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Jorge Golowasch

Golowasch, Jorge P.
Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, biological sciences
CKB 420F

If you are interested in the research we are pursuing in the lab (see, we now have available space for graduate students. Contact me for more information. The NJIT deadline for applications to the PhD program is December 15, 2016.
  • 2007-present. Federated Department of Biological Sciences (NJIT)
  • 2002-present. Department of Mathematical Sciences (NJIT)
  • 2002-present. Graduate Faculty of the Center for Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University
  • 2002-present. Graduate Faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences (Rutgers University-Newark)
  • 1995-2015. Faculty of the Neural Systems & Behavior course at the Marine Biological Laboratories (Woods Hole, MA)
  • 2002-2010. Faculty of the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program at Rutgers University
  • 2002-2004. Associate Faculty. New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, Piscataway, New Jersey. USA

Universidad de Chile, B.A., 1984.
Brandeis University, Ph.D., 1991.

Current Teaching
  • 2016 (Fall, Spring). Principles of Neurobiology (BIOL 315), Federated Dept Biological Sciences, NJIT
  • 2012 (Fall). Introduction to Neurophysiology (BIOL 341, 698), Federated Dept Biological Sciences, RU-NJIT
  • 2013 (Spring). Cellular and Systems Neuroscience (BIOL 447, 447H, 641), Federated Dept Biological Sciences, RU-NJIT
  • Fall 2013-2016 (Spring, Fall), Principles of Neurobiology, (BIOL 315), NJIT
  • Fall 2012 BIOL 698, Introduction to Neurophysiology, NJIT
  • Fall 2012 BIOL 341, Introduction to Neurophysiology, NJIT
  • Spring 2012 BIOL 641, Cellular and Systems Neuroscience, NJIT
  • 2012 (Spring), Cellular and Systems Neuroscience (BIOL 447HON), NJIT
  • 2012 (Spring), Cellular and Systems Neuroscience (BIOL 447), NJIT
  • 2011 (Fall), ST: Neuromodulation (BIOL 698), NJIT
  • 2011 (Fall), Independent Study (BIOL 725-756)
  • 2011 (Spring), Cellular and Systems Neuroscience (BIOL 698), NJIT
  • 2011 (Spring), Cellular and Systems Neuroscience (BIOL 447), NJIT
  • 2011 (Spring), Cellular and Systems Neuroscience (BIOL 447HON), NJIT
  • 2011 Research & Independent Study (BIOL 492-756)
  • 2011 (Fall), ST: Neuromodulation (BIOL 788)
  • 2010-2012 (Spring), Cellular and Systems Neuroscience (BIOL 447, 447H, 641), NJIT
  • 2009 (Spring), Cell Physiology and Imaging (BIOL 405), NJIT
  • 2009 (Fall), Critical Thinking for the Life Sciences (BIOL 630) NJIT
  • 2008 (Spring), Topics in Cell Biology: Plasticity and Homeostasis of Neurons and Synapses (R120-526), NJIT
  • 2008 Undergraduate Research Seminar (Math 401), NJIT
  • 2007-2008 Molecular and Cell Biology (21-120-455), Rutgers-Newark
  • 2005-2008 (Spring), Neurobiology (R120-346), Rutgers-Newark
  • 2004-2006 Neuroscience Methods (26-546-705), Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers-Newark
  • 2003-2007 (Fall), Computational Neuroscience (MATH 430/MATH 635), NJIT
  • 2003, 2004, 2006-2009 Cell Molecular and Developmental Biology (21-120-524), Rutgers-Newark
  • 2000-2004 (Fall, Spring), Mammalian Physiology (21-120-340), Rutgers-Newark
  • 1997-2015 (Summer), Neural System and Behavior course, Marine Biological Laboratories, Woods Hole, MA, USA
Research Interests

In the nervous system, plastic changes are essential for its abilities to adapt, learn, compensate for changes as a result of growth, injury, etc.

This is crucially important especially in networks that produce rhythmic activities, most (if not all) of which are vital: respiration, locomotion, digestion, heartbeat, circadian, etc.

In my lab we are interested in how ionic channels, particularly those not involved in synaptic transmission, are affected by activity changes. Such types of changes were originally discovered at the same time as the much more famous phenomenon of long-term synaptic potentiation but almost completely ignored until much more recently.

For a d​etailed description of ongoing and planned research in the lab go to

Selected Recent Publications
  1. Rotstein HG, Olarinre M & Golowasch J. (2016) Dynamic compensation mechanism gives rise to period and duty-cycle level sets in oscillatory neuronal models. J. Neurophysiology., 116: 2431–2452.
  2. Gray M & Golowasch J. (2016) Voltage Dependence of a Neuromodulator-Activated Ionic Current. eNeuro, 3(2): 1-19.
  3. Nadim F, Li X, Gray M, & Golowasch J (2016) The Role of Electrical Coupling in Rhythm Generation in Small Networks. In: Network Functions and Plasticity: Perspectives from Studying Neuronal Electrical Coupling in Microcircuit (Jing J, ed): Elsevier.
  4. Bucher D, Haspel G, Golowasch J, & Nadim F. (2015) Central Pattern Generators. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (eLS). (version 2.0) [A21418]. Ed: David J. Perkel. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.
  5. Golowasch J. (2015) Stability and Homeostasis in Small Network Central Pattern Generators. In: Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience, vol 2 (Springer Verlag), Ed: Dieter Jaeger, Ranu Jung. pp. 2858-2864.
  6. Golowasch J, & Nadim F. (2015) Capacitance, Membrane. In: Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience, vol 2 (Springer Verlag, Jaeger D, Jung R, eds), pp 555-558.
  7. Golowasch J. (2014) Mechanisms underlying nervous system plasticity and stability. BioScience, 64(7): 570-580.
  8. Bose A, Golowasch J, Guan Y & Nadim F. (2014) Role of linear and voltage-dependent ionic currents in the generation of slow wave oscillations. J. Comp. Neuroscience., DOI 10.1007/s10827-014-0498-4.
  9. Zhao Sh, & Golowasch J. (2012) Ionic Current Correlations Underlie the Global Tuning of Large Numbers of Neuronal Activity Attributes. J. Neuroscience. 32(39): 13380-13388.
  10. Unal T, Golowasch J, & Zaborszky L. (2012) Adult mouse basal forebrain harbors two distinct cholinergic populations defined by their electrophysiology. Frontiers in behavioral Neuroscience, 6(21): 1-14.
  11. Temporal S, Desai M, Khorkova O, Varghese G, Dai A, Schulz DJ & Golowasch J. (2012) Neuromodulation independently determines correlated channel expression and conductance levels in motor neurons of the stomatogastric ganglion. J. Neurophysiology, 107: 718-727.
  12. Zhan Y & Golowasch J. (2011) Recovery of rhythmic activity in a central pattern generator: analysis of the role of neuromodulator and activity-dependent mechanisms. J. Computational Neuroscience, 31(3): 685-699.

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