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
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.
2019 Golden Apple Awards
A number of the department's faculty and staff were recognized for excellence in teaching and outstanding service at the 2019 Golden Apple Award Ceremony. Golden Apple recipients included Theresa Connors, Janet Smith and Judy Rae Churchill.
Other Golden Apple nominees included Dennis DePace, Haviva Goldman, Richard Gonzalez and Francis Sessler.
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In the Media
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.
December 29, 2017: Michael Lane, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, was interviewed on an episode of the SCI Curecast about his research involving cell and rehabilitation therapies to improve breathing in spinal cord injury patients.
October 22, 2017: A study about potential treatments for Gulf War Illness by Peter Baas, PhD, a professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, was mentioned in a Laboratory Equipment story.
June 6, 2017: A study about a possible treatment for Gulf War Illness by Peter Baas, PhD, a professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, was featured in a Laboratory Equipment news article.
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