Thomas Jessell

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Thomas Jessell
Born Thomas Michael Jessell
(1951-08-02) August 2, 1951 (age 65)
London, United Kingdom
Residence New York City
Fields Neuroscience
Institutions Columbia University
Alma mater Cambridge University
Notable students Thomas Reardon
Craig Jahr
Bennett Novitch
Artur Kania
Marc Tessier-Lavigne
Samuel Plaff
Alessandra Pierani
James Briscoe
Notable awards Gruber Prize in Neuroscience (2014)
Gairdner Foundation International Award (2012)
Kavli Prize (2008)
March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology (2001)

Thomas Michael Jessell (born 2 August 1951 in London) is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Columbia University in New York City.

He is known for his work on chemical signals that play a role when nerve cells assemble to form neuronal circuits. In 1994 Jessell was awarded the NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing from the National Academy of Sciences.[1] He was a co-recipient, with Pasko Rakic and Sten Grillner, of the inaugural Kavli Prize for Neuroscience in 2008.[2] In 2014, he was awarded the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science.[3]

Jessell received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Cambridge and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. In 1981 he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. In 1985 he moved to Columbia University as an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Jessell is the co-editor, with Eric R. Kandel and James Schwartz, of the well-known textbook Principles of Neural Science.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1996.[4]


  1. ^ "NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Columbia Professors to Receive Kavli Prizes". Columbia News: Office of Communication and Public Affairs. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Vilcek Foundation Honors Professor Thomas Jessell for Biomedical Research". Columbia News. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Fellowship of the Royal Society : Current Fellows" (PDF). Royal Society. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 

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