James Schwob, MD, PhD

James Schwob, MD, PhD

Professor of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology



BS, Psychology, University of Iowa
MD, PhD, Neuroscience, Washington University, St Louis
Postdoctoral Training, Washington University, St Louis


Campus: Boston
Office: Jaharis 914
Laboratory: Jaharis 901

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-6626
Lab Phone: 617-636-2418
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Website  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Genetics, Neuroscience


Research Synopsis

I maintain an active research lab but am no longer accepting new students for thesis research. I remain fully engaged in all other aspects of graduate training and in our MD/PhD program.

My research focuses on the mechanisms regulating neural development.  We use the peripheral olfactory (smell) system to model fundamental developmental processes, including the controlled generation of neurons and directed axon growth. One of the near-term goals for the lab is the exploitation of the easily accessible, neurocompetent olfactory stem cells for therapeutic use. The olfactory system offers what are arguably the most exquisite examples of neuronal diversity and synaptic specificity, since the roughly 1000 different types of olfactory neurons that are generated (each type defined by the expression of one of the large family of odorant receptor genes) are morphologically identical but each type differs with respect to sensory function, and each innervates a distinct target in the brain.


Lab Members

Camila Barrios Camacho, PhD Student in Neuroscience   Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Kevin Child, PhD Student in Genetics Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Vera Gaun, PhD Student in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Eric Holbrook, Adjunct Assistant Professor Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Woochan Jang, Research Assistant Professor Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Brian Lin, Postdoctoral Scholar Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Kwok Po Tse, Research Assistant Send an e-mail
Matt Zunitch, MD, PhD Student in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research