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Gerald D. Maxwell, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Postdoctoral and External Affairs
Professor of Neuroscience
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3401
Phone: 860-679-3523
Fax: 860-679-8766
Website(s): Neuroscience Graduate Program
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Dr. Maxwell is the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral and External Affairs and a Professor of Neuroscience in the School of Medicine. As Associate Dean, he provides leadership, oversight, and coordination for all aspects of postdoctoral affairs at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC). In addition, he serves as a liaison to a number of external organizations to foster and maintain relationships that are beneficial to the UCHC.

Dr. Maxwell received his B.S. degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale College. He then obtained his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Oregon where he focused on the developmental biology of the embryonic neural crest. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in developmental neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. As a faculty member at the UCHC he conducted an National Institutes of Health-funded research program on the molecular and cellular analysis of neural crest development and published widely in this area. Currently he devotes his full effort to academic administration and teaching. He teaches a wide range of subjects, including stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, in addition to his administrative roles.

Prior to being named the founding Associate Dean for Postdoctoral and External Affairs in 2007 and establishing the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Dr. Maxwell served as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School for the Health Center campus. 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 M.D./Ph.D., D.M.D./Ph.D. and the M.D./M.P.H. He has a strong interest in advising trainees and sponsors workshops on professional skills and career development for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.

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

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

Not accepting students for Lab Rotations

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