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Ted Abel, Ph.D. is the Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience, Director of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute and a Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa with secondary appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry, Biochemistry, and Psychological and Brain Sciences. Until 2017, he was the Brush Family Professor of Biology and Co-Director of the Biological Basis of Behavior Program at the University of Pennsylvania where he directed a Graduate Training Program in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of memory storage and the molecular basis of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. He has been a pioneer in the use of molecular and genetic approaches to define how neural circuits mediate behavior, including identifying the molecular impact of sleep deprivation on neuronal function.
Dr. Abel was an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, receiving a B.A. in Chemistry in 1985. After Swarthmore, Dr. Abel attended the University of Cambridge (Christ’s College) as a Marshall Scholar, receiving a First in Part II Biochemstry and an M. Phil., working with Dr. R. Tim Hunt on the cloning of cyclin. Dr. Abel then moved to Harvard University to work with Dr. Tom Maniatis on transcriptional regulation during Drosophila development as a National Science Foundation graduate fellow.
Dr. Abel is the Editor-in-Chief of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and a member of the editorial board of Hippocampus. He has been an Associate Editor of Behavioral Neuroscience, been a member of the Scientific Review Council and the Board of Directors of Cure Autism Now, and served on the Scientific Advisory Board of Autism Speaks. He has served on grant review panels for the National Science Foundation and for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and he is currently Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Abel’s research has been supported by grants from the NIH, DARPA, the Simons Foundation, the Department of the Army, the Human Frontiers Science Program, the Whitehall Foundation, the John Merck Fund, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.