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Faculty Profile

MariVi Tejada-SimonMariVí Tejada-Simón

Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Director, Faculty Development
Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Joint appointments: Psychology, Biology

University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Health 2, Room 5017
4349 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Houston, TX 77204-5037

Contact: - 713-743-7835


Hippocampus-dependent learning and memory, Cognitive disabilities and neuronal morphology regulation; Fragile X syndrome


New pedagogies, Educational outreach, DEI, Faculty Development

  • B.S. in Biology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
  • M.S., Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI
  • M.Ed., University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

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Research Publications
  • Tejada-Simón, M.V. and Okorie, V.S. (2021) Update on drug repurposing for neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions. J. Pharmacy and Drug Innovations, 3(1).
  • Tejada-Simón, M.V. (2019). Treatment with NSC23766 ameliorates seizure induction and death in FXS mice. J. Autism, 2:2-6.
  • Martinez, L.A.; Tejada-Simon, M.V. (2018). Pharmacological rescue of hippocampal fear learning deficits in Fragile X syndrome. Molecular Neurobiology, 55(7):5951-5961.
  • Martinez, L.A.; Tejada-Simon, M.V. (2018). Increased training intensity induces proper membrane localization of actin remodeling proteins in the hippocampus preventing cognitive deficits: implications for Fragile X syndrome. Molecular Neurobiology, 55(6):4529-4542.
  • Ling, Q.; Tejada-Simón, M.V. (2016). Statins: New perspective for old drugs. Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 66:80-86
  • Hoeffer, C.A., Tang, W., Wong, H., Santillan, A., Patterson, R.J., Martinez, L.A., Tejada-Simón, M.V., Paylor, R., Hamilton, S.L., and Klann, E. (2008). Removal of FKBP12 enhances mTOR/Raptor interactions, LTP, memory, and perseverative/repetitive behavior. Neuron, 60(5):832-845.
Educational publications and abstracts
  • Tejada-Simón, M.V.; Lodhi, S. (2022). Mindfulness in Well-being, Cognition and Learning: Benefits on Higher education and Healthcare professions. J. Integ. Complem. Med., 7(1). In Mind-Body Approaches revolutionizing the Health Field. Ed. Dr. P. Stapleton. Lidsen Publishing Inc.
  • Tejada-Simón, M.V. (2022). Changing minds and behaviors on race in a College of Pharmacy: A history walk. Psychology and mental health care, 6(2).
  • Tejada-Simón, M.V. (2021). Physiology going viral: redesigning active learning instruction. FASEB J., 35(S1)
  • Tejada-Simón, M.V.; Silverthorn, D. (2020). Low-Tech Gamification and TBL Strategies to Teach Physiology. FASEB J., 34(S1).
  • Tejada-Simón, M.V. (2014). Preparing the Future Faculty Workforce by Analyzing the Postdoctoral Experience. The Online J.Qual.Hig.Edu., 1(4):33-39.
  • Dewey, C.M.; Ismail, N.J.; Tejada-Simón, M.V.; Turner, T.L.; Culberson, J.W.; et al. (2007). Residents as teachers and leaders: Results of a needs assessment. J. Investigative Medicine, 55(1):S313.
  • Tejada-Simón, M.V.; Ismail, N.; Culberson, J.W.; et al. (2007). Prioritizing Residents' Needs: On the Creation of a Residents as Teachers and Leaders Program. Adv. Teach. & Learn. Day Abstracts, Paper 5.

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Advisor Award, Leadership & Legacy Campus Leaders Ceremony, University of Houston (2023)
  • Advisor, Hispanic Pharmacy Student Association, National Hispanic Pharmacists Association UHCOP student chapter
  • Teaching Excellence Award, University of Houston (2021-2022)
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Rho Chi Beta Omicron Chapter, University of Houston (2020-2021)
  • Mentor for the Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring (PALM) network (2021)
  • Finalist Teaching Excellence Award, University of Houston (2021)
  • College of Pharmacy, Teaching Excellence Award (University of Houston, 2016)
  • Early Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research (University of Houston, 2013)
  • Finalist Sisley-Jerome LeJeune International Award (France, 2010)