Bio 500N/U Independent Research in Neuroscience Potential Mentors


Joseph J.H. Ackerman, Ph.D. - Magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging of intact functioning biological systems

Gustav Akk, Ph.D. - Function and modulation of transmitter-gated ion channels
Ream Al-Hasani, Ph.D. - Understanding the endogenous opioid systems to defeat addiction, ameliorate affective disorders, and relieve chronic pain.
Hongyu An, D.Sc. - Develop novel imaging methods to deepen our understanding on pathophysiology and improve clinical diagnosis and patient management
Beau Ances, M.D., Ph.D. - Characterization of Dementia (HIV associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) and Alzheimer`s Disease (AD) using functional magnetic resonance imaging
Rajendra S. Apte, M.D., Ph.D. - Innate immunity and immune effector mechanisms in the retina; oxidative stress and cell death; models of developmental angiogenesis and neovascularization; inflammation and photoreceptor survival; macular degeneration
Michael Simon Avidan, M.B.B.Ch. - His research interests include intraoperative awareness, postoperative cognitive alteration, brain monitoring during surgery, and postoperative outcomes.
Martha W. Bagnall, Ph.D. - Microcircuitry of sensory-motor transformations in the zebrafish
Dennis L. Barbour, M.D., Ph.D. - Sensation, perception and cognitive processing of sounds and speech
Deanna Barch, Ph.D. - Neurobiological and Psychological Mechanisms of Cognitive and Emotional Control: Normative Function and Abnormalities in Psychiatric Disorders
Randall J. Bateman, M.D. - Alzheimer disease pathophysiology
Philip V. Bayly, Ph.D. - The application of nonlinear dynamics and vibrations to mechanical and biomedical systems
Yehuda Ben-Shahar, Ph.D. - Molecular, cellular, genetic and evolutionary mechanisms of behavior
Tammie L.S. Benzinger, MD, Ph.D - the integration of MRI and PET using simultaneous acquisition (combined PET-MRI scanning) in both Alzheimer’s disease and brain tumor research
Janine D. Bijsterbosch, Ph.D. - My research program focuses on studying connectivity networks in the human brain using advanced MRI imageanalysis methods
Kevin J. Black, M.D. - (1) Tourette syndrome neuroimaging; (2) Parkinson disease pharmacological imaging; (3) mapping effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS)
Pablo M. Blazquez, Ph.D. - Function of the Cerebellar-brainstem loop in motor control, spatial navigation and motor learning
Kendall J. Blumer, Ph.D. - Tumor cell signal transduction and drug development
Ryan Bogdan, Ph.D. - How genetic variation and environmental experience contribute to individual differences in brain function, behavior, and psychopathology
Todd Braver, Ph.D. - Studies of cognitive (executive) control and prefrontal cortex function using cognitive neuroscience methods (fMRI, computational, behavioral, clinical)
Paul C. Bridgman, Ph.D. - Cell biology of developing nerve and muscle cells
Andreas H. Burkhalter, Ph.D. - Structure and physiology of neuronal circuits in mouse visual cortex
Thomas P. Burris, Ph.D. - Pharmacology and chemical biology of nuclear receptors.
Harold Burton, Ph.D. - Neuroimaging studies of adaptive plasticity in people with sensory deficits
Yu-Qing Cao, Ph.D. - genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying episodic and chronic migraine
Bruce A. Carlson, Ph.D. - Sensory and Evolutionary Neuroscience
Alex Carter, M.D., Ph.D. - Network plasticity as it pertains to neurorehabilitation, particularly in recovery from stroke
Valeria Cavalli, Ph.D. - Cellular, Molecular and Epigenetic control of axon regeneration
Shantanu Chakrabartty, Ph.D. - Exploring neuromorphic architectures using silicon and biological neurons; Novel self-powered neural recording systems
Hong Chen, Ph.D. - Combines biology, engineering, and medicine to develop ultrasound techniques for noninvasive, targeted, and personalized cancer treatment
Shiming Chen, Ph.D. - Molecular mechanisms regulating photoreceptor gene expression in healthy and diseased retinas
Yao Chen, Ph.D. - Understanding the function of neuromodulators and sleep through the spatiotemporal dynamics of molecular signals
Zhou-Feng Chen, Ph.D. - Molecular and cellular mechanisms of itch sensation
Wayland W. L. Cheng, M.D., Ph.D. - I am interested in the structure and function of neuronal ligand-gated ion channels, and the mechanism of channel modulation by endogenous lipids or exogenous drugs such as general anesthetics.
