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Kim Blackwell


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  • 703-993-4381 (office)
  • Krasnow Building, 164
    4400 University Drive, MS 2A1
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Kim Blackwell joined George Mason University in fall of 1996 in the Computational Sciences Institute. From 2007 through 2016 she was a member of the Molecular Neuroscience Department, and joined the Department of Bioengineering in 2016. She also has been a primary investigator in the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study since 1996.

Blackwell is a world leader in computational modeling of calcium dynamics and signaling pathways underlying neuronal plasticity. Her research investigates the mechanisms whereby particular spatio-temporal patterns of inputs produce changes in synaptic plasticity and intrinsic excitability. As part of this research she creates novel software, both using deterministic approaches and stochastic approaches, either stand-alone or working in conjunction with other neural modeling software, in order to address otherwise intractable problems.


PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pennysylvania (1988)

MSE, Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania (1987)

VMD, Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (1986)

BS, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University (1981)

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Faculty Rank: Professor