Neuroscience Faculty and Staff

  • Deborah E. Bauer

    Lecturer in Neuroscience

    B.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Molecular neuroscientist with an interest in glutamate transporters.


  • Barbara Beltz

    Barbara S. Beltz

    Allene Lummis Russell Professor of Neuroscience

    B.A., Mount Holyoke College; M.S., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Passions for serotonin and adult neurogenesis! Excited about the wonderful neuroscience program at Wellesley College.


  • Sharon Gobes

    Sharon M. H. Gobes

    Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

    B.Sc., M.Sc., Leiden University; Ph.D., Utrecht (The Netherlands)

    Investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying animal behavior, using songbirds as a model system to study learning and memory.


  • Ginny Quinan

    Instructor in Neuroscience Laboratory

    B.A., Regis College; M.A., Harvard University Extension School

    Instructs laboratories at the 100 and 200 levels and shares an enthusiasm for hands-on learning in neuroscience.


  • Marc Tetel

    Marc J. Tetel

    Professor of Neuroscience

    B.A., Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Research areas include neuroendocrinology, estrogen and progestin action, brain and behavior.
    Visit the Tetel Lab website.


  • Nancy Thompson

    Laboratory Specialist for the Neuroscience Program

    D.V.M., Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine

    Prepares and organizes Neuroscience teaching labs for courses at all levels of the curriculum.


  • Sara Wasserman

    Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Pepperdine University; Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Research utilizes fruit flies and 'virtual-reality' flight simulators to investigate the neuronal mechanisms that permit the multi-sensory integration required to produce contextually appropriate behavior.


  • Michael Wiest

    Associate Professor of Neuroscience

    B.A., Dartmouth College; M.S., Ph.D., Michigan State University

    Mission: to determine the distributed neural correlates of perception.


Neuroscience Advisory Committee

  • Theodore W. Ducas

    Professor of Physics

    B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Engaged in laser spectroscopy, physics applied to biological systems, curricular development across disciplines, outreach to young learners and the public.


  • Ellen C. Hildreth

    Professor of Computer Science

    B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Research on human vision combining computer modeling and perceptual studies; interdisciplinary computer science education.


  • Margaret Keane

    Professor of Psychology

    A.B., Harvard College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Interested in exploring the cognitive and neural bases of human memory capacities; teach courses in memory, cognition, and neuropsychology.


  • Janet McDonough

    Senior Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory

    B.S., Simmons College; M.S., Harvard University

    Interested in science education, designing engaging labs, and expanding student science outreach to the community.