Jason E. Wells, PhD

Associate Professor of NeurosciencesJason E. Wells, PhD
Chair, Division of Neurosciences
Vice-Chair, Department of Anatomical Sciences

(434) 592-6983


  • PhD, West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • BS, Allegheny College


Dr. Wells graduated from Allegheny College with a BS in Neuroscience. He pursued his interest in neuroscience at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, researching neurobiological mechanisms of neonatal epileptiform activity and earned a PhD from the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. 

He began his teaching career at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, where his research interests shifted to include pain research and he taught neuroanatomy and gross anatomy.  He has also held faculty positions at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, teaching neuroscience, human gross anatomy, and electives in addiction medicine before coming to LUCOM in July of 2013.

Concerned about the rising abuse of prescription painkillers in Appalachia and other areas of the country, Dr. Wells’ primary research interests are focused at studying neurobiological mechanisms of pain generation and perception in the hopes of realizing a novel non-narcotic method to treat pain. Dr. Wells and his wife, Donna, have three children and enjoy spending time together as a family.