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.
News & Announcements
Thousands of U.S. soldiers returned from the 1991 Persian Gulf War with a mysterious, incurable illness. To find answers, College of Medicine researchers are reprogramming veterans' cells. eXel Drexel University Research Magazine (2018)
Researchers from Drexel University College of Medicine and the University of Texas at Austin improved respiratory function in rodents with spinal cord injuries after successfully transplanting a special class of neural cells, called V2a interneurons. Their results, published this week in the Journal of Neurotrauma, indicate that these lab-grown cells have the potential to one day help paralyzed patients breathe without a ventilator. Science Magazine / Drexel News
2018 Faculty Awards
The following faculty members were the recipients of 2018 faculty awards:
- Wen-Jun Gao, MD, PhD - Julian Marsh Faculty Scholar Award
- Kimberly Dougherty, PhD - Young Investigator Award
See all 2018 faculty awardees.
On April 10, faculty and staff were recognized for excellence in teaching and outstanding service at the 2018 Golden Apple Award Ceremony.
MD/PhD Student Linda Chamberlin Wins at Colloquium of Scholars
Linda Chamberlin, an MD/PhD student currently in the Neuroscience program, won first place at the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society's annual Colloquium of Scholars on April 14, 2018. Linda and colleagues Yasmin Mohabbat (psychiatry resident), Brielle R. Ferguson (former Neuroscience PhD student), and Wen-Jun Gao, PhD, professor of neurobiology and anatomy, were honored for their poster "Restoring Prefrontal Inhibition to Treat Cognitive Symptoms of Schizophrenia."
Austin Coley, a neurobiology PhD student in the laboratory of Wen-Jun Gao, PhD, is the recipient of the first ever F99/K00 fellowship from the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (September 2017)
As a doctoral candidate in neuroscience at Drexel University College of Medicine, Zak Brodnik's work focuses on the biology underlying drug-use disorders, and he has a message he wants to deliver alongside his research. (September 2017)
College of Medicine researchers shed light on the neurological consequences of exposure to low-levels of nerve agents and suggest that drugs like tubacin could treat some of the toxins' neurological effects. (June 6, 2017)
2017 CURE Awardees
The following faculty members were the recipients of 2017 CURE grant awards:
- Yan-Chun Li, PhD (investigator): Effects of GSK-3β on the Prefrontal Dopamine System
- Veronica Tom, PhD (co-investigator): Local Delivery of Minocycline and Glypican to Promote Protection and Repair After Spinal Cord Injury
See all 2017 CURE awardees.
For researchers at Drexel University College of Medicine, the acquisition of two new confocal microscopes provides an unprecedented view into the human body — and fresh insights into conditions such as autism, neuroinflammation, HIV-associated neurocognitive impairment, heart attacks, cancer and more. Pulse (Spring 2017)
In the Media
"V2a Cells: Searching for Optimal Therapies"
Related Faculty: Michael Lane, PhD
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Blog (June 20, 2017)
Episode 17: An Interview with Dr. Michael Lane
Related Faculty: Michael Lane, PhD
SCI Curecast (December 29, 2017)
"Raise Your Hand If You Know How Complex Raising Your Hand Is"
Related Faculty: Sergey Markin, PhD; Ilya Ribak, PhD
Evolution News & Science Today (June 27, 2017)
"The Science of Eating Disorders"
Related Faculty: Jessica Barson, PhD
(February 25, 2016)
"On Concussions, Separate Hype From Science"
Related Faculty: Ramesh Raghupathi, PhD
Philly.com (January 6, 2016)
"Drexel study shows how microtubules play vital role in keeping neurons on proper trajectory"
Related Faculty: Peter Baas, PhD
Medical News (May 18, 2016)
"Q&A: Dennis DePace, PhD, on Teaching Gross Anatomy"
Related Faculty: Dennis DePace, PhD
Alumni Magazine, Fall 2015
"Inside the Brain: The Wiring of Addiction"
Related Faculty: Rodrigo España, PhD; Wen-Jun Gao, PhD; Barry Waterhouse, PhD
Exel, Drexel's Research Magazine (2014)
"Bad News For Ivy Leaguers: ADHD Drugs Hurt Your Memory"
Related Faculty: Wen-Jun Gao, PhD
Time, Examiner, Fox News (May 13, 2014)
"The Gross Lab"
Related Faculty: Theresa Connors; Itzhak Fischer, PhD; Bruce Hirsch, PhD
WHYY Friday Arts (December 5, 2014)
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