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.


Faculty Member Laboratory Mentor Eligible Programs
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Richard N. Aslin, Ph.D.

Perceptual development in infants

Aslin Lab

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Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D.

Neurocognitive and communication deficits in autism and other developmental disabilities

Bennetto Lab

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Jean M. Bidlack, Ph.D.

Pharmacology of brain and lymphocytic opioid receptors

Bidlack Lab

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Edward Brown III, Ph.D.

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

Brown Lab

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Jessica Cantlon, Ph.D.

Evolutionary and developmental origins of abstract concepts using cognitive neuroscience methods

Cantlon Lab

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Laurel H. Carney, Ph.D.

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

Carney Lab

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Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.

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

Cory-Slechta Lab

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Benjamin T. Crane, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Crane Lab

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Greg DeAngelis, Ph.D.

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

DeAngelis Lab

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Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Influenza Viruses; Virus Polymerase HIV Vaccine Development; NeuroAIDS Research

Dewhurst Lab

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Ian Dickerson, Ph.D.

Molecular mechanisms of neuropeptide signal transduction

Dickerson Lab

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Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D.

Calcium channel structure and function

Dirksen Lab

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

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

Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

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Edward G. Freedman, Ph.D.

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

Freedman Lab

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Robert S. Freeman, Ph.D.

Molecular biology of programmed cell death

Freeman Lab

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Julie L. Fudge, M.D.

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

Fudge Lab

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Lin Gan, Ph.D.

Development and degenerative diseases of sensory neurons, gene regulation

Gan Lab

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Harris A. Gelbard, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Gelbard Lab

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Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.

Molecular mechanisms of prion propagation and pathogenesis

Ghaemmaghami Lab

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Steven A. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.

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.

Goldman Lab

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Suzanne N. Haber, Ph.D.

Basal ganglia and degenerative diseases

Haber Lab

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Ralf Haefner, Ph.D.

Understanding how the brain forms percepts and how it uses them to make decisions, especially in the visual domain

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Marc W. Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Marc Halterman Lab

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Ben Hayden, Ph.D.

Reward and Decision Making

Hayden Lab

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Joseph Christopher Holt, Ph.D.

Synaptic pharmaco-physiology of vestibular efferent-afferent interactions

Holt Lab

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Wei Hsu, PhD

Cellular Signaling in Neural Development and Disease

Hsu Lab

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Jennifer J. Hunter, Ph.D.

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

Hunter Lab

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Krystel R. Huxlin, Ph.D.

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

Huxlin Lab

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Gail V. W. Johnson Voll, Ph.D

Mitochondrial dysfunction and the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration

Johnson Lab

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Paul J. Kammermeier, Ph.D.

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

Kammermeier Lab

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Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.

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

Kiernan Lab

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Richard Libby, Ph.D.

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

Libby Lab

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Anne E. Luebke, Ph.D.

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

Luebke Lab

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Brad Z. Mahon, Ph.D.

Understanding how cognitive and neural systems adapt to brain injury

Cantlon Lab

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Ania K. Majewska, Ph.D.

Imaging synaptic structure and function in the visual system.

Majewska Lab

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Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.

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

Mayer-Pröschel Lab

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William H. Merigan, Ph.D.

Organization of visual cortex in humans and non-human primates

Merigan Lab

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

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

Mink Lab

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Jude Mitchell, Ph.D.

Visual processing, eye movements, and selective attention

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Jan A. Moynihan, Ph.D.


The Rochester Center for Mind-Body Research (RCMBR)

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Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

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.

Nedergaard Lab

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Keith Webster Nehrke, Ph.D.

Integrative Physiology

Nehrke Lab

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

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

Newlands Lab

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Mark Noble, Ph.D.

Neural Diseases and Neoplasia

Noble Lab

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Ernest J. Nordeen, Ph.D.

Hormonal control of neural and behavioral development

currently not accepting new students

Ernest Nordeen Lab

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Kathy W. Nordeen, Ph.D.

Neurobiology of learning and memory

currently not accepting new students

Kathy Nordeen Lab

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

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

O'Banion/Olschowka Labs

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John A. Olschowka, Ph.D.

Neural-immune interactions

O'Banion/Olschowka Labs

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William E. O'Neill, Ph.D.

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

Paige Lab

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Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.

Experimental and Computational Approaches to Sensory Perception

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

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

Paige Lab

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Tatiana Pasternak, Ph.D.

Cortical Circuitry Underlying Memory-Guided Sensory Decisions

Pasternak Lab

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Douglas Portman, Ph.D.

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

Portman Lab

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Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.

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

Pröschel Lab

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Lizabeth M. Romanski, Ph.D.

Organization and functions of the primate prefrontal cortex

Romanski Lab

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Jesse Schallek, Ph.D.

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

Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance

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Marc H. Schieber, M.D., Ph.D.

Neural Control of Individuated Finger Movements

Schieber Lab

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

Targeted therapy for neural crest tumors; neurodegenerative disease.

Schor Lab

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Scott H. Seidman, Ph.D.

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

Paige Lab

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Peter Shrager, Ph.D.

Neuron-neuroglia interactions

Shrager Lab

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Ruchira Singh, Ph.D.

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

Singh Lab

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Duje Tadin, Ph.D.

Neural mechanisms of visual perception in normal and special populations

Tadin Lab

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Takahiro Takano, Ph.D.

Purinergic signaling in peripheral nociceptive nerve, neurovascular coupling, stroke injury and astrocytic communication

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Arnold William Tank, Ph.D.

Regulation of tyrosine hydroxylase gene expression in the nervous system

Tank Lab

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Charles A. Thornton, M.D.

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

Thornton Lab

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Patricia M. White, Ph.D.

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

Patricia White Lab

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David R. Williams, Ph.D.

Vision science, advanced ophthalmic technologies

David Williams Lab

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