Nicolas Hirsch, Ph.D.

Director, School of Science & Technology, Associate Professor of Biology

Nicholas Hirsch


Nick Hirsch attended the University of Chicago as an undergraduate, where he majored in both Biology and Political Science. Having had enough of Chicago winters, he did his doctoral work in developmental neurobiology at the University of California, San Diego, where he studied eye development in frogs. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Virginia, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he expanded his research to study the development of the brain and eye in both fish and frogs. Prior to coming to Hiram, Hirsch was a member of the Biology Department at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Connecticut.


  • Ph.D., Developmental Neurobiology, University of California, San Diego
  • B.A., Biology and Political Science, University of Chicago

Research Interests

Professor Hirsch has always been fascinated by the ways in which a single cell, the fertilized egg, will grow to make a complex organism with trillions of cells having thousands of different functions. The brain is the most complex organ in the body, and so its development is among the most interesting. What genes are turned on (and off) to make the cerebellum different from the cerebral cortex? Do animals as different as frogs and humans form their brain in similar ways?

Selected Publications

Fun Facts

  • He teaches a course called The Science and Ethics of Human Cloning, where students ponder what the world would be like if they could make exact duplicates of themselves.
  • He is also the coach of the Hiram College Speech and Debate Team.

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