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Mentor eligible Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) faculty are tenured or tenure-track members of the University of Rochester Faculty. Each has strong research interests in the neurosciences, and makes important contributions to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience.

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Affiliated Faculty

Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D.
Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D.

Bennetto Lab

Clinical & Social Sciences In Psychology
Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Neurocognitive and communication deficits in autism and other developmental disabilities

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Jean Bidlack, Ph.D.
Jean Bidlack, Ph.D.

Bidlack Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Pharmacology of brain and lymphocytic opioid receptors

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Farran Briggs, Ph.D.
Farran Briggs, Ph.D.

Briggs Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Neuroscience
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.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Edward Brown, Ph.D.
Edward Brown, Ph.D.

Brown Lab

Biomedical Engineering
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Multiphoton Laser Scanning Microscopy, novel in vivo imaging and measurement techniques, tumor biology, angiogenesis

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Laurel Carney, Ph.D.
Laurel Carney, Ph.D.

Carney Lab

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

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.
Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.

Cory-Slechta Lab

Environmental Medicine
Public Health Sciences
Research Interest: Defining the impact of environmental chemicals (e.g., metals and air pollution) on brain development and behavior, with emphasis on attributable risk to neurodevelopmental disorders.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Benjamin Crane, M.D., Ph.D.
Benjamin Crane, M.D., Ph.D.

Crane Lab

Neuroscience
Otolaryngology
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: The interaction of vision, the vestibular system, and human disease on motion perception.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Greg DeAngelis, Ph.D.
Greg DeAngelis, Ph.D.

DeAngelis Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Visual neuroscience; multi-sensory integration; neural coding; linking neurons to perception

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.
Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Dewhurst Lab

Upstate Stem Cell cGMP Facility

Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Influenza Viruses; Virus Polymerase HIV Vaccine Development; NeuroAIDS Research

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Ian Dickerson, Ph.D.
Ian Dickerson, Ph.D.

Dickerson Lab

Neuroscience
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of neuropeptide signal transduction

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Robert Dirksen, Ph.D.
Robert Dirksen, Ph.D.

Dirksen Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Molecular Mechanisms of Calcium Signaling in Striated Muscle

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
David Dodell-Feder, Ph.D.
David Dodell-Feder, Ph.D.

Dodell-Feder Lab

Neuroscience
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.

Not accepting students at this time.
John Foxe, Ph.D.
John Foxe, Ph.D.

Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

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Neuroscience
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Basic neurophysiology of schizophrenia and autism

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Edward Freedman, Ph.D.
Edward Freedman, Ph.D.

Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

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

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Robert Freeman, Ph.D.
Robert Freeman, Ph.D.

Freeman Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Molecular biology of programmed cell death

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Julie Fudge, M.D.
Julie Fudge, M.D.

Fudge Lab

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

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Lin Gan, Ph.D.
Lin Gan, Ph.D.

Gan Lab

Ophthalmology
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Identifying genes required for neuron development, differentiation and survival, in the ear and eye

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Harris Gelbard, M.D., Ph.D.
Harris Gelbard, M.D., Ph.D.

Gelbard Lab

Neurology
Pediatrics
Neuroscience
Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms and potential pharmacological and gene therapeutic interventions for neurologic disease associated with HIV-1 infection of the central nervous system.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.
Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.

Ghaemmaghami Lab

Biology
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of prion propagation and pathogenesis

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Steven Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Steven Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.

Goldman Lab

Neurosurgery
Neurology
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.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D.
Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D.

Gorbunova Lab

Biology
Research Interest: Mechanisms of aging and the role of DNA repair and genomic instability in the aging process.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Suzanne Haber, Ph.D.
Suzanne Haber, Ph.D.

Haber Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Neuroscience
Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Research Interest: Basal ganglia and degenerative diseases

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Ralf Haefner, Ph.D.
Ralf Haefner, Ph.D.
Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Research Interest: Understanding how the brain forms percepts and how it uses them to make decisions, especially in the visual domain

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Marc Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.
Marc Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.

