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Primary Faculty

Farran Briggs

Farran Briggs, Ph.D.

Focus on understanding how specific neuronal circuits in the early visual system encode visual information and how attention impacts the encoding of visual information.

Linda Callahan

Linda M. Callahan, Ph.D.

Human Structure and Function

Laurel Carney

Laurel H. Carney, Ph.D.

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

Ian Dickerson

Ian Dickerson, Ph.D.

Molecular mechanisms of neuropeptide signal transduction

Edward Freedman

Edward G. Freedman, Ph.D.

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

Julie Fudge

Julie L. Fudge, M.D.

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

John Foxe

John J. Foxe, Ph.D.

Basic neurophysiology of schizophrenia and autism

Martha Gdowski

Martha Johnson Gdowski, Ph.D.

Medical, Graduate, and Undergraduate Education

John Hansen

John T. Hansen, Ph.D.

Neuro-immune interactions, medical education, and faculty development

David Kornack

David R. Kornack, Ph.D.

The biology of neural progenitor cells in developing and adult mammalian brain

Anne Luebke

Anne E. Luebke, Ph.D.

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

Edmund Lalor

Edmund Lalor, Ph.D.

The electrophysiology of human sensation, perception and cognition, especially in naturalistic environments.

Ania Majewska

Ania K. Majewska, Ph.D.

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.

Ross Maddox

Ross Maddox, Ph.D.

Auditory and multisensory processing in human listeners, using behavioral and electrophysiological methods.

Sarah McConnell

Sarah McConnell, Ph.D.

Human Structure and Function

M. Kerry O'Banion

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

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.

Tania Pasternak

Tania Pasternak, Ph.D.

Cortical Circuitry Underlying Memory-Guided Sensory Decisions

Diane Piekut

Diane T. Piekut, Ph.D.

Hypothalamus: neuropeptides, neuroplasticity, seizures

Krishnan Padmanabhan

Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.

Experimental and Computational Approaches to Sensory Perception

Martina Poletti

Martina Poletti, Ph.D.

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

Lizabeth Romanski

Lizabeth M. Romanski, Ph.D.

Organization and functions of the primate prefrontal cortex

Peter Shrager

Peter Shrager, Ph.D.

Neuron-neuroglia interactions

Suzanne Stevens

Suzanne Y. Stevens, Ph.D.

Neural immune interactions

Robert Schor

Robert Schor, Ph.D.

Processing of spatial and temporal information by the vestibular system of mammals

Patricia White

Patricia M. White, Ph.D.

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

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Secondary Faculty

Edward Brown

Edward Brown, Ph.D.

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

Benjamin Crane

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

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

Charles Duffy

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

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

Greg DeAngelis

Greg DeAngelis, Ph.D.

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

Lin Gan

Lin Gan, Ph.D.

Development and degenerative diseases of sensory neurons, gene regulation

Harris Gelbard

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.

Suzanne Haber

Suzanne N. Haber, Ph.D.

Basal ganglia and degenerative diseases

Krystel Huxlin

Krystel R. Huxlin, Ph.D.

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

Joseph Holt

Joseph C. Holt, Ph.D.

Synaptic pharmaco-physiology of vestibular efferent-afferent interactions

Marc Halterman

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

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

Thomas Howard

Thomas M. Howard, Ph.D.

Artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, natural language understanding, robot motion planning, model-predictive control, optimization, human-robot interaction, state estimation, signal processing, machine vision, multi-robot coordination, robotic manufacturing, medical robotics, and autonomous exploration.

Michelle Janelsins-Benton

Michelle C. Janelsins-Benton, Ph.D.

Understanding clinical, psychological, and biological mechanisms of cognitive difficulties in cancer patients

Feng Lin

Feng (Vankee) Lin, Ph.D.

Prevention and early detection of cognitive decline and promotion of successful cognitive aging

Margot Mayer-Pröschel

Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.

Deciphering the impact of nutritional, toxicological, viral, and genetic insults, singly and in combination, on mammalian brain development and disease later in life.

Jonathan Mink

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

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

Rupal Mehta

Rupal Mehta, M.D.

Small vessel disease and blood-brain barrier disruption in stroke

Mark Noble

Mark Noble, Ph.D.

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.

Maiken Nedergaard

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.

Shawn Newlands

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

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

Sergiy Nadtochiy

Sergiy M. Nadtochiy, Ph.D.

Human Structure and Function

Gary Paige

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

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

Douglas Portman

Douglas Portman, Ph.D.

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

Marc Schieber

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

Neural Control of Individuated Finger Movements

Scott Seidman

Scott H. Seidman, Ph.D.

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

Nina Schor

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

Targeted therapy for neural crest tumors; neurodegenerative disease.

Jesse Schallek

Jesse Schallek, Ph.D.

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

Charles Thornton

Charles A. Thornton, M.D.

Myotonic dystrophy, repeat expansion diseases, and therapeutic development for neuromuscular disorders.

Hugh Xia

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

Investigating the role of environmental toxins such as arsenic on the protein phosphatase-1, a regulator of synaptic plasticity and cognition.

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Emeritus Faculty

Paul Coleman

Paul D. Coleman, Ph.D.

Neurobiology of aging and mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's disease.

Barbara Davis

Barbara J. Davis, Ph.D.

Human structure and function, prematriculation human biology, and medical education.

William O'Neill

William E. O'Neill, Ph.D.

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

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Research Faculty

Bethany Plakke-Anderson

Bethany Plakke-Anderson, Ph.D.

Understanding the neural basis of auditory and audiovisual memory processing.

Gil Rivlis

Gil Rivlis, Ph.D.

Neural control of finger movements; Experiment control systems.

Ronald Wood

Ronald W. Wood, Ph.D.

Behavioral Pharmacology and Toxicology; Substance Abuse; Inhalation Toxicology; Medications for Urologic Disorders (urge incontinence, interstitial cystitis, pain)

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Many of our Primary and Secondary Research Faculty, in conjunction with their ongoing research projects, maintain essential teaching roles across multiple fields at the University. These roles include medical education, graduate education and undergraduate education, thus providing a link between current research advancements and students at all levels of University education.