Neuroscience

microscopic imagesThe best scientists are often those that don’t limit their interests to a very narrow field of research but those that seek out multiple areas and approaches to inform their own scientific inquiry. The Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) is designed to offer a uniquely interdisciplinary and collaborative graduate school experience, training tomorrow’s neuroscientists in well-funded individual research laboratories supported by numerous institutional state-of-the-art core research facilities. Our PhD trainees carry out cutting-edge, original research and graduate to be leaders in academia, government, industry, and science education.

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Program Faculty

  • Ai, Huiwang

    Spatiotemporal Regulation of Biological Signaling; Protein Engineering for Imaging, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics

  • Ambati, Jayakrishna

    Understanding the Molecular Basis of Macular Degeneration in Order to Hasten the Eradication of Blindness

  • Bayliss, Douglas A.

    Mechanisms of neuromodulation in central neurons

  • Beenhakker, Mark P.

    Circuit mechanisms of sleep and epilepsy

  • Bertram, Edward H.

    Studies of various aspects of epilepsy using anatomy and in vivo and in vitro physiology.

  • Bloom, George S.

    Pathogenic mechanisms in Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders

  • Bochkis, Irina

    Epigenetic and genetic mechanisms underlying metabolic disease

  • Brunjes, Peter C.

    Use the olfactory system to examine general problems in the brain maturation, including the role of afferent activity on tissue development and the interplay between evolution and development.

  • Campbell, John

    The Neurobiology of Energy Balance

  • Cang, Jianhua

    Mouse Visual System, physiology, functional imaging, genetics, molecular, behavioral, and computational methods

  • Cliffe, Anna

    Herpes Simplex Virus Infection of Neurons

  • Coan, James A.

    Neuroscience of Emotional Expression and Individual Emotion-Regulation Capabilities

  • Condron, Barry G.

    Regulation and Function Serotonergic Neurons During Development

  • Connelly, Jessica J.

    Epigenetic mechanisms involved in complex human disease

  • Corwin, Jeffrey T.

    Regeneration and Developmental Biology of the Hearing and Balance Organs in the Vertebrate Ear.

  • Deppmann, Christopher

    Elucidating and Understanding the Mechanisms Underlying Nervous System Development

  • Druzgal, Thomas Jason

    Multi-modal brain MRI to study different aspects of neurodegenerative diseases. Effects of mild traumatic brain injury on student athletes. Parkinson’s Disease and essential tremor.

  • Dwyer, Noelle

    Neural Development; Cell Division in Neural Stem Cells; Axon Outgrowth and Guidance

  • Erisir, Alev

    Developmental Plasticity and Neuropathology of Synaptic Circuitries.

  • Ewald, Sarah

    Innate immunity, chronic disease, host-parasite interactions

  • Eyo, Ukpong Bassey

    Neuroscience

  • Ferris, Heather

    The Role of Diabetes in Cognitive Decline

  • Gaskin, Felicia

    Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune disease, cytoskeletal proteins, microtubule assembly

  • Gaultier, Alban

    Exploring new therapeutics avenues to treat Multiple Sclerosis.

  • Goodkin, Howard P.

    Status epilepticus

  • Grainger, Robert M.

    Molecular embryology–gene regulation in cells committed to specific developmental lineages

  • Grant, Patrick A.

    Transcription; Chromatin Modifications, Neurodegenerative Disease, Cancer

  • Grossman, Tobias

    Brain processes that underpin social interaction and cognition during infancy

  • Guler, Ali D.

    Signal Processing by the Central Nervous System

  • Guyenet, Patrice G.

    Neural control of blood pressure and respiration

  • Hackett, John T

    Synaptic Transmission

  • Halme, Adrian J.

    Regeneration and Systemic Responses to Tissue Damage

  • Harris, Tajie H.

    Immune response to infectious disease in the CNS

  • Hill, David

    Development and plasticity of sensory systems

  • Hirsh, Jay

    Molecular genetics; development and function of neurotransmitter-synthesizing neurons in Drosophila

  • Hu, Song

    Photoacoustic imaging, light microscopy, neuroscience, cardiovascular biology, cancer, regenerative medicine

  • Kalani, Mohammad

    Stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, stroke, Wnt signaling, neurogenesis, vasculogenesis, angiogenesis

  • Kapur, Jaideep

    Pathophysiology of Status Epilepticus; Mechanisms and pathways of seizure spread

  • Kawasaki, Masashi

    Neuroethology of electric fish

  • Keller, Raymond E.

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms of morphogenesis

  • Keller, Susanna R.

