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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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Eligible
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Richard Aslin, Ph.D.
Richard Aslin, Ph.D.
William R. Kenan Professor

Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Aslin Lab

Perceptual development in infants

NSC Track

Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D.
Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Clinical & Social Sciences In Psychology

Bennetto Lab

Neurocognitive and communication deficits in autism and other developmental disabilities

NSC Track

Jean Bidlack, Ph.D.
Jean Bidlack, Ph.D.
Professor

Pharmacology & Physiology

Bidlack Lab

Pharmacology of brain and lymphocytic opioid receptors

NSC Track

Edward Brown, Ph.D.
Edward Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Brown Lab

Multiphoton Laser Scanning Microscopy, novel in vivo imaging and measurement techniques, tumor biology, angiogenesis

NSC Track

NBA Track

Jessica Cantlon, Ph.D.
Jessica Cantlon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Cantlon Lab

Evolutionary and developmental origins of abstract concepts using cognitive neuroscience methods

NBA Track

Laurel Carney, Ph.D.
Laurel Carney, Ph.D.
Professor

Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering

Carney Lab

Auditory Neuroscience; neurophysiological, behavioral, and computational studies of hearing; signal processing for hearing aids.

NSC Track

NBA Track

Paul Coleman, Ph.D.
Paul Coleman, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Neuroscience
Neurobiology of aging and mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's disease.

NSC Track

Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.
Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.
Professor

Environmental Medicine

Cory-Slechta Lab

Understanding the contribution of environmental chemical exposures to human diseases and disorders of the nervous system.

NSC Track

Benjamin Crane, M.D., Ph.D.
Benjamin Crane, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Otolaryngology

Crane Lab

The interaction of vision, the vestibular system, and human disease on motion perception.

NSC Track

NBA Track

Greg DeAngelis, Ph.D.
Greg DeAngelis, Ph.D.
Professor

Brain & Cognitive Sciences

DeAngelis Lab

Visual neuroscience; multi-sensory integration; neural coding; linking neurons to perception

NSC Track

NBA Track

Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.
Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.
Professor

Microbiology & Immunology

Dewhurst Lab

Influenza Viruses; Virus Polymerase HIV Vaccine Development; NeuroAIDS Research

NSC Track

Ian Dickerson, Ph.D.
Ian Dickerson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Neuroscience

Dickerson Lab

Molecular mechanisms of neuropeptide signal transduction

NSC Track

NBA Track

Robert Dirksen, Ph.D.
Robert Dirksen, Ph.D.
Professor

Pharmacology & Physiology

Dirksen Lab

Calcium channel structure and function

NSC Track

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

Neurology

Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Functioning of cerebral neocortex, using neurophysiologic and psychophysical methods to examine mechanisms of spatial orientation

NSC Track

NBA Track

Edward Freedman, Ph.D.
Edward Freedman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Neuroscience

Freedman Lab

Effects of mild traumatic brain injury (sports-related concussion) on eye-head-hand coordination.

NSC Track

NBA Track

Robert Freeman, Ph.D.
Robert Freeman, Ph.D.
Professor

Pharmacology & Physiology

Freeman Lab

Molecular biology of programmed cell death

NSC Track

Julie Fudge, M.D.
Julie Fudge, M.D.
Associate Professor

Neuroscience

Fudge Lab

Anatomy and neurochemistry of brain regions associated with symptoms in major psychiatric illnesses

NSC Track

NBA Track

Lin Gan, Ph.D.
Lin Gan, Ph.D.
Professor

Ophthalmology

Gan Lab

Development and degenerative diseases of sensory neurons, gene regulation

NSC Track

NBA Track

Harris Gelbard, M.D., Ph.D.
Harris Gelbard, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Neurology

Gelbard Lab

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

NSC Track

Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.
Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Biology

Ghaemmaghami Lab

Molecular mechanisms of prion propagation and pathogenesis

NSC Track

Steven Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Steven Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Neurology

Goldman Lab

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.

