Jennifer L. Zick

Jennifer Zick


Entering Class:


University of Minnesota
Neuroscience major, Psychology minor
B.S., 2009 

University of Minnesota
Neuroscience Graduate  Program
Ph.D., 2018

Honors and Awards:

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows, National Institute of Mental Health, 2016-2019
  • Morris Smithburg Prize for Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Graduate Student in Neuroscience, 2014

MSTP Student Governance:

  • Student Advisory Committee, 2013-15, chair 2014-2015 

Thesis Advisors: Tay Netoff, Ph.D. and Matthew Chafee, Ph.D.

Thesis Research

Effective disconnection of intrinsic networks in the prefrontal cortex: convergence across primate and mouse models of schizophrenia.

Publications (pubmed)

Zick JL, Blackman RK, Crowe DA, Amirikian B, DeNicola AL, Netoff TI, Chafee MV. Blocking NMDAR Disrupts Spike Timing and Decouples Monkey Prefrontal Circuits: Implications for Activity-Dependent Disconnection in Schizophrenia. Neuron. 2018 Jun 27;98(6):1243-1255.e5. PMCID: PMC6085178

MacDonald Iii AW, Zick JL, Chafee MV, Netoff TI. Integrating Insults: Using Fault Tree Analysis to Guide Schizophrenia Research across Levels of Analysis. Front Hum Neurosci. 2016 Jan 6;9:698. PMCID: PMC4702292