Anthony Van den Pol, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery and of Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Neurosurgery: van den Pol Lab


Diabetes Research Center

Discovery to Cure Internship

Molecular Virology: Virology Laboratories

WHRY Pilot Project Program Investigators

Yale Cancer Center: Virus and Other Infection-associated Cancers

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Anthony van den Pol is a Professor of Neurosurgery. After completing his graduate education at Yale University, Dr. van den Pol did postdoctoral work at Oxford, Semmelweis, and Stanford Universities in the areas of neuropharmacology, neuroanatomy, and neurophysiology. Dr. van den Pol has two overlapping research interests, related to basic cellular mechanisms and approaches to understanding the normal and diseased brain, and the treatment of brain disorders.

One focus is on the organization and mechanisms of action of hypothalamic neuropeptides and amino acid transmitters, using a combination of patch clamp electrophysiology, ultrastructural cytochemistry, digital imaging, molecular biology, optogenetics and behavioral analysis. The other interest is in neurovirology, including how viruses alter normal function in the developing and mature brain, and the use of viral vectors to study normal brain or treat the diseased brain, or utilization of replication-competent oncolytic viruses to treat brain cancer. Dr. van den Pol's research is supported by the National Institute of Health.

Education & Training

PhD Yale University (1977)
Postdoctoral Fellow Oxford University

Honors & Recognition

  • American Physiology Society Travel Award

  • Charles Ohse Research Award

  • International Research Exchange Organization Award

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Contact Info

Anthony Van den Pol, PhD
Mailing Address
NeurosurgeryPO Box 208082
New Haven, CT 06520-8082

van den Pol Research