Jeremy Tessiere


Jeremy Alden Teissere, Ph.D., is the inaugural Stanley Road Professor of Neuroscience at Muhlenberg College.  He has a longstanding research interest in pharmacology, particularly in describing how drugs modify physiology and behavior at the biochemical level.  His laboratory studies the structure and function of the GABA(A) receptor, the target of anxiety-reducing and sleep-promoting drugs, anesthetics, hormones, plants, and fungi.  His excellence in teaching and mentorship has been recognized by the Paul C. Empie Memorial Foundation, the Christian and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, and the Student Government Association of Muhlenberg College.  In 2004, he launched the neuroscience major at Muhlenberg College; over the past 20 years, he has guided and grown the program into a formal department with four additional faculty and nearly 500 alumni.  He has also collaborated with faculty in art, sociology, creative writing, and theatre to launch two intensive travel courses during his time at Muhlenberg, one in China (The States of China) with a focus on modernity, and one in the lands bordering the Potomac River (This Land is Your Land) with a focus on lived history, American identity, and outdoor education.  Dr. Teissere received a B.A., magna cum laude, in English from Willamette University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (from which he was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award).  He held a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Pharmacology at Emory University.  His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, the Sentience Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.