Current Fellows

Benton Purnell, Ph.D.

Rutgers University

School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ


Psychology, B.A. – University of Maine, Orono, ME

Neuroscience. PhD – University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (pending defense- Oct 13th, 2020)

INSPIRE fellow, Neurosurgery — Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


Research Mentor: Detlev Boison, Ph.D. 
I study the role of the purine metabolite and neuromodulator adenosine in seizure-induced respiratory arrest and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

Teaching Interests: I am interested in teaching classes related to anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, research methods, cell biology, and computer science.

Purnell, B., Buchanan G. (2020) Free-running Circadian Breathing Rhythms Are Eliminated by Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Lesion. Journal of Applied Physiology. 129: 49-57.

Petrucci, A., Joyal, K., Purnell, B., Buchanan, G. (2020) Serotonin and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. Experimental Neurology. 325, 113-145.

Kruse, S., Dayton, K.., Purnell, B., Rosner, J., & Buchanan, G. (2019) Effect of monoamine reuptake inhibition and α1 blockade on respiratory arrest and death following electroshock-induced seizures in mice. Epilepsia. 60: 495–507.


Purnell, B., Thijs, R., & Buchanan, G. (2018) Dead in the night: Sleep-wake and time-of-day influences on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. Frontiers in Neurology. 9: 1079


Smith, H., Leibold, N. K., Rappoport, D., Ginapp, C., Purnell, B., Bode, N., Alberico S., Kim K., Audero E., Gross C., & Buchanan, G. (2018). Dorsal raphe serotonin neurons mediate CO2-induced arousal from sleep. Journal of Neuroscience, 38(8), 1915-1925.


Purnell, B., Hajek, M., & Buchanan, G. (2017). Time of day influences on respiratory sequelae following maximal electroshock induced seizures in mice. Journal of Neurophysiology. 118(5): 2592-2600