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Gerald D. Maxwell, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3401

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Dr. Maxwell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Neuroscience. His areas of interest include developmental biology, regenerative medicine, and neuroscience. He is also active in career advising for postdoctoral and graduate student trainees.

Prior to becoming Professor Emeritus, Dr. Maxwell was the first Associate Dean for Postdoctoral and External Affairs from 2007-2014. He established the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and provided leadership, oversight, and coordination for all aspects of postdoctoral affairs. In addition, he served as a liaison to the University's Office of Government Relations and as the representative to several outside organizations.

He previously served as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School for the UConn Health campus from 1992-2007. In that capacity he was responsible for programs leading to the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science, the Master of Public Health, and the Master of Dental Science degrees as well as combined degree programs including the Ph.D./ M.B.A., M.D./Ph.D., D.M.D./Ph.D. and the M.D./M.P.H. As Associate Dean, he helped transform the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Science to an umbrella admissions model with new curricular elements and also established the combined Ph.D./M.B.A. program.

Dr. Maxwell received his B.S. degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale College. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Oregon. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. As a faculty member at UConn Health he conducted a National Institutes of Health-funded research program on the molecular and cellular analysis of neural crest development.

B.S.Yale University Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Ph.D.University of OregonBiology

Post-Graduate Training
PostdoctoralHarvard Medical SchoolNeurobiology

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Outstanding Service Award, 2007UCHC Graduate Students
Fogarty Senior International Fellowship, 1995 - 1996 NIH
Career Development Award, 1982 - 1987 NIH
Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1976-1979NIH
Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1975Muscular Dystrophy Association
Predoctoral Fellowship, 1971-1975NIH

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Avian and mouse neural crest cultures.
    Maxwell, G.D. and Varley, J.E. The Neuron in Tissue Culture 1999 Jan;615-621

Conference Papers