Neuroscience Faculty

Ege T. Kavalali, Ph.D.
Program Chair
Kavalali Lab
Research Interests: Mechanisms underlying synaptic computation in the CNS

Ilya B. Bezprozvanny, Ph.D.
Bezprozvanny Lab
Research Interests: Calcium channels and calcium signaling in the nervous system; deranged calcium signaling and neurodegeneration in Huntington's and Alzheimer's disease

James A. Bibb, Ph.D.
Bibb Lab
Research Interests: Signal transduction in the nervous system, with emphasis on the biochemistry and neuropharmacology of protein phosphorylation/dephosphorylation

Maria Chahrour, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests:  Autism spectrum disorders,enetics of neurodevelopmental disorders, ubiquitin proteasome pathway

Marc Diamond, M.D.
Diamond Lab
Research Interests: Mechanisms of amyloid propagation in neurodegenerative diseases, especially tauopathies (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease), synucleinopathies (e.g. Parkinson’s disease), and polyglutamine diseases (e.g. Huntington’s disease); linkage between amyloid structure and biological impact.

Amelia Eisch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Eisch Lab
Research Interests: Function of adult neurogenesis in the brain

Jeffrey Elliott, M.D.
Research Interests: Molecular and cellular basis for function of the ALS disease gene SOD1

Joel Elmquist, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Elmquist Lab
Research Interests: Functional neuroanatomy of the mammalian hypothalamus

Woo-Ping Ge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Ge Lab
Research Interests: The goal of our lab is to understand the mechanisms underlying the interactions between the brain vasculature and the nervous system. Combining electrophysiology and in vivo imaging with genetic methods, our lab studies: (1) how a brain builds the gliovascular and neurovascular network during development; (2) how this network is damaged during strokes; and (3) how the network is repaired after strokes. Ultimately, this focus might lead to the development of novel therapeutic targets for treating stroke, which affects about 700,000 Americans each year.

Mark Goldberg, Ph.D.
Neurorepair Lab
Research Interests: Axon injury, brain repair, and neurotherapeutics for stroke

Carla Green, Ph.D.
Green Lab
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of circadian rhythms and how they control metabolism

Robert W. Greene, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Circuit dysfunction in psychiatric disorders; role of adenosine in function of sleep

Mark Henkemeyer, Ph.D.
Henkemeyer Lab
Research Interests: Molecular biology of axon guidance

Ryan Hibbs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Hibbs Lab
Research Interests: Ion channel structure and function; Membrane protein structural biology; Electrophysiology

Robin Hiesinger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Hiesinger Neurogenetics Lab
Research Interests: Neurogenetics; brain wiring/synaptic specification; synapse function/neurotransmitter release membrane fusion; computational approaches to 4D visualization and simulation

Donald W. Hilgemann, Ph.D.
Hilgemann Lab
Research Interests: Function and regulation of membrane transporters; electrophysiology; biophysics of ion pumps and channels

Jenny Hsieh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Hsieh Lab
Research Interests: Stem cell biology; neurogenesis and gliogenesis in CNS; chromatin remodeling; neurological diseases

Kimberly M. Huber, Ph.D.
Huber Lab
Research Interests: Mechanisms of synapse development, plasticity and circuit function, and alterations of these processes in mouse models of mental retardation and autism

Jane E. Johnson, Ph.D.
Johnson Lab
Research Interests: Molecular control of neuronal diversity and balancing progenitor cell maintenance with neuronal differentiation in the vertebrate central nervous system implications for tumor progression in neural and neuroendocrine cancers

Tae-Kyung Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Kim Lab
Research Interests: Gene expression program in cognitive behavior and disease

Genevieve Konopka, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Konopka Lab
Research Interests: Neurodevelopmental signaling pathways involved in cognition and neuropsychiatric disorders; comparative gene expression for insight into human brain evolution

Said Kourrich, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
Kourrich Lab
Research Interests: Experience-induced synaptic and intrinsic plasticity with a focus on exposure to drugs of abuse; Interaction between intrinsic and synaptic excitability in the shaping of global neuronal activity; Regulation of neuronal excitability by the endoplasmic chaperone protein sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1R)

Helmut J. Krämer, Ph.D.
Krämer Lab
Research Interests:Genetic dissection of endocytic trafficking in Drosophila

Weichun Lin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Weichun Lin Lab
Research Interests: Developmental neurobiology

