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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

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


Recent GPN grad, Dr. David Ritter, publishes "Dysregulation of Kv3.4 Channels in Dorsal Root Ganglia Following Spinal Cord Injury" in the Journal of Neuroscience with his former faculty advisor Dr. Manuel Covarrubias.


Drs. Harshyne and Hooper develop novel cancer vaccine approach for brain tumors! Read More


Dr. Ji-Fang Zhang publishes work on PIP2 importance in calcium activated potassium channels in Nature Chemical Biology.  Read More


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