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Primary Faculty

Farran Briggs
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
Histology, Human anatomy, Microscopy, Problem-based learning, and Medical Education Research
Ian Dickerson
Molecular mechanisms of neuropeptide signal transduction
John Foxe
Basic neurophysiology of schizophrenia and autism
Edward Freedman
Human neurophysiology in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease, Dyslexia, Autism, Lysosomal Storage disorders, and sports concussions
Julie Fudge
Anatomy and neurochemistry of brain regions associated with symptoms in major psychiatric illnesses
Martha Gdowski
Medical, Graduate, and Undergraduate Education
David Kornack
The biology of neural progenitor cells in developing and adult mammalian brain
Ania Majewska
Glia-neuron interactions during synaptic plasticity in health and disease
Sarah McConnell
Human Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, Neuroanatomy, Neuroprosthetics
M. Kerry O'Banion
Defining neuro-inflammatory processes that contribute to pathology and disease progression in Alzheimer's disease, as well as late CNS effects following radiation exposure
John Olschowka
Mechanisms of neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration within the CNS, primarily Glial Cells and Vascular components of the brain.
Krishnan Padmanabhan
Experimental and Computational Approaches to Sensory Perception
Tania Pasternak
Cortical Circuitry Underlying Memory-Guided Sensory Decisions
Diane Piekut
Hypothalamus: neuropeptides, neuroplasticity, seizures
Lizabeth Romanski
Organization and functions of the primate prefrontal cortex
Peter Shrager
Neuron-neuroglia interactions
Kuan Hong Wang
Neural circuit mechanisms underlying cognitive control of sensorimotor functions

Research Faculty

Andrew Anderson
Andrew Anderson, Ph.D.

Rashid Deane
The role of the neurovascular unit (blood-brain barrier, pericytes, astrocytes, microglia and neurons) in controlling the brain’s microenvironment in health and disease. This includes clearance mechanisms of molecules (e.g., tau), from the aging and injured brain, and the impact of toxicants and metals in the development of cognitive decline and diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Understanding how the aging brain distributes and eliminates molecules may lead to novel therapeutic approaches for the diagnosis and prevention of AD, and thus minimize the burden of the pending AD tsunami.
Yurong Gao
Develop new multiphoton imaging capacities and image analysis tools for various experiment settings
Gil Rivlis
Neural control of finger movements; Experiment control systems.
Patricia White
Sensory regeneration of the inner ear, or hair-cell regeneration

Secondary Faculty

Loisa Bennetto
Neurocognitive and communication deficits in autism and other developmental disabilities
Edward Brown
Multiphoton Laser Scanning Microscopy, novel in vivo imaging and measurement techniques, tumor biology, angiogenesis
Laurel Carney
Auditory Neuroscience; neurophysiological, behavioral, and computational studies of hearing; signal processing for hearing aids.
Benjamin Crane
The interaction of vision, the vestibular system, and human disease on motion perception.
Greg DeAngelis
Visual neuroscience; multi-sensory integration; neural coding; linking neurons to perception
David Dodell-Feder
Understanding the processes that contribute to healthy and disordered social functioning, and their improvement, with a particular focus on psychotic spectrum disorders.
Lin Gan
Identifying genes required for neuron development, differentiation and survival, in the ear and eye
Paul Geha
Paul Geha, M.D.

Harris Gelbard
Molecular mechanisms and potential pharmacological and gene therapeutic interventions for neurologic disease associated with HIV-1 infection of the central nervous system.
Suzanne Haber
Basal ganglia and degenerative diseases
Marc Halterman
To define the transcriptional programs driving selective vulnerability and delayed neuron loss after stroke
J. Christopher Holt
Synaptic pharmaco-physiology of vestibular efferent-afferent interactions
Thomas Howard
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.
Krystel Huxlin
Neural mechanisms of visual recovery in the adult; advanced physiological optics in the awake-behaving cat
Michelle Janelsins-Benton
Understanding clinical, psychological, and biological mechanisms of cognitive difficulties in cancer patients
Ian Kleckner
To ameliorate the symptoms of cancer and its treatment by leveraging an understanding how the brain processes the state of the body.
Edmund Lalor
The electrophysiology of human sensation, perception and cognition, especially in naturalistic environments.
Hochang Lee
Developing innovative models for delivery behavioral health service for medical and surgical patients and prevention of neuropsychiatric morbidity (e.g. delirium, depression, and dementia) after major surgery among the elders.
Feng Lin
Prevention and early detection of cognitive decline and promotion of successful cognitive aging
Anne Luebke
Role of cochlear outer hair cells in hearing and hearing loss
Ross Maddox
Auditory and multisensory processing in human listeners, using behavioral and electrophysiological methods.
Margot Mayer-Pröschel
Identification of different stem and precursor cell pools in CNS that may be critical for cell replacement therapies or are targets of insults that lead to developmental pathologies.
Jonathan Mink
Physiology of movement, function of the basal ganglia, pathophysiology of movement disorders, and development of motor control
Sergiy Nadtochiy
Human Structure and Function
Maiken Nedergaard
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
Vestibular anatomy and physiology, recovery from vestibular injury, vestibular control of head unrestrained gaze.
Mark Noble
Neuro stem cell biology and medicine, developing pharmacological and cell based approaches to peripheral and spinal cord injury.
Thomas O'Connor
The mechanisms by which early stress exposures, including prenatal maternal anxiety and caregiving stress, may persistently shape children's behavioral and biological health
Gary Paige
Visual, vestibular, and adaptive control of spatial orientation and balance
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
Douglas Portman
Neural circuit development and function; Genetic control of behavior; Sex differences in neurobiology
Jesse Schallek
Developing technologies to measure blood flow in the living Eye to examine the condition of the retina in health and disease.
Marc Schieber
Neural Control of Individuated Finger Movements
Scott Seidman
Vestibular systems, motor learning, physiological models, multi-sensory integration
Adam Snyder
Activity in groups of neurons is dynamically coordinated to control information processing for goal-directed action
Duje Tadin
Neural mechanisms of visual perception in normal and special populations
Charles Thornton
Myotonic dystrophy, repeat expansion diseases, and therapeutic development for neuromuscular disorders.
Madalina Tivarus
Clinical applications of advanced neuroimaging techniques such as functional MRI (fMRI), MR Spectroscopy (MRS), Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), morphometry, Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL) and Dynamic Susceptibility Contrast (DSC)
Ronald Wood
Behavioral Pharmacology and Toxicology; Substance Abuse; Inhalation Toxicology; Medications for Urologic Disorders (urge incontinence, interstitial cystitis, pain)
Hugh Xia
Molecular and signaling mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in memory formation and mental health

Emeritus Faculty

Paul Coleman
Paul D. Coleman, Ph.D.


Neurobiology of aging and mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's disease.
Barbara Davis
Human structure and function, prematriculation human biology, and medical education.
John Hansen
Neuro-immune interactions, medical education, and faculty development
William O'Neill
Processing of complex acoustic signals in the central auditory system; echolocation; aging effects on central auditory system
Robert Schor
Processing of spatial and temporal information by the vestibular system of mammals
Suzanne Stevens
Neural immune interactions

Adjunct Faculty

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.