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Patrick Kerstein

Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness

School of Health Sciences Research Area(s)

  • Toxicology


Patrick Kerstein is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Sciences and a member of the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience.  He received is BA in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Ripon College, and received a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, where he used advance mouse genetic techniques to study the developmental processes that guide neuronal cell fate and connectivity in the visual nervous system.  The goals of the Kerstein Lab are two-fold: 1) identify the genetic-molecular factors that define neuronal cell types and guide neuron-specific connectivity in the visual system, and 2) identity the gene-environment interactions that disrupt normal nervous system development during ocular toxicant exposure.


  • PhD, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA, 2007, Ripon College


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