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Explore our faculty research and mentoring partners

Accepted trainees will be paired with a faculty mentor and work in their lab throughout the program. Faculty mentors will coordinate programming, evaluation, and support. Trainees may also be assigned a bench mentor. The following is a partial list of potential host labs.

Mark Buckley
Mark Buckley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interest: Viscoelasticity in soft biological tissues; soft tissue aging, disease and repair
David Dodell-Feder, Ph.D.
David Dodell-Feder, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience

Research Interest: Exploit the principles of mechanics to improve treatments for diseases and injuries affecting soft biological tissues
John Foxe Ph.D.
John Foxe, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of  Neuroscience
Director, Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience
Professor, Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry

Research Interest: Basic neurophysiology of schizophrenia and autism
Julie Fudge
Julie Fudge, Ph.D.

Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry

Research Interest: Anatomy and neurochemistry of brain regions associated with symptoms in major psychiatric illnesses.
Frank Garcea

Frank Emilio Garcea, Ph.D.
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Research Assistant Professor, Department Neurosurgery and Neuroscience

Research Interest: Mechanisms supporting conceptual processing, language, and action function in patients with brain tumor or epilepsy.
Manuel Gomez-Ramirez

Manuel Gomez-Ramirez, Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Research Interest: Understanding the neural mechanisms that mediate sensation and action with our hands.
Lauren Hablitz
Lauren Hablitz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

Research Interest: Basic biological mechanisms of circadian synchrony and entrainment in health and disease. Understanding how circadian rhythms and sleep can enhance glymphatic, neuronal, and cerebrovascular function.
Angela Hewitt
Angela Hewitt, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Departments of Neuroscience, Neurology, and Pediatrics

Research Interest: Investigating if/how the production of rapid, coordinated movements requires control circuitry that can bypass sensory feedback delays by providing an estimate of the consequences resulting from a motor command.
Chris Holt
Chris Holt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Otolaryngology

Research Interest: Synaptic pharmaco-physiology of vestibular efferent-afferent interactions
Paul Kammermeier
Paul Kammermeier, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology

Research Interest: G protein coupled receptor signaling and modulation of ion channels in neurons
Brian Keane
Brian Keane, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Center for Visual Science A&S

Research Interest: How the visual system transforms spatiotemporally fragmented retinal images into discrete representations of objects and how this transformation becomes compromised during serious mental illness.
Ed Lalor
Ed Lalor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience

Research Interest: The electrophysiology of human sensation, perception and cognition, especially in naturalistic environments.
Ania Majewska
Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Research Interest: Glia-neuron interactions during synaptic plasticity in health and disease.
Julian Meeks
Julian Meeks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Pediatrics

Research Interest: Investigation of the molecules, receptors, and neural circuits that influence social interactions, including the actions of mammalian pheromones.
Kerry O'Banion
Research Interest: Defining neuro-inflammatory processes that contribute to pathology and disease progression in Alzheimer's disease, as well as late CNS effects following radiation exposure.
Tom O'Connor
Tom O'Connor, Ph.D.

Professor, Departments of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, and Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research Interest: The mechanisms by which early stress exposures, including prenatal maternal anxiety and caregiving stress, may persistently shape children's behavioral and biological health
Martina Poletti
Martina Poletti, Ph.D.

Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Research Interest: Visual psychophysics, high-resolution eye tracking and gaze-contingent technology to study spatial updating, foveal vision and control of attention and eye movements at the fine scale
Doug Portman
Doug Portman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Departments of Biomedical Genetics, Neuroscience, and Biology

Research Interest: Neural circuit development and function; Genetic control of behavior; Sex differences in neurobiology.
Maria Quinones

Maria Quiñones-Cordero, PhD
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Associate Director of Center Activities, Elaine C. Hubbard Center for Nursing
Faculty Diversity Officer, Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing


Research Interest: Mechanism-based intervention development and delivery aimed at reducing Latino health disparities
Karl Rosengren

Karl Rosengren, Ph.D.
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Professor, Departments of Psychology and Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Research Interest: How children think about changes in the world surrounding them and how children and adults adapt to changes in their local environment in order to act safely and effectively
Nathan A. Smith
Nathan A. Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Departments of Neuroscience
Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion for Research and Research Education

Research Interest: Exploring the understudied and novel mechanisms by which neuromodulators mediate the interactions between neurons, astrocytes, and microglia in both normal and disease states
Adam Snyder
Adam Snyder, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Neuroscience

Research Interest: Activity in groups of neurons is dynamically coordinated to control information processing for goal-directed action.
Lisa Starr
Lisa Starr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Departments of Psychology

Research Interest: The origins and consequences of depression and anxiety disorders in adolescence and adulthood. These interests have developed along several interrelated pathways.
Benjamin Suarez-Jimenez, Ph.D.
Benjamin Suarez-Jimenez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Research Interest: Use virtual reality (VR), multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and machine learning to elucidate the psychological and neural signatures of psychopathologies.
Duje Tadin, Ph.D.
Duje Tadin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair, Brain & Cognitive Sciences; Assoc. Prof., Departments of Neuroscience and Center for Visual Science

Research Interest: Understanding neural mechanisms of human visual perception using psychophysics, brain stimulation and computational modeling. Current work includes the study of vision in stroke, low-vision, TBI, autism, cognitive aging and schizophrenia.
Verda Kaye Thomas
Verda KayeThomas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Department of Pharmacology and Physiology
Director, Center for Advanced Light Microscopy and Nanoscopy

Research Interest: Identification of relevant cutting-edge microscopy technologies for implementation at the University of Rochester. Application of quantitative imaging and analysis techniques to a variety of research projects.
Madalina Tivarus
Madalina Tivarus, Ph.D.

Associate Professor. Departments of Neuroscience and Imaging Sciences

Research Interest: Clinical applications of advanced neuroimaging techniques such as functional MRI (fMRI), MR Spectroscopy (MRS), Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), morphometry, Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL) and Dynamic Susceptibility Contrast (DSC)
Kuan Wang
Kuan Wang, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Research Interest: Neural circuit mechanisms underlying cognitive control of sensorimotor functions.
Patricia White
Patricia White, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Otolaryngology

Research Interest: Sensory regeneration of the inner ear, or hair-cell regeneration