Janice R Naegele

Janice R Naegele, PhD


Regular Emerita Professor of Biology Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT US



Janice Naegele, Emeritus Professor of Biology and the Program in Neuroscience and Behavior in the Department of Biology at Wesleyan University, is currently the Chair of SFN's Professional Development Committee. She previously served as the Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Wesleyan University (2020-2023), Chair of Biology (2006-2009), and Director of the Center for Faculty Career Development (2013-2016). A graduate of Mount Holyoke College (B.A. 1978, Magna Cum Laude), she earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984, and completed her postdoctoral training with Colin Barnstable and Nobel Laureate Torsten Wiesel at Rockefeller University, where she studied the cellular and molecular mechanisms of mammalian visual cortex development. Dr. Naegele was an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Yale University School of Medicine for several years before joining the faculty of Wesleyan University in 1991. Dr. Naegele has received numerous scientific awards in including: a Klingenstein Fellowship, a McKnight Brain Disorders Award, and the Louise Hanson Marshall Special Recognition Award from the Society for Neuroscience (2015). She currently serves on the editorial board of Frontiers in Neurogenesis. Research in the Naegele laboratory focuses on GABAergic interneuron circuitry and development of neural stem cell transplantation for brain repair and seizure suppression using human and murine embryonic stem cells and fetal stem cells. In addition, her group investigates novel anti-convulsant compounds and neuroprotection. The Naegele laboratory has expertise in the functional assessment of induced and spontaneous seizures by video-electroencephalography, studying adult hippocampal neurogenesis by retroviral labeling, and analyzing gene and protein expression. Research in the Naegele lab was supported by grants from CURE Epilepsy, Connecticut's Regenerative Medicine Research Fund, and the National Institutes of Health.

Neuroscience Sub-Discipline
Behavioral Neuroscience
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Developmental Neuroscience
Disorders of the Nervous System
Neural / Synaptic Structure and Function
Neuroregeneration and Repair
Analysis of Behavior and Cognition in Non-human Animals
Cell and Tissue Transplantation
Cell Culture
Genetic Models and Techniques
Histochemistry and Tracing
Imaging (microscopy)
Molecular Approaches
Species: Vertebrate
Therapeutic Techniques

Awards & Fellowships

Award NameAward Participant StatusEnd Date
Louise Hanson Marshall AwardWinner12/31/2015

SfN Service History

CommitteeTitleMember Status
Program CommitteeMemberPast
Professional Development Committee Incoming ChairPast
Professional Development Committee ChairpersonCurrent
Professional Development Committee MemberPast
NSP Selection CommitteeMemberPast
Achievement Awards Selection CommitteeMemberPast