Ishmail Abdus-Saboor

Mitchell J. Blutt and Margo Krody Blutt Presidential Assistant Professor of Biology

Ishmail received his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, followed by postdoctoral fellowships in Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medicine and University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Abdus-Saboor uses an interdisciplinary strategy combining genetics, behavior, electrophysiology, neuronal imaging, and computation, to uncover neural circuit mechanisms for the sensory encoding of touch and pain. The Abdus-Saboor lab was established in 2018 in the Biology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2021, the lab will move to the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. |  curriculum vitae

  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2021)
  • Rita Allen Foundation Scholar in Pain Award (2020)
  • NIH Mitchell Max Award for Excellence in Pain Research (2018)
  • NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (2017)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP Fellowship (2015)

scientists in the abdus-saboor lab

Anissa Jhumka, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow (2021- )
B.S., Aix-Marseille University, France
Ph.D., Aix-Marseille University, France

Justin Burdge

Biology PhD student (2019 – present)
T32 Genetics Training Grant
B.S., University of Pennsylvania
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Leah Middleton

Neuroscience PhD Student (2018 – present)
NRSA F31 Fellowship (NINDS)
B.A., Mount Holyoke College
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Melanie Schaffler

Neuroscience PhD Student (2018 – present)
B.A., Wesleyan University
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Ryan Schwark

Neuroscience PhD student (2020 – present)
B.S., Elizabethtown College
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William Foster

Technician (2018 – present)
B.A., Haverford College
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Isabella Succi

Technician (2020 – present)
B.S., St. Joseph’s University
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Justin Arnold

Undergraduate Researcher (2019 – present)
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Lucie Pham

Undergraduate Researcher (2019 – present)
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Heather Rossi, Ph.D.

Research Associate, 2018 – 2021
Current: Research Associate @UPenn

Jessica Jones

Technician, 2018 – 2020
Current: PhD student @ UWashington

Samuel Kaufmann

Undergraduate Researcher, 2019 – 2020