Neurovascular Protection Group

Cerebrovascular and Neurocognitive Research Group (CNRG)

Neurology
Neuroscience
Pediatrics
Research Interest: To define the transcriptional programs driving selective vulnerability and delayed neuron loss after stroke

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Kenneth Henry, Ph.D.
Kenneth Henry, Ph.D.

Henry Lab

Otolaryngology
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Cochlear Neurodegeneration

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
J. Christopher Holt, Ph.D.
J. Christopher Holt, Ph.D.

Holt Lab

Otolaryngology
Neuroscience
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Synaptic pharmaco-physiology of vestibular efferent-afferent interactions

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Wei Hsu, PhD
Wei Hsu, PhD

Hsu Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: Cellular Signaling in Neural Development and Disease

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D.
Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D.

Hunter Lab

Ophthalmology
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: Mechanisms of light-induced retinal damage and development of non-invasive fluorescence imaging techniques to study retinal function in healthy and diseased eyes.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.
Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.

Huxlin Lab

Ophthalmology
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Neural mechanisms of visual recovery in the adult; advanced physiological optics in the awake-behaving cat

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Gail Johnson, Ph.D
Gail Johnson, Ph.D

Gail Johnson Lab

Anesthesiology
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of Neurodegeneration, pathogenic processes in Alzheimer's disease and CNS injury

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Paul Kammermeier, Ph.D.
Paul Kammermeier, Ph.D.

Kammermeier Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: G protein coupled receptor signaling and modulation of ion channels in neurons

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.
Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.

Kiernan Lab

Ophthalmology
Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: Molecular development of the inner ear; regeneration; congenital deafness and vestibular dysfunction

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Edmund Lalor, Ph.D.
Edmund Lalor, Ph.D.

Lalor Lab

Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: The electrophysiology of human sensation, perception and cognition, especially in naturalistic environments.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Richard Libby, Ph.D.
Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Libby Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Ophthalmology
Research Interest: Neurobiology of glaucoma, molecular processes that lead to retinal ganglion cell death.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Feng Lin, Ph.D.
Feng Lin, Ph.D.

Cog T Lab

School of Nursing
Neuroscience
Psychiatry
Research Interest: Prevention and early detection of cognitive decline and promotion of successful cognitive aging

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Anne Luebke, Ph.D.
Anne Luebke, Ph.D.

Luebke Lab

Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: Role of cochlear outer hair cells in hearing and hearing loss

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
David MacLean, Ph.D.
David MacLean, Ph.D.

MacLean Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Mechanisms of neurotransmitter receptor function

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Ross Maddox, Ph.D.
Ross Maddox, Ph.D.

Maddox Lab

Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: Auditory and multisensory processing in human listeners, using behavioral and electrophysiological methods.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Ania Majewska, Ph.D.
Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

Majewska Lab

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

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.
Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.

Mayer-Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Neuroscience
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.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
William Merigan, Ph.D.
William Merigan, Ph.D.

Merigan Lab

Ophthalmology
Research Interest: Organization of visual cortex in humans and non-human primates

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D.
Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D.

Mink Lab

Neurology
Pediatrics
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Physiology of movement, function of the basal ganglia, pathophysiology of movement disorders, and development of motor control

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Jude Mitchell, Ph.D.
Jude Mitchell, Ph.D.
Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Research Interest: Visual processing, eye movements, and selective attention

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Jan Moynihan, Ph.D.
Jan Moynihan, Ph.D.

The Rochester Center for Mind-Body Research (RCMBR)

Research Interest: Psychoneuroimmunology

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc
Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Nedergaard Lab

Neurosurgery
Neuroscience
Neurology
Biomedical Engineering
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.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Keith Nehrke, Ph.D.
Keith Nehrke, Ph.D.

Nehrke Lab

Medicine
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Integrative Physiology

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Shawn Newlands, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Shawn Newlands, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Newlands Lab

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

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Mark Noble, Ph.D.
Mark Noble, Ph.D.

Noble Lab

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

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.
M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Neuroscience
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

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
John Olschowka, Ph.D.
John Olschowka, Ph.D.

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

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

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.
Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.

