Bernice Grafstein Cell Biology

A world expert on nerve cells

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Grafstein received her BA from the University Toronto in 1951, and her PhD from McGill University, Montreal, in 1954. She is famous for studying the transport of materials down the axons of nerves — the long connecting arms that nerve cells use to communicate with other cells. Her research also includes studies on regeneration of severed nerves in fish.

She was the Vincent and Brooke Astor Distinguished professor in neuroscience at Cornell and was the first woman president of the American Society for Neuroscience.

Sources: Who’s Who in America 1994

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November 30, 1928
Professor of physiology and biophysics, Department of Physiology, Vincent and Brooke Astor Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience
Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY
  • BA, 1951, University of Toronto
  • PhD, 1954, McGill University
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December 4, 2011

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