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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
Human Structure and Function
Laurel Carney
Auditory Neuroscience; neurophysiological, behavioral, and computational studies of hearing; signal processing for hearing aids.
Ian Dickerson
Molecular mechanisms of neuropeptide signal transduction
John Foxe
Basic neurophysiology of schizophrenia and autism
Edward Freedman
Effects of mild traumatic brain injury (sports-related concussion) on eye-head-hand coordination.
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
Edmund Lalor
The electrophysiology of human sensation, perception and cognition, especially in naturalistic environments.
Anne Luebke
Role of cochlear outer hair cells in hearing and hearing loss, at both the molecular and systems levels
Ross Maddox
Auditory and multisensory processing in human listeners, using behavioral and electrophysiological methods.
Ania Majewska
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.
Sarah McConnell
Human Structure and Function
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
Defining neuro-inflammatory processes that contribute to pathology and disease progression in Alzheimer's disease, as well as late CNS effects following radiation exposure
Krishnan Padmanabhan
Experimental and Computational Approaches to Sensory Perception
Tania Pasternak
Cortical Circuitry Underlying Memory-Guided Sensory Decisions
Diane Piekut
Hypothalamus: neuropeptides, neuroplasticity, seizures
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
Organization and functions of the primate prefrontal cortex
Robert Schor
Processing of spatial and temporal information by the vestibular system of mammals
Peter Shrager
Neuron-neuroglia interactions

Research Faculty

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.
Adam Rouse
Neural control of reaching and grasping, Brain-Machine Interface design for dexterous hand control
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
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
Charles Duffy
Functioning of cerebral neocortex, using neurophysiologic and psychophysical methods to examine mechanisms of spatial orientation
Lin Gan
Development and degenerative diseases of sensory neurons, gene regulation
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
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
Margot Mayer-Pröschel
Deciphering the impact of nutritional, toxicological, viral, and genetic insults, singly and in combination, on mammalian brain development and disease later in life.
Rupal Mehta
Small vessel disease and blood-brain barrier disruption in stroke
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
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.
Gary Paige
Visual, vestibular, and adaptive control of spatial orientation and balance
Douglas Portman
Neural circuit development and function; Genetic control of behavior; Sex differences in neurobiology
Jesse Schallek
Examining the role of blood flow regulation and capillary level neurovascular coupling in the central nervous system
Marc Schieber
Neural Control of Individuated Finger Movements
Nina Schor
Targeted therapy for neural crest tumors; neurodegenerative disease.
Scott Seidman
Vestibular systems, motor learning, physiological models, multi-sensory integration
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.
Ronald Wood
Behavioral Pharmacology and Toxicology; Substance Abuse; Inhalation Toxicology; Medications for Urologic Disorders (urge incontinence, interstitial cystitis, pain)
Hugh Xia
Investigating the role of environmental toxins such as arsenic on the protein phosphatase-1, a regulator of synaptic plasticity and cognition.

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
Suzanne Stevens
Neural immune interactions

Adjunct Faculty

Michele Saul

Michele Lavinia-Ann Saul, Ph.D.

Tara Sweet

Tara Sweet, Ph.D.


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.