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Nancy L Hayes Ph.D.

Nancy L Hayes Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Foundations
Main Campus

Job Description

As Director of Clinical Foundations (Years 1 & 2), Dr. Hayes works with the Director of Clinical Programs (Years 3 & 4) to evaluate courses, clerkships and the four-year educational continuum through an effective peer review process. That process is designed to identify opportunities for continual improvement and to ensure that the curriculum is integrated, developmental, and competency-based. An important goal is to promote collaborative and innovative efforts for development of learning activities and methods of assessment that support a curriculum that meets the needs of future medical students. She also teaches in the Clinical Neuroscience and Doctoring 1 courses and mentors medical students.


Dr. Hayes has more than 30 years' experience in academic medicine and biomedical research. She came to the Florida State College of Medicine from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she was course director for Neuroscience and a member of the teaching staff for Gross and Developmental Anatomy. Her teaching experience also includes Integrated Cases, Medical Histology, and Advanced Studies seminar courses for the graduate program in Neuroscience. At RWJMS Dr. Hayes was a leader in curriculum innovation and integration, including the development of adult learning activities, incorporation of web-based activities and materials, and promotion of self-assessment and self-improvement skills in students.


B.A., Russian Language and Literature, Northwestern University, 1970
Ph.D., Neurobiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979
Postdoctoral training, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen, West Germany


FSU College of Medicine:
Curriculum Committee
Year 1 & 2 and Year 3 & 4 Subcommittees of the Curriculum Committee
Task Force on Competencies, Grading and Feedback

NINDS NST-2 Study Section (Member -- current)

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (1989-2010):
Curriculum Committee and Course/Clerkship Review Subcommittees (Chair)
Chair, Year 1 Subcommittee
Admissions Committee and Executive Committee of the joint BA/MD Program
Academic Standing Committee
Curriculum Revision Task Force
Hearing Body on Student Rights
Professionalism Task Force
Office of Education IT Task Force
eLearning Faculty Users Group representative (IT advisory group)
Faculty Advisor: Student Interest Group in Neurology

Community Service:
Literacy Volunteers of America (ESL tutor)
Special Olympics event volunteer


Richard A. Harvey Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award (2010)
Foundation of UMDNJ Excellence in Teaching Award (2009)
Sigma Xi Distinguished Thesis Award (Medical Sciences) (1979)
Phi Beta Kappa (1970)
Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Women's Honor Society (1967)


Society for Neuroscience
American Academy of Neurology
AAMC Group on Educational Affairs (GEA)
The Generalists in Medical Education
Team Based Learning Collaborative
International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)

Research Focus

The role of cell proliferation in genetic diversity of morphology, function and response to injury in the developing and adult nervous system.


Kulkarni,V., Hayes, N.L. and Nowakowski, R.S.. Regionalization of the ventricular zone by cell cycle dynamics in the developing mouse hippocampus. Cerebral Cortex, in press.

Poon, A., L. Zhiyou, G.W. Wolfe, L. Lu, R.W. Williams, N.L. Hayes, R.S. Nowakowski and D. Goldowitz (2010) Identification of a Chr 11 quantitative trait locus that modulates proliferation in the rostral migratory stream of the adult mouse brain, Eur. J. Neurosci. 32: 523-537.

Nowakowski, R.S. and Hayes, N.L. Radiation, retardation and the developing brain: time is the crucial variable (2008) Acta Paediatrica 97: 527-531.

Nowakowski, R.S and Hayes, N.L. Numerology of Neurogenesis: Characterizing the Cell Cycle of Stem/Progenitor Cells (2007) in Adult Neurogenesis (Eds. F.H. Gage, G. Kempermann, and H. Song) Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

Tarui, T., Takahashi,T., Nowakowski, R.S., Hayes, N.L., Bhide, P.G. and Caviness, Jr., V.S. Overexpression of p27Kip1 alters laminar fate of neocortical neurons by altering probability of cell cycle exit (2005) Cerebral Cortex 15:1343-1355.

Nowakowski, R.S. and Hayes, N.L. Quantitative Analysis of Fetal and Adult Neurogenesis: Regulation of Neuron Number (2004) In: The Cognitive Neurosciences, 3rd edition. Michael S. Gazzaniga Editor-in-Chief. MIT Press; pp. 149-159.

Cai, L., Hayes, N.L., Takahashi, T., Caviness, Jr., V.S. and Nowakowski, R.S. Size distribution of retrovirally marked lineages matches prediction from population measurements of cell cycle behavior in early developing mouse neocortex (2002) J. Neurosci. Res. 69:731-744.

Rachel, R.A., Dölen, G., Hayes, N.L., Lu, A., Erskine, L., Nowakowski, R.S. and Mason, C.A. Spatiotemporal alterations in neurogenesis in the albino retina (2002) J. Neurosci. 22:4249- 4263.

Hayes, N.L. and Nowakowski, R.S. Dynamics of cell proliferation in the adult dentate gyrus of two inbred strains of mice (2002) Dev. Brain Res. 134: 77-85.

Cahana, A., Escamez, T., Nowakowski, R.S., Hayes, N.L., Giacobini, M.B., von Holst, A., Shmueli, O., Sapir, T., McConnell, S. K., Wurst, W., Martinez, S. and Reiner, O. Targeted mutagenesis of Lis1 disrupts cortical development and LIS1 homodimerization (2001) PNAS 98: 6429-6434.

Hayes, N.L. and Nowakowski, R.S. Exploiting the dynamics of S-phase tracers in developing brain: Interkinetic nuclear migration for cells entering vs leaving the S-phase (2000) Dev. Neurosci. 22: 44-55.