Rita Barakat

Rita Barakat
Pronouns She / Her / Hers Email rbarakat@usc.edu


My research and teaching backgrounds span across a breadth of neuroscience and biological science topics ranging from the neurobiological mechanisms of reading and language in humans to statistical approaches in studying behavior and the homeostatic mechanisms of the mammalian autonomic nervous system. I have spent the last seven years cultivating my skills in primary, secondary and higher STEM education and best practices in teaching diverse student populations. In my time as a graduate student teaching assistant, assistant lecturer and lecturer at USC, I have had the privilege of mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in their research and other academic endeavors, and have forged meaningful collaborations with the Joint Educational Project (JEP) and Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) community educational programs.


  • Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Southern California, 5/2022
  • BA Molecular and Cellular Biology (Neurobiology), University of California Berkeley, 5/2015
  • Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments

    • Lecturer, University of Southern California,
    • (Fall 2023) BISC 104. How the Body Works, MWF 01:00pm – 01:50pm,
    • (Fall 2023) BISC 230. The Biology of the Brain, MWF 03:00pm – 03:50pm, MHP B7B
    • (Fall 2023) BISC 421. Neurobiology, MWF 11:00am – 11:50am, SAL101
    • (Spring 2024) BISC 220. General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology, TTh 09:30am – 10:50am, THH101
    • (Spring 2024) BISC 220. General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology, TTh 08:00am – 09:20am, SAL101
    • (Spring 2024) BISC 230. The Biology of the Brain, MW 12:00pm – 01:50pm,
  • Office Hours

      Thursdays : 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Office Location: SGM 722

    Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

      Faculty Advisor for Curam magazine.
      Faculty Advisor for Varsity Blues Co-ed A Cappella Group
  • Committees

    • Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) Diversity Committee, 2023-2024

    Other Service to the University

    • Represented the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) at the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists , Fall Fall
    • Curriculum writer and advisor or the Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) Program , 2022-2023