Thomas Jessell, PhD

Thomas M. Jessell, Ph.D., is Claire Tow Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University.

Dr. Jessell’s research focuses on the developmental assembly of the vertebrate central nervous system. He has defined the general logic, as well as many of the key cellular and molecular mechanisms, that control the assembly and functional organization of circuits in the spinal cord. Dr. Jessell’s research has revolutionized our understanding of neural development and laid the foundation for a better understanding of the cellular physiology of the spinal cord and reflex behavior.

Dr. Jessell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and was a co-recipient of the 2008 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. In 2012, he was honored with the prestigious Canada Gairdner International Award, recognizing his research in “defining the genetic and molecular pathways leading to the complex development of the spinal cord, with implications for therapeutic applications.” Dr. Jessell received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, England.

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