LaneK.Bekar, Ph.D.PharmacologyUniversity of SaskatchewanResearch Focus:Neuromodulators, glial cells, and neurodegeneration
MichaelV.Bennett, Ph.D.Dominick P. Purpura Department of NeuroscienceAlbert Einstein College of MedicineResearch Focus:Electrical synapses, gap junctions and hemichannels, NMDA receptors, Global ischemia, delayed neurodegeneration
HeleneD.Benveniste, M.D., Ph.D.AnesthesiologyBrookhaven National Labs, Stony Brook UniversityResearch Focus:Applying MRI and other imaging modalities in translational neuroscience studies.
DanielChristensen, Ph.D.TOPTICA Photonics, Inc.Research Focus:Investigation of Capillary-level Blood Flow Variability Through the Application of Random Access Multiphoton Microscopy to Cerebral Blood Flow Imaging
Marisa L. Cotrina, Ph.D.workRochester
Research Focus:Role of glia in stroke and traumatic brain injury. Involvement of glia in metabolic brain damage.
StevenA.Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.NeurologyUniversity of RochesterResearch Focus: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.
JeffreyIliff, Ph.D.NeurosurgeryUniversity of RochesterResearch Focus:Exploration of how the brain's support cells, called glia, contribute to maintaining the proper environment for neuronal function and how their failure in conditions like vascular dementia, stroke and traumatic brain injury leads to neurodegeneration.
Ru-RongJi, Ph.D.AnesthesiologyHarvardResearch Focus:Chronic pain, such as neural injury-associated neuropathic pain.
JianKang, M.D., Ph.D.Cell Biology & AnatomyNew York Medical CollegeResearch Focus:The interplay between excitatory and inhibitory synapses; mechanisms underlying epilepsy; roles of astrocytes in synaptic plasticity; properties and functions of K channel, Na channel, GABAA channel and gap-junction hemichannel.
NathanAnthonySmith, Ph.D.Department of Pharmacology and ToxicologyUniversity of Utah Health CareResearch Focus:Neuroglia interactions, Astrocytic Calcium signaling, Epilepsy, and Microglia and astrocytic interactions
YolandSmith, Ph.D.NeuroscienceEmory UniversityResearch Focus:To understand the pathophysiology of Parkinson's Disease (PD) and characterize changes in the synaptic plasticity of the basal ganglia in normal and pathological conditions.
TakahiroTakano, Ph.D.NeurosurgeryUniversity of RochesterResearch Focus:Purinergic signaling in peripheral nociceptive nerve, neurovascular coupling, stroke injury and astrocytic communication
AlexanderS.ThraneCentre for Molecular Medicine NorwayResearch Focus:Roles of astrocytes in neurological disorders by in vivo two-photon laser scanning microscopy.
VinitaRangrooThraneCentre for Molecular Medicine NorwayResearch Focus:Roles of astrocytes in neurological disorders by in vivo two-photon laser scanning microscopy.
FushunWang, Ph.D.University of RochesterResearch Focus:Astrocytic regulation of extracellular potassium and its effect on the activities of neurons.
MarthaWindrem, Ph.D.NeurologyUniversity of RochesterResearch Focus:The use of glial progenitor cells for treating disorders of myelin, in both pediatric and adult animal models of myelin disease. She also studies the biology of human astrocytes and oligodendrocytes in vivo, in chimeric brain models that permit the assessment of human cells in vivo, in rodent models of neurological disease.