Cell Biology & Neuroscience

Faculty and Research Interests

David Devilbiss, PhD

Daniel J. Chandler, PhD

Associate Professor
Science Center


Drexel University
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, PhD, 2002

Research Interests

Our current research is focused on understanding the neuromodulation-related changes in neural coding that underlies flexible cognitive and behavioral functions. We use a variety of techniques including single neuron and multichannel electrophysiology, computational neuroscience, neuropharmacology, neurochemistry, anatomy, and behavioral techniques to interrogate the regulation of information processing across large networks of neurons in awake and behaving rats with normal cognitive function, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), stress. In addition, the lab is building on emerging evidence linking the LC-NE system in the cognitive sequelae of concussion and mild-traumatic brain injury as well as back-translating recent work in industry on concussion diagnostics.


(Updated March 2018)

  1. Devilbiss DM, Spencer RC, Berridge CW. Stress Degrades Prefrontal Cortex Neuronal Coding of Goal-Directed Behavior. Cereb Cortex, 27(5): 2970-83, May 2017.
  2. Spencer RC, Devilbiss DM, Berridge CW. The cognition-enhancing effects of psychostimulants involve direct action in the prefrontal cortex. Biol Psychiatry, 77(11): 940-50, June 2015.
  3. Ghorbanian P, Devilbiss DM, Hess T, Bernstein A, Simon AJ, Ashrafiuon H. Exploration of EEG features of Alzheimer's disease using continuous wavelet transform. Med Biol Eng Comput, 53(9): 843-55, September 2015.
  4. Ghorbanian P, Devilbiss DM, Verma A, Bernstein A, Hess T, Simon AJ, Ashrafiuon H. Identification of resting and active state EEG features of Alzheimer's disease using discrete wavelet transform.
    Ann Biomed Eng, 41(6): 1243-57, June 2013.
  5. Devilbiss DM, Jenison RL, Berridge CW. Stress-induced impairment of a working memory task: role of spiking rate and spiking history predicted discharge. PLoS Comput Biol, 8(9):e1002681, September 2012.
  6. Devilbiss DM, Waterhouse BD, Berridge CW, Valentino R. Corticotropin-releasing factor acting at the locus coeruleus disrupts thalamic and cortical sensory-evoked responses. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37(9): 2020-30, August 2012.
  7. Berridge CW, Shumsky JS, Andrzejewski ME, McGaughy JA, Spencer RC, Devilbiss DM, Waterhouse BD. Differential sensitivity to psychostimulants across prefrontal cognitive tasks: differential involvement of noradrenergic α1- and α2 -receptors. Biol Psychiatry, 71(5): 467-73, March 2012.
  8. Devilbiss DM, Waterhouse BD. Phasic and tonic patterns of locus coeruleus output differentially modulate sensory network function in the awake rat. J Neurophysiol, 105(1): 69-87, January 2011.
  9. Leiser SC, Dunlop J, Bowlby MR, Devilbiss DM. Aligning strategies for using EEG as a surrogate biomarker: a review of preclinical and clinical research. Biochem Pharmacol, 81(12): 1408-21, June 2011.

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