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Heather Adams
Research Interest: Dr. Heather Adams is a pediatric neuropsychologist who seeks to understand the developmental and behavioral impacts of rare genetic disorders.

Andrew Anderson
Research Interest: Quantitative modelling approaches to the analysis of sensory electrophysiology

Zhen Bai
Research Interest: Creating embodied and intelligent interfaces that transcend learning, communication and wellbeing for people with diverse abilities and backgrounds.

Tim Baran
Research Interest: Photodynamic therapy and medical image processing

Matthew Bellizzi
Research Interest: How HIV-1 can disrupt normal cognitive functions by altering homeostasis between microglia and synaptic networks

Loisa Bennetto
Research Interest: Neurocognitive and communication deficits in autism and other developmental disabilities

Farran Briggs
Research Interest: Focus on understanding how specific neuronal circuits in the early visual system encode visual information and how attention impacts the encoding of visual information.

Tufikameni Brima
Research Interest: High-density electrophysiology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging to investigate neural correlates in rare genetic neurodevelopmental diseases such as Batten disease and Rett syndrome.

Edward Brown
Research Interest: Multiphoton Laser Scanning Microscopy, novel in vivo imaging and measurement techniques, tumor biology, angiogenesis

Linda Callahan
Research Interest: Histology, Human anatomy, Microscopy, Problem-based learning, neurodegenerative diseases, and Medical Education Research

Laurel Carney
Research Interest: Auditory Neuroscience; neurophysiological, behavioral, and computational studies of hearing; signal processing for hearing aids.

Kavaljit Chhabra
Research Interest: Molecular basis of glucose sensing in the brain and beta cells

Benjamin Crane
Research Interest: The interaction of vision, the vestibular system, and human disease on motion perception.

Greg DeAngelis
Research Interest: Visual neuroscience; multi-sensory integration; neural coding; linking neurons to perception

Rashid Deane
Research Interest: Vascular Barrier Research

Ian Dickerson
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of neuropeptide signal transduction

David Dodell-Feder
Research Interest: How we process social information, make meaningful social connections, and how these processes vary across the full spectrum of health and psychiatric illness with a particular focus on schizophrenia-spectrum disorders using behavioral and neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI) methods.

Ashkan Ertefaie
Research Interest: Methodologies that lead to constructing the optimal sequence of treatments in chronic diseases where patients are monitored and treated throughout their life.

David Foster
Research Interest: Vulvar Disease, Vulvodynia, Interstitial Cystitis

Edward Freedman
Research Interest: Human neurophysiology in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease, Dyslexia, Autism, Lysosomal Storage disorders, and sports concussions

Dragony Fu
Research Interest: Nucleic acid modification and repair mechanisms linked to neurodevelopmental disorders, mitochondrial diseases, and cancer.

Julie Fudge
Research Interest: Anatomy and neurochemistry of brain regions associated with symptoms in major psychiatric illnesses

Yurong Gao
Research Interest: Develop new multiphoton imaging capacities and image analysis tools for various experiment settings

Martha Gdowski
Research Interest: Medical, Graduate, and Undergraduate Education

Paul Geha
Research Interest: Chronic pain

Harris Gelbard
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms and potential pharmacological and gene therapeutic interventions for neurologic disease associated with HIV-1 infection of the central nervous system.

Steven Goldman
Research Interest: Identify the expression patterns of the major categories of stem and progenitor cells of the adult human brain and to use that information to define the signaling pathways that distinguish one progenitor from another, as well as those that distinguish brain tumor stem and progenitor cells from their normal counterparts.

Manuel Gomez-Ramirez
Research Interest: Understanding the neural mechanisms that mediate sensation and action with our hands.

Donna Guardino
Research Interest: Certified Deaf Interpreters’ experiences working with language deprivation Deaf individuals in medical settings, and Deaf population health and language deprivation.

Marc Halterman
Research Interest: To define the transcriptional programs driving selective vulnerability and delayed neuron loss after stroke

Johanna Hamel
Research Interest: Understanding of the underlying molecular mechanism in myotonic dystrophy type 1 and type 2.

Kenneth Henry
Research Interest: Cochlear Neurodegeneration

J. Christopher Holt
Research Interest: Synaptic pharmaco-physiology of vestibular efferent-afferent interactions

Krystel Huxlin
Research Interest: Neural mechanisms of visual recovery after stroke; optical correlates and molecular substrates of corneal wound healing and nerve regeneration; LIRIC

Michelle Janelsins-Benton
Research Interest: Understanding clinical, psychological, and biological mechanisms of cognitive difficulties in cancer patients

Monica Javidnia
Research Interest: Relating symptomatic treatments to Parkinson’s disease patient outcomes and self-reported symptom burden

Brent Johnson
Research Interest: Statistical methodology for biomedical and public health applications including semi-parametric and non-parametric methods in missing data problems, measurement error, and survival analysis.

Paul Kammermeier
Research Interest: G protein coupled receptor signaling and modulation of ion channels in neurons

Douglas Kelley
Research Interest: How the performance of liquid metal batteries depends on transport in their liquid layers

David Kornack
Research Interest: The biology of neural progenitor cells in developing and adult mammalian brain

Edmund Lalor
Research Interest: The electrophysiology of human sensation, perception and cognition, especially in naturalistic environments.

Jonathan Leckenby
Research Interest: Peripheral and spinal nerve regeneration with three-dimensional electron microscopy.

