Dr. Elisabeth Van Bockstaele is the founding dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies at Drexel University. She also currently serves as interim vice provost of graduate education there. She comes to the College of Medicine from Thomas Jefferson University where she was a tenured professor in the Department of Neuroscience, as well as the founding director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience in the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. For several years she was vice chair for research in the Department of Neurological Surgery of Jefferson Medical College, and she has held numerous leadership roles in graduate and medical school courses, including coordinating a dozen graduate courses.
Research in the Van Bockstaele Laboratory is aimed at understanding the role of systems in stress-related illness and substance abuse disorders including important cellular adaptations following exposure to opiates, cannabinoids, alcohol and psychostimulants.