Jean Hardwick

Jean Hardwick

Dana Professor, Department of Biology
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Biochemistry
Faculty, Honors Program
Faculty, Premed Option

Specialty:Neurobiology/Animal Physiology
Phone:(607) 274-3213
Office:168 Ctr for Natural Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850


  • BA., Smith College, Biochemistry
  • Ph.D., University of Vermont, Physiology & Biophysics

My research focuses on neuronal regulation of cardiac function.

Specifically, I am interested in how neurotransmitters (chemicals released by nerve cells to communicate with one another) can modulate the activity of neurons located within the heart which in turn regulate heart rate and the strength of heart contractions. Most recently, the research in my lab is examining how chronic heart disease can alter the function of the neurons that regulate the heart.  We are able to create a surgical model of a myocardial infarction (a blocked coronary blood vessel) in the guinea pig. After a recovery period, we study the electrical responses of intracardiac neurons to specific neurotransmitters to look for changes in neuronal function induced by the disease process.  We are also studying phenotypic changes in these neurons, such as changes in specfic protein expression. To investigate these questions, I make use of several different neurobiological techniques, including immunohistochemistry, electrophysiology, and biochemistry.

 If you interested in conducting research in my lab see details below:

Other Involvement

Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)

I am an active member of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN). This organization was created to promote undergraduate research in Neuroscience and works to provide opportunities for students to present their research at the annual Society for Neuroscience meetings, the premier conference in this field. To learn more about this organization, click here.

In October I was one of 25 neuroscientists from across the country invited to a workshop focusing on increasing PUI involvement in NSF-funded BRAIN initiative research. Read more about it here.

In November 2014 I was awarded the FUN "Outstanding Service Award"  at their annual meeting as part of the Society for Neuroscience meetings in Washington DC.  The award recognized my work in organizing and hosting the triennial workshop of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience at Ithaca College this past August.  The workshop hosted over 100 faculty from across the country and covered topics ranging from laboratory exercises, curricular innovations, teaching techniques, and grant funding strategies.

Neuroscience Minor, Advisor

Ithaca College offers a Neuroscience minor for those students interested in an interdisciplinary study of the nervous system.  The minor includes courses from several departments, including Biology, Psychology, and Exercise Science.  The minor includes both classwork and a research/practicum experience.

Biochemistry Program faculty member

Health Professions Advisor

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