Through interdisciplinary coursework and a variety of laboratory experiences, you will learn from faculty-scientists with expertise in neuroscience-related fields.
Department Chair: Mark O’Brian
Neuroscience Research Interests: Ion channel kinetics and structure; Inherited metabolic disorders; Transgenic organisms; Gene expression; Genomics and proteomics; Pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency and brain development; Metabolic programming of the hypothalamus; NMDA receptors.
Department Chair: Gerald B. Koudelka
Associated Faculty (6): Ferkey, Gunawardena, Hennessey, Medler, Shortridge, Xu-Friedman
Neuroscience Research Interests: Regulatory mechanisms in animal behavior; G protein-coupled signal transduction; Axonal transport and neurodegenerative disease; Membrane biochemistry; Cell signaling; Sensory transduction; Neuronal computation in the auditory system.
Department Chairs: David A. Kofke and Albert Titus
Neuroscience Research Interests: Neurovascular pathobiology; Intracranial aneurysm pathogenesis and intervention; Hemodynamics; Bioengineering.
Executive Director: Alexander N. Cartwright
Neuroscience Research Interests: Ion channel functions; NMDA receptors; Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex; Nuclear Factor I and T-box transcription factors; Parkin mutations.
Department Chair: Joan E. Sussman
Associated Faculty (5): Buckley, Coling, Sadeghi, Salvi, Seigel
Neuroscience Research Interests: Nixtroxidative stress role in ear pathology; Protein phosphorylation; Auditory system anatomy and physiology; Animal psychophysics; PET imaging; Retinoblastoma and metastatic cancer.
Department Chair: Gil Wolfe
Neuroscience Research Interests: Cognitive/behavioral neuroscience; Neuropsychology; Molecular genetics of myelination; Krabbe disease; ER stress; Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease; Mouse models of neurological disease.
Director: Mary Ann Kedron
Neuroscience Research Interests: Cerebrovascular pathologies; Neuronal plasticity; Neruonal injury or dysfunction in epilepsy; Malignant brain tumor control; Characterization of neural stem cells; Neuroradiology.
Department Chair: James Reynolds
Neuroscience Research Interests: Role of extracellular matrix in rod and cone interaction; Epithelium and Muller cell glia; Global gene expression; Gene regulatory network involvement in retinal ganglion cells; Gene therapy; Neurodegenerative disorders; Protein folding; Pathophysiology.
Department Chair: David Sherris
Neuroscience Research Interests: Auditory evoked potentials; Acoustics; Comparative studies of hearing; Auditory masking and adaptation.
Department Chair: John Tomaszewski
Neuroscience Research Interests: Cytoskeletal mechanisms of axon guidance and growth cone motility; Endothelial cell behavior; Glial and neural regulation and development; Gene therapy for neurodegenerative disorders.
Department Chair: Michelle Penque
Associated Faculty (1): Epstein
Neuroscience Research Interests: Behavioral economics; Behavioral factors in appetite and activity regulation; Dopamine in food reward.
Department Chair: William Jusko
Associated Faculty (1): Boje
Neuroscience Research Interests: Neuroinflammatory processes of chronic neurodegenerative diseases; toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics of gamma hydroxybutyrate.
Department Chair: David Dietz
Neuroscience Research Interests: Neuropharmacology; Molecular genetic manipulations of neurons; Receptor systems; Neural circuitry underly behavior; Elucidation of neurobiological function of novel neuropeptides; Neuropharmacology of G protein-coupled receptors; Melatonin receptors; Receptor-selective melatonin ligands for treatment; Protein phosphorylation signaling; Nerve-nerve and nerve-target systems in neurodegenerative diseases; Action of drugs of abuse; Bioinformatics; Genomics and proteomics; Signal Transduction; Xenobiotics; Heavy metal neurotoxicity; Parkinson's disease; Ion channels genetics; Psychoactive drug behavioral pharmacology.
Department Chair: Perry Hogan
Neuroscience Research Interests: Ion Channels; Effects of Methylphenidate on gene expression; Structure-function correlates in the neocortex; Compartmental organization of the vestibular nuclear complex; In vivo function of Parkin; Membrane ultrastructure and signaling domains; Remote neuro-stimulation; Optical stimulation and sensing; Voltage-gated channels; Multidisciplinary approach to development/plasticity/neural circuitry; CNS neurons.
Department Chair: Stephen Tiffany
Neuroscience Research Interests: Biological bases of appetitive motivation/reward; Drug-addiction; Neuroanatomy/biochemistry underlying regulation of food/water/salt; Behavioral and physiological studies on perception; Neural/endocrine bases of maternal behavior; Hypothalamus functions; Behavioral neuroendocrinology.
Department Chair: Kenneth D. Pearsen
Associated Faculty (1): Rudin
Neuroscience Research Interests: Neurovascular imaging; Development of endovascular devices for treatment of aneurysms and cerebrovascular malformations.
Department Chair: Robert F. Burkhard
Associated Faculty (2): Leddy, Personius
Neuroscience Research Interests: Neuronal activity on synaptic connections between nerve and muscle.
Director: Kenneth E. Leonard
Associated Faculty (3): Haj-Dahmane, Shen, Thanos
Neuroscience Research Interests: G-Protein coupled receptor signaling mechanisms; Synaptic transmission and plasticity in the central nervous system; Brain dopamine systems.
Department Chair: Kenneth W. Gross
Associated Faculty (1): Gross
Neuroscience Research Interests: Renin-expressing cell and development of the renal vasculature.