Neuroscience Faculty

Ege T. Kavalali, Ph.D.
Program Chair
Professor
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


Stephen Cannon, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Cannon Lab
Research Interests: How ion channels regulate electrical excitability of cells and how defects in these channels lead to human disease


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
Research Interests: 


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


Matthew S. Goldberg, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Goldberg Lab
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of inherited forms of Parkinson’s disease using transgenic and knockout mice. Areas of particular interest include oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction


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


Robert W. Greene, 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


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. Hilgeman, 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


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


Luis F. Parada, Ph.D.
Professor
Parada Lab
Research Interests: The role of proto-oncogenes in vertebrate development; TRK receptors and neurotropins


Juan Pascual, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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.
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


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
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
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


Kevin Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: 


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.
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 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

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