Curriculum Vita

Dr. Karen D. Parfitt


curriculum vita for K. Parfitt


Contact Information:

Mailing address:
R. C. Seaver Biology Building, Room 211
175 W Sixth Street
Pomona College
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: 909-621-8604



Current Position:

  • Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Pomona College
  • Thesis advisor for students in Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, and Biology


  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado
    Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    B.S., Biological Sciences

Postdoctoral positions:

  • with Daniel V. Madison, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University (hippocampal synaptic plasticity)
  • with Thomas L. Schwarz, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University (molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release)

Courses taught:

  • Cellular Neurobiology with lab
  • Neuroscience Senior Seminar/Thesis
  • Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology with lab
  • Introductory Neuroscience

Society Memberships:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Regular Member
  • American Association for University Women, Regular Member
  • Council on Undergraduate Research, Regular Member
  • Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN), President ’00-’01; Past President, ’02-’04. Get more information about FUN.
  • Sigma Xi, Regular Member
  • Society for Neuroscience, Regular Member

Peer Review Activities:

  • Manuscript reviews for Brain Research, J. Neuroscience, J. Neurobiology
  • Grant reviews for:
    • INSERM
    • National Science Foundation
    • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Research Service
  • Textbook reviews for:
    • Harvard University Press (Text title: Molecular Neurobiology, Gordon Fain; reviewed in 1995 and 1997)
    • Sinauer Press (Text Title: Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior; reviewed 2003)
    •  NSF reviews of Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Program (CCLI) proposals, Panelist 1999; Panel Leader 2003