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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

GPN student Warren Anderson publishes “Multiscale model of dynamic neuromodulation integrating neuropeptide-induced signaling pathway activity with membrane electrophysiology” with faculty advisor Dr. Vadigepalli. Read More

GPN students Xinmei Wen and Tom Westergard publish in Neuron with faculty advisor Dr. Davide Trotti, PhD “Antisense Proline-Arginine RAN Dipeptides Linked to C9ORF72-ALS/FTD Form Toxic Nuclear Aggregates that Initiate In Vitro and In Vivo Neuronal Death”
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Tanziyah Muqeem (MD PhD student, Covarrubias Lab) received a Grant-in-Aid of Research from the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society for her project "Electrophysiological investigation of dorsal horn synaptic transmission in a model of neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury"

Recent GPN grad, Dr. Michael Jablonski, publishes work on inhibiting drug efflux transporters to improve ALS therapeutic efficacy with faculty former advisors Drs. Davide Trotti and Piera Pasinelli.  Read More

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