Deborah Kurrasch, Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Deborah Kurrasch


Biochemistry & Molecular Biology / Medical Genetics

Deputy Head

Dept. of Medical Genetics

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Web presence

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 210-6713


Office: HSC#2215

Kristy Gough, Admin

HSC #2127 / 403-220-5887 / 




Educational Background

BSc Molecular Genetics, Purdue University, 1996

Doctor of Philosophy Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University, 2002

Ph.D. Energy Homeostasis, Texas University, 2003

Ph.D. Developmental Neuroendocrinology, California University , 2008


Areas of Research

Developmental Genetics
Model Organism
Novel Therapeutics

We study hypothalamic programs that underlie neonatal/postnatal neuroendocrine signaling. The transition from a passive fetus to an independent neonate requires activation of a complex network of neuroendocrine genes. To understand what genes are critical during this late developmental time point, and if the postnatal age presents a window of vulnerability for environmental insult, we use the following tools:

  • mice and zebrafish as model organisms
  • immortalized hypothalamic cell lines
  • microarray and NextGen sequencing
  • molecular biology techniques
  • targeted knockdown
  • pharmacological manipulations


  • ASTech Women in Innovation, ASTech Foundation. 2021
  • CSM van de Sande award for accomplishments, University of Calgary. 2021
  • Great Supervisor 2019, Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Calgary. 2019
  • Peak Scholar in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Knowledge Engagement Award, University of Calgary. 2018
  • Leaders in Medicine Excellence in Supervision Award, University of Calgary. 2017