Thornton, Janice E.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Janice E. Thornton Oberlin College
Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Biology
Department of Neuroscience & Biology


Jan is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Biology at Oberlin College, Oberlin OH where she teaches courses on Science and the Mind, Hormones, Brain, and Behavior, Introductory Neuroscience, and Cell and Molecular Biology. She directs research on the biological bases of sex differences and behavioral neuroendocrinology. She earned a B.A. in 1976, from Portland State University; an M.S. in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow from 1983-1986, at Rockefeller University and Rutgers University-Newark and was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Affiliate Assistant Scientist from 1988-1990 at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center and Oregon Health Sciences University. She joined the faculty at Oberlin College in 1990. Jan has been active in the reform of undergraduate science education. She was amongst the first group of Project Kaleidoscope's F21 members, is project director for Oberlin College's Award for the Integration of Science and Education from the National Science Foundation, and is a member of the education committee for the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. She has published more than 25 refereed primary scientific articles and has included more than 40 undergraduate students as collaborators in her research. In 2002 she received Oberlin's Distinguished Teaching Award.