Jason E. Wells, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurosciences
Chair, Division of Neurosciences
Vice-Chair, Department of Anatomical Sciences
Phone: (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 pain killers 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.
Outside of his research, he and his wife, Donna, enjoy working together primarily in middle and high school, as well as, college ministries. He relishes any opportunity to teach a Bible lesson. Dr. Wells and his wife are blessed to have a son and two daughters. When he’s not casting a fly at a rising trout, Dr. Wells enjoys spending time with his family, having his nose in a book, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as eating cheeseburgers and his wife’s famous butterscotch pie.