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NAME Research Interest
Gene Alexander, Ph.D. Brain function and structure in cognitive aging and neurodegenerative disease
John Allen, Ph.D. Human psychophysiology: emotion, cognition, memory and amnesia
Jessica Andrews-Hanna, Ph.D. Neural underpinnings of internally-guided cognition, including how they develop and change across the lifespan and how they become dysfunctional in clinical populations; functional MRI; default mode network
E. Fiona Bailey, Ph.D. Voluntary and respiratory-related neuromuscular control of upper airway muscles
Shaowen Bao, Ph.D. Sound processing in the healthy and diseased brain
Carol Barnes, Ph.D. Neurobiological correlates of age-related declines in spatial cognition

Thomas Bever, Ph.D.

Interactions of cognition and neurology in humans and animals
Martha Bhattacharya, Ph.D.

The Bhattacharya Lab studies the molecular pathways that promote axon degeneration in the context of neuronal injury and neurodegenerative disease, using both Drosophila and mouse models.

Roberta Brinton, Ph.D.

Systems biology of aging transitions leading to risk of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, sex differences in bioenergetic aging of female and male brain, regenerative therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. Discovery basic, translational and clinical science.

Haijiang Cai, Ph.D. Neural circuits of animal behaviors, with a focus on understanding how the neural circuits regulate feeding and emotional behaviors, using optogenetics, pharmacogenetics, electrophysiology, molecular, and behavior analysis tools
Stephen Cowen, Ph.D. Understanding how the activities of ensembles of neurons drive our capacity to decide, remember, and navigate
Thomas Davis, Ph.D. The delivery of neuropharmaceuticals across the Blood Brain Barrier
Anna Dornhaus, Ph.D.

The emergence of complexity and increased efficiency through collective behavior; effect of scaling in complex systems; the role of learning and individual variability for collective success.

Kristian Doyle, Ph.D. The role of the immune system in chronic neurodegeneration after stroke and brain injury
Erika Eggers, Ph.D.

How inhibitory inputs influence neuronal signaling and sensory signal processing in the retina

Jean-Marc Fellous, Ph.D. Computational neuroscience, learning and emotional memory, neuromodulation
Torsten Falk, Ph.D.

Cellular and rodent models to test novel pharmacological treatments for levodopa-induced dyskinesias, a major side effect of Parkinson’s disease treatment, as well as new neuroprotective gene and drug therapy approaches to Parkinson’s disease