NSC Track

Suzanne Haber, Ph.D.
Suzanne Haber, Ph.D.
Professor

Pharmacology & Physiology

Haber Lab

Basal ganglia and degenerative diseases

NSC Track

NBA Track

Marc Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.
Marc Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Neurology

Marc Halterman Lab

To define the transcriptional programs driving selective vulnerability and delayed neuron loss after stroke

NSC Track

Ben Hayden, Ph.D.
Ben Hayden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Hayden Lab

Reward and Decision Making

NSC Track

Kenneth Henry, Ph.D.
Kenneth Henry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Otolaryngology
Cochlear Neurodegeneration

NSC Track

Joseph Holt, Ph.D.
Joseph Holt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Otolaryngology

Holt Lab

Synaptic pharmaco-physiology of vestibular efferent-afferent interactions

NSC Track

NBA Track

Wei Hsu, PhD
Wei Hsu, PhD
Professor

Biomedical Genetics

Hsu Lab

Cellular Signaling in Neural Development and Disease

NSC Track

Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D.
Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ophthalmology

Hunter Lab

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

NSC Track

Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.
Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.
James V. Aquavella, MD Professorship in Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

Huxlin Lab

Neural mechanisms of visual recovery in the adult; advanced physiological optics in the awake-behaving cat

NSC Track

NBA Track

Gail Johnson, Ph.D
Gail Johnson, Ph.D
Professor

Anesthesiology

Johnson Lab

Mitochondrial dysfunction and the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration

NSC Track

Paul Kammermeier, Ph.D.
Paul Kammermeier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Pharmacology & Physiology

Kammermeier Lab

G protein coupled receptor signaling and modulation of ion channels in neurons

NSC Track

Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.
Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ophthalmology

Kiernan Lab

Molecular development of the inner ear; regeneration; congenital deafness and vestibular dysfunction

NSC Track

Richard Libby, Ph.D.
Richard Libby, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ophthalmology

Libby Lab

Neurobiology of glaucoma; specifically the death of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), the output neurons of the retina.

NSC Track

Feng Lin, Ph.D.
Feng Lin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

School of Nursing

NSC Track

Anne Luebke, Ph.D.
Anne Luebke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering

Luebke Lab

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

NSC Track

NBA Track

Brad Mahon, Ph.D.
Brad Mahon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Cantlon Lab

Understanding how cognitive and neural systems adapt to brain injury

NSC Track

Ania Majewska, Ph.D.
Ania Majewska, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Neuroscience

Majewska Lab

Imaging synaptic structure and function in the visual system.

NSC Track

NBA Track

Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.
Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Biomedical Genetics

Mayer-Pröschel Lab

Stem Cells in the mammalian CNS / Gestational insults and embryonic CNS development / Astrocyte dysfunction

NSC Track

NBA Track

William Merigan, Ph.D.
William Merigan, Ph.D.
Professor

Ophthalmology

Merigan Lab

Organization of visual cortex in humans and non-human primates

NSC Track

Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D.
Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Neurology

Mink Lab

Physiology of movement, function of the basal ganglia, pathophysiology of movement disorders, and development of motor control

NSC Track

NBA Track

Jude Mitchell, Ph.D.
Jude Mitchell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Visual processing, eye movements, and selective attention

NSC Track

Jan Moynihan, Ph.D.
Jan Moynihan, Ph.D.
Professor

Psychiatry

The Rochester Center for Mind-Body Research (RCMBR)

Psychoneuroimmunology

NSC Track

Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc
Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc
Professor

Neurosurgery

Nedergaard Lab

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.

NSC Track

NBA Track

Keith Nehrke, Ph.D.
Keith Nehrke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Medicine

Nehrke Lab

Integrative Physiology

NSC Track

Shawn Newlands, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Shawn Newlands, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Professor

Otolaryngology

Newlands Lab

Vestibular anatomy and physiology, recovery from vestibular injury, vestibular control of head unrestrained gaze.

