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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

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
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track

Jessica Cantlon, Ph.D.

Jessica Cantlon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Cantlon Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences - Evolutionary and developmental origins of abstract concepts using cognitive neuroscience methods
Mentor for NBA Track

Laurel Carney, Ph.D.

Laurel Carney, Ph.D.

Professor

Carney Lab

NeuroscienceBiomedical 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

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

Charles Duffy, M.D., Ph.D.

Charles Duffy, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Neurology - Functioning of cerebral neocortex, using neurophysiologic and psychophysical methods to examine mechanisms of spatial orientation
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA 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
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track

Edward Freedman, Ph.D.

Edward Freedman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Freedman Lab

Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Neuroscience - Effects of mild traumatic brain injury (sports-related concussion) on eye-head-hand coordination.
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 - Development and degenerative diseases of sensory neurons, gene regulation
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

Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.

Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.

Assistant 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

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

Halterman Stroke Lab

Neurology - To define the transcriptional programs driving selective vulnerability and delayed neuron loss after stroke
Mentor for NSC Track

Kenneth Henry, Ph.D.

Kenneth Henry, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Henry Lab

Otolaryngology - Cochlear Neurodegeneration
Mentor for NSC Track

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.

Assistant Professor

Hunter Lab

Ophthalmology - Mechanisms of light-induced retinal damage and development of non-invasive fluorescence imaging techniques
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

Johnson Lab

Anesthesiology - Defining molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, and regulation of cell death and survival processes in the central nervous system.
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

NeuroscienceBiomedical Engineering - The electrophysiology of human sensation, perception and cognition, especially in naturalistic environments.
Mentor for NSC Track

Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Libby Lab

Ophthalmology - Neurobiology of glaucoma; specifically the death of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), the output neurons of the retina.
Mentor for NSC Track

Feng Lin, Ph.D.

Feng Lin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Cog T Lab

School of Nursing - Prevention and early detection of cognitive decline and promotion of successful cognitive aging
Mentor for NSC Track

Anne Luebke, Ph.D.

Anne Luebke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Luebke Lab

NeuroscienceBiomedical Engineering - Role of cochlear outer hair cells in hearing and hearing loss, at both the molecular and systems levels
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

Neuroscience - Auditory and multisensory processing in human listeners, using behavioral and electrophysiological methods.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track

Brad Mahon, Ph.D.

Brad Mahon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Cantlon Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences - Understanding how cognitive and neural systems adapt to brain injury
Mentor for NSC Track

Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Majewska Lab

Neuroscience - Understanding structural and functional changes that occur at the specialized junctions between neurons (synapses) that lead to changes in brain function, including pioneering use of imaging techniques to study the structure and function of single synapses in complex networks in the intact brain; using these tools to better understand fetal alcohol syndrome and other developmental exposures that affect the brain.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track

Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.

Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Mayer-Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Deciphering the impact of nutritional, toxicological, viral, and genetic insults, singly and in combination, on mammalian brain development and disease later in life.
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 - Discovering new treatments for afflictions that lack satisfactory therapies, and to better understand the toxicity of currently used medicines; studies span normal and pathological cell function, with focus on stem and progenitor cells.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track

Kathy Nordeen, Ph.D.

Kathy Nordeen, Ph.D.

Professor

Kathy Nordeen Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences - Neurobiology of learning and memory
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, understanding injury arising from brain exposure to radiation, and characterizing effects of particulate matter exposure on Alzheimer's pathology and brain injury caused by methamphetamine exposure.
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track

John Olschowka, Ph.D.

John Olschowka, Ph.D.

Professor
Associate Chair for Education

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Neuroscience - Neural-immune interactions
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
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track

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
Neuroscience - 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

Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.

Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Defining roles of glial progenitor cells and astrocytes as critical modulators in responses to chemical exposure, injury, or stress; discovering how exogenous factors contribute to neurodegenerative diseases; and developing new approaches to treat traumatic injury and neurodegenerative diseases.
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

Ophthalmology - Examining the role of blood flow regulation and capillary level neurovascular coupling in the central nervous system
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

Nina Schor, M.D., Ph.D.

Nina Schor, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Chair

Schor Lab

Pediatrics - Targeted therapy for neural crest tumors; neurodegenerative disease.
Mentor for NSC 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 - Cellular and molecular mechanisms of retinal and neurodegenerative diseases in patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) model systems
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

Takahiro Takano, Ph.D.

Takahiro Takano, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Neurosurgery - Purinergic signaling in peripheral nociceptive nerve, neurovascular coupling, stroke injury and astrocytic communication
Mentor for NSC Track

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

Patricia White, Ph.D.

Patricia White, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Patricia White Lab

Neuroscience - Sensory regeneration of the inner ear, or hair-cell regeneration
Mentor for NSC Track & Mentor for NBA Track

David Williams, Ph.D.

David Williams, Ph.D.

Professor

David Williams Lab

Optics - Vision science, advanced ophthalmic technologies
Mentor for NSC Track

Hugh Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Hugh Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Xia Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology - Investigating the role of environmental toxins such as arsenic on the protein phosphatase-1, a regulator of synaptic plasticity and cognition.
Mentor for NSC Track