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Timothy J. Spellman, Ph.D.

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

Neuroscience Graduate Program

B.A.Dartmouth CollegePsychology
Ph.D.Columbia UniversityPhysiology and Cellular Biophysics

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Leon Levy Fellowship in Neuroscience
NARSAD Young Investigator AwardBrain & Behavior Research Foundation
Samuel W. Perry III, MD Distinguished Award in Psychiatry Medicine, Department of PsychiatryWeill Cornell Medicine
Hartwell Postdoctoral FellowshipHartwell Foundation
Dean’s Award for Excellence in ResearchColumbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Spellman is a neurobiologist focused on the physiological substrates of executive functioning within higher-order association areas of the brain. He uses a range of cutting-edge tools, including optogenetics, chemogenetics, extra-cellular electrophysiology, 2-photon and light field imaging, calcium and voltage indicators, pharmacology, custom robotics, and advanced statistics to investigate how the coordinated activity of biological neural networks processes information in both healthy and psychiatrically impaired brain states. 

Accepting Lab Rotation Students: Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023

Journal Articles


Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
UConn Health Neuroscience Virtual Seminar Series (virtual)Talk2021
Neuro-Launchpad Virtual Seminar Series (virtual)Talk2021
Weill Cornell Frontiers in Neuropsychiatry Seminar Series (virtual)Talk2020
Hope for Depression Research Foundation Annual Meeting (virtual)Talk2020
University of Connecticut Physiology and Neurobiology Research Seminar (virtual)Talk2020
Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology SeminarTalk2019New York, NY
Leon Levy Fellows in Neuroscience Annual SymposiumTalk2019New York, NY
Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) Work in Progress Seminar SeriesTalk2017New York, NY
Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation Finalists’ SymposiumTalk2015Tarrytown, NY