Joel Glover

Professor - Neural Development
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Phone +47-22851230
Room 2351
Visiting address Sognsvannsveien 9 Domus Medica 0372 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1103 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests


  • Development and evolution of the brain and spinal cord, neural networks, motor systems, spinal cord injury, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neuroembryology, stem cell biology, marine biology, invertebrate biology.


  • Electrophysiology, neuroanatomical methods (especially axonal tracing), optical recording of neuronal activity, optogenetics, experimental embryology.

Courses taught

  • Neurobiology, neurology, neuroanatomy, embryology, histology, gross anatomy, evolution.


  • Bachelor of Arts from UC San Diego in Biology (summa cum laude) 1978
  • PhD from UC Berkeley in Neuroscience, 1984
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Dept of Physiology, Univ of Oslo, 1984-1986
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Dept of Anatomy and Neuroscience, Washington University at St. Louis, 1986-1987
  • Research fellow, Dept of Physiology, Univ of Oslo, 1987-1994
  • Associate Professor, Dept of Anatomy, Univ of Oslo, 1994-1996
  • Professor, Dept of Anatomy, Univ of Oslo, 1996-2001
  • Adjunct Professor, Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, 2000-present
  • Professor, Dept of Physiology, Univ of Oslo, 2001-present
  • Director, Norwegian Center for Stem Cell Research, 2008-present


  • Inducted into Norwegian Academy of Science 2007
  • Best Lecturer, Preclinical medicine 1998
  • Vickers Lecturer, British Neonatal Society, London, 1995

Positions held

  • Professor, Dept of Physiology
  • Adjunct Professor, Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology
  • Director, Norwegian Center for Stem Cell Research
Tags: Life science, Brain and nervous system, Stem cells, Spinal cord and spinal cord injuries, Motorical systems, Embryology, Sense organs, Brain evolution, Brain development


  • Glover, Joel; Elliott, Karen L.; Erives, Albert; Chizhikov, Victor V. & Fritzsch, Bernd (2018). Wilhelm His' lasting insights into hindbrain and cranial ganglia development and evolution. Developmental Biology.  ISSN 0012-1606.  Published ahead of print . doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2018.02.001
  • Skogseid, Inger Marie; Røsby, Oddveig; Konglund, Ane; Connelly, James P.; Nedregaard, Bård; Jablonski, Greg Eigner; Kvernmo, Nadja Anette Myrvik; Stray-Pedersen, Asbjørg & Glover, Joel (2018). Dystonia-deafness syndrome caused by ACTB p.Arg183Trp heterozygosity shows striatal dopaminergic dysfunction and response to pallidal stimulation. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.  ISSN 1866-1947.  10(1) . doi: 10.1186/s11689-018-9235-z
  • Züchner, Mark; Kondratska, Olena; Sylte, Camilla; Glover, Joel & Boulland, Jean-Luc (2018). Rapid recovery and altered neurochemical dependence of locomotor central pattern generation following lumbar neonatal spinal cord injury. Journal of Physiology.  ISSN 0022-3751.  596(2), s 281- 303 . doi: 10.1113/JP274484
  • Behnan, Jinan; Stangeland, Biljana; Hosainey, Sayied Abdol Mohieb; Joel, Mrinal; Olsen, Thale Kristin; Micci, Francesca; Glover, Joel; Isakson, Pauline & Brinchmann, Jan E. (2017). Differential propagation of stroma and cancer stem cells dictates tumorigenesis and multipotency. Oncogene.  ISSN 0950-9232.  36(4), s 570- 584 . doi: 10.1038/onc.2016.230 Show summary
  • Chagnaud, Boris P.; Engelmann, Jacob; Fritzsch, Bernd; Glover, Joel & Straka, Hans (2017). Sensing External and Self-Motion with Hair Cells: A Comparison of the Lateral Line and Vestibular Systems from a Developmental and Evolutionary Perspective. Brain, Behavior and Evolution.  ISSN 0006-8977.  90(2), s 98- 116 . doi: 10.1159/000456646
  • Chawla, Rishab; Züchner, Mark; Mastrangelopoulou, Maria; Lambert, Francois Michel; Glover, Joel & Boulland, Jean-Luc (2017). Cellular reactions and compensatory tissue re-organization during spontaneous recovery after spinal cord injury in neonatal mice.. Developmental Neurobiology.  ISSN 1932-8451.  77(8), s 924- 946 . doi: 10.1002/dneu.22479 Show summary
  • Fritzsch, Bernd; Elliott, Karen L. & Glover, Joel (2017). Gaskell revisited: new insights into spinal autonomics necessitate a revised motor neuron nomenclature. Cell and Tissue Research.  ISSN 0302-766X.  370(2), s 195- 209 . doi: 10.1007/s00441-017-2676-y
  • Bjørnstad, Sigrid; Samara, Athina; Erichsen, Aage; Paulsen, Ragnhild Elisabeth; Glover, Joel & Roald, Borghild (2016). Hampered lung maturation in methimazole-induced hypothyroidism in fetal chicken: morphological and molecular correlates to human fetal development. Neonatology.  ISSN 1661-7800.  110(2), s 83- 92 . doi: 10.1159/000444656
  • Falk, Anna; Heine, Vivi M.; Harwood, Adrian J.; Sullivan, Patrick F.; Peitz, Michael; Brüstle, Oliver; Shen, Sanbring; Sun, Yuh-Man; Glover, Joel; Posthuma, Daniëlle & Djurovic, Srdjan (2016). Modeling psychiatric disorders: From genomic findings to cellular phenotypes. Molecular Psychiatry.  ISSN 1359-4184.  21(9), s 1167- 1179 . doi: 10.1038/mp.2016.89 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Glover, Joel (2016). 3D bioprinting applications for in vitro modeling of cellular interactions and tissues. Cellular Therapy and Transplantation.  ISSN 1866-8836.  5(2), s 8- 10 . doi: 10.18620/1866-8836-2016-5-2-8-11

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Published Apr. 13, 2011 2:40 PM - Last modified Mar. 29, 2012 3:30 PM