Dr Nesic-Taylor holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Belgrade (Yugoslavia) and has been a neuroscience researcher and medical educator in Yugoslavia, Canada, Germany, and for the past 22 years in the United States. She has held tenured faculty positions at different medical schools, including the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, the Texas Tech Paul Foster School of Medicine at El Paso, and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She has also served as Associate Dean of Biomedical Science, Sam Houston State College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Houston College of Medicine, USA, where she held the Cullen Endowed Chair of Biomedical Sciences. She has been the principal investigator for a number of American federally funded research grants.
As a researcher with 38 peer-reviewed articles and over 2,000 citations, she was awarded the Eric Nader award for breakthrough research in the field of spinal cord injury by the American Association for Spinal Injury. As an awarded medical educator, Dr Nesic-Taylor created interactive sessions with a strong emphasis on the blending of basic and clinical sciences, aimed at improving clinical reasoning skills among medical students, as well as instilling the relevance of basic sciences for students’ future clinical practice. In addition, Dr Nesic-Taylor has developed novel integrated medical neuroscience courses, including a psychiatric neuroscience educational module for undergraduate medical students and psychiatry residents.