Jeannine Foley, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, Tufts University
BS, Simmons College

Pronouns: she/her/hers
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I am the Graduate Program Director for the MS and PhD degrees in Anatomy & Neurobiology. I also lecture in and direct courses within and outside of the program. I am the course director for the A&N Professional Skills course and I co-direct Methods in Neuroscience. I also lecture in the A&N Graduate Histology course. I teach in the MAMS program as a member of the Cellular Organization of Tissues teaching faculty and lecture in the Human Body Systems course. I also teach the embryology module of the Anatomical Sciences course sequence in the Dental School.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

DEIA is very important to me, and I try to continually reflect on how my behavior and actions might impact others, especially students. I try to be as inclusive as possible in everything I do and monitor myself for manifestation of implicit biases. If I catch something, I apologize immediately. In my teaching practice, I include active learning exercises, which have been shown to increase participation and long-term retention of information in students. It also helps the students to feel more included and like they belong in the class. I also emphasize safe/brave spaces and attempt to create an environment that is accepting of all people. These inclusive practices are especially beneficial for students from underrepresented groups (URGs) in STEM.

What I also do in my teaching practice is I employ best practices in teaching as modeled by the "Universal Design for Learning" (UDL) model. This model emphasizes accessibility in teaching so that content is universally accessible to all students, regardless of ability status.

Finally, in my role as program director, I take a holistic approach to evaluating application packages.

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

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  1. Foley J, Burnham V, Tedoldi M, Danial NN, Yellen G. BAD knockout provides metabolic seizure resistance in a genetic model of epilepsy with sudden unexplained death in epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2018 01; 59(1):e1-e4. PMID: 29171006; PMCID: PMC5760331; DOI: 10.1111/epi.13960;
  2. Papouin T, Dunphy J, Tolman M, Foley JC, Haydon PG. Astrocytic control of synaptic function. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2017 03 05; 372(1715). PMID: 28093548; PMCID: PMC5247586; DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0154;
  3. Foley J, Blutstein T, Lee S, Erneux C, Halassa MM, Haydon P. Astrocytic IP3/Ca2+ Signaling Modulates Theta Rhythm and REM Sleep. Front Neural Circuits. 2017; 11:3. PMID: 28167901; PMCID: PMC5253379; DOI: 10.3389/fncir.2017.00003;
  4. Foley JC, McIver SR, Haydon PG. Gliotransmission modulates baseline mechanical nociception. Mol Pain. 2011 Dec 02; 7:93. PMID: 22136202; PMCID: PMC3248913; DOI: 10.1186/1744-8069-7-93;

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2006 Simmons College, Boston, MA: Cum Laude
2006 Psi Chi: Membership
2006 Sigma Xi: Membership
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