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Francis Sessler Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy


    Dr. Francis M. Sessler received his doctoral degree from the University of Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris, France). He did his postdoctoral work at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center (Dallas, TX). He is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Drexel University College Of Medicine. He has been involved in research focusing on the effects of monoamines and drugs of abuse on local brain circuits and neurons. Currently, most of Dr. Sessler's effort is devoted to teaching and designing web applications. 

Selected Publications

1. Sessler FM, Mouradian RD, Cheng J-T, Yeh HH, Waterhouse BD: Noradrenergic potentiation of cerebellar Purkinje cell responses to GABA: Evidence for mediation through the beta-adrenoceptor coupled cyclic AMP system. Brain Research 499:27-38, (1989).
2. Mouradian RD, Sessler FM, Waterhouse BD: Noradrenergic potentiation of excitatory transmitter action in cerebrocortical slices: Evidence for mediation by an a1-receptor-linked second messenger pathway. Brain Research 546:83-95, (1991).
3. Sessler FM, Liu W, Kirifides ML, Mouradian RD, Lin C-S, Waterhouse BD: Noradrenergic enhancement of GABA-induced input resistance changes in layer V regular spiking pyramidal neurons of rat somatosensory cortex. Brain Research 675:171-182, (1995).
4. Zhai, J., Wieland, S.J. and Sessler, F.M. Chronic cocaine intoxication alters hippocampal sodium channel function. Neurosci. Lett. 229:1-4, (1997).
5. Sessler, F.M., Hsu, F.-C., Felder, T.N., Zhai, J. Lin R.C.-S., Wieland, S.J. and Kosobud, A.E.K. Effects of ethanol on rat somatosensory cortical neurons. Brain Research 804:266-274, (1998).