Joshua Corbin, PhD


Associate Professor and Principal Investigator Pediatrics, Pharmacology and Physiology



Education and Training: 

  • 1998-2003: Postdoctoral Fellow, Skirball Institute, NYU School of Medicine, NY
  • 1996-1998: Postdoctoral Fellow, Mt Sinai Medical Center, NY
  • 1996: Ph.D. University of North Carolina
  • 1989: B.A. Rutgers University

Current or Past Study:
My interest is in understanding the development of the embryonic telencephalon and how the embryonic brain gives rise to the mature brain. Toward this goal, my post-doctoral research has focused on two questions: what is the genetic basis of progenitor cell specification? and how do these progenitors give rise to mature cell types? many of which are widely disbursed during brain development. To answer these questions, I utilize both modern genetic techniques (e.g. conditional mutagenesis, genetic fate mapping) and ultrasound guided transplantation to deliver genetically marked and/or modified cells to the early developing telencephalon. The ultimate goal is to be able to understand exactly where and when specific neural cell types (and subtypes) are specified during development, what genes are essential to their specification and how they migrate to their final destinations. Starting in the Spring of 2004, I will continue to address these questions in my own laboratory in the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University.