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Jen Cook

Jen Cook

Jen Cook

Assistant Teaching Professor of Neuroscience, Primary Advisor to Neuroscience ILM Students


240 Life Sciences Complex


Neuroscience [ILM]


Ph.D., University of Minnesota (2019)

B.S., Texas A&M University (2009)

Courses Taught

  • BIO 211: Introduction to Neuroscience
  • NEU 496: Neuroscience and Society
  • NEU 400: Neurobiology of Pain and Analgesia (Spring 2020)
Teaching Interests

I am interested in inclusive pedagogical practices, and in utilizing the neuroscience of learning and memory to design courses that maximize learning potential.

  • Cook J*, Doolen S*, Riedl M, Kitto K, Kohsaka S, Honda CN, Fairbanks CA, Taylor BK, Vulchanova L. (2017). Complement 3a receptor in dorsal horn microglia mediates pronociceptive neuropeptide signaling. Glia. 2017;00:1–14.
  • Yang Q., Liu X., Zhou T., Cook J., Nguyen K., Bai X. (2016). RNA polymerase II pausing differentially regulates signaling pathway genes to control hematopoietic stem cell emergence in zebrafish. Blood. doi: 10.1182/blood-2016-02-697847
  • Linsenbardt H.R., Cook, J.L., Young, E.E., Vichaya, E.G., Young, C.R., Reusser, N.M., Welsh, C.J., & Meagher, M.W., (2015). The effect of social disruption stress on pain behaviors and cognitive deficits in chronic phase TMEV infection. J. of Neuroimmunol. 288C, 56-58.
  • Young, E.E., Vichaya, E.G., Reusser, N.M., Cook, J.L., Welsh, C.J., & Meagher, M.W. Social stress disrupts virus-specific adaptive immunity during acute Theiler’ s virus infection. (2012). J. of Neuroimmunol. doi: 10.1016/j.jneuroim.2012.08.014
  • Vichaya, E.G., Young, E.E., Frazier, M.A., Cook, J.L., Welsh, C.J., & Meagher, M.W., (2011). Social Disruption Primes the Inflammatory Response to Theiler’ s Virus Infection. J. of Neuroimmunol. 239, 44-52.