Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

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Faculty Conducting Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Research

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Anne E. Anderson, M.D.

Cellular mechanisms of developmental, genetic, and acquired epilepsy

Benjamin R. Arenkiel, Ph.D.

Molecular genetic approaches to investigate neural circuit formation and function

Rachel N. Arey, Ph.D. Molecular mechanisms of learning, memory, and cognitive decline using C. elegans genetics and genomics.
Hugo J. Bellen, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Genetic and molecular analysis of neurodegenerative disease in Drosophila

Robert Bryan, Ph.D.

Communications between the gut bacteria, the gut, and the brain during normal and pathological states.

William E. Brownell, Ph.D. 

Membrane electromechanics in auditory sensation and central processing

Hsiao-Tuan Chao, M.D., Ph.D.

Pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders; Integrate mouse and fruit fly models with human genomics; Inhibitory neurons; HADD syndrome; New disease gene discovery

Ching-Kang Jason Chen, Ph.D.

Heterotrimeric G-proteins in the development and functions of the nervous system

Jeannie Chin, Ph.D.

Cellular and network mechanisms of cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s disease

Edward C. Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.

CNQ2 channels and interacting proteins in neurodevelopmental disorders

Mauro Costa-Mattioli, Ph.D.

Cellular and molecular mechanism of memory storage and cognitive disorders

Benjamin Deneen, Ph.D.

Development of glial cells and their role in neurological diseases

Gretchen Diehl, Ph.D.

Immune and microbiota regulation of enteric nervous system

Herman A. Dierick, M.D.

Genetic and neurobiological mechanisms of Drosophila aggression

Benjamin J. Frankfort, M.D., Ph.D.

Mechanisms of glaucoma-related injury to the retina and optic nerve in mice and humans

Yingbin Fu, Ph.D.

Sensory transduction, retinal degeneration, age-related diseases, gene therapy

Andrew K. Groves, Ph.D.

Development and regeneration of the inner ear

Frank Horrigan, Ph.D.

Ion channel gating and pharmacology

Joanna L. Jankowsky, Ph.D.

 

Cellular mechanisms and genetic modifiers of Alzheimer's disease

Thomas Kosten, M.D.

Basic and clinical research of addiction causes and treatment; immunotherapy, pharmacogenetics

Hyun-Kyoung Lee, Ph.D.

Developmental and regenerative mechanisms of glial cells and associated diseases

Jeffrey Magee, Ph.D.

Cellular and circuit mechanisms of adaptive learning and memory through the use of a variety of electrical and optical recording methods as well as opto/chemogenetic circuit manipulations in both the hippocampus and neocortex

Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, M.D., Ph.D.

Adult neurogenesis and metabo-genomics in mice and humans during aging, depression, epilepsy

Shailaja K. Mani, Ph.D.

Molecular mechanisms of steroid hormone action in brain function

David Nelson, Ph.D.

Genetic models and mechanisms of intellectual disability and neurodegeneration, fragile X syndrome and related disorders

Jeffrey L. Noebels, M.D., Ph.D.

Genes regulating cortical excitability and synchronization; mouse models of epilepsy

Ronald J. Parchem, Ph.D.

Development of the brain, stem cells, and regenerative medicine

Paul J. Pfaffinger, Ph.D.

Assembly, structure, function and modulation of ion channels in excitable membranes

Matthew N. Rasband, Ph.D.

The functional organization of axons in health and disease, neuron-glia signaling

Russell S. Ray, Ph.D.

Mechanisms of aminergic circuit organization and function in behavior and mice

Claudia S. Robertson, M.D.

Development of advanced neuro-monitoring techniques in human brain vascular injury

Jacob Robinson, Ph.D.

Engineering new technologies to manipulate and record brain activity in humans and animal models

Rodney Samaco, Ph.D.

Neurobehavioral and neuropsychiatric genetics, rodent disease models, preclinical studies

Melanie Samuel, Ph.D.

Molecular mechanisms that wire circuits and reprogram connectivity

David Shine, Ph.D.

Spinal cord injury; neuroimmunology; gene therapy of the nervous system

Joshua M. Shulman, M.D., Ph.D.

Integrative genetic analyses of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in humans and Drosophila

Roy V. Sillitoe, Ph.D.

Cerebellar development, dysfunction, and deep brain stimulation in motor disease

Francois St-Pierre, Ph.D.

Developing and deploying genetically encoded neural activity sensors

John W. Swann, Ph.D.

Basic mechanisms of childhood epilepsy

Kimberley R. Tolias, Ph.D.

Molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating neural circuit formation and plasticity

Meng Wang, Ph.D.

Neuronal control of aging and metabolism

Trent A. Watkins, Ph.D.

Neuronal stress signaling in injury and disease; axon regeneration; neurodegeneration

Xander Wehrens, M.D., Ph.D.

Neuronal control of cardiac function and arrhythmias

Theodore G. Wensel, Ph.D.

Molecular mechanisms of signaling and neurodegeneration in retina and brain

Samuel M. Wu, Ph.D.

Functional interactions of retinal microcircuitry

Mingshan Xue, Ph.D.

Cortical excitation-inhibition balance, neurodevelopmental disorders (epilepsy and autism)

Shinya Yamamoto, Ph.D.

Integration of Drosophila genetics and human genomics to uncover novel mechanisms of neurological and psychiatric diseases

Hui Zheng, Ph.D.

Autophagy-lysosomal pathway and neuron-immune interaction in Alzheimer’s disease

Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D.

Pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases; Rett syndrome; normal neurodevelopment

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Dr. Huda Zoghbi discusses her study featuring a three-pronged approach used in animal models to help subdue early events that occur in the brain long before symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are evident.

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Dr. David Dickman's lab is studying the mechanisms in the pigeon brains that help them navigate, with the hope of using that knowledge to better understand the human brain in diseases like Alzheimer’s, where people often lose their sense of orientation.