Jennifer I. Luebke, PhD

Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Jennifer Luebke
(617) 638-4930
650 Albany St Evans Biomed Research Ctr


The overall interest of our laboratory is in the functional properties of neurons in the mammalian prefrontal cortex (PFC), which play a central role in higher cognitive abilities such as abstract thinking, problem solving and cognitive flexibility. We seek to gain an understanding of the signaling properties of these neurons (in young and aged monkeys and APP and tau transgenic mice) by examining characteristics such as repetitive action potential firing patterns, synaptic response properties and underlying ionic currents, using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings of individual neurons identified under IR-DIC optics. By filling neurons from which recordings are obtained with dyes, we are able to subsequently reconstruct the neurons in 3-D and learn a great deal about important structure-function relationships. Most recently we are working with biomathematicians to perform computational modeling of PFC pyramidal cells using our empirically derived data.

Other Positions

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences


  • Boston University, PhD
  • Randolph–Macon College, BS


  • Published on 11/20/2017

    Apicco DJ, Ash PEA, Maziuk B, LeBlang C, Medalla M, Al Abdullatif A, Ferragud A, Botelho E, Ballance HI, Dhawan U, Boudeau S, Cruz AL, Kashy D, Wong A, Goldberg LR, Yazdani N, Zhang C, Ung CY, Tripodis Y, Kanaan NM, Ikezu T, Cottone P, Leszyk J, Li H, Luebke J, Bryant CD, Wolozin B. Reducing the RNA binding protein TIA1 protects against tau-mediated neurodegeneration in vivo. Nat Neurosci. 2018 Jan; 21(1):72-80. PMID: 29273772.

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  • Published on 4/5/2017

    Medalla M, Gilman JP, Wang JY, Luebke JI. Strength and Diversity of Inhibitory Signaling Differentiates Primate Anterior Cingulate from Lateral Prefrontal Cortex. J Neurosci. 2017 May 03; 37(18):4717-4734. PMID: 28381592.

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  • Published on 3/26/2017

    Hsu A, Luebke JI, Medalla M. Comparative ultrastructural features of excitatory synapses in the visual and frontal cortices of the adult mouse and monkey. J Comp Neurol. 2017 Jun 15; 525(9):2175-2191. PMID: 28256708.

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  • Published on 3/7/2017

    Luebke JI. Pyramidal Neurons Are Not Generalizable Building Blocks of Cortical Networks. Front Neuroanat. 2017; 11:11. PMID: 28326020.

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  • Published on 3/1/2017

    Gilman JP, Medalla M, Luebke JI. Area-Specific Features of Pyramidal Neurons-a Comparative Study in Mouse and Rhesus Monkey. Cereb Cortex. 2017 Mar 01; 27(3):2078-2094. PMID: 26965903.

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  • Published on 4/22/2016

    Rumbell TH, Draguljic D, Yadav A, Hof PR, Luebke JI, Weaver CM. Automated evolutionary optimization of ion channel conductances and kinetics in models of young and aged rhesus monkey pyramidal neurons. J Comput Neurosci. 2016 08; 41(1):65-90. PMID: 27106692.

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  • Published on 10/5/2015

    Asai H, Ikezu S, Tsunoda S, Medalla M, Luebke J, Haydar T, Wolozin B, Butovsky O, Kügler S, Ikezu T. Depletion of microglia and inhibition of exosome synthesis halt tau propagation. Nat Neurosci. 2015 Nov; 18(11):1584-93. PMID: 26436904.

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  • Published on 4/15/2015

    Tyler WA, Medalla M, Guillamon-Vivancos T, Luebke JI, Haydar TF. Neural precursor lineages specify distinct neocortical pyramidal neuron types. J Neurosci. 2015 Apr 15; 35(15):6142-52. PMID: 25878286.

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  • Published on 1/7/2015

    Medalla M, Luebke JI. Diversity of glutamatergic synaptic strength in lateral prefrontal versus primary visual cortices in the rhesus monkey. J Neurosci. 2015 Jan 7; 35(1):112-27. PMID: 25568107.

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  • Published on 12/20/2014

    Coskren PJ, Luebke JI, Kabaso D, Wearne SL, Yadav A, Rumbell T, Hof PR, Weaver CM. Functional consequences of age-related morphologic changes to pyramidal neurons of the rhesus monkey prefrontal cortex. J Comput Neurosci. 2015 Apr; 38(2):263-83. PMID: 25527184.

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