Skip to main content
Explore URMC
menu

Faculty

Primary Faculty

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

Research Faculty

Rashid Deane
Research Interest: 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
Research Interest: Develop new multiphoton imaging capacities and image analysis tools for various experiment settings
Gil Rivlis
Research Interest: Neural control of finger movements; Experiment control systems.
Patricia White
Research Interest: Sensory regeneration of the inner ear, or hair-cell regeneration

Secondary Faculty

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

Harris Gelbard
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms and potential pharmacological and gene therapeutic interventions for neurologic disease associated with HIV-1 infection of the central nervous system.
Suzanne Haber
Research Interest: Basal ganglia and degenerative diseases
Marc Halterman
Research Interest: To define the transcriptional programs driving selective vulnerability and delayed neuron loss after stroke
Kenneth Henry
Research Interest: Cochlear Neurodegeneration
J. Christopher Holt
Research Interest: Synaptic pharmaco-physiology of vestibular efferent-afferent interactions
Thomas Howard
Research Interest: 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
Research Interest: Neural mechanisms of visual recovery in the adult; advanced physiological optics in the awake-behaving cat
Michelle Janelsins-Benton
Research Interest: Understanding clinical, psychological, and biological mechanisms of cognitive difficulties in cancer patients
Ian Kleckner
Research Interest: To ameliorate the symptoms of cancer and its treatment by leveraging an understanding how the brain processes the state of the body.
Edmund Lalor
Research Interest: The electrophysiology of human sensation, perception and cognition, especially in naturalistic environments.
Hochang Lee
Research Interest: 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
Research Interest: Prevention and early detection of cognitive decline and promotion of successful cognitive aging
Anne Luebke
Research Interest: Role of cochlear outer hair cells in hearing and hearing loss
Ross Maddox
Research Interest: Auditory and multisensory processing in human listeners, using behavioral and electrophysiological methods.
Margot Mayer-Pröschel
Research Interest: 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
Research Interest: Physiology of movement, function of the basal ganglia, pathophysiology of movement disorders, and development of motor control
Sergiy Nadtochiy
Research Interest: Human Structure and Function
Maiken Nedergaard
Research Interest: 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
Research Interest: Vestibular anatomy and physiology, recovery from vestibular injury, vestibular control of head unrestrained gaze.
Mark Noble
Research Interest: Neuro stem cell biology and medicine, developing pharmacological and cell based approaches to peripheral and spinal cord injury.
Thomas O'Connor
Research Interest: The mechanisms by which early stress exposures, including prenatal maternal anxiety and caregiving stress, may persistently shape children's behavioral and biological health
Alexander Paciorkowski
Research Interest: Pediatric Neurology, Human Genetics
Gary Paige
Research Interest: Visual, vestibular, and adaptive control of spatial orientation and balance
Martina Poletti
Martina Poletti, Ph.D.
Research Interest: 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
Research Interest: Neural circuit development and function; Genetic control of behavior; Sex differences in neurobiology
Jesse Schallek
Research Interest: Developing technologies to measure blood flow in the living Eye to examine the condition of the retina in health and disease.
Marc Schieber
Research Interest: Neural Control of Individuated Finger Movements
Scott Seidman
Research Interest: Vestibular systems, motor learning, physiological models, multi-sensory integration
Adam Snyder
Research Interest: Activity in groups of neurons is dynamically coordinated to control information processing for goal-directed action
Duje Tadin
Research Interest: Neural mechanisms of visual perception in normal and special populations
Charles Thornton
Research Interest: Myotonic dystrophy, repeat expansion diseases, and therapeutic development for neuromuscular disorders.
Madalina Tivarus
Research Interest: 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
Research Interest: Behavioral Pharmacology and Toxicology; Substance Abuse; Inhalation Toxicology; Medications for Urologic Disorders (urge incontinence, interstitial cystitis, pain)
Hugh Xia
Research Interest: Molecular and signaling mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in memory formation and mental health

Emeritus Faculty

Paul Coleman
Paul D. Coleman, Ph.D.


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

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.