Hochang Lee
Research Interest: Developing innovative models for delivery behavioral health service for medical and surgical patients and prevention of neuropsychiatric morbidity (e.g. delirium, depression, and dementia) after major surgery among the elders.

Richard Libby
Research Interest: Neurobiology of glaucoma, molecular processes that lead to retinal ganglion cell death.

Feng Lin
Research Interest: Prevention and early detection of cognitive decline and promotion of successful cognitive aging

Anne Luebke
Research Interest: Role of cochlear outer hair cells in hearing and hearing loss

Ross Maddox
Research Interest: Auditory and multisensory processing in human listeners, using behavioral and electrophysiological methods.

Ania Majewska
Research Interest: Glia-neuron interactions during synaptic plasticity in health and disease

Margot Mayer-Pröschel
Research Interest: Identification of different stem and precursor cell pools in CNS that may be critical for cell replacement therapies or are targets of insults that lead to developmental pathologies.

Kevin Mazurek
Research Interest: Neural control of voluntary movements

Sarah McConnell
Research Interest: Human Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, Neuroanatomy, Neuroprosthetics

Jonathan Mink
Research Interest: Physiology of movement, function of the basal ganglia, pathophysiology of movement disorders, and development of motor control

Sophie Molholm
Research Interest: Attention multisensory integration sensory and perceptual processing executive function

Cynthia Monaco
Research Interest: Effect of the Microbiome/Virome on Mucosal and Systemic Inflammation in Health and Disease

Sergiy Nadtochiy
Research Interest: Human Structure and Function

Maiken Nedergaard
Research Interest: The basic biology of glial cells in the CNS and the role of astrocytes in several neurological diseases, including stroke, spinal cord injury, epilepsy, tremor, and ALS. Research is aimed at defining new strategies for the treatment of neurological diseases that target astrocytic dysfunction.

Shawn Newlands
Research Interest: Vestibular anatomy and physiology, recovery from vestibular injury, vestibular control of head unrestrained gaze.

Mark Noble
Research Interest: Neuro stem cell biology and medicine, developing pharmacological and cell based approaches to peripheral and spinal cord injury.

M. 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

Thomas O'Connor
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

John Olschowka
Research Interest: Mechanisms of neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration within the CNS, primarily Glial Cells and Vascular components of the brain.

Krishnan Padmanabhan
Research Interest: Experimental and Computational Approaches to Sensory Perception

Gary Paige
Research Interest: Gary D. Paige, MD, PhD, was the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Professor and Chair of Neurobiology & Anatomy at the University of Rochester Medical Center, also holding joint appointments in Neurology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Biomedical Engineering, and Brain & Cognitive Science. His research focused on how the brain integrates and plastically adapts sensory inputs from the outside world (visual and auditory) with the internal senses (vestibular and somatosensory) to guide meaningful behavior through a cluttered environment.

Tatiana Pasternak
Research Interest: Cortical Circuitry Underlying Memory-Guided Sensory Decisions

Diane Piekut
Research Interest: Hypothalamus: neuropeptides, neuroplasticity, seizures

Wilfred Pigeon
Research Interest: Mechanisms, consequences and treatment of sleep disturbance (Canandaigua VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention)

Martina Poletti
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

Douglas Portman
Research Interest: Neural circuit development and function; Genetic control of behavior; Sex differences in neurobiology

Gil Rivlis
Research Interest: Neural control of finger movements; Experiment control systems.

Jannick Rolland-Thompson
Research Interest: Optical instrumentation, system engineering, optical coherence tomography

Lizabeth Romanski
Research Interest: Organization and functions of the primate prefrontal cortex

Hitomi Sakano
Research Interest: Dr. Sakano specializes Otology and Neurotology, treating the disorders of the ear and lateral skull base. She also has a research interest in the activity dependent changes of the auditory neural pathways.

Andrew Samuelson
Research Interest: Understanding the genetic, cell biological and molecular basis for age-driven proteostatic deterioration

Jesse Schallek
Research Interest: Developing technologies to measure blood flow in the living Eye to examine the condition of the retina in health and disease.

Ruth Schneider
Research Interest: Care of patients with movement disorders

Scott Seidman
Research Interest: Vestibular systems, motor learning, physiological models, multi-sensory integration

Adam Snyder
Research Interest: Activity in groups of neurons is dynamically coordinated to control information processing for goal-directed action

Marc Swogger
Research Interest: Therapeutic and harmful substance use

Duje Tadin
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.

Madalina Tivarus
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)

Md Nasir Uddin
Research Interest: Intersection of MRI physics and neuroscience

Kuan Hong Wang
Research Interest: Neural circuit mechanisms underlying cognitive control of sensorimotor functions

Miriam Weber
Research Interest: Menopause and memory problems, pregnancy and memory problems

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

Andrew Wojtovich
Research Interest: Optogenetics to study the roles of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) in mitochondrial physiology and stress signaling.

Ronald Wood
Research Interest: Behavioral Pharmacology and Toxicology; Substance Abuse; Inhalation Toxicology; Medications for Urologic Disorders (urge incontinence, interstitial cystitis, pain)

Houhui Xia
Research Interest: Molecular and signaling mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in memory formation and mental health

Felix Yarovinsky
Research Interest: Innate immunity, Host-microbial interactions, Immunoparasitology, Mucosal immunology

Postdoctoral Associates

Michelle Carr