NSC Track

NBA Track

Mark Noble, Ph.D.
Mark Noble, Ph.D.
Professor

Biomedical Genetics

Noble Lab

Neural Diseases and Neoplasia

NSC Track

NBA Track

Ernest Nordeen, Ph.D.
Ernest Nordeen, Ph.D.
Professor

Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Ernest Nordeen Lab

Hormonal control of neural and behavioral development

NSC Track

NBA Track

Kathy Nordeen, Ph.D.
Kathy Nordeen, Ph.D.
Professor

Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Kathy Nordeen Lab

Neurobiology of learning and memory

NSC Track

NBA Track

M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.
M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Neuroscience

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Normal and pathological roles of cyclooxygenase in glia and neurons; Alzheimer's Disease

NSC Track

NBA Track

William O'Neill, Ph.D.
William O'Neill, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Neuroscience

Paige Lab

Processing of complex acoustic signals in the central auditory system; echolocation; aging effects on central auditory system

NSC Track

NBA Track

John Olschowka, Ph.D.
John Olschowka, Ph.D.
Professor
Associate Chair for Education

Neuroscience

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Neural-immune interactions

NSC Track

NBA Track

Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.
Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Neuroscience

Padmanabhan Lab

Experimental and Computational Approaches to Sensory Perception

NSC Track

NBA Track

Gary Paige, M.D., Ph.D.
Gary Paige, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Neurology

Paige Lab

Visual, vestibular, and adaptive control of spatial orientation and balance

NSC Track

NBA Track

Tania Pasternak, Ph.D.
Tania Pasternak, Ph.D.
Professor

Neuroscience

Pasternak Lab

Cortical Circuitry Underlying Memory-Guided Sensory Decisions

NSC Track

NBA Track

Douglas Portman, Ph.D.
Douglas Portman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Biomedical Genetics

Portman Lab

Neural circuit development and function; Genetic control of behavior; Sex differences in neurobiology

NSC Track

Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.
Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Biomedical Genetics

Pröschel Lab

Glial progenitors and the role of astrocytes in CNS disease and repair.

NSC Track

Lizabeth Romanski, Ph.D.
Lizabeth Romanski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Associate Chair

Neuroscience

Romanski Lab

Organization and functions of the primate prefrontal cortex

NSC Track

NBA Track

Jesse Schallek, Ph.D.
Jesse Schallek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ophthalmology

Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance

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

NSC Track

NBA Track

Marc Schieber, M.D., Ph.D.
Marc Schieber, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Neurology

Schieber Lab

Neural Control of Individuated Finger Movements

NSC Track

NBA Track

Nina Schor, M.D., Ph.D.
Nina Schor, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Chair

Pediatrics

Schor Lab

Targeted therapy for neural crest tumors; neurodegenerative disease.

NSC Track

Scott Seidman, Ph.D.
Scott Seidman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Paige Lab

Vestibular systems, motor learning, physiological models, multi-sensory integration

NSC Track

NBA Track

Peter Shrager, Ph.D.
Peter Shrager, Ph.D.
Professor

Neuroscience

Shrager Lab

Neuron-neuroglia interactions

NSC Track

NBA Track

Ruchira Singh, Ph.D.
Ruchira Singh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ophthalmology

Singh Lab

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of retinal and neurodegenerative diseases in patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) model systems

NSC Track

Duje Tadin, Ph.D.
Duje Tadin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Tadin Lab

Neural mechanisms of visual perception in normal and special populations

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

NSC Track

A. William Tank, Ph.D.
A. William Tank, Ph.D.
Professor

Pharmacology & Physiology
Regulation of tyrosine hydroxylase gene expression in the nervous system

NSC Track

Charles Thornton, M.D.
Charles Thornton, M.D.
Professor

Neurology

Thornton Lab

Neurogenetic disorders, including myotonic dystrophy; therapeutics, including antisense approaches.

NSC Track

Patricia White, Ph.D.
Patricia White, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Neuroscience

Patricia White Lab

Sensory regeneration of the inner ear, or hair-cell regeneration

NSC Track

NBA Track

David Williams, Ph.D.
David Williams, Ph.D.
Professor

Optics

David Williams Lab

Vision science, advanced ophthalmic technologies

NSC Track