    Insulin signaling, insulin-regulated membrane trafficking and associated changes in cellular function and whole body physiology

  • Kipnis, Jonathan

    Neuroimmunology and glia biology in cognition, neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration

  • Kuan, Alex

    Neuroscience

  • Kucenas, Sarah C.

    The role of glia in the development, maintenance and regeneration of the nervous system

  • Lampe, Kyle

    Neural tissue engineering, biomaterials, drug delivery, redox regulation of stem cell fate, engineering cell-interactive microenvironments

  • Lee, Kevin S.

    Neuronal Vulnerability: A Study of Cellular Mechanism

  • Legon, Wynn

    Non-invasive neuromodulation

  • Liu, Xiaorong

    Developing novel neuroprotection strategies to preserve vision in glaucoma

  • Lu, Xiaowei

    Developmental regulation of planar cell polarity in the mammalian nervous
    system

  • Lukens, John R.

    Understanding How Immunological Pathways Contribute to Neurodegenerative, Neurodevelopmental, Mental and Behavior Disorders

  • Lynch, Kevin R.

    Chemical biology of sphingosine 1-phosphate

  • Lynch, Wendy J.

    Behavioral Pharmacology, Sex Differences, Animal Models of Addiction

  • Mahadevan, Mani S.

    Molecular Mechanisms of Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy

  • Mandell, James W.

    Identification of Novel Biomarkers for Inflammatory Myopathies

  • Manning, Carol A.

    Dementia neurodegenerative disease & cognition

  • McConnell, Michael J

    The Cause and Consequence of Somatic Mosaicism in Neurons

  • Meliza, C. Daniel

    Neural Mechanisms of Pattern Learning and Recognition in the Auditory System

  • Mellon, Deforest

    Sensory System Organization and Development

  • Morris, James P.

    Social perception and cognition; Social Neuroscience; Human Neuroscience

  • Parichy, David

    Developmental Genetics, Evolution and Regeneration of Adult Morphology in Vertebrates

  • Patel, Manoj

    Modulation of sodium channel gating by beta subunits and novel sodium channel blockers; Synaptic transmission in dorsal horn neurons

  • Perez-Reyes, Edward

    Exploring epilepsy circuits then preventing seizures using AAV-based gene therapies.

  • Pfister, K. Kevin

    Regulation of Cytoplasmic Dynein for Membrane Bounded Organelle Trafficking in Axons

  • Price, Richard J.

    Image Guided Drug and Gene Delivery for Neurodegeneration and Cancer; Focused Ultrasound and Immunotherapy; Arteriogenesis and Angiogenesis

  • Proffitt, Dennis R.

    Human Perception & Cognition

  • Provencio, Ignacio

    The Role of Melanopsin Retinal Ganglion Cells in the Photic Regulation of Mammalian Circadian Rhythms

  • Provencio, Javier

    Innate Inflammatory Pathways Associated with Acute Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

  • Purow, Benjamin W.

    Novel therapeutic approaches to brain cancers and to other neurologic diseases

  • Ravichandran, Kodi S.

    Apoptotic cell clearance mechanisms in health and disease

  • Scott, Michael M.

    Investigation of the neuronal circuits and epigenetic modifications involved in the control of food intake, impulsivity and novelty seeking behavior

  • Shin, Jung-Bum

    Auditory Neurobiology

  • Siegrist, Sarah

    Regulation of neural stem cell proliferation during development and adulthood

  • Solenski, Nina J.

    Mechanisms of cerebral ischemia

  • Stone, James

    Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Thisse, Bernard V.

    Molecular control of embryonic development

  • Thisse, Christine I.

    Molecular Mechanisms of Early Vertebrate Development and Morphogenesis.
    Application to Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

  • Tvrdik, Petr

    Neurological Surgery

  • Venton, B. Jill

    Analytical Neurochemistry; Dopamine and Serotonin Neurotransmission in Drosophila; Mechanisms of rapid adenosine signaling in rodents

  • Williams, Cedric L.

    Studies of various aspects of learning, memory, olfactory discrimination and explosive detection. We develop computer driven learning programs that produce optimal olfactory discrimination and detection learning in rodents.

  • Winckler, Bettina

    Endosomal function and dysfunction in neurons. Development of the nervous system: cytoskeleton and membrane traffic in axon and dendrite growth.

  • Yates, Paul A.

    Development and regulation of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and blood vessels as they relate to retinal diseases.

  • Zeitlin, Scott O.

    Mechanisms of Huntington’s Disease Pathogenesis

  • Zhu, J. Julius

    Neural Circuits in Healthy and Diseased Brains

  • Zong, Hui

    Early detection, cancer prevention, and tumor microenvironment

  • Zunder, Eli

    Stem Cell Behavior

  • Zuo, Zhiyi

    Neuroscience and Anesthetic Neuroprotection