Phil Hockberger, PhD

Associate Professor of Physiology, Feinberg School of Medicine and Director for Core Facilities, Office for Research.

Philip E. Hockberger, associate professor of physiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine, has been appointed as the first Director for Core Facilities at the Office for Research.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2009 in this new position, Hockberger will be working with Linda Hicke, associate vice president for research, and will serve as a liaison between Office for Research senior staff and core facilities personnel. He will be responsible for the strategic planning, marketing efforts and tactical business management of the core facilities in order to expand and improve core facilities at Northwestern. On the Evanston campus, Hockberger will have an office in the Rebecca Crown Center.

A recipient of a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Hockberger has research interests in neuroscience, cell biology and photobiology. Known mostly for his expertise in live cell imaging, he has been the lead author on research articles published in Science, Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Hockberger has been actively involved in developing shared facilities at Feinberg. In 1995, he created the Laser-Based Microscopy and Ditigal Imaging Facility, which has provided instrumentation and technical support for approximately 150 users per year who desired sophisticated computer-controlled, microscope-based imaging techniques as well as data digitization, analysis and storage capabilities.

In 2002, Hockberger built the first two-photon imaging system in the Chicago area in the department of pediatrics with support from the Children's Memorial Research Foundation. Two years later he built a second two-photon system in the physiology department focused on studies of dendritic physiology and neural stem cell migration. The success of these studies led to the development of additiional instruments. There are now 10 two-photon systems at Northwestern, the largest collection of such instruments in the country.

In 2007, Hockberger was appointed core advisor responsible for administering a National Institutes of Health-funded center core grant that provides technical expertise and support for research projects that require these capabilities.

Contact Information:

Office: Tarry 5-767
Phone: 312-503-5625
p-hockberger [at] northwestern [dot] edu