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Amy Jo Bastian

(1968-07-23) 23 July 1968 (age 55)
Alma mater
Spouse(s) Ed Connor
Awards National Academy of Sciences (2023)
Scientific career
Thesis Damage of the human cerebellum (1995)
Doctoral advisor W. Thomas Thach

Amy Jo Bastian (born 23 July 1968) is an American neuroscientist, who has made important contributions to the neuroscience of sensorimotor control. From 2011 she has been a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. In 2015 Bastian was appointed Chief Science Officer at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Bastian is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


Bastian completed a B.S. in Physical Therapy at the University of Oklahoma in 1990 and a PhD at Washington University in 1995 under Dr W. Thomas Thach.


Bastian pursued neuroscience as a postdoctoral researcher (1995–1997) at Washington University before joining the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine in 1998. in 2001, Bastian joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Awards and honours

  • 1999 APTA- Eugene Michels New Investigator Award
  • 2007 Susanne Klein-Vogelbach Award for Research of Human Movement (Switzerland)
  • 2007 American Physical Therapy Association- Neurology Section Research Award
  • 2014 Javits award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • 2014 Special lecture Society for Neuroscience

Personal life

Bastian is the daughter of neuroscientist Joseph Bastian, who worked at the University of Oklahoma, and his wife Christine Bastian.

Since 2002, Bastian has been married to Ed Connor, who is a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and they have one son.

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