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Jed Shumsky

Jed Shumsky, PhD

Professor, Neurobiology and Anatomy; Chair, Academic Affairs Committee; Senior Associate Dean of Educational and Academic Affairs, Graduate School

Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy


  • BA in Biochemistry - Swarthmore College (1986)
  • Harvard University (1987)
  • PhD in Pharmacological Sciences/Neuropsychopharmacology - University of Pennsylvania (1993)

Awards & Honors

  • Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, DUCOM (2023)

Jed Shumsky, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is the director of the Medical Neuroscience course. He also serves as associate dean of educational and academic affairs for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. In this role, Dr. Shumsky is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the academic curriculum as well as leading the assessment and evaluation of graduate programs within the Graduate School. He is also chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.

Shumsky is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including a multitude of Golden Apple Awards from medical students, the Graduate Student Association Award for Teacher of the Year, and the Angelo Pinto Award for Basic Science Education.

Research Interests

While no longer engaged in active research, he is serves as a consultant for students and faculty who would like help with behavioral testing, animal modeling of human conditions, and statistical analysis.


Selected Publications

"Serotonin receptor and dendritic plasticity in the spinal cord mediated by chronic serotonergic pharmacotherapy combined with exercise following complete SCI in the adult rat"
Ganzer, P.D.; Beringer, C.R.; Shumsky, J.S.; Nwaobasi, C.; Moxon, K.A.
Exp Neurol 304:132-142. (2018)

"Axonal regeneration of different tracts following transplants of human glial restricted progenitors into the injured spinal cord in rats"
Jin, Y; Shumsky, J.S.; Fischer, I.
Brain Res 1686:101-112. Epub 2016, Feb 4. (2018)

"Transplantation of neural progenitor cells in chronic spinal cord injury"
Jin, Y; Bouyer, J.; Shumsky, J.S.; Haas, C.; Fischer, I.
Neuroscience 320:69-82. Epub 2016, Feb 4. (2016)

"Therapy induces widespread reorganization of motor cortex after complete spinal transection that supports motor recovery"
Ganzer, P.D.; Manohar, A.; Shumsky, J.S.; Moxon, K.A.
Exp Neurol 279:1-12. Epub 2016, Jan 28. (2016)

"Differentiation of rodent behavioral phenotypes and methylphenidate action in sustained and flexible attention tasks"
Chu, R.; Shumsky, J.; Waterhouse, B.D.
Brain Res 1641:306-19. Epub 2015, Dec 10. (2016)

"Neurobehavioral assessments of spinal cord injury"
Shumsky, J.S.; Houle, J.D.
In: (Chen, J.; Xu, X.M.; Xu, Z.C.; Zhang, J.H., eds.) Animal Models of Acute Neurological Injuries II: Injury and Mechanistic Assessments, Springer-Verlag: New York, 2012

"Amphetamine enhanced motor training following cervical contusion injury"
Krisa, L.; Frederick, K.L.; Canver, J.C.; Stackhouse, S.K.; Shumsky, J.S.; Murray, M.
J. Neurotrauma 29:971-989. Epub 2011, Sept 19, 2012

"Experimental strategies for investigating psychostimulant drug actions and prefrontal cortical function in ADHD and related attention disorders"
Agster, K.L.; Clark, B.D.; Gao, W-J.; Shumsky, J.S.; Wang, H-X.; Berridge, C.W.; Waterhouse, B.D.
In: (Lin, R. ed.) Anat Record. 294: 1698-1712, 2011

"Differential sensitivity to psychostimulants across prefrontal cognitive tasks: Differential involvement of noradrenergic a1- vs. a2-receptors"
Berridge, C.W.; Shumsky, J.S.; Andrzejewski, M.E.; McGaughy, J.A.; Spencer, R.C.; Devilbiss, D.M.; Waterhouse, B.D.
Biol Psychiatr 71:467-73. Epub 2011, Sept 2, 2011

"Functional role of exercise-induced, cortical plasticity in the sensorimotor cortex after spinal cord injury"
Moxon, K.A.; Kao, T.; Shumsky, J.S.; Knudsen, E.; Murray, M.
J Neurophys 106:2662-74. Epub 2011, Aug 24, 2011

"5-HT precursor loading enhances motor function after spinal cord contusion in adult rats"
Hayashi, Y.; Jacob-Vadakot, S.; Nothias, J.-M.; McBride, S.; Olexa, R.; Murray, M.; Simansky, K.; Shumsky, J.S.
Exp Neurol 221:68-78, 2010

Contact Information

Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy
2900 W. Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: 215.991.8736
Fax: 215.843.9082