Neuroscience Program Faculty


Ege T. Kavalali, Ph.D.

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

Ilya B. Bezprozvanny, Ph.D. Professor
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., Professor
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
Chahrour Lab
Research Interests: Autism spectrum disorders, genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders, ubiquitin proteasome pathway

Marc Diamond, M.D., Professor
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.

Peter Douglas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Douglas Lab
Research Interests: Aging and stress response signaling in traumatic brain injury and neurodegeneration

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

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

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

Woo-Ping Ge, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Ge Lab
Research Interests: Interactions between the brain vasculature and the nervous system, brain injury and repair, development of new tools.

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

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

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

Mark Henkemeyer, Ph.D., Professor
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

Donald W. Hilgemann, Ph.D., Professor
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., Professor
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., Professor
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: Mechanism of action of drugs of abuse on neuronal activity, experience-driven changes in neuronal intrinsic excitability in the mesolimbic dopamine system and behavior

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

Helen Lai, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Lai Lab
Research Interests: Connectivity and development of neuronal circuits generating somatosensation; molecular and functional diversity of spinal cord interneurons

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., Professor
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

Brad Pfeiffer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Pfeiffer Lab
Research Interests: Consolidation and recall of memory via large-scale, high-density in vivo recordings of neural activity during free behavior in rodents, focusing on spatial navigation as a specific example of more general memory formation and use.

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., Professor
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., Professor 
Rosenberg Lab
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., Professor
Self Lab
Research Interests: Neurobiology of motivational systems and drug addiction<

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

Ann Stowe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Stowe 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., Professor
Takahashi Lab
Research Interests: Molecular and Genetic Analysis of the Mammalian Circadian Clock System

Carol Tamminga, M.D., Professor
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

Lenora Volk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Volk Lab
Research Interests: Elucidating the molecular, synaptic, and circuit mechanisms underlying memory persistence.

Yingfei Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Wang Lab
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

Wei Xu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Xu Lab
Research Interests: Mechanistic understanding of fundamental cognitive processes including memory and brain executive controls whose dysfunction is implicated in multiple neuropsychiatry disorders

Masashi Yanagisawa, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
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 and cellular mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease and neurodegenerative disorders

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.Associate Professor
Gibson Lab
Research Interests: Electrophysiology, neuronal circuits in neocortex, and neuroscience

Janine Prange-Kiel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
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.

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