Dr. Thomas Heinbockel studied biology at Philipps University, Marburg, Germany. His studies of the brain started during his M.S. thesis work at the Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioral Physiology, Starnberg/Seewiesen, Germany. Dr. Heinbockel earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. After graduating, he worked as a Research Associate at the Institute of Physiology, Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany. Dr. Heinbockel presently serves as a Professor in the Department of Anatomy, at Howard University College of Medicine. He holds an adjunct faculty position in both the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology and the Department of Physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Heinbockel's research is focused on understanding how the brain processes information as it relates to neurological and psychiatric disorders. His laboratory at Howard University concentrates on topics such as drug development, organization of the olfactory and limbic systems, and neural signaling and synaptic transmission in the central nervous system.