Participating Programs, Departments and Institutions

Through interdisciplinary coursework and a variety of laboratory experiences, you will learn from faculty-scientists with expertise in neuroscience-related fields.

University at Buffalo

Department Chair: Mark O’Brian

Associated faculty (6): Feltri, Gronostajski, Kosman, Patel, Popescu, Zhang

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.

Biological Sciences

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

Associated Faculty (2): Dutta, Meng

Neuroscience Research Interests: Neurovascular pathobiology; Intracranial aneurysm pathogenesis and intervention; Hemodynamics; Bioengineering.

Executive Director: Alexander N. Cartwright

Associated Faculty (9): Aletta, Blumenthal, Feng, Gronostajski, Mu, Patel, Popescu, Rudin, Yan

Neuroscience Research Interests: Ion channel functions; NMDA receptors; Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex; Nuclear Factor I and T-box transcription factors; Parkin mutations.

Communicative Disorders and Sciences

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

Associated Faculty (8): Benedict, Dwyer, Schweser, Shucard, Shucard, Szigeti, Wrabetz, Zivadinov

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

Associated Faculty (4): Meng, Plunkett, Poulson, Siddiqui

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

Associated Faculty (7): Farkas, Fliesler, Mu, Patel, Sullivan, Wang, Zhang

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

Associated Faculty (4): Cohan, Ignatowski, Kolega, Stachowiak

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.

Pharmaceutical Sciences

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

Associated Faculty (15): Babetto, Bass, Bhattacharjee, Clark, Dietz, Dubocovich, Edelman, Halvorsen, Li, Paez, Rabin, Roth, Sim, Singh

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

Associated Faculty (14): Auerbach, Awayda, Baizer, Duffey, Feng, Morales, Pralle, Qin, Rasmusson, Sachs, Slaughter, Straus, Udin, Yan

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

Associated Faculty (9): Bozarth, Daniels, Dent, Meyer, Miller, Paul, Torregrossa, Wersinger, Wood

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.

Rehabilitation Sciences

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.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Department Chair: Kenneth W. Gross

Associated Faculty (1): Gross

Neuroscience Research Interests: Renin-expressing cell and development of the renal vasculature.