Jennifer Luebke, PhD, Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology, will become Chair ad interim of the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, effective June 1. Dr. Luebke will succeed Mark Moss, PhD, who is retiring at the end of May.
Dr. Luebke received her doctorate in Anatomy & Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed postdoctoral training in neurophysiology at Harvard Medical School and at Tufts University School of Medicine and joined the BUMC community in 1996 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology.
Dr. Luebke’s research is focused on the normal structural, neurochemical and functional properties of neurons in diverse brain areas and how they changes in neurodegenerative disease and normal aging. Continuously funded for more than 20 years, her work has led to novel insights into species and brain area specific characteristics of neurons and into mechanisms underlying selective vulnerability of neurons in normal and pathological aging.
Dr. Luebke has served in several roles within the Department, including as Course Director for Medical Neuroscience and most recently as Vice Chair and Director of the Graduate Program. She also has served on numerous University and national committees, including the Medical Student Evaluation and Promotions Committee, Faculty Council Executive Committee and the BU Climate Action Plan Taskforce. Associate Editor of Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, Dr. Luebke also is a reviewer for the NIH and other funding agencies and is a member of NIH Special Emphasis Panels for the Brain Initiative.