Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Geoffrey Swanson Lab

Lab Members

Meet the Lab team members. We welcome requests for information about our work and collaboration opportunities.

Principal Investigator


Geoffrey Swanson, PhD
gtswanson( at )
Professor in Pharmacology
(312) 503-1052
PhD: University of California-Los Angeles, Pharmacology (1993).
Cellular Electrophysiology; Drug Discovery; Epilepsy; Nervous System Diseases; Neurobiology; Neuroscience; Pain; Pharmacology
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Neurology Fellow

Dr. WilliamNobis, MD, PhD

Dr. William Nobis, MD, PhD
william-nobis( at )

(312) 503-0477
MD: Vanderbilt University (2011). PhD: Vanderbilt University, Neuroscience (2009).
My interest is in elucidating mechanisms of epileptogenesis. Many cases of temporal lobe epilepsy are refractory to medical treatment, highlighting the need for further study in order to develop novel treatments. Both human pathology and various animal models of temporal lobe epilepsy are marked by hippocampal dentate granule cell hyperexcitability and extensive loss of dentate hilar mossy cells. I am interested in the network formed between hippocampal granule neurons and hilar mossy cells in epileptic states. I also maintain an interest in the role of psychological factors - namely stress and anxiety - in epilepsy and seizures.

Graduate Students


Erica Binelli
EricaBinelli2020( at )

(312) 503-0477 / (312) 503-0465
BS: DePaul University, Biology & Psychology (2014).

KendallFoote (Timmons)

Kendall Foote (Timmons)
kendalltimmons2014( at )

(312) 503-0477
BS: University of Michigan, Neuroscience, Minor in Music (2014).

Research Staff

Helene Lyons
h-lyons-swanson( at )
Research Technician
(312) 503-0477


Jacob Stolz
jacob.stolz( at )
Research Technician
(312) 503-0477 / (312) 503-0465
BA: Loyola University Chicago, Psychology (2014).