Dr. Erika Calvo-Ochoa

Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
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Dr. Erika Calvo-Ochoa is a molecular neuroscientist who joined the Department of Biology and the Neuroscience Program in summer 2020. She is interested in understanding mechanisms of loss and recovery of brain plasticity and function following damage and disease.

Dr. Calvo loves inspiring her students to be enthusiastic about exploring the brain in the classroom and the lab. She is delighted to be part of the growing Neuroscience Program and to continue teaching and mentoring undergraduate student researchers. She loves to instill her love for science and discovery into her students, and to form part of a caring academic community.  

Areas of expertise

Dr. Calvo has a broad training in molecular, cellular, and behavioral neuroscience in diverse animal models. Her expertise focuses on studying molecular and cellular markers of neurodegeneration, loss of plasticity and inflammation following damage and disease.

She currently works with the zebrafish brain, since it exhibits a remarkable degree or plasticity, regeneration and neurogenesis throughout life. With this model, Dr. Calvo explores both neurodegeneration and regeneration mechanisms following brain injury and disease.


  • NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Western Michigan University, 2020
  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2015 
  • B.Sc., Biomedical Research, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2008 

Honors, Grants and Awards

  • IBRO-RIKEN CBS Summer Internship Program, Japan. International Brain Research Organization, and RIKEN Center for Brain Science. 2019
  • Association of Chemosensory Sciences Travel Fellowship. 2019
  • National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology. 2018
  • Graduate Scholar Achievement Award. Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. 2014, 2015
  • Doctoral Fellowship. CONACyT (Mexican Council of Science and Technology). 2011
  • Undergraduate research fellowship. CONACyT. 2008
  • Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award. School of Medicine, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. 2008

Selected Publications

View Dr. Calvo-Ochoa’s Google Scholar profile

Outside the College

Dr. Calvo loves spending time with her family – her husband, Pablo, their children, Emma and Leon, and their beagle, Joy. They enjoy movie nights, hiking, eating out, going to Lake Michigan and traveling abroad. In her free time, Dr. Calvo enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music, drawing scientific illustrations and tweeting. Follow Dr. Calvo on Twitter @erikacalvophd.

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Phone Number616.395.6819

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