic science and clinical medicine: the innovative approach of the cadaver biopsy project at the Boston University School of Medicine. Acad Med. 2014 Jan; 89(1):50-3. PMID: 24280854.

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  • Published on 1/1/2002

    Vaughan DW. A Learning System in Histology: A CD-ROM and Guide. Oxford University Press. New York. 2002.

  • Published on 1/1/2002

    Vaughan DW. Histology Interactive Atlas. A Learning System in Histology. 2002.

  • Published on 2/1/1994

    Vaughan DW. Effects of peripheral axotomy on presynaptic axon terminals with GABA-like immunoreactivity. Anat Rec. 1994 Feb; 238(2):248-62. PMID: 8154610.

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  • Published on 9/8/1992

    Vaughan DW. Effects of advancing age on peripheral nerve regeneration. J Comp Neurol. 1992 Sep 8; 323(2):219-37. PMID: 1401257.

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  • Published on 8/1/1991

    White KK, Vaughan DW. Age effects on cytochrome oxidase activities during denervation and recovery of three muscle fiber types. Anat Rec. 1991 Aug; 230(4):460-7. PMID: 1656812.

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  • Published on 2/1/1991

    White KK, Vaughan DW. The effects of age on atrophy and recovery in denervated fiber types of the rat nasolabialis muscle. Anat Rec. 1991 Feb; 229(2):149-58. PMID: 1849380.

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  • Published on 10/1/1990

    Vaughan DW. Effects of advancing age on the central response of rat facial neurons to axotomy: light microscope morphometry. Anat Rec. 1990 Oct; 228(2):211-9. PMID: 2240613.

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  • Published on 8/1/1990

    Vaughan DW. The effects of age on enzyme activities in the rat facial nucleus following axotomy: acetylcholinesterase and cytochrome oxidase. Exp Neurol. 1990 Aug; 109(2):224-36. PMID: 2165914.

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  • Published on 10/1/1985

    Vaughan DW, Peters A. Proliferation of thalamic afferents in cerebral cortex altered by callosal deafferentation. J Neurocytol. 1985 Oct; 14(5):705-16. PMID: 4093782.

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