Ilya B. Bezprozvanny, Ph.D.
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.
Research Interests: Signal transduction in the nervous system, with emphasis on the biochemistry and neuropharmacology of protein phosphorylation/dephosphorylation
Marc Diamond, M.D.
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.
Jeffrey Elliott, M.D.
Research Interests: Molecular and cellular basis for function of the ALS disease gene SOD1
Woo-Ping Ge, Ph.D.
Mark Goldberg, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Axon injury, brain repair, and neurotherapeutics for stroke
Matthew S. Goldberg, Ph.D.
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
Robert W. Greene, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Circuit dysfunction in psychiatric disorders; role of adenosine in function of sleep
Robin Hiesinger, Ph.D.
Hiesinger Neurogenetics Lab
Research Interests: Neurogenetics; brain wiring/synaptic specification; synapse function/neurotransmitter release membrane fusion; computational approaches to 4D visualization and simulation
Kimberly M. Huber, Ph.D.
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.
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
Genevieve Konopka, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Neurodevelopmental signaling pathways involved in cognition and neuropsychiatric disorders; comparative gene expression for insight into human brain evolution
Quan-Zhen Li, M.D., Ph.D.
Julian Meeks, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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
Todd Roberts, Ph.D.
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.
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
Ann Stowe, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Stroke; Neuroinflammation; endogenous mechanisms of CNS protection; clinical role of the immune system and growth factors in functional recovery after stroke
Peter Tsai, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Interests: Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the formation of neuronal circuits responsible for cognition and behavior
Kevin Williams, Ph.D.
Jiang Wu, Ph.D.
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.
Jeffrey Zigman, M.D., Ph.D.
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
These faculty members do not accept graduate students. They participate in teaching, co-mentoring, exam and dissertation committees, and all other program responsibilities.