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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.
Associate Professor

Bennetto Lab

Clinical & Social Sciences In Psychology - Neurocognitive and communication deficits in autism and other developmental disabilities
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Jean Bidlack, Ph.D.
Jean Bidlack, Ph.D.
Professor

Bidlack Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology - Pharmacology of brain and lymphocytic opioid receptors
Mentor for NSC Track
Farran Briggs, Ph.D.
Farran Briggs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Briggs Lab

Neuroscience - 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 NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Edward Brown, Ph.D.
Edward Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Brown Lab

Biomedical Engineering - Multiphoton Laser Scanning Microscopy, novel in vivo imaging and measurement techniques, tumor biology, angiogenesis
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Laurel Carney, Ph.D.
Laurel Carney, Ph.D.
Professor

Carney Lab

Biomedical Engineering - Auditory Neuroscience; neurophysiological, behavioral, and computational studies of hearing; signal processing for hearing aids.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.
Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.
Professor

Cory-Slechta Lab

Environmental Medicine - 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 NSC Track
Benjamin Crane, M.D., Ph.D.
Benjamin Crane, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Crane Lab

Otolaryngology - The interaction of vision, the vestibular system, and human disease on motion perception.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Greg DeAngelis, Ph.D.
Greg DeAngelis, Ph.D.
Professor

DeAngelis Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences - Visual neuroscience; multi-sensory integration; neural coding; linking neurons to perception
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.
Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.
Professor

Dewhurst Lab

Upstate Stem Cell cGMP Facility

Microbiology & Immunology - Influenza Viruses; Virus Polymerase HIV Vaccine Development; NeuroAIDS Research
Mentor for NSC Track
Ian Dickerson, Ph.D.
Ian Dickerson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dickerson Lab

Neuroscience - Molecular mechanisms of neuropeptide signal transduction
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Robert Dirksen, Ph.D.
Robert Dirksen, Ph.D.
Professor

Dirksen Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology - Molecular Mechanisms of Calcium Signaling in Striated Muscle
Mentor for NSC Track
John Foxe, Ph.D.
John Foxe, Ph.D.
Chair
Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Professor

Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Neuroscience - Basic neurophysiology of schizophrenia and autism
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Edward Freedman, Ph.D.
Edward Freedman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Neuroscience - Human neurophysiology in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease, Dyslexia, Autism, Lysosomal Storage disorders, and sports concussions
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Robert Freeman, Ph.D.
Robert Freeman, Ph.D.
Professor

Freeman Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology - Molecular biology of programmed cell death
Mentor for NSC Track
Julie Fudge, M.D.
Julie Fudge, M.D.
Associate Professor

Fudge Lab

Neuroscience - Anatomy and neurochemistry of brain regions associated with symptoms in major psychiatric illnesses
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Lin Gan, Ph.D.
Lin Gan, Ph.D.
Professor

Gan Lab

Ophthalmology - Identifying genes required for neuron development, differentiation and surival, in the ear and eye
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Harris Gelbard, M.D., Ph.D.
Harris Gelbard, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Gelbard Lab

Neurology - Molecular mechanisms and potential pharmacological and gene therapeutic interventions for neurologic disease associated with HIV-1 infection of the central nervous system.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.
Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ghaemmaghami Lab

Biology - Molecular mechanisms of prion propagation and pathogenesis
Mentor for NSC Track
Steven Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Steven Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Goldman Lab

Neurology - 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 NSC Track
Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D.
Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D.
Professor

Gorbunova Lab

Biology - Mechanisms of aging and the role of DNA repair and genomic instability in the aging process.
Mentor for NSC Track
Suzanne Haber, Ph.D.
Suzanne Haber, Ph.D.
Professor

Haber Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology - Basal ganglia and degenerative diseases
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Ralf Haefner, Ph.D.
Ralf Haefner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Brain & Cognitive Sciences - Understanding how the brain forms percepts and how it uses them to make decisions, especially in the visual domain
Mentor for NSC Track
Marc Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.
Marc Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Neurovascular Protection Group

Neurology - To define the transcriptional programs driving selective vulnerability and delayed neuron loss after stroke
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Kenneth Henry, Ph.D.
Kenneth Henry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Henry Lab

