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James Sonne is the Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience educator for University of Central Florida’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program where he also performs research on neuroinflammatory effects on neurodegeneration and brain aging, especially in models of Parkinson’s disease. He earned his Ph.D. in 2013 from the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine for his translational studies on the prevention of Parkinson’s disease using a novel peptide delivered to the brain non-invasively by nasal spray. He holds certificates in Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) for Clinical Trials by the U.S. FDA, and was awarded a Graduate Teaching Certificate in the Human Anatomical Sciences in 2012 for his instructional work in M.D., P.A., and P.T. courses at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Prior to his Ph.D., James worked as an Analytical Chemist for Catalent Pharma in Winchester, Kentucky, and as a research assistant studying the fluorescent properties of ligated quantum dots at the University of the South. His Bachelor’s studies included Biochemistry and World Religions at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. James is also proud to have served as a United States Army Officer.

  • BA, Bachelor of Arts, Pre-med, Religion, and Biochemistry, University of the South
  • Graduate Certificate, Teaching Certificate in the Anatomical Sciences, University of Kentucky
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Anatomy & Neurobiology, University of Kentucky

Exploring the effects of physical exercise on the prevention of neurodegeneration and brain aging using biochemical and immunohistochemical techniques in animal models of Parkinson’s disease.

Research Interests
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Animal Models
  • Immunohistology
  • Early Detection and Prevention
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Growth factors and neuron survival
  • PHT 6115: Gross Anatomy / Neuroscience

    Cadaver-based medical gross anatomy and neuroscience for Doctor of Physical Therapy students.

  • PHT 6118: Gross Anatomy / Neuroscience II

    Cadaver-based medical gross anatomy and neuroscience for Doctor of Physical Therapy students.

  • Helping to Prevent Injuries in String Musicians
    Written By: Megan Pabian | February 3, 2020
    Thanks to a new partnership with UCF School of Music, William J. Hanney, associate professor in physical therapy, and James Sonne, assistant professor in exercise physiology, are working on a...
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