Fabian Fernandez, Ph.D. Identifying circadian factors during middle age that increase risk for later-life cognitive impairment; devloping novel, light-based treatments to stem loss of cognition during aging and establishing basic principles for how circadian function shapes memory processing
Ralph Fregosi, Ph.D. Regulation of Breathing
Andrew Fuglevand, Ph.D. Sensorimotor neurophysiology
Amelia Gallitano, M.D., Ph.D. The mechanism by which immediate early genes mediate the effect of environment on behavior, memory, synaptic plasticity, and the risk for mental illness
Herman Gordon, Ph.D. Molecular basis of synaptogenesis
Katalin Gothard, M.D., Ph.D. The neural basis of emotion and social behavior
Michael Grandner, Ph.D. The role of insufficient sleep in the development of cardiometabolic disease and neurocognitive dysfunction; social/behavioral/environmental determinants of sleep; and behavioral interventions for insufficient sleep
Wulfila Gronenberg, Ph.D. Neuronal control of complex behavior; multimodal information processing and brain plasticity
Charles Higgins, Ph.D. Computational neuroscience, biologically-inspired engineering
Victor Hruby, Ph.D. Peptide hormome and neurotransmitter conformation-activity relationships
Alfred Kaszniak, Ph.D. Clinical neuropsychology of aging, dementia, self-awareness, and emotion
May Khanna, Ph.D. Targeting RNA-protein interactions in neurogenerative diseases
Rajesh Khanna, Ph.D. Understanding the molecular and mechanistic basis of the roles of ion channels in human health and disease.
Anita Koshy, M.D. Understanding the molecular mechanisms that allow a common intracellular parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, to persist in the mammalian CNS.
Richard Lane, M.D., Ph.D. Functional neuroanatomy of emotion and emotion regulation in normative and clinical contexts
Kevin Lin, Ph.D. Nonlinear dynamics of neurons and networks of neurons, data assimilation & data-driven modeling, computational neuroscience.
Richard Levine, Ph.D. Development, steroid hormones, cell culture, voltage clamp, neural circuits, neuropeptides
Ronald Lukas, Ph.D. Nicotinic and muscarinic acetylcholine receptor biology
Lalitha Madhavan, M.D., Ph.D. Stem cell biology and regenerative medicine
Julie Miller, Ph.D. Neurogenetic mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal vocal communication
Lynn Nadel, Ph.D. Brain mechanisms of spatial memory; hippocampal function and clinical relevance
Alan Nighorn, Ph.D. Signal transduction underlying neuronal communication in the olfactory system
Janko Nikolich-Zugich, M.D., Ph.D. The biology of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) in health, infection and aging
Mary Peterson, Ph.D Visual perception and cognition, object recognition, figure assignment, attention, language and space, behavioral and neuropsychological studies.
Robin Polt, Ph.D. New Methods for Organic Synthesis
Frank Porreca, Ph.D. Central autonomic regulation; opioids
Naomi Rance, M.D., Ph.D. Sex steroid modulation of neuronal morphology and gene expression in the human hypothalamus
John Regan, Ph.D. Molecular studies of the structure and function of G-protein coupled receptors
Linda Restifo, M.D., Ph.D. Genetics of brain development and neuronal plasticity; genetics of mental retardation; drug discovery for developmental brain disorders
Patrick Ronaldson, Ph.D. Targeting transporters for blood-brain barrier protection and for delivery of neuroprotective drugs in cerebral hypoxia/ischemia
Lee Ryan, Ph.D. Neural basis of memory, age-related changes in memory, and how these changes relate to brain functioning
Rita Sattler, MSc, Ph.D. Studies of molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration (ALS, FTD, and others) using patient-derived induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells
Todd Schlenke, Ph.D. The genetic basis of behavioral immunity in fruit flies
Jacob Schwartz, Ph.D RNA-binding proteins involved in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Scott Sherman, M.D., Ph.D. Development of viral vectors designed to modify the expression of voltage-gated channels in brain
Paul St. John, Ph.D. Neurotransmitter receptors on developing vertebrate neurons
Nicholas Strausfeld, Ph.D. Visual system neurobiology, learning and memory, brain evolution, nervous system database
John Streicher, Ph.D. Studies the molecular mechanisms of opiod receptor signal transduction, with a goal of using these mechanisms to create novel drug discovery strategies that reduce the side effects of current opiod drugs
George Sutphin, Ph.D. The Sutphin Lab uses tools in systems and comparative genetics to understand the molecular basis of aging and neurodegeneration.
Jennifer Teske, Ph.D. Neural and behavioral mechanisms of sleep deprivation-induced obesity
Leslie Tolbert, Ph.D. Neuron-neuron and neuron-glia interactions during development; development of olfactory system in insect model
Todd Vanderah, Ph.D. Understanding the neural-mediated mechanism underlying opioid tolerance and opioid-induced pain
Jean Wilson, Ph.D. Cell biology of epithelial tissues; Regulation of membrane trafficking in polarized and non-polarized cells
Robert Wilson, Ph.D Reinforcement learning and decision making; the neural basis of exploration and curiosity; neural and cognitive causes of "mistakes"
Russell Witte, Ph.D. Novel imaging of the central nervous system; smart contrast agents
Fei Yin, Ph.D. Mitochondrial genotype and phenotype in brain aging and age-associated neurodegenerative diseases
Daniela Zarnescu, Ph.D. Molecular mechanisms of aging and neurodegenerative diseases with a focus on RNA based mechanisms, stress response and metabolism. 
Calvin Zhang, Ph.D.

Use methods from mathematics and computing to study operating mechanisms of living systems such as synaptic transmission and sensorimotor system

Konrad Zinsmaier, Ph.D. Synaptic transmission, neurotransmitter exocytosis, presynaptic calcium signaling, membrane fusion, synaptic vesicle recycling, synaptic vesicle genesis


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