Faculty Biography

Donald Alcendor, MS, PhD

Associate Professor
Microbiology, Immunology, Physiology
Secondary Appointment
Obstetrics & Gynecology
School of Medicine
(615) 327-6449 | dalcendor@mmc.edu

Center Affiliations

Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research, Center for Women’s Health Research, Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence, Tennessee Area Health Education Centers Program

Research Themes

Cancer Biology, Infectious Diseases, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Precision Medicine

Active Research Projects

Development of Antivirals for viruses that represent unmet clinical needs The Role of Human Cytomegalovirus in Vascular Disease Cerebrovascular disease and disparities in Alzheimer’s disease

Goals Schematic

Figures for faculty profile


Cytotrophoblasts suppress macrophage-mediated inflammation through a contact-dependent mechanism.
Alison J Eastman, Erin N Vrana, Maria T Grimaldo, Amanda D Jones, Lisa M Rogers, Donald J Alcendor, David M Aronoff

Assessing research participant preferences for receiving study results.
Sarah Cook, Stephanie Mayers, Kathryn Goggins, David Schlundt, Kemberlee Bonnet, Neely Williams, Donald Alcendor, Shari Barkin


Viruses, pericytes, Infectious Disease, Blood-Brain Barrier, Neuropathology