Physiology & Developmental Biology
Dr. Edwin Lephart began at BYU in 1994. During his career here, he considers his greatest accomplishments
to be the founding of the Neuroscience Center and the neuroscience major. The Neuroscience
Center was started in 1999 and currently has approximately 475 undergraduate students and nine graduate
students. It is part of both the College of Life Sciences and the College of Family, Home, and Social
Lephart’s research has dealt with polyphenolic molecules (botanicals found naturally in plants) and
how they affect human conditions like prostate health, weight gain, baldness, brain health, and skin
health. In 2010, Lephart’s research played an important part in the development of a NuSkin anti-aging
serum that uses soy technology.
Lephart’s part in the founding of the Neuroscience Center and his research are not his only achievements
as a faculty member—he has received many awards as well. Among them are Zoology’s Outstanding
Service and Achievement award, the prestigious Life Sciences Thomas Martin Professorship,
and the Karl G. Maeser Research Award. He will be greatly missed by the College and his colleagues.