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Jed Shumsky

Jed Shumsky, PhD

Associate Professor; Associate Dean of Educational & Academic Affairs, Graduate School

Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy


  • BA in Biochemistry - Swarthmore College (1986)
  • Harvard University (1987)
  • PhD in Pharmacological Sciences/Neuropsychopharmacology - University of Pennsylvania (1993)

Jed Shumsky, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is the director of the IFM Medical Neuroscience course. He also serves as associate dean of educational and academic affairs for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. In this role, Dr. Shumsky is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the academic curriculum as well as leading the assessment and evaluation of graduate programs within the Graduate School.

Research Overview

Lab Members

Andrew Lin
MMS Candidate 2012-present
Thesis: Adrenergic pharmacology of sustained attention.

Research Interests

Behavioral assessment of recovery of function from spinal cord injury; animal models of human conditions


My research interests forge an integrated linkage between the fields of developmental molecular neurobiology, rehabilitation therapy, and behavioral pharmacology.  I serve as the scientific director for the Behavioral Core Facility of the Spinal Cord Research Center. My primary research in collaboration with Drs. Itzhak Fischer, Karen Moxon and John Houle is in behavioral assessment of recovery of function from spinal cord injury. We are examining the interaction between pharmacologic stimulation, rehabilitation training, and cellular transplants as combined intervention strategies to improve recovery of function in our rat spinal injury models. My secondary area of research involves collaboration with Drs. Brian Wigdahl and Wen-Jun Gao to study the effects of Ritalin on the neurobiology of sustained attention in rats in a model of AIDS-related dementia. Through these studies we are examining cortical mechanisms underlying cognitive enhancement and attention processing.


Selected Publications

"Neurobehavioral assessments of spinal cord injury"
Shumsky, J.S.; Houle, J.D.
In: (Chen, J.; Xu, X.M.; Xu, Z.C.; Zhang, J.H., eds.) Animal Models of Acute Neurological Injuries II: Injury and Mechanistic Assessments, Springer-Verlag: New York, 2012

"Amphetamine enhanced motor training following cervical contusion injury"
Krisa, L.; Frederick, K.L.; Canver, J.C.; Stackhouse, S.K.; Shumsky, J.S.; Murray, M.
J. Neurotrauma 29:971-989. Epub 2011, Sept 19, 2012

"Experimental strategies for investigating psychostimulant drug actions and prefrontal cortical function in ADHD and related attention disorders"
Agster, K.L.; Clark, B.D.; Gao, W-J.; Shumsky, J.S.; Wang, H-X.; Berridge, C.W.; Waterhouse, B.D.
In: (Lin, R. ed.) Anat Record. 294: 1698-1712, 2011

"Differential sensitivity to psychostimulants across prefrontal cognitive tasks: Differential involvement of noradrenergic a1- vs. a2-receptors"
Berridge, C.W.; Shumsky, J.S.; Andrzejewski, M.E.; McGaughy, J.A.; Spencer, R.C.; Devilbiss, D.M.; Waterhouse, B.D.
Biol Psychiatr 71:467-73. Epub 2011, Sept 2, 2011

"Functional role of exercise-induced, cortical plasticity in the sensorimotor cortex after spinal cord injury"
Moxon, K.A.; Kao, T.; Shumsky, J.S.; Knudsen, E.; Murray, M.
J Neurophys 106:2662-74. Epub 2011, Aug 24, 2011

"5-HT precursor loading enhances motor function after spinal cord contusion in adult rats"
Hayashi, Y.; Jacob-Vadakot, S.; Nothias, J.-M.; McBride, S.; Olexa, R.; Murray, M.; Simansky, K.; Shumsky, J.S.
Exp Neurol 221:68-78, 2010

Contact Information

Research Office

Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy
2900 W. Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: 215.991.8736
Fax: 215.843.9082