Dr. Nelson was trained as a behavioral neuroscientist investigating the role of dopamine in motivation and reward. She is a lecturer for the BBB program and teaches Introduction to Brain and Behavior (BBB109), Cognitive Neuroscience (BBB249), and Drugs, Brain and Mind (BBB270). She is also the coordinator for the program’s Independent Research (BBB399) and Honors Seminar (BBB499).
Dr. Ulm was trained as an Experimental Psychologist with a concentration in the areas of Learning and Motivation. He is a Professor Emeritus from Salisbury University and has taught Behavioral Medicine at UPenn for 20 years. In addition to sabbaticals with Dr. Martin Seligman and the late Dr. Richard Solomon at Upenn, he completed a full year post doctoral fellowship with the Treatment Research Unit under Dr. Charles O’Brien. He continued research into the biopsychosocial aspects of substance abuse with Dr.
Dr. Newberg is considered a pioneer in the neuroscientific study of religious and spiritual experiences, a field frequently referred to as neurotheology and is interested in understanding the relationship between the brain, religion, and health. His research has included brain scans of people in prayer, meditation, rituals, and various trance states. He is a faculty member in the Department of Integrative Medicine and Jefferson Medical School. He teaches BBB421 (Functional Imaging of the Human Brain).
Dr. McLean was trained as a neurophysiologist working in the visual system. Currently she is working on the mechanisms involved in the integration of breathing and vocalization in the bird song system in the laboratory of Dr. Marc Schmidt. She is a lecturer for the BBB program and teaches BBB 109 (Introduction to Brain and Behavior) and BBB217 (Visual Neuroscience).
Dr. Lexow currently teaches BBB 475 Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disease, BBB 480 Biological Basis of Psychiatric Disorders, and BBB 482 Clinical Psychopharmacology. In the past, she has taught a variety of courses including BBB 270 Drugs, Brain, and Mind and BBB 229 Cellular Neuroscience at Penn and as a visiting professor at the University of the Sciences she taught biomedical statistics and medical writing. Her doctoral work in neuroscience and pharmacology was completed at the University of Pennsylvania under the guidance of Dr.
Dr. Kaplan was trained as a synaptic physiologist working on mechanisms of synaptic facilitation and depression. He is a lecturer for the BBB program and is a recipient of the Dean's award for Distinguished Teaching. He teaches BBB251 (Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology) and BBB492 (Experimental Methods in Synaptic Physiology). He is also the coordinator for the laboratory sections of BBB109 (Introduction to Brain and Behavior).
Dr. Heerding was trained as a neuropharmacologist working on ligand binding domain of receptors involved in the neural control of body fluid homeostatsis. She is Associate Director of the BBB program and teaches BBB269 (Autonomic Physiology) and BBB481 (Behavioral Pharmacology).