ShiNung Ching, Ph.D. - The interface between systems and control engineering, neuroscience and neural medicine
John R. Cirrito, Ph.D. - Relationship between synaptic activtity and amyloid-beta metabolism in Alzheimer`s disease
Brian Clark, Ph.D. - Analysis of the temporally regulated program of retinal cell type specification.
Jonathan Cooper, Ph.D. - Studying the pathogenesis of Batten disease and other lysosomal storage disorders
Maurizio Corbetta, M.D. - Cortical mechanisms of attention and neural communication; neurological mechanisms of functional recovery after brain injury
Joseph C. Corbo, M.D., Ph.D. - (1) transcriptional networks in the retina; (2) the mechanistic basis of color vision; (3) the cis-regulatory basis of human uniqueness and neuropsychiatric disease
Meaghan Creed, Ph.D. - I have focused on the role of dopamine (DA) in disorders of the basal ganglia, and circuit-based therapies for these conditions.
Carlos Cruchaga, Ph.D. - The goal of my lab is to understand the biology of neurodegeneration by using high-dimensional omic data and functional genomic approaches.
Jianmin Cui, Ph.D. - Molecular basis of bioelectricity and related diseases in nervous and cardiovascular systems; ion channel function and modulation; discovery of drugs that target ion channels
Joseph P. Culver, Ph.D. - Non-invasive optical measurements for both functional- and molecular- biological imaging
Aaron DiAntonio, M.D., Ph.D. - Neural circuits in development and disease
Ian G. Dobbins, Ph.D. - Interaction of Episodic Memory and Decision-Making Using fMRI and behavioral methods
Nico U.F. Dosenbach, M.D., Ph.D. - Functional network plasticity in development and brain injury
Joseph D. Dougherty, Ph.D. - Human Psychiatric Genetics, Mouse Models, Cell Type Specific Gene Expression Profiling, Translation, Astrocytes.
Gammon M. Earhart, Ph.D., P.T. - Neural Control of Movement in Health and Disease
James Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. - Dr. Fitzpatrick’s primary research interests lie in the integration and application of multi-scale optical and charged particle imaging technologies -- specifically, biological applications of ion microscopy, development of correlative 3D light and electron microscopy approaches, and new computational tools to visualize and manipulate large-scale multi-dimensional datasets.
Alex S. Evers, M.D. - Molecular mechanisms of anesthetic action - Proteomics of GABAA receptors
Harrison W. Gabel, Ph.D. - Exploration of functions for neuron-specific regulators of gene expression, leveraging genes and mechanisms implicated in human neurologic disease to point us toward critical pathways in the brain.
Gilbert Gallardo, Ph.D. - Understand the molecular mechanisms that regulate reactive astrocytes and their neurotoxicity in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, by utilizing a combination of biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular models of inflammation and mouse models of neurodegenerative diseases.
N. Gautam, Ph.D. - Optogenetic Control of Signaling and Cell Behavior
Robert W. Gereau, Ph.D. - Cellular and molecular mechanisms of chronic pain, preclinical and translational research
Yehuda Ginosar, M.D. - Identify interventions that may improve uteroplacental perfusion in chronic fetal asphyxia and to enhance intrauterine fetal growth and development
David H. Gutmann, M.D., Ph.D. - Leveraging neurogenetic disorders to study normal brain development, cancer, and behavior
Gabriel Haller, Ph.D. - Genetic underpinnings of multiple neurological/neurosurgical disorders
Edward B. Han, Ph.D. - Learning-related hippocampal network activation
Simon Haroutounian, Ph.D., M.Sc. - Dr. Haroutounian studies neuropathic pain with a focus on determining individual predictors of treatment response to analgesic pharmacotherapy.
Denise Head, Ph.D. - Cognitive neuroscience of aging
Keith B. Hengen, Ph.D. - We take a "big data" approach to understanding the self-organization of neurons and networks in behaving animals.
