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  +1 (919) 515-2589


Kurt Marsden CV 2021

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.

  • Chris (David) Cole
    • Laboratory Technician
  • Sureni Sumathipala
    • Post-doctoral Scholar
  • Jake Deslauriers
    • PhD Student, NCSU Genetics Program

  • Dana Hodorovich
    • PhD Student, NCSU Comparative Biomedical Sciences Program, Neuroscience concentration

  • Melody Hancock
    • PhD Student, NCSU Bioinformatics Program

  • Kim Scofield
    • PhD Student, NCSU Comparative Biomedical Sciences Program, Neuroscience concentration

  • Rachel Tippet
    • Undergraduate Researcher
  • Victoria Kapps
    • Undergraduate Researcher
  • Rachael Bieler
    • Undergraduate Researcher

Marsden Lab Alumni

  • Derek Burton, MS
    • Laboratory Technician
  • Rubia Martin, PhD
    • PhD Student, NCSU Toxicology Program
  • Undergraduate Researchers
    • Patrick Lindsley
    • Lindsey Russ
    • Haley Kim
    • Rohit Ghotkar
    • Austen Berry
    • Jordan Jarman
    • Sanjana Pai
    • Vimal Chudasama
    • Tiara Fryer Harris
    • Sam Hedlund
    • Katie Neese