Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, California, 1973. Bachelor in Zoology with high honors, University California, Santa Barbara, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology, University California, San Diego, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Arturo Prat, Iquique, Chile, 2007.
Postdoctoral fellow Baylor College Medicine, Houston, 1979-1982. From assistant professor to professor pathology Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 1982-1994, professor, 1994—2005, interim chair department, 2001—2005. Affiliated professor chemistry and biochemistry University Alaska, Fairbanks, since 2001.
Dean College of Sciences University Texas, San Antonio, since 2006. Teaching assistant University California, San Diego, 1977, Stanford University, 1978—1979. Memory task force on Alzheimer's disease Ohio Governor, 1987, 90.
Member science advisory board Familial Alzheimer's Disease Research Foundation, since 1988. Member, chair neurology science study section National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 1989—1995. Consultant Nymox, Inc., Panacea Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Prion Development Laboratories, Voyager, Takada Pharmaceuticals, Neurotez Laboratories, Alzheimer Research Disease and Regeneration Forum.
Member Faculty of 1000 Biology, Neurobiology Section, since 2004. Speaker in field; member numerous review boards nationally/internationally. Training corporations United States Army Reserve, 1972-1974, University California Santa Barbara.
President Serra Club, 1995-1997. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Microscopy Society America, Royal Society Chemists, Linnean Society, Royal Society Medicine, Iberoam. Molecular Biology Organization Inter-Services Intelligence Highly Cited Committee Neurosci. Member American Association of University Professors (case chapter executive committee 1996—2006, membership chair 1996-1998, vice president 1998-1999, president 1999—2006), American Society Cell Biology, Royal Academy Spain (foreign correspondent member 2009), Electron Microscopy Society Northeast Ohio (treasurer 1986-1988, trustee 1988-1990, president 1990-1991), Society Neurosci., American Association Neuropathologists (awards committee 1992-1993, 95-2002, chairman 2001-2002, international congress neuropathology conciliator 1995-2000, secretary-treasurer 2003-2008, president electrical 2007-2008, president since 2008, past president 2009-2010, member non committee since 2010, chair 2010), American Society Investigative Pathology (program committee 1998-2001), American Society Neurochemistry, United States and Canada Academy of Pathology, Hispanic Medical Association (committee on status of Portuguese in medicine and science), Society for Neurosci., Sigma Xi (president chapter 2004-2006), Iberoamerican Molecular Biology Organization, American Aging Association(Harman Research award, 2008), Society Advancements Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences (Distinguished Professional Mentor award 2010, Alzheimer award 2010), Dana Alliance Brain Initiatives.
Married Paloma Aguilar, May 21, 1983. Children: Anne, Elizabeth.