Our faculty is composed of many of the nation’s leading neuroscience researchers representing a variety of sub-disciplines. Below is a listing of our Primary Faculty. Read about our Joint Faculty and Research Track faculty.

Neuroscience: Interim Chair

Paul J Pfaffinger, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3060

Primary Faculty: Neuroscience (A-R)

Jeannie Chin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6407

Mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders…

Mauro Costa-Mattioli, Ph.D.

Professor and Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair

Phone

  • (713) 798-8913

Mechanisms underlying complex behaviors

Benjamin Deneen, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7897

Glial cell development and disease

J. David Dickman, Ph.D.

Professor and Vivian L. Smith Endowed Chair in Neuroscience

Phone

  • (713) 798-4589

Vestibular, Spatial Orientation, Navigation, Magnetoreception

Fabrizio Gabbiani, Ph.D., M.A.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1849

Research Interests

Andy Groves, Ph.D.

Professor and Vivian L. Smith Endowed Chair in Neuroscience

Phone

  • (713) 798-8743

The development, evolution, and regeneration of the inner ear

Joanna Louisa Jankowsky, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8337

Daoyun Ji, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Xiaolong Jiang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-8123

Dissecting the cortical microcircuit in health and disease; connectopathies in epilepsy and autism-spectrum disorders

Nuo Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Jeffrey C Magee, Ph.D.

Professor

Matthew McGinley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Neural mechanisms of auditory perception; Influence of brain state on perception and behavior…

Javier F. Medina, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Vivian L. Smith Endowed Chair in Neuroscience

Neural Circuits; Computational Neuroscience; Prediction Machines; Supervised Learning

Ronald J. Parchem, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1272

Neural Development, Neural Crest Development, Stem Cells and Cancer Biology

Ankit B Patel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Xaq Pitkow

Assistant Professor

Computational Neuroscience

Matthew Neil Rasband, Ph.D.

Professor and Vivian L. Smith Endowed Chair in Neuroscience

Phone

  • (713) 798-4494

Russell Scott Ray, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

We study the molecular and genetic events that give rise to functional neural circuits and how those events may play a role in neurological disorders

Jacob Reimer

Assistant Professor

David Ress, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3973

Magnetic Resonance Imaging; fMRI; Vision science; Image processing; Superior colliculus; Spatial vision; Cerebrovascular physiology

Primary Faculty: Neuroscience (S-Z)

Melanie Samuel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1561

Discovery of new neural development molecules and pathways.; Development of nanoscopic imaging tools and techniques for circuit analysis.…

Harold David Shine, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3828

Gene therapy of the nervous system; Spinal Cord Injury; Neuroimmunology of neural trauma

Francois St-Pierre, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Development and application of genetically encoded tools to monitor and control neural activity; High-speed microscopy; Optogenetics; Protein engineering; Synthetic biology

Andreas Savas Tolias, Ph.D.

Professor

Kimberley Renee Fuchs Tolias, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3981

Molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating neural circuit formation and plasticity

Mingshan Xue, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-8109

Cortical circuit function and development in health and disease

Jeffrey Min-In Yau, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5150