Ted Abel, PhD, has been named director of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Abel comes to Iowa from the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves as the Brush Family Professor of Biology in the Penn School of Arts and Sciences and co-director of the Biological Basis of Behavior Program.
In his new role, Abel will lead efforts to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research and training in neuroscience and support translational research in disorders of the brain and nervous system. The Iowa Neuroscience Institute is based in the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building.
Abel’s research focuses primarily on understanding the molecular and cellular basis of learning and memory as well as the role of sleep in memory storage. 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.