Bonnie L. Firestein, Ph.D. is a Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her work focuses on regulation of the dendritic arbor, both in development and neurocognitive disorders, and specifically, schizophrenia. In addition, her laboratory works to understand molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal survival, regeneration, and restoration of function after injury, such as spinal cord and traumatic brain injury. Her recent work includes screening of small molecule compounds to aid in recovery of neurocognitive function after traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Firestein serves as the President of the NJ Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, serves on multiple journal editorial boards and grant review panels, and is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and AAAS. She previously participated in SFN’s Capitol Hill Day where she discussed science funding with congressional representatives. Dr. Firestein is interested in teaching the public about STEM, and she participates in outreach events for K-12 students.