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Jennifer Round

Our lab investigates the formation of synapses in the developing brain. We use a combination of genetic, cellular, and biochemical techniques to explore how neurons wire together.

Jennifer Round joined the Ursinus community as an Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience in 2013. A Rhode Island native, she received a BS in Biology from the University of Rhode Island in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University in 2009. She also received additional training as a HHMI Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow at Davidson College.

Jennifer owned her first microscope at the age of 9. She has an active research laboratory at Ursinus, where she collaborates with students to understand the cell signaling events that drive nervous system development. Jennifer enjoys bringing her research into the classroom, where students can make original discoveries as part of their coursework. She is also an advocate for creative teaching methods that transform undergraduate biology education into an active, student-centered experience. Her work has been funded by The National Science Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation.




  • B.S., University of Rhode Island
  • Ph.D., Yale University


Introductory Cell Biology
Genetics Laboratory
Stem Cell Biology
Cellular Neuroscience

Research Interests

Neuron Morphology
Nervous System Development
Cell Signaling
Active Learning in the Classroom

Recent Work

Loomis C*, Stephens A*, Springmann P*, Drebushenko L, Janicot R*, Baqai U*, Round JE. Identification of PSD-95 as an intracellular binding partner of synaptic adhesion protein Slitrk2. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. 2020. 103: 103465

Round JE and Lom B. In Situ Teaching: Fusing Labs & Lectures in Undergraduate Science Courses to Enhance Immersion in Scientific Research. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education.2015; 13: A206-A214

Round JE, Ross B, Angel M, Shields K, Lom B. Slitrk gene duplication and expression in the developing zebrafish nervous system. Developmental Dynamics 2014; 243: 339-349

Round JE and Campbell AM. Figure Facts: Encouraging undergraduates to take a data-centered approach to reading primary literature. CBE-Life Sciences Education 2013; 12: 1-8

Round JE, Sun H. The Nck adaptor mediates Slit1-induced changes in cortical neuron morphology. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. 2011; 47: 265-273