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Hazel Murphy

Hazel Murphy, PhD

Professor Emerita

Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy


  • PhD in Psychology - University of London (1969)

Hazel Murphy, PhD, is a professor emerita in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine, and serves as director of the Medical Neurosciences course. She has been with Drexel and its predecessor organizations since 1976.

Prior to that, she completed postdoctoral studies in neurophysiology at Stanford University, and then served on the faculty at the University of Chicago from 1971 to 1976, including chairing the Division of Biopsychology from 1975 to 1976.

Research Overview

Dr. Murphy's research interests are focused on CNS development, and on mechanisms that control the effects of in utero drug exposure on the developing CNS.

Research Interests

CNS development, mechanisms that control the effects of in utero drug exposure on the developing CNS


Selected Publications

"Cocaine administration in pregnant rabbits alters cortical structure and function in their progeny independent of maternal seizures"
Murphy EH, Fischer I, Friedman E, Grayson DE, Jones L, Levitt P, O'Brien-Jenkins A, Wang H-Y, Wang X-H
Exp Brain Res 114:433-441, 1997

"Effects of cocaine-induced seizures during pregnancy in the rabbit"
Murphy EH, Chon J, Darvish-Sefat F, Diven K, Schumann M, Shumsky J
Physiol & Behav 62:597-604, 1997

"Prenatal drug exposure: new evidence for neurotransmitter influences on brain development"
Levitt P, Harvey JA, Friedman E, Simansky K, Murphy EH
TINS 269-274, 1997

Contact Information

Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy
2900 W. Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: 215.991.8462
Fax: 215.843.9082