Family and extracurricular interests

A.J. enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Emily Anderson-Baucum and their two kids. Some of our favorite places to go in Indianapolis as a family are the Indianapolis Childrens museum and the Indianapolis Zoo. In addition to spending time with his family, A.J. enjoys cooking, grilling out and smoking food. To (somewhat) offset this, he also enjoys playing water polo and running


A.J. grew up in Eugene, Oregon. He attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he received his B.S. in Biology in 1999. During his time at LMU, he played division I water polo. Following his undergraduate studies, A.J. moved to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City where he completed his Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2004. A.J. then went to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006 where he did his postdoctoral training. A.J. moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 2013 and joined the Biology department as an Assistant Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. AJ was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2019. In 2021, A.J. moved to Indiana University School of Medicine on the IUPUI campus to join the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology where he is currently an Associate Professor with Tenure.   

Selected Publications

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Selected Awards and Grants

Courses/Lectures taught


Preparing for Professional Practice Year 1 (2021-2022), Year 2 (2021-present). Role - Course facilitator.
Foundations of Neuroscience (2019-Present), Translational systems physiology and pharamcology (2022-present), Principles of Medical Pharmacology (2021, 2022), Synaptic Plasticity (2020), Fundamentals of Electrical Signaling and Ion Channel Biology (2018), Neurotransmitter dynamics and synaptic plasticity (2014-2017) - Lecturer


Biol-K 451 Neuropharmacology. Role - Course Director. This course focuses on the molecular underpinnings of neuropharmacology. In the first part of the course - Fundamentals of Neuropharmacology - we will look at basic principles of neuropharmacology including understanding how drugs bind to their targets. Also, we will evaluate how neurons communicate with each other and how those signals are transduced on a molecular level. Part 2 will evaluate where drugs act in the brain and some of the major neurotransmitters. Part 3 will focus on neuronal dysfunction in various disorders and how we can treat those disorders pharmacologically.

Biol-56010 Neurodegenerative Diseases . Role - Course Director. This course focuses on the molecular and clinical aspects of neurodegenerative diseases. The first part of the course will briefly introduce critical brain structures, with a focus on neurons and glia and will evaluate molecular mechanisms that underlie protein aggregation and cell death. The remainder of the course will focus on the multiple aspects of specific neurodegenerative diseases.

Biol-59500 (Soon to be Biol-60900) Research Bootcamp Role - Co-Course Director.The bootcamp course is composed of 3 modules. The first module focuses on general data analysis, making figures and general laboratory information. The second module focuses on presenting and communicating data. The third module is a responsible conduct of research module, focusing on responsible research, animals in research, IRBs, and intellectual property.