Ted Abel, PhD

1998-2016 Biology, Biological Basis of Behavior Program University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States 
 2017- Director, Iowa Neuroscience Insitute University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 
 2018- Chair, Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA, United States 
synaptic plasticity, memory, epigenetics, sleep, neurodevelopment disorders, mouse models

Edwin G. (Ted) Abel, Ph.D. is the founding director of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, an interdisciplinary center at the University of Iowa focused on the causes, treatments, and prevention of diseases that affect the brain and nervous system. He serves as Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology in the Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Abel is recognized as a pioneer in defining the molecular mechanisms of long-term memory storage, and identifying how these processes go awry in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. He uses molecular and genetic approaches to define how neural circuits mediate behavior, including identifying the molecular impact of sleep deprivation on neuronal function and revealing epigenetic mechanisms that mediate memory. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Tim Hunt grad student 1986-1987 Cambridge
Tom Maniatis grad student 1987-1993 Harvard
Eric R. Kandel post-doc 1993-1997 Columbia


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Michael Heenan research assistant Penn
Matt Marini research assistant Penn
Giulia S. Porcari research assistant 2013- Penn
Li-Chun (Queena) Lin research assistant 2018- University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Elizabeth Heller research assistant 1998-2002 Penn
Katherine L. Thompson-Peer research assistant 2002-2003 Penn
Emily J. Davis research assistant 2012-2015 Penn
Michela "Benney" Argue research assistant 2019-2020 University of Iowa
Lucy Langmack grad student University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Ana M.M. Oliveira grad student
Pravda Quiñones-Labernik grad student
Yutong Wang grad student University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Vincent G. Luczak grad student 2010- Penn
Chris C. Angelakos grad student 2013- Penn
Emily N Walsh grad student 2018- University of Iowa
Utsav Mukherjee grad student 2019- University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Emese H Chmielewski grad student 2020- University of Iowa
Benjamin A Kelvington grad student 2021- University of Iowa
Taylor Jorgensen-Keimig grad student 2023-
Laurel A. Graves grad student 2002 Penn
Kevin Hellman grad student 2000-2004 Penn
Michael B. Keeley grad student 2005 Penn
Ting Nie grad student 2005 Penn
Joel M. Stein grad student 2005 Penn
Conor B. McDonough grad student 2006 Penn
Ted T. Huang grad student 2008 Penn
Christopher G. Vecsey grad student 2004-2009 Penn
Joshua D. Hawk grad student 2011 Penn
Nan Ma grad student 2011 Penn
Mathieu E. Wimmer grad student 2012 Penn
Toni-Moi N. Prince grad student 2013 Penn
Hannah M. Shoenhard grad student 2014 Penn
Alan Jung Park grad student 2007-2014 Penn
Shane Gary Poplawski grad student 2008-2014 Penn
Claudia S. Barz grad student 2009-2014 Penn
Morgan Bridi grad student 2009-2015 Penn
Yann Vanrobaeys grad student 2019-2024 University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Rolf T. Hansen III post-doc Penn
Pepe J. Hernandez post-doc 2006- Penn
Sarah L. Ferri post-doc 2013- University of Iowa
Snehajyoti Chatterjee post-doc 2016-
Mahesh S Shetty post-doc 2017- University of Iowa
Jaekyoon Kim post-doc 2018- University of Iowa
Satya Murthy Tadinada post-doc 2019- University of Iowa
Louis J Kolling post-doc 2022- University of Iowa
K Matthew Lattal post-doc 1998-2004 Penn
Marcelo Wood post-doc 2001-2005 Penn
Michy P. Kelly post-doc 2002-2006 Penn
Robbert Havekes post-doc 2007-2015 Penn
Lucia Peixoto post-doc 2010-2015 Penn
Jennifer Choi Tudor post-doc 2010-2016 Penn
Joseph Francis Lynch III post-doc 2016-2018 University of Iowa
Marie E Gaine research scientist 2017-2020 University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
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Lynch JF, Ferri SL, Angelakos C, et al. (2020) Comprehensive Behavioral Phenotyping of a 16p11.2 Del Mouse Model for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Autism Research : Official Journal of the International Society For Autism Research
Soleilhavoup C, Travaglio M, Patrick K, et al. (2020) Nolz1 expression is required in dopaminergic axon guidance and striatal innervation. Nature Communications. 11: 3111
Agarwalla S, Arroyo NS, Long NE, et al. (2020) Male-Specific Alterations in Structure of Isolation Call Sequences of Mouse Pups with 16p11.2 Deletion. Genes, Brain, and Behavior. e12681
Mizuno K, Jeffries AR, Abel T, et al. (2020) Long-lasting transcription in hippocampal area CA1 after contextual fear conditioning. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 172: 107250
Taylor SC, Ferri SL, Grewal M, et al. (2020) The Role of Synaptic Cell Adhesion Molecules and Associated Scaffolding Proteins in Social Affiliative Behaviors. Biological Psychiatry
Bridi MS, Schoch H, Florian C, et al. (2020) Transcriptional co-repressor Sin3a regulates hippocampal synaptic plasticity via Homer1/mGluR5. Jci Insight
Clemens B, Derntl B, Smith E, et al. (2020) Predictive Pattern Classification Can Distinguish Gender Identity Subtypes from Behavior and Brain Imaging. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991)
Wimmer ME, Blackwell JM, Abel T. (2020) Rolipram treatment during consolidation ameliorates long-term object location memory in aged male mice. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 169: 107168
Sengupta A, Tudor JC, Cusmano D, et al. (2020) 0346 Metabolic Aging and Sleep Loss: Metabolite Signatures Link Sleep Deprivation and Aging Across Tissues Sleep. 43: A131-A131
Gaine M, Nickl-Jockschat T, Wassink T, et al. (2020) Investigating DNA Methylation Changes Associated With Schizophrenia Using a Family-Based Approach Biological Psychiatry. 87: S407
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