Jean Hardwick

Dana Professor and Chair, Biology
School: School of Humanities and Sciences


Student Research & Presentations

Recent Conference Presentations co-authored with students

Tierney, F.M. (Biochemistry '18), Allen, S.E. (Biology '17), Ginsburg, A.M. (Biochemistry '18), and Hardwick, J.C. (2017).  Y1 and Y5 receptor localization and function in the guinea pig cardiac plexus. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts

Hardwick, J.C., Luckett, K.A. (Biochemistry '16), Geruntho, M. (Biology '17) and Rosen, S.A. (Biochemistry '16) (2016).  NPY receptor characterization in guinea pig intracardiac neurons: Evidence for multiple receptor subtypes. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts

Luckett, K.A. (Biochemistry '16), Powers, E.N. (Biochemistry '15), and Hardwick, J.C. (2015).  Neuropeptide Y modulation of intrinsic cardiac neurons in the guinea pig.  Society for Neuroscience Abstracts


Students in my lab have presented their research at several local and national conferences.

Recent presentations include:

Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, DC. November 2017.  This the largest international gathering of neuroscientists in the world, with attendance of approximately 30,000 (or more) annually.

  • Flora Tierney (Biochemistry, '18), Shannon Allen (Biology, '18), Elizabeth Freilich (Biology, '18) and Madison Chlebowski (Biology, '19).

The four students presented results from their research with Biology faculty at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience poster session as part of the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, DC.  Flora Tierney, who also presented her work in the main conference, received a highly competitive travel award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience to support her attendance at the meeting.  Allen, Tierney, Freilich and Chlebowski also received support from the school of Humanities & Sciences and the Biology Department.

Tierney and Allen worked with Jean Hardwick (Biology) and presented results from their research during the spring of 2017, as well as summer research (supported by Professor Hardwick's NIH grant).  Their research characterized the expression and function of different receptors for a signaling molecule, NPY, in neurons that help to control cardiac function in the guinea pig.  Freilich and Chlebowski work with Ian Woods (Biology) and also presented results from their research as an H&S Summer Scholar (Freilich) and Dana Research Intern (Chlebowski) on the development of sensory neurons in zebrafish.


National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Asheville, NC. April 2016.

  • Siera Rosen, Biochemistry ’16. Poster Presentation. “Mas Receptor Expression Following Myocardial Infarction in the Guinea Pig Cardiac Ganglion”

Annual Society for Neuroscience meetings in Chicago, IL. October 2015.

  • Katie Luckett (Biochemistry '16) received a travel award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Education (FUN) to attend the Society for Neuroscience meetings. This international conference is attended by ~30,000 scientists from around the world.  Katie presented the research she has been working in my lab over the past two years, which focuses on the role of neuropeptides in neuronal regulation of the heart.  Katie also received support the H&S student travel fund and the Biology Department for her attendance at this conference.

Annual Society for Neuroscience meetings in Washington, DC. November 2014.

  • Biochemistry majors Emily Powers ('15) and Katie Luckett ('16) presented their research, performed in collaboration with myself.  The research examined how neurons controlling the heart are altered with chronic heart disease.  Emily Powers received a travel award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience to support her attendance at the conference. Both students were also supported by the EGI fund and the Bernard Fund from the Biology department. This years Society for Neuroscience meetings included 31,263 attendees from 86 countries, 3,837 posters, and 15,510 presenters.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).   NCUR is held every year at various locations around the United States.  Ithaca College students are selected for attendance at this meeting and selection is very competitive.  Each student must submit an abstract and a supporting letter of recommendation to the Selection Committee, which is composed of the officers of the Ithaca College Chapter of Sigma Xi.  In addition, each student must present evidence that they have given a previous, off-campus presentation of their work.  We believe that only the most outstanding Ithaca College students should be provided with this special  opportunity.  Ithaca College pays the full cost of attendance at this meeting.

  • Alisha Linton (Bio '14). Oral presentation,  “Galanin localization and actions in the guinea pig cardiac plexus”. NCUR. University of Kentucky. April 2014.

Student Research

Opportunties in my lab are here.

Some Examples of Lab Alumni:

  • Linda Schoenfeld ('99) -  Linda received her masters degree in Neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and her DVM from Ohio State Unviversity.  Linda is currently a veterinarian in New Jersey.
  • Kristen Sager Cincotta ('02) -   Kristen received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Emory University in Atlanta GA. and currently works at the CDC in Atlanta
  • Kim Stallone Vogelsang ('02) -  Kim received her MD from Upstate Medical University, and is currently a pediatrician
  • Danielle Federico ('04)  Danielle is received her MD from Upstate and is a pediatrician in CT. 
  • Caitlin Baran ('08) -   Caitlin received her MD from the University of Vermont and currently in a Radiology Residency program.
  • Lauren Houdek ('10) - poster presentation at Society for Neuroscience in Washington DC and again at SfN in Chicago.  Lauren completed her MD and MPH at University of Pennsylvania and is currently in a pediatrics residency at CHOPs.
  • Allison Girasole ('11) - Ally received a fellowship from the DAAD to work for a year at the University of Cologne in Germany.  She then spent two years at the NIH as a postbaccalaurete fellow and is currently the Neuroscience PhD program at UCSF
  • Philip Feinberg ('12) -  Phil worked as a laboratory technician for 3 years at Rockefeller University and Mt Sinai and is currently in the MD/PhD program at the University of Massachusetts.