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Karol Osipowicz

Karol Osipowicz, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Psychology
Office: Stratton 204
Phone: 215.571.4406


Karol ‘Dr. O’ Osipowicz is a Cognitive Neuroscientist. During his time as a psychology undergraduate at Drexel University, he developed a strong interest in evolution, brain function and cognitive research. Following the completion of his undergraduate studies, he received a PhD in Neuroscience, with a focus on cognition and human brain mapping, from Thomas Jefferson University. It was his interest in the biological basis of cognition developed and nurtured at Drexel that led him to pursue his doctoral degree. His research has focused on the application of advanced neuroimaging to the study of human brain function and anatomy. This research has spanned a number of topics including cognitive plasticity and neural reorganization, psycholinguistics, memory, epileptogenesis and the methodological advancement of multimodal neuroimaging. At Jefferson, he also contributed to the direct clinical application of advanced neuroimaging by providing functional and anatomical brain mapping for neurosurgical patients. Combining his backgrounds in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience and innovative approach to lecturing, Dr. O taught various courses in Drexel’s Psychology Department as an Adjunct Professor before formally joining the department as an Assistant Teaching Professor.

Outside of his time in the classroom and laboratory, Osipowicz enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, exercising and exploring Philadelphia and its surrounding areas on motorcycle. He moved to Philadelphia as an undergraduate and has not left, calling South Philadelphia his home since 2007. Dr. O invites you to discuss cognition, evolution, neuroimaging or other topics of interest and is excited to collaborate with both colleagues and students alike.

How I make a difference:

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
-Benjamin Franklin

By investing in knowledge I hope to empower an extraordinary future. As a teacher, I attempt to imbue students with a passion for lifelong learning. I engage students in interactive exploration that leads to insights and understanding. As a scientist, I strive to understand the brain. I am currently exploring multiple questions relating to the functions of the hippocampus, and the effects of mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, as well as a myriad of other topics thorough my collaborations. As a professor, I try to steer the university to be a place where innovators can change the world through creativity and discovery. Currently I am the chair of the senate committee on research and scholarly creative activity, a member of the associate deans for research committee, and a member of the institutional review board. I hope that these investments pay the best interest: empowering an extraordinary future for our students, for neuroscience, and for Drexel University.