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Primary Faculty

Farran BriggsFarran 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 CallahanLinda M. Callahan, Ph.D.

Human Structure and Function
Laurel CarneyLaurel H. Carney, Ph.D.

Auditory Neuroscience; neurophysiological, behavioral, and computational studies of hearing; signal processing for hearing aids.
Ian DickersonIan Dickerson, Ph.D.

Molecular mechanisms of neuropeptide signal transduction
Edward FreedmanEdward G. Freedman, Ph.D.

Effects of mild traumatic brain injury (sports-related concussion) on eye-head-hand coordination.
Julie FudgeJulie L. Fudge, M.D.

Anatomy and neurochemistry of brain regions associated with symptoms in major psychiatric illnesses
John FoxeJohn J. Foxe, Ph.D.

Basic neurophysiology of schizophrenia and autism
Martha GdowskiMartha Johnson Gdowski, Ph.D.

Medical, Graduate, and Undergraduate Education
John HansenJohn T. Hansen, Ph.D.

Neuro-immune interactions, medical education, and faculty development
David KornackDavid R. Kornack, Ph.D.

The biology of neural progenitor cells in developing and adult mammalian brain
Anne LuebkeAnne E. Luebke, Ph.D.

Role of cochlear outer hair cells in hearing and hearing loss, at both the molecular and systems levels
Edmund LalorEdmund Lalor, Ph.D.

The electrophysiology of human sensation, perception and cognition, especially in naturalistic environments.
Ania MajewskaAnia K. Majewska, Ph.D.

Imaging synaptic structure and function in the visual system.
Ross MaddoxRoss Maddox, Ph.D.

Auditory and multisensory processing in human listeners, using behavioral and electrophysiological methods.
Sarah McConnellSarah McConnell, Ph.D.

Human Structure and Function
M. Kerry O'BanionM. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.

Neuroinflammation in Alzheimer's disease and brain radiation injury
Tania PasternakTania Pasternak, Ph.D.

Cortical Circuitry Underlying Memory-Guided Sensory Decisions
Diane PiekutDiane T. Piekut, Ph.D.

Hypothalamus: neuropeptides, neuroplasticity, seizures
Krishnan PadmanabhanKrishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.

Experimental and Computational Approaches to Sensory Perception
Martina PolettiMartina 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 RomanskiLizabeth M. Romanski, Ph.D.

Organization and functions of the primate prefrontal cortex
Peter ShragerPeter Shrager, Ph.D.

Neuron-neuroglia interactions
Suzanne StevensSuzanne Y. Stevens, Ph.D.

Neural immune interactions
Robert SchorRobert Schor, Ph.D.

Processing of spatial and temporal information by the vestibular system of mammals
Patricia WhitePatricia M. White, Ph.D.

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

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Secondary Faculty

Edward BrownEdward Brown, Ph.D.

Multiphoton Laser Scanning Microscopy, novel in vivo imaging and measurement techniques, tumor biology, angiogenesis
Benjamin CraneBenjamin T. Crane, M.D., Ph.D.

The interaction of vision, the vestibular system, and human disease on motion perception.
Charles DuffyCharles J. Duffy, M.D., Ph.D.

Functioning of cerebral neocortex, using neurophysiologic and psychophysical methods to examine mechanisms of spatial orientation
Greg DeAngelisGreg DeAngelis, Ph.D.

Visual neuroscience; multi-sensory integration; neural coding; linking neurons to perception
Lin GanLin Gan, Ph.D.

Development and degenerative diseases of sensory neurons, gene regulation
Harris GelbardHarris 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 HaberSuzanne N. Haber, Ph.D.

Basal ganglia and degenerative diseases
Krystel HuxlinKrystel R. Huxlin, Ph.D.

Neural mechanisms of visual recovery in the adult; advanced physiological optics in the awake-behaving cat
Joseph HoltJoseph C. Holt, Ph.D.

Synaptic pharmaco-physiology of vestibular efferent-afferent interactions
Marc HaltermanMarc W. Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.

To define the transcriptional programs driving selective vulnerability and delayed neuron loss after stroke
James IsonJames R. Ison, Ph.D.

Analysis of sensory and perceptual function
Michelle Janelsins-BentonMichelle C. Janelsins-Benton, Ph.D.

Understanding clinical, psychological, and biological mechanisms of cognitive difficulties in cancer patients
Feng LinFeng (Vankee) Lin, Ph.D.

Prevention and early detection of cognitive decline and promotion of successful cognitive aging
Margot Mayer-PröschelMargot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.

Stem Cells in the mammalian CNS / Gestational insults and embryonic CNS development / Astrocyte dysfunction
Jonathan MinkJonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D.

Physiology of movement, function of the basal ganglia, pathophysiology of movement disorders, and development of motor control
Rupal MehtaRupal Mehta, M.D.

Small vessel disease and blood-brain barrier disruption in stroke
Mark NobleMark Noble, Ph.D.

Neural Diseases and Neoplasia
Maiken NedergaardMaiken 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 NewlandsShawn D. Newlands, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Vestibular anatomy and physiology, recovery from vestibular injury, vestibular control of head unrestrained gaze.
Sergiy NadtochiySergiy M. Nadtochiy, Ph.D.

Human Structure and Function
Gary PaigeGary D. Paige, M.D., Ph.D.

Visual, vestibular, and adaptive control of spatial orientation and balance
Douglas PortmanDouglas Portman, Ph.D.

Neural circuit development and function; Genetic control of behavior; Sex differences in neurobiology
Marc SchieberMarc H. Schieber, M.D., Ph.D.

Neural Control of Individuated Finger Movements
Scott SeidmanScott H. Seidman, Ph.D.

Vestibular systems, motor learning, physiological models, multi-sensory integration
Nina SchorNina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D.

Targeted therapy for neural crest tumors; neurodegenerative disease.
Jesse SchallekJesse Schallek, Ph.D.

Examining the role of blood flow regulation and capillary level neurovascular coupling in the central nervous system
Charles ThorntonCharles A. Thornton, M.D.

Myotonic dystrophy, repeat expansion diseases, and therapeutic development for neuromuscular disorders.
Hugh XiaHugh Houhui Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.

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

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Emeritus Faculty

Paul ColemanPaul D. Coleman, Ph.D.

Neurobiology of aging and mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's disease.
Barbara DavisBarbara J. Davis, Ph.D.

Human structure and function, prematriculation human biology, and medical education.
William O'NeillWilliam 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-AndersonBethany Plakke-Anderson, Ph.D.

Understanding the neural basis of auditory and audiovisual memory processing.
Gil RivlisGil Rivlis, Ph.D.

Neural control of finger movements; Experiment control systems.
Ronald WoodRonald 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.