Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Physiology

D James  Surmeier, PhD

D James Surmeier, PhD

Chair, Department of Physiology

Nathan Smith Davis Professor of Physiology

Professor of Physiology

Focus of Work


My research is focused on the mechanisms underlying Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and chronic pain. This pursuit employs a combination of electrophysiological, optical, genetic and behavioral approaches.


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Education and Certification

  • MS: University of Oregon, Mathematics (1976)
  • PhD: University of Washington, Physiology-Psychology (1983)