Training can be obtained in all aspects of advanced microscopy and imaging, tissue culture, transplantation techniques, gene therapy and sequencing, behavioral neurobiology, kinematics, intracellular recording, patch clamping, computer modeling of neurobiological processes and robotics. The department has well-equipped shared facilities for confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, image acquisition and processing, small animal surgery, behavioral analysis, biochemistry and molecular biology. Research training is also supplemented by a seminar series featuring faculty, postdoctoral fellows and outside speakers. Journal clubs and discussions of research findings are scheduled regularly and often shared among individual laboratories.
Meet Our Students & Alumni
Victoria Spruance, PhD
Dr. Spruance received her PhD from the department in 2017. She did her dissertation work in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Lane, where she worked on transplantation of neural progenitor cells to improve respiratory function after cervical spinal cord injury. Dr. Spruance is currently a presidential management fellow at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK, NIH). Read more.
Liang Oscar Qiang MD, PhD
"Firstly, I think a graduate student should make their priority their research. Your goal should be to make the best out of your research, to impress yourself and to be proud of your work. Secondly, make friends in grad school. Socialize with people, talk to people and by doing so you might get ideas about your own project. You are surrounded by scientists in grad school and there is always an opportunity to get new ideas that can lead to collaborations." Read more.
News & Announcements
Veronica Tom Receives Provost's Award
Veronica Tom, PhD, professor of neurobiology and anatomy, received the 2020 Provost Award for Outstanding Mid-career Scholarly Achievement in recognition of her leadership, dedication and contributions in neuronal cytoskeleton and neurodegenerative disease research. Dr. Tom will receive $15,000 in support of her research.
2020 Golden Apple Awards
A number of the department's faculty and staff were recognized for excellence in teaching and outstanding service at the 2020 Golden Apple Award Ceremony. Golden Apple recipients included Haviva Goldman, Caitlin Howe, Jed Shumsky and Dennis DePace.
Margo Randelman to Give Discovery Day Presentation
Margo Randelman, a neuroscience graduate student, was one of five platform presenters to be highlighted in a news article about the College of Medicine's annual day of research, Discovery Day. Read the article.
Department Hosts FBI School of Operational Medicine Training
The Federal Bureau of Investigations School of Operational Medicine (FBI-SOM) holds quarterly medical refresher training for its high-risk personnel at institutions around the country. Drexel's Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy hosted one of these training events in August. Michael Biamonte, manager of FBI-SOM, wrote a letter of appreciation after the event, noting the professionalism and expertise of the faculty and staff who assisted with the training, including:
- Caitlin Howe
- Haviva Goldman
- Kathleen Ryan
- Theresa Connors
- Jeanine Gravatt
- Allen Ribblett
Mr. Biamonte stated that the class was a "tremendous success," thanks to the "wonderful team of professionals serving your organization and community," and expressed his hope that his organization would have an opportunity work with the team in the future.
Paralyzed patients are closer to one day breathing without a ventilator after Michael Lane, PhD, and Lyandysha Zhoudeva showed they could improve respiratory function in rodents with spinal cord injuries by successfully transplanting a special class of neural cells, called V2a interneurons. Read more.
Scientific dogma holds that the protein tau stabilizes microtubules within brain cells — but new research suggests just the opposite. Tau’s actual role in the neuron is to allow microtubules to grow and remain dynamic, according to Liang Oscar Qiang, PhD, the study’s lead author and a research assistant professor in the College of Medicine. Read more.
Provost Scholarly Activity Award
The Office of Research and the Office of Faculty Affairs recently announced that Peter Baas, PhD, professor of neurobiology and anatomy, was a recipient of the 2018-2019 Provost Award for Outstanding Scholarly Productivity – Career.
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In the Media
January 31, 2020: Ramesh Raghupathi, PhD, a professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, was quoted in a BBC story about differences in concussions for men and women athletes.
December 6, 2019: Ramesh Raghupathi, PhD, professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, was quoted in a MedicalXPress article about conducting research into what explains gender differences in concussion severity.
October 5, 2018: An obituary remembering Marion Murray, PhD, who co-founded Drexel’s Spinal Cord Research Center, appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Itzhak Fischer, PhD, chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, was quoted.
September 20, 2018: Jessica Barson, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story about the effects of alcohol on the teenage brain and how that science may inform allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
July 2, 2018: Bruce Hirsch, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, was quoted in an Artsy story that featured the New York Academy of Art’s “Advanced Artistic Anatomy” course, an intensive set of drawing classes held at Drexel’s gross anatomy lab, which allows art students to study and draw cadavers being dissected by medical students.
June 29, 2018: Peter Baas, PhD, a professor, and Liang Oscar Qiang, PhD, a research assistant professor, both in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, were quoted in a GEN News article about their recent study that found Alzheimer’s drugs targeting the tau protein may actually exacerbate the disease.
June 27, 2018: Rodrigo España, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, was quoted in a Science News story about how hypocretin, a brain chemical that regulates wakefulness and arousal, may also be involved in addiction.
June 7, 2018: Michael Lane, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, was quoted in a story in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News about his new study that improved breathing paralysis in rats with spinal cord injuries. He was also quoted in a MedGadget story about the study.
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