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Thomas Jessell (born 2 August 1951 in London) is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Columbia University in New York City. He is known for his work on chemical signals that play a role when nerve cells assemble to form neuronal circuits. In 1994 Jessell was awarded the NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing from the National Academy of Sciences.[1] He was a co-recipient, with Pasko Rakic and Sten Grillner, of the inaugural Kavli Prize for Neuroscience in 2008. [2] Jessell is also a co-editor, with Eric R. Kandel and James Schwartz, of the well-known textbook Principles of Neural Science.


  1. NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing. National Academy of Sciences. URL accessed on 27 February 2011.
  2. Columbia Professors to Receive Kavli Prizes. Columbia News: Office of Communication and Public Affairs. URL accessed on 27 February 2011.

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