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Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy Faculty

  • Jessica Ausborn, PhD

    Instructor
    Research Interests: Computational modeling of locomotor and respiratory networks and their interactions

  • Peter Baas, PhD

    Professor; Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience
    Research Interests: Role of microtubules in development, disease and injury of the nervous system

  • Jessica Barson, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Neural basis of ingestive behavior, alcoholism, neuropeptides

  • Tatiana Bezdudnaya, PhD

    Instructor
    Research Interests: Respiratory plasticity after spinal cord injury

  • Manuel Castro-Alamancos, PhD

    Professor
    Research Interests: Dynamics of thalamo-cortico-thalamic synaptic networks

  • Daniel J. Chandler, PhD

    Instructor
    Research Interests: Organizational and functional properties of the central monoaminergic projection systems and how they adapt in response to stress

  • Brian Clark, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Modulation of neural systems by monoamines, pathophysiology of peripheral nerve in work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

  • Marie-Pascale Côté, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Plasticity of spinal networks after spinal cord injury

  • Timothy Cunningham, PhD

    Professor
    Research Interests: Neuron survival and death, neuroinflammation, central nervous system repair

  • Dennis DePace, PhD

    Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Admissions; Associate Professor

  • Megan Detloff, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Neurorehabilitative strategies to prevent aberrant afferent plasticity and neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury

  • Kimberly Dougherty, PhD

    Assistant Professor

  • Rodrigo España, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Hypocretin/orexin, dopamine, norepinephrine, neural basis of addiction, behavioral pharmacology, sleep/arousal, fast scan cyclic voltammetry, multi-unit electrophysiology

  • Itzhak Fischer, PhD

    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests: Cellular and molecular strategies in promoting regeneration; structure and function of neuronal cytoskeleton

  • Wen-Jun Gao, PhD

    Professor
    Research Interests: Synaptic signaling and regulation of prefrontal neuronal circuitry and neurobiology of schizophrenia

  • Simon Giszter, PhD

    Professor
    Research Interests: Spinal cord organization and control of limb biomechanics

  • Haviva Goldman, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Bone quality and skeletal fragility

  • Timothy Himes, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Recovery of function after spinal cord injury

  • Bruce Hirsch, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: 3D imaging and joint biomechanics

  • Shaoping Hou, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Autonomic dysfunction after spinal cord injury, axon regeneration, neural stem cells, dopamine, serotonin and optogenetics

  • John Houle, PhD

    Professor
    Research Interests: Neurotransplantation strategies to promote structural and functional recovery after spinal cord injury

  • Ying Jin, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

  • Michael Lane, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Spontaneous and therapeutically enhanced neural plasticity following cervical spinal cord injury

  • Yan-Chun Li, MD, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

  • Vitaliy Marchenko, MD, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Neural control of cardiovascular and respiratory function

  • Sergey Markin, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Computational neuroscience, motor control, modeling neural control of respiration and locomotion

  • Hazel Murphy, PhD

    Professor
    Research Interests: CNS development, mechanisms that control the effects of in utero drug exposure on the developing CNS

  • Marion Murray, PhD

    Professor
    Research Interests: Basic mechanisms of neural plasticity that underlie recovery following injury, axonal regeneration, synaptic plasticity, recovery of function.

  • Liang Oscar Qiang, PhD

    Instructor
    Research Interests: Neurological disease modeling and potential therapies using iPSC-derived neurons, as well as other cellular reprogramming strategies

  • Ramesh Raghupathi, PhD

    Professor
    Research Interests: Cell death and plasticity after traumatic injury to the mature and immature brain

  • Ilya Rybak, PhD

    Professor
    Research Interests: Computational neuroscience, motor control, modeling neural control of respiration and locomotion

  • Francis Sessler, PhD

    Associate Professor

  • Natalia Shevtsova, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Computational neuroscience, motor control, modeling neural control of respiration and locomotion

  • Jed Shumsky, PhD

    Associate Professor; Associate Dean of Educational & Academic Affairs, Graduate School

  • Janet Smith, PhD

    Professor

  • Veronica Tom, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Modulation of extrinsic and intrinsic factors to promote axonal regeneration and plasticity

  • Kazuhito Toyooka, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Neuronal development and neuronal migration

  • Barry Waterhouse, PhD

    Professor
    Research Interests: Role of central monoaminergic systems in brain function and behavior

  • Wenqian Yu, MD

    Research Instructor
    Research Interests: Microtubules, Neuronal development

 
Secondary Faculty
 

Michael Akins, PhD

Research Interests: Experience-dependent plasticity in the mammalian nervous system; post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in neurons


John Bethea, PhD

Research Interests: Neural-immune interactions in CNS injury and disease


Denise Garcia, PhD

Research Interests: Spinal cord and brain injury, cellular neurosciences


Michel Lemay, PhD

Research Interests: Neural engineering, spinal cord role in movement, spinal cord injury and plasticity, spinal circuitry, biomechanics, neuroprosthesis


Daniel Marenda, PhD

Research Interests: Developmental neurobiology and Behavior; modeling Alzheimer's disease, CHARGE syndrome, and Pitt-Hopkins in Drosophila


Karen Moxon, PhD

Research Interests: Computational modeling, neural modeling, neurorobotics


Elias Spiliotis, PhD

Research Interests: Cell biology, cytoskeleton (microtubules, actin, septins), neuronal and epithelial morphogenesis, spatial regulation of intracellular transport, cell motility and cell division


Xiaobing Yuan, PhD

Research Interests:Neuronal migration and cytoskeleton

 
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