Otolaryngology - Cochlear Neurodegeneration
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J. Christopher Holt, Ph.D.
J. Christopher Holt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Holt Lab

Otolaryngology - Synaptic pharmaco-physiology of vestibular efferent-afferent interactions
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Wei Hsu, PhD
Wei Hsu, PhD
Professor

Hsu Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Cellular Signaling in Neural Development and Disease
Mentor for NSC Track
Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D.
Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Hunter Lab

Ophthalmology - Mechanisms of light-induced retinal damage and deverolpment of non-invasive fluorescence imaging techniques to study retinal function in healthy and diseased eyes.
Mentor for NSC Track
Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.
Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.
James V. Aquavella, MD Professorship in Ophthalmology

Huxlin Lab

Ophthalmology - Neural mechanisms of visual recovery in the adult; advanced physiological optics in the awake-behaving cat
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Gail Johnson, Ph.D
Gail Johnson, Ph.D
Professor

Gail Johnson Lab

Anesthesiology - Molecular mechanisms of Neurodegeneration, pathogenic processes in Alzheimer's disease and CNS injury
Mentor for NSC Track
Paul Kammermeier, Ph.D.
Paul Kammermeier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Kammermeier Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology - G protein coupled receptor signaling and modulation of ion channels in neurons
Mentor for NSC Track
Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.
Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Kiernan Lab

Ophthalmology - Molecular development of the inner ear; regeneration; congenital deafness and vestibular dysfunction
Mentor for NSC Track
Edmund Lalor, Ph.D.
Edmund Lalor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Lalor Lab

Biomedical Engineering - The electrophysiology of human sensation, perception and cognition, especially in naturalistic environments.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Richard Libby, Ph.D.
Richard Libby, Ph.D.
Professor

Libby Lab

Ophthalmology - Neurobiology of glaucoma, molecular processes that lead to retinal ganglion cell death.
Mentor for NSC Track
Feng Lin, Ph.D.
Feng Lin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Cog T Lab

School of Nursing - Prevention and early detection of cognitive decline and promotion of successful cognitive aging
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Anne Luebke, Ph.D.
Anne Luebke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Luebke Lab

Biomedical Engineering - Role of cochlear outer hair cells in hearing and hearing loss
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
David MacLean, Ph.D.
David MacLean, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

MacLean Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology - Mechanisms of neurotransmitter receptor function
Mentor for NSC Track
Ross Maddox, Ph.D.
Ross Maddox, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Maddox Lab

Biomedical Engineering - Auditory and multisensory processing in human listeners, using behavioral and electrophysiological methods.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Ania Majewska, Ph.D.
Ania Majewska, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Majewska Lab

Neuroscience - Glia-neuron interactions during synaptic plasticity in health and disease
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.
Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.
Professor

Mayer-Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics - 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 NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
William Merigan, Ph.D.
William Merigan, Ph.D.
Professor

Merigan Lab

Ophthalmology - Organization of visual cortex in humans and non-human primates
Mentor for NSC Track
Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D.
Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Mink Lab

Neurology - Physiology of movement, function of the basal ganglia, pathophysiology of movement disorders, and development of motor control
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Jude Mitchell, Ph.D.
Jude Mitchell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Brain & Cognitive Sciences - Visual processing, eye movements, and selective attention
Mentor for NSC Track
Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc
Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc
Professor

Nedergaard Lab

Neurosurgery - 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 NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Keith Nehrke, Ph.D.
Keith Nehrke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Nehrke Lab

Medicine - Integrative Physiology
Mentor for NSC Track
Shawn Newlands, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Shawn Newlands, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Professor

Newlands Lab

Otolaryngology - Vestibular anatomy and physiology, recovery from vestibular injury, vestibular control of head unrestrained gaze.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Mark Noble, Ph.D.
Mark Noble, Ph.D.
Professor

Noble Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Neuro stem cell biology and medicine, developing pharmacological and cell based approaches to peripheral and spinal cord injury.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.
M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Neuroscience - Defining neuro-inflammatory processes that contribute to pathology and disease progression in Alzheimer's disease, as well as late CNS effects following radiation exposure
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William O'Neill, Ph.D.
William O'Neill, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Neuroscience - Processing of complex acoustic signals in the central auditory system; echolocation; aging effects on central auditory system
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John Olschowka, Ph.D.
John Olschowka, Ph.D.
Professor
Associate Chair for Education

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Neuroscience - Mechanisms of neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration within the CNS, primarily Glial Cells and Vascular components of the brain.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.
Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Padmanabhan Lab

Neuroscience - Experimental and Computational Approaches to Sensory Perception
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Gary Paige, M.D., Ph.D.
Gary Paige, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Neurology - Visual, vestibular, and adaptive control of spatial orientation and balance
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Tania Pasternak, Ph.D.
Tania Pasternak, Ph.D.
Professor

Pasternak Lab

Neuroscience - Cortical Circuitry Underlying Memory-Guided Sensory Decisions
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Martina Poletti, Ph.D.
Martina Poletti, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Poletti Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences - 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 NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Douglas Portman, Ph.D.
Douglas Portman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Portman Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Neural circuit development and function; Genetic control of behavior; Sex differences in neurobiology
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.
Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Glial progenitor cells and role of astrocytes as critical modulators in CNS disease and repair
Mentor for NSC Track
Lizabeth Romanski, Ph.D.
Lizabeth Romanski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Romanski Lab

Neuroscience - Organization and functions of the primate prefrontal cortex
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Jesse Schallek, Ph.D.
Jesse Schallek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance

Schallek Lab

Ophthalmology - Developing technologies to measure blood flow in the living Eye to examine the condition of the retina in health and disease.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Marc Schieber, M.D., Ph.D.
Marc Schieber, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Schieber Lab

Neurology - Neural Control of Individuated Finger Movements
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Scott Seidman, Ph.D.
Scott Seidman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering - Vestibular systems, motor learning, physiological models, multi-sensory integration
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Peter Shrager, Ph.D.
Peter Shrager, Ph.D.
Professor

Shrager Lab

Neuroscience - Neuron-neuroglia interactions
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Ruchira Singh, Ph.D.
Ruchira Singh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Singh Lab

Ophthalmology - Using patient-derived human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to study the molecular mechanism of specific retinal and neurological diseases and applying that knowledg to pharmacologically target certain retinal disorders in patient-derived cells.
Mentor for NSC Track
Adam Snyder, Ph.D.
Adam Snyder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Snyder Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences - Activity in groups of neurons is dynamically coordinated to control information processing for goal-directed action
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Marissa Sobolewski, Ph.D.
Marissa Sobolewski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Sobolewski Lab

Environmental Medicine - Neurotoxicology, Etiology of neurobehavioral disease, Endocrine dysfunction, Synergistic Toxicity.
Mentor for NSC Track
Duje Tadin, Ph.D.
Duje Tadin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Tadin Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences - Neural mechanisms of visual perception in normal and special populations
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Takahiro Takano, Ph.D.
Takahiro Takano, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Pharmacology & Physiology - Purinergic signaling in peripheral nociceptive nerve, neurovascular coupling, stroke injury and astrocytic communication
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for Neuroscience Graduate Program
Charles Thornton, M.D.
Charles Thornton, M.D.
Professor

Thornton Lab

Neurology - Myotonic dystrophy, repeat expansion diseases, and therapeutic development for neuromuscular disorders.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Madalina Tivarus, Ph.D.
Madalina Tivarus, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Tivarus Lab

Imaging Sciences - 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 NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track
Kuan Hong Wang, Ph.D.
Kuan Hong Wang, Ph.D.
Professor

Wang Lab

Neuroscience - Neural circuit mechanisms underlying cognitive control of sensorimotor functions
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Patricia White, Ph.D.
Patricia White, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor

Patricia White Lab

Neuroscience - Sensory regeneration of the inner ear, or hair-cell regeneration
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David Williams, Ph.D.
David Williams, Ph.D.
Professor

David Williams Lab

Optics - Vision science, advanced ophthalmic technologies
Mentor for NSC Track
Andrew Wojtovich, Ph.D.
Andrew Wojtovich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology - 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.
Associate Professor

Xia Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology - Molecular and signaling mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in memory formation and mental health
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