Carnegie Mellon University

DJ Brasier

Associate Teaching Professor and Assistant Department Head for Graduate Affairs

Office: 415A Mellon Institute

Phone: 412-268-1951


DJ Brasier


Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco
Postdoctoral Fellow, Salk Institute
Ph.D., Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego
M.S., Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego
B.A., Biology & Philosophy, Rice University

Additional University Roles

Assistant Director for the M.S. in Computational Biology program

Programs & Outreach

I am advisor for The Sciences Teaching ClubNeuroSAC, and the Nu Rho Psi Honor Society.

In working with students to get them involved in understanding how scientists ask questions, think about problems, and communicate their results, I also serve as CMU's faculty advisor to a team of reviewers who work for IMPULSE: The Premier Undergraduate Neuroscience Journal. In working with undergraduate students, I help them to publish their results in IMPULSE or in other peer-reviewed journals.


Gittis AH, Brasier DJ. (2015) Astrocytes Tell Neurons When to Listen Up. Science 349(6249):690-691. (Neuroscience preview)

Willard AM, Brasier DJ. (2014) Controversies in Neuroscience: A Literature-Based Course for First year Undergraduates that Improves Scientific Confidence While Teaching Concepts. J Undergrad Neurosci Educ 12(2):A159-A166.

Harrington IA, Grisham W, Brasier DJ, Gallagher SP, Gizerian SS, Gordon RG, Hagenauer MH, Linden ML, Lom B, Olivo R, Sandstrom NJ, Stough S, Vilinsky I, Wiest MC. An Instructor's Guide to (Some of) the Most Amazing Papers in Neuroscience. J Undergrad Neurosci Educ 14(1):R3-R14. (Neuroscience review)