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Neuroscience

Axons of olfactory sensory neurons (red and green) coalesce in the mouse olfactory bulb to form glomeruli that are surrounded by cells (nuclei in blue). By Michael Akins, PhD

Our department's focus in neuroscience comprises multiple investigators who pursue research to better understand how the nervous system develops and functions. Researchers in the department study numerous aspects of neuroscience including neurogenesis, neural circuit formation and function, how neural circuits change with experience, the function of astrocytes on nervous system development and function, how genes affect behavior, and the evolution of brain structures in social insects. Our faculty use a large number of model organisms including worms, flies and mice. We also use technology including two-photon microscopy to visualize neurons in living animals, and super resolution microscopy to study the fine structure of synaptic connections.

Faculty Conducting Research in Neuroscience

Contact Specialization
Michael Akins
Assistant Professor
PISB 319
mra69@drexel.edu
Experience-dependent plasticity in the mammalian nervous system; post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in neurons
Dr. John Bethea
Department Head, Professor
PISB 123.04
jrb445@drexel.edu
Felice Elefant , Ph.D.
Associate Professor
PISB 317
fe22@drexel.edu
Epigenetic regulation of higher order brain function.
Denise Garcia
Assistant Professor
PISB 422
adg82@drexel.edu
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Dr. Daniel Marenda
Associate Professor; Co-Director of the Cell Imaging Center
PISB 421
daniel.marenda@drexel.edu
Developmental neurobiology and behavior. Modeling Alzheimer’s disease, CHARGE syndrome, and Pitt-Hopkins in Drosophila
Sean O'Donnell, PhD
Professor
PISB 321
so356@drexel.edu

Animal behavior, neuroethology and brain evolution, social insects, tropical ecology

Aleister Saunders, PhD
Senior Vice Provost for Research; Professor
104 Left Bank
Aleister.Saunders@drexel.edu
Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular/Cellular Biology
Elias Spiliotis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director of the Biology Graduate Program; Director of the Cell Imaging Center
PISB 423
ets33@drexel.edu
Cell biology, cytoskeleton (microtubules, actin, septins), neuronal and epithelial morphogenesis, spatial regulation of intracellular transport, cell motility and cell division.