Jason Chan came to Juniata in 2013 as an assistant professor of biology after previously working as a postdoctoral research in cellular and molecular neurobiology at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Chan earned a bachelor's degree in neuroscience and behavior in 2002 from Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Conn. He went on to earn a doctorate in 2007 from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Medford, Mass. From 2007 to 2013, Chan worked at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the University of Southern California.
As a researcher, Chan studies animal behavior and nerve communication or synaptic transmission in an invertebrate organism called C. elegans, which is a wormlike organism called a nematode. He is currently researching a cellular signaling pathway in neurons that regulate animal behavior.
He has published his research in several professional journals, including Journal of Neuroscience, Genes and Development, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience and Neuroscience.
He has team-taught a course in Biological Psychology and worked as a teaching assistant in a course on Behavioral Neurobiology. In 2001 he received a Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience Fellowship at the University of Illinois-Chicago
He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the Genetics Society for America.