Timothy Jarome has been named assistant professor of animal and poultry sciences in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

He is one of a number of new faculty members recently hired in the college this academic year. New positions were identified to bring talent to the college's focus areas, including food, health, the environment, and community viability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.

Jarome's research examines the neurobiology of learning and memory, focusing on how memories for aversive experiences are stored in the brain and shape future behavior. He is particularly interested in how aversive experiences drive epigenetic changes in neurons, which in turn control future behavioral and physiological responses.

During Jarome's postdoctoral training, he was funded by a fellowship from the American Federation for Aging Research. Prior to that, his graduate work was funded by a grant from the American Psychological Foundation and an individual National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Jarome received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Kent State University, both his master's degree in neuroscience and his doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and served as a postdoctoral fellow in neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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