Syed Y. Abbas
Assistant Professor
Office Information
Nicolaus Copernicus Hall
Or by appointment

I am a neuroscientist interested in studying the retinal physiology.  Current projects in my lab utilize multiple techniques to approach basic science questions.   

  • PhD - Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2013
  • MS - Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2009
  • MS - Biology, New York University, 2004
  • BS - Biology and Chemistry, New York University, 2002
Areas of Expertise


Areas of Interest:




Ion Channel Physiology


Behavioral studies


Confocal Microscopy


Publications, Research & Presentations
  • Abbas, SY, and Fleckenstein, S. Introduction to Biology Lab Manual 3rd Ed. Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2017. Print.
  • Abbas SY, Hamade KC, Yang EJ, Nawy S, Smith RG, Pettit DL. Directional Summation in non-Direction Selective Retinal Ganglion Cells. PLoS Computational Biololgy. 2013 Mar;9(3):e1002969.
  • Ying SW, Tibbs GR, Picollo A, Abbas SY, Sanford RL, Accardi A, Hofmann F, Ludwig A, Goldstein PA. PIP2-mediated HCN3 channel gating is crucial for rhythmic burst firing in thalamic intergeniculate leaflet neurons. J Neurosci. 2011 Jul 13;31(28):10412-23.
  • Nogueira MI, Abbas SY, Campos LG, Allemandi W, Lawson P, Takada SH, Azmitia EC. S100beta protein expression: gender- and age-related daily changes. Neurochem Res. 2009 Aug;34(8):1355-62.
  • Abbas SY, Nogueira MI, Azmitia EC. Antagonist-induced increase in 5-HT1A-receptor expression in adult rat hippocampus and cortex. Synapse. 2007 Jul; 61(7):531-9.
  • Ying SW, Jia F, Abbas SY, Hofmann F, Ludwig A, Goldstein PA. Dendritic HCN2 channels constrain glutamate-driven excitability in reticular thalamic neurons. J Neurosci. 2007 Aug 8;27(32):8719-32.
  • Abbas SY, Ying SW, Goldstein PA. Compartmental distribution of hyperpolarization-activated cyclic-nucleotide-gated channel 2 and hyperpolarization-activated cyclic-nucleotide-gated channel 4 in thalamic reticular and thalamocortical relay neurons. Neuroscience. 2006 Sep 15;141(4):1811-25.
  • Ying SW, Abbas SY, Harrison NL, Goldstein PA. Propofol block of I(h) contributes to the suppression of neuronal excitability and rhythmic burst firing in thalamocortical neurons. Eur J Neurosci. 2006 Jan;23(2):465-80.
Awards & Grants
  • Excellence in Teaching Award; Honor Roll. CCSU 2021
  • 2022 Curriculum Development Grant
  • 2022-2023 AAUP Faculty Research Grant
  • 2021-2022 AAUP Faculty Research Grant
  • 2020-2021 AAUP Faculty Research Grant
  • 2019-2020 AAUP Faculty Research Grant
  • 2019-2020 AAUP Winter Curriculum Development Grant
Memberships & Affiliations
Courses Taught
  • BIO122 General Biology II Laboratory
  • BIO122 General Biology II Lecture
  • BIO/BMS 318 Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture
  • BIO/BMS 318 Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
  • BIO/BMS 319 Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture
  • BIO/BMS 319 Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
  • BIO 331 Neurobiology
  • BIO 390 Biology Research Experience II
  • BIO 391 Internship in Biology
  • BIO/BMS 413 Human Physiology Lab
  • BIO 517 Advanced Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology
  • BIO 591 Independent Research Project in Advanced Biology
  • BIO 599 Thesis
  • HON 441 Writing & Research III: Honors Thesis