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

Aslin Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Perceptual development in infants

NSC Track

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

NSC Track

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

Bidlack Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Pharmacology of brain and lymphocytic opioid receptors

NSC 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

NSC Track

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

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.

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Cory-Slechta Lab

Environmental Medicine
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

Crane Lab

Otolaryngology
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

DeAngelis Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Visual neuroscience; multi-sensory integration; neural coding; linking neurons to perception

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Dewhurst Lab

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

NSC Track

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

Dickerson Lab

Neuroscience
Molecular mechanisms of neuropeptide signal transduction

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Dirksen Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Structural biology of the functional properties of muscle calcium channels; pathophysiology of muscle calcium channels

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

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Freedman Lab

Neuroscience
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

Freeman Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Molecular biology of programmed cell death

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

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Gan Lab

Ophthalmology
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

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.

NSC Track

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

Ghaemmaghami Lab

Biology
Molecular mechanisms of prion propagation and pathogenesis

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.

NSC Track

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

Haber Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Basal ganglia and degenerative diseases

NSC Track

NBA Track

Ralf Haefner, Ph.D.
Ralf Haefner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Brain & Cognitive SciencesUnderstanding how the brain forms percepts and how it uses them to make decisions, especially in the visual domain

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

NSC Track

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

Hayden Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Reward and Decision Making

NSC Track

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

NSC Track

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

Holt Lab

Otolaryngology
Synaptic pharmaco-physiology of vestibular efferent-afferent interactions

NSC Track

NBA Track

Wei Hsu, PhD
Wei Hsu, PhD
Professor

Hsu Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Cellular Signaling in Neural Development and Disease

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

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

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Johnson Lab

Anesthesiology
Mitochondrial dysfunction and the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration

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

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

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.

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

Luebke Lab

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

NSC Track

NBA 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.

NSC Track

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

NSC Track

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

Majewska Lab

Neuroscience
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

Mayer-Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics
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

Merigan Lab

Ophthalmology
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

Mink Lab

Neurology
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 SciencesVisual processing, eye movements, and selective attention

NSC Track

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

The Rochester Center for Mind-Body Research (RCMBR)

Psychiatry
Psychoneuroimmunology

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.

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Nehrke Lab

Medicine
Integrative Physiology

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.

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Noble Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Neural Diseases and Neoplasia

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Ernest Nordeen Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Hormonal control of neural and behavioral development

NBA Track

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

Kathy Nordeen Lab

Brain & Cognitive Sciences
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

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Neuroscience
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

Paige Lab

Neuroscience
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

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Neuroscience
Neural-immune interactions

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Padmanabhan Lab

Neuroscience
Experimental and Computational Approaches to Sensory Perception

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Paige Lab

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

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Pasternak Lab

Neuroscience
Cortical Circuitry Underlying Memory-Guided Sensory Decisions

NSC Track

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

NSC Track

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

Pröschel Lab

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

NSC Track

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

Romanski Lab

Neuroscience
Organization and functions of the primate prefrontal cortex

NSC Track

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

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Schieber Lab

Neurology
Neural Control of Individuated Finger Movements

NSC Track

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.

NSC Track

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

Paige Lab

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

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

Shrager Lab

Neuroscience
Neuron-neuroglia interactions

NSC Track

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

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

NSC Track

Takahiro Takano, Ph.D.
Takahiro Takano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
NeurosurgeryPurinergic signaling in peripheral nociceptive nerve, neurovascular coupling, stroke injury and astrocytic communication

NSC Track

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

Thornton Lab

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

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

NSC Track

NBA Track

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

David Williams Lab

Optics
Vision science, advanced ophthalmic technologies

NSC Track

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

Xia Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
NMDA receptor signaling, protein phosphatase-1 (PP1) and CREB mediated gene transcription

NSC Track