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The Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine provides an outstanding academic environment for pursuing multidisciplinary training and research in neuroscience. The department has recently expanded by recruiting six new faculty members, and currently has 36 research grants – including 26 National Institutes of Health grants – with over $4 million in annual direct cost, as well as several endowments. Recent grant awards include renewal of the spinal cord program project and several major NIH grants and subcontracts. The department offers postdoctoral training through two NIH training grants and graduate student training through the neuroscience program for outstanding individuals preparing for a research career in the biomedical sciences.

The department promotes a highly interactive and collaborative environment that encourages training and research and lab meetings outside the confines of one laboratory, thus providing flexibility and diversity in the training process.

Current faculty research interests include the following areas:

Confocal views, provided by Dr. Son, of neuromuscular junctions in the adult mouse muscle.

Confocal views, provided by Dr. Son, of neuromuscular junctions in the adult mouse muscle. Motor axons (yellow) elaborate fine terminal branches in precise apposition to acetylcholine receptors in the muscle fiber (blue). Motor axons and nerve terminals are capped by Schwann cells (red).

Training can be obtained in all aspects of advanced microscopy and imaging, tissue culture, transplantation techniques, gene therapy and sequencing, behavioral neurobiology, kinematics, intracellular recording, patch clamping, computer modeling of neurobiological processes and robotics. The department has well-equipped shared facilities for confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, image acquisition and processing, small animal surgery, behavioral analysis, biochemistry and molecular biology. Research training is also supplemented by a seminar series featuring faculty, postdoctoral fellows and outside speakers. Journal clubs and discussions of research findings are scheduled regularly and often shared among individual laboratories. The department is also responsible for three major courses given to medical students that include Medical Neuroscience, Gross Anatomy and Microscopic Anatomy.

The Program Project Grant on Recovery of Function After Spinal Cord Injury awarded by the NIH involves seven individual faculty with additional support coming from national and international foundations including the Christopher Reeve Research Foundation and EPVA. This program comprises neurobiological research ranging from molecular neurobiology of spinal cord regeneration to functional studies of recovery of motor behavior after spinal cord injury, offering an excellent multidisciplinary training opportunity in the field of spinal cord injury.

News & Events

"Two Drexel Faculty Members Named 2014 AAAS Fellows"
(December 8, 2014)

"Third Annual Medical Student Research Day"
(March 21, 2014)

"Focus on Focus"
Exel - Drexel University Research Magazine (2013)

"Rats & 'Senior Moments'"
Exel - Drexel University Research Magazine (2013)

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