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Kurt Marsden, PhD
Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology
Center for Human Health and the Environment
Comparative Medicine Institute
kcmarsde@ncsu.edu
919-515-2589

Dr. Marsden received his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where he pursued a variety of subjects including music, history, psychology, and the natural sciences. After graduating, he entered the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he received his Ph.D in Neuroscience. His thesis work with Dr. Reed Carroll revealed novel molecular pathways underlying the plasticity of inhibitory synapses in the hippocampus and earned him the Julius Marmur Research Award. Dr. Marsden then did his postdoctoral research with Dr. Michael Granato at the University of Pennsylvania, studying the genetics and neural circuit regulation of behavior in larval zebrafish. His work uncovered several genes and neural pathways that are critical for such fundamental processes as behavioral sensitivity, simple decision making, and habituation.

When he is not science-ing, you might find Kurt riding his bike around Raleigh, hiking in the beautiful woods of North Carolina, or making music at home.

Kurt Marsden CV 2021

  • Rubia Martin
    • PhD Student, NCSU Toxicology Program
    • rmmarti3@ncsu.edu

  • Jake Deslauriers
    • PhD Student, NCSU Genetics Program
    • jcdeslau@ncsu.edu

  • Dana Hodorovich
    • PhD Student, NCSU Comparative Biomedical Sciences Program, Neuroscience concentration
    • drhodoro@ncsu.edu

  • Patrick Lindsley
    • Undergraduate Researcher

  • Lindsey Russ
    • Undergraduate Researcher

  • Haley Kim

    • Undergraduate Researcher

Marsden Lab Alumni

  • Derek Burton, MS
    • Laboratory Technician
  • Rohit Ghotkar
    • Undergraduate Researcher
  • Austen Berry
    • Undergraduate Researcher
  • Jordan Jarman
    • Undergraduate Researcher
  • Sanjana Pai
    • Undergraduate Researcher
  • Vimal Chudasama
    • Undergraduate Researcher
  • Tiara Fryer Harris
    • Undergraduate Researcher
  • Sam Hedlund
    • Undergraduate Researcher
  • Katie Neese
    • Undergraduate Researcher