Nancy Kleckner – Neurobiology

Dr. Nancy Kleckner, Biology and Neuroscience

Dr. Nancy Kleckner

Nancy W. Kleckner



Associate Professor

31 Frye Street, Room 207


Carnegie Science Hall,

On leave AY 2017-18

Neurobiology. Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nancy Kleckner joined the biology faculty of Bates College in September of 1994 after obtaining her Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1990) and doing postdoctoral research at Duke University and UNC. She helped develop the Program in Neuroscience, which allows students to major in neuroscience by combining coursework and research in biology, psychology, chemistry and philosophy.

Professor Kleckner is a neuropharmacologist interested in studying the neurotransmitters, modulators and receptors that influence patterned motor outputs like feeding. Pond snails offer a model system in which large identifiable neurons can be monitored; their activity represents patterned behavioral outputs that can be modified by neurochemicals. Bates undergraduate students have done research projects to investigate pharmacology and function of this system in the central nervous system of the pond snails Helisoma trivolvis and Biomphalaria glabrata (see my research page and examples of recent student theses).

She teaches courses in neurobiology, sensory biology, drug actions on the nervous system, and cell and molecular biology. One of her primary teaching goals is to instill in her students an excitement about neurobiology, which she accomplishes through engaging students in novel course activities, and laboratory and library research projects that utilize modern cell biology and neuroscience methods. Mostly she strives to make science as fun for students as it is for her. Check out the neuroscience and biology web pages for information about other faculty interests and student projects. Please use the links on the left to find out more information about teaching and research interests.