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Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy Research

Spinal Cord Injury

The Spinal Cord Research Center is engaged in an innovative and multi-disciplinary program for studying the pathophysiology of spinal cord injury and the use of various therapeutic strategies including transplantation, drug therapy, physical rehabilitation, functional electrical stimulation and robotics. These approaches represent the most sophisticated techniques of contemporary neuroscience and neuroengineering.

The Dougherty Lab is interested in how spinal circuits are organized to produce movements. Current projects include rhythm generation in rodent spinal cord and plasticity of rhythm generating interneurons after injury and training.

The Laboratory for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience.

Lane Lab research is exploring the consequences of cervical spinal cord injury, the potential for spontaneous improvement in function (plasticity), and aims to develop treatments to improve recovery.

The research mission of the Tom Lab is to develop strategies to promote recovery of these affected behaviors after acute and chronic spinal cord injury.

The Hou Lab.

Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology

The research in the Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology program is conducted with the goal of providing a mechanistic understanding of basic cellular processes relevant to nervous system development and maintenance. The ultimate aim of the research is to stimulate the development of new clinical strategies for treating neuropathies and promoting regeneration of the injured nervous system.

The Baas Lab is a laboratory of cellular neuroscience at Drexel University College of Medicine studying neuronal microtubules in development and disease. Their mission is to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms that establish and regulate the microtubule arrays of the neuron during development, health and disease.

Systems Neurobiology Group

The Systems and Behavioral Neurobiology Group consists of faculty from a variety of disciplines who have a particular interest in the brain mechanisms underlying behavior.

The Barson Lab investigates the neural basis of ingestive behavior, focusing on how the intake of reinforcing substances is affected by neuropeptides.

The research in the Gao Laboratory is aimed at understanding the functional plasticity of the developing prefrontal cortex and neuropsychiatric disorders associated with the prefrontal cortex, such as schizophrenia, autism and ADHD.

The España Lab research focuses on aminergic and hypocretinergic modulation of arousal-related processes including sleep/wake function, stress and motivated behavior.

The Laboratory for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience.


The research program in Neuroengineering seeks to use engineering and physical science principles to understand the nervous system's circuit operation and build novel devices to interface with this circuitry.

The long-term goal of the Laboratory for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience at Drexel University College of Medicine is to investigate and understand the key issue of neural control of movement: how different cellular, network and systems neural mechanisms are integrated across multiple levels of organization to produce motor behavior and to adapt this behavior to various external and internal conditions.

Bone Biology

The Bone Biology Laboratory is dedicated to the study of bone quality, structure and adaptation during growth, aging and disease.

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