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Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Manuel Covarrubias, MD, PhD

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN) at Thomas Jefferson University! As your program directors, we are committed to making your training in neuroscience an intellectually stimulating and successful educational experience.   Thank you for taking the time to explore our GPN website. 

Piera Pasinelli, PhD

Our GPN is guided by an educational vision to provide a well-rounded training in basic and translational neuroscience, while working in synergy with other basic and clinical research areas.  We prepare our students for the research work environment of the future, where cutting-edge technology, complimentary disciplines and collaborative projects between academia and industry as well as bench and clinical science play major roles. Internationally recognized faculty from the Department of Neuroscience and from other basic science and clinical departments provide classroom and hands-on laboratory training covering diverse research areas in neuroscience, cell biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Furthermore, advanced students can serve as teaching assistants to develop effective teaching skills. The program thus provides flexibility to pursue careers in academic and industrial research and education.

Collegiality and  mentorship  are key aspects of the program.  Our classes are small and students work in a close-knit community with faculty and staff. 

Manuel Covarrubias & Piera Pasinelli

In the News

Congratulations to Nathan Fried for recent first author publication in APS Cell Biology “Functional Mitochondrial Analysis in Acute Brain Sections from Adult Rats Reveals Mitochondrial Dysfunction in a Rat Model of Migraine”

Welcome to Dr. Le Ma, who recently joined Jefferson as an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, and is now a member of the GPN!

Congratulations to Ben Zemel, laboratory of Dr. Covarrubias, who was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31), for his proposal "Modulation Pathways of the Kv3.4 Channel in Sensory Neurons”  

Congratulations to Jason You, laboratory of Dr. Jeannie Chin, for receiving the Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research for his project examining seizures in Alzheimer’s disease.

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