Neural Circuits and Computation Laboratory

Neuroscience
Research Interest: Experimental and Computational Approaches to Sensory Perception

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Gary Paige, M.D., Ph.D.
Gary Paige, M.D., Ph.D.
Neurology
Ophthalmology
Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: Visual, vestibular, and adaptive control of spatial orientation and balance

Not accepting students at this time.
Tania Pasternak, Ph.D.
Tania Pasternak, Ph.D.

Pasternak Lab

Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering
Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Research Interest: Cortical Circuitry Underlying Memory-Guided Sensory Decisions

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Martina Poletti, Ph.D.
Martina Poletti, Ph.D.

Poletti Lab

Neuroscience
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

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Douglas Portman, Ph.D.
Douglas Portman, Ph.D.

Portman Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Neural circuit development and function; Genetic control of behavior; Sex differences in neurobiology

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.
Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.

Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: Glial progenitor cells and role of astrocytes as critical modulators in CNS disease and repair

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Lizabeth Romanski, Ph.D.
Lizabeth Romanski, Ph.D.

Romanski Lab

Neuroscience
Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Research Interest: Organization and functions of the primate prefrontal cortex

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Michele Rucci, Ph.D.
Michele Rucci, Ph.D.

Active Perception Lab - BCS

Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Research Interest: Visual Perception

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Jesse Schallek, Ph.D.
Jesse Schallek, Ph.D.

Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance

Schallek Lab

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

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Marc Schieber, M.D., Ph.D.
Marc Schieber, M.D., Ph.D.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Scott Seidman, Ph.D.
Scott Seidman, Ph.D.
Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: Vestibular systems, motor learning, physiological models, multi-sensory integration

Not accepting students at this time.
Peter Shrager, Ph.D.
Peter Shrager, Ph.D.

Shrager Lab

Neuroscience
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Neuron-neuroglia interactions

Not accepting students at this time.
Ruchira Singh, Ph.D.
Ruchira Singh, Ph.D.

Singh Lab

Ophthalmology
Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: Using patient-derived human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to study the molecular mechanism of specific retinal and neurological diseases and applying that knowledge to pharmacologically target certain retinal disorders in patient-derived cells.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Adam Snyder, Ph.D.
Adam Snyder, Ph.D.

Snyder Lab

Neuroscience
Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Research Interest: Activity in groups of neurons is dynamically coordinated to control information processing for goal-directed action

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Marissa Sobolewski, Ph.D.
Marissa Sobolewski, Ph.D.

Sobolewski Lab

Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Neurotoxicology, Etiology of neurobehavioral disease, Endocrine dysfunction, Synergistic Toxicity.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Duje Tadin, Ph.D.
Duje Tadin, Ph.D.

Tadin Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Neural mechanisms of visual perception in normal and special populations

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Takahiro Takano, Ph.D.
Takahiro Takano, Ph.D.

Dirksen Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Purinergic signaling in peripheral nociceptive nerve, neurovascular coupling, stroke injury and astrocytic communication

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Charles Thornton, M.D.
Charles Thornton, M.D.

Thornton Lab

Neurology
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Myotonic dystrophy, repeat expansion diseases, and therapeutic development for neuromuscular disorders.

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Madalina Tivarus, Ph.D.
Madalina Tivarus, Ph.D.

Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Tivarus Lab

Imaging Sciences
Neuroscience
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)

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Kuan Hong Wang, Ph.D.
Kuan Hong Wang, Ph.D.

Wang Lab

Neuroscience
Research Interest: Neural circuit mechanisms underlying cognitive control of sensorimotor functions

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
Patricia White, Ph.D.
Patricia White, Ph.D.

Patricia White Lab

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

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program
David Williams, Ph.D.
David Williams, Ph.D.

David Williams Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Ophthalmology
Biomedical Engineering
Optics
Research Interest: Vision science, advanced ophthalmic technologies

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Andrew Wojtovich, Ph.D.
Andrew Wojtovich, Ph.D.
Pharmacology & Physiology
Anesthesiology
Research Interest: Optogenetics to study the roles of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) in mitochondrial physiology and stress signaling.

Mentor for Neuroscience Graduate Program
Hugh Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Hugh Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Xia Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Molecular and signaling mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in memory formation and mental health

Mentor for Neuroscience Ph.D. Program & Mentor for NBA Ph.D. Program