Julian Meeks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Meeks Lab
Research Interests: Mechanisms of sensory processing in mammalian olfaction; mechanisms of information transformation in neural circuits; reciprocal synapses; interneuron functional diversity; neural control of innate social/reproductive behaviors

Lisa Monteggia, Ph.D.
Monteggia Lab
Research Interests: Elucidating antidepressant efficacy; functional molecular and behavioral approach to autism spectrum disorders; cellular basis of psychiatric disorders

Juan Pascual, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Rare Brain Disorders Lab
Research Interests: Animal and cellular models of neurogenetic disorders; synaptic transmission in experimental epilepsies; disorders of brain energy metabolism; developmental neurobiology; genotype:phenotype correlations in novel childhood encephalopathies; clinical pediatric neurology

Craig Powell, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Powell Lab
Research Interests: Molecular and cellular mechanisms of cognition with an emphasis on learning and memory

José Rizo-Rey (Josep Rizo), Ph.D.
Rizo-Rey Lab
Research Interests: Biophysical studies of the mechanisms of neurotransmitter release and intracellular membrane fusion

Todd Roberts, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Roberts Lab
Research Interests: Cellular and circuit mechanisms for vocal imitation, learning from vocal models and using auditory feedback to learn from vocal practice

Roger Rosenberg, M.D.
Research Interests:  Alzheimer's disease and genetic neurological disease.

Adrian Rothenfluh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Drug-induced behaviors in Drosophila to learn more about the genes, signaling pathways, and brain circuits mediating these behaviors, with the goal of gaining insights into vertebrate addiction

David W. Self, Ph.D.
Self Lab
Research Interests: Neurobiology of motivational systems and drug addiction

Dean P. Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
Smith Lab
Research Interests: Molecular biology of sensory transduction in Drosophila

Ann Stowe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurorepair Lab
Research Interests: Stroke; Neuroinflammation; endogenous mechanisms of CNS protection; clinical role of the immune system and growth factors in functional recovery after stroke

Joseph Takahashi, Ph.D.
Takahashi Lab
Research Interests: Molecular and Genetic Analysis of the Mammalian Circadian Clock System

Carol Tamminga, M.D.
Schizophrenia/Tamminga Research Lab
Research Interests: Schizophrenia; postmortem brain; human brain imaging; human translational neuroscience

Jonathan Terman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Terman Lab
Research Interests: Axon growth and guidance; neuronal connectivity; axon regeneration; actin cytoskeleton; spinal cord injury and degeneration

Peter Tsai, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Tsai Lab
Research Interests: Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the formation of neuronal circuits responsible for cognition and behavior

Yingfei Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests:  DNA damage and neuronal cell death mechanisms in brain injury

Kevin Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Williams Lab
Research Interests: Understanding at a cellular level the neural of control energy balance as well as glucose metabolism, and elucidating how these events may participate in human disease.

Jiang Wu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Wu Lab
Research Interests: Chromatin regulation of mammalian neural development; function of chromatin remodeling complexes in key signaling pathways that regulate neural stem cell self-renewal, differentiation, and post-mitotic neuronal development

Masashi Yanagisawa, M.D., Ph.D.
Masashi Yanagisawa Lab
Research Interests:Identification and characterization of new neuropeptides that regulate vital functions such as sleep, appetite, and blood pressure.

Gang G. Yu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Gang Yu Lab
Research Interests: Molecular genetic analysis of sleep/wake systems

Chun-Li Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Zhang Lab
Research Interests: Transcriptional regulation of neural stem cells and their role in regeneration and brain tumors

Jeffrey Zigman, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Zigman Lab
Research Interests: The role of ghrelin in eating behaviors of various types: food intake to survive, eating for pleasure (reward-based eating), eating upon stress

Associate Members

These faculty members do not accept graduate students. They participate in teaching, co-mentoring, exam and dissertation committees, and all other program responsibilities.

Jay Gibson, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
Gibson Lab
Research Interests: Electrophysiology, neuronal circuits in neocortex, and neuroscience

Janine Prange-Kiel, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Locally produced estradiol has been demonstrated to be important for the regulation of synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus. However, very little is known about the factors that regulate the expression of aromatase, the enzyme that converts testosterone into estradiol, in the brain. Our lab uses cell culture techniques and molecular approaches to learn more about the regulation of aromatase expression in the hippocampus of rats and mice.

Yingfei Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests: DNA damage and neuronal cell death mechanisms in brain injury.

Shin Yamazaki, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Yamazaki Lab
Research Interests: >Circadian control of cell cycle