Tamara Hershey, Ph.D. - Clinical neuroscience of diabetes and related diseases
Erik D. Herzog, Ph.D. - Molecular, cellular and circuit analysis of circadian rhythms in mammals
John E. Heuser, M.D. - Electron microscopy of cells and molecules
Keiko Hirose, M.D. - Innate immunity in the inner ear and its influence on inner ear fluid homeostasis and hair cell degeneration
Didier Hodzic, Ph.D. - Role of LINC complexes (Linkers of the Nucleoskeleton to the Cytoskeleton) in nucleokinesis and neuronal migration
David M. Holtzman, M.D. - Cellular and Molecular studies of Alzheimer’s disease
Timothy E. Holy, Ph.D. - Sensory processing and plasticity (olfaction), large-population calcium imaging, computation, social communication
Hongzhen Hu, Ph.D. - Neuroimmune mechanisms of sensory processing at barrier surfaces
James E. Huettner, Ph.D. - Glutamate receptors, synaptic transmission and stem cell differentiation
Michael Hughes, Ph.D. - Our laboratory uses functional genomics to understand tissue specific gene expression in circadian rhythms, skeletal muscle, and lung disease
Shin-ichiro Imai, M.D., Ph.D. - Understanding the molecular mechanism of aging and longevity in mammals
Joseph Ippolito, M.D., Ph.D. - Sex differences in cancer metabolism
Meredith E. Jackrel, Ph.D. - Protein folding and misfolding, and the engineering and application of protein disaggregases to reverse misfolding
Mark Jacquin, Ph.D. - Molecular mechanisms of mammalian sensory system development, plasticity and repair
Celeste M. Karch, Ph.D. - Understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying tauopathies
Vladimir J. Kefalov, Ph.D. - Photoreceptor Neurobiology and Retinal Degeneration
Daniel Kerschensteiner, M.D. - Neural circuit assembly and visual processing in the retina and the brain
Albert H. Kim, M.D., Ph.D. - Genetic and epigenetic changes that drive malignant behavior in brain tumors
Robyn S. Klein, M.D., Ph.D. - Cellular and molecular studies of viral and autoimmune encephalitides
Vitaly A. Klyachko, Ph.D. - Synaptic function and plasticity, neural computations, neurodevelopmental diseases
Paul T. Kotzbauer, M.D., Ph.D. - Mechanisms of neurodegeneration in Parkinson`s disease and related disorders
Kristen L. Kroll, Ph.D. - Transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of neural development and its dysregulation in neurodevelopmental disorders
Terrance T. Kummer, M.D., Ph.D. - Understanding the mechanisms underlying neuronal trauma and degeneration during and following acute brain injury
Catherine E. Lang, P.T., Ph.D. - Effective and efficient, individualized neurorehabilitation
Jin-Moo Lee, M.D., Ph.D. - Pathogenesis of amyloid fibrils and amyloid plaques in AD mouse models
Jeffery T. Lichtenhan, Ph.D. - Questions related to normal and diseased cochlear physiology
David D. Limbrick, M.D., Ph.D. - We study disorders of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) physiology such as hydrocephalus and Chiari-associated syringomyelia
Christopher J. Lingle, Ph.D. - Structure-function studies of Slo family K+ channels
Qin Liu, Ph.D. - The biology of itch
Peter D. Lukasiewicz, Ph.D. - Synaptic function and retinal neurobiology
Susan Mackinnon, M.D. - Investigation of peripheral nerve injury and regeneration
Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D. - Research in the laboratory is aimed at attaining functional selectivity of opioid agonist action from its own target adverse effects while integrating chemical synthesis with biochemical, genetic and pharmacological approaches.
Daniel Marcus, Ph.D. 
Jordan G. McCall, Ph.D. - Understanding the neural mechanisms underlying emotional dysregulation in the contexts of stress, chronic pain, and addiction
John E. McCarthy, Ph.D. - The use of mathematical techniques to improve our understanding of the development of Alzheimer`s Disease
Kathleen B. McDermott, Ph.D. - Human behavioral and fMRI studies of memory
Steven J. Mennerick, Ph.D. - Physiology of glutamate and GABA neurotransmission in the CNS
Jeffrey Milbrandt, M.D., Ph.D. - Axonal degeneration, regulation of myelination, neuronal energetics and mitochondrial function in neuropathy and neurodegenerative disease
Timothy M. Miller, M.D., Ph.D. - Mechanisms of neurodegeneration and targeted therapies for neurodegenerative diseases
Mayssa H. Mokalled, Ph.D. - Mechanisms of neural regeneration using zebrafish and mouse model systems
Ilya E. Monosov, Ph.D. - Study of the neuronal circuits involved in uncertainty-processing
Daniel W. Moran, Ph.D. - Neurophysiology of volitional arm movements and its application to neuroprosthetics
Josh L. Morgan, Ph.D. - Use advanced cellular imaging techniques to investigate how neurons organize themselves into image processing circuits
Jose A. Moron-Concepcion, Ph.D. - Elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying opiate dependence
Erik S. Musiek, M.D., Ph.D. - Molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, with interest in circadian clock genes and oxidative stress
Arye Nehorai, Ph.D. - Quantitative statistical signal processing and imaging
Jeanne M. Nerbonne, Ph.D. - Molecular determinants of ion channel expression, distribution and functioning
Colin G. Nichols, Ph.D. - Ion channel biology in health and disease
Michael L. Nonet, Ph.D. - Molecular genetic analysis of synaptic development and function
Aaron J. Norris, M.D., Ph.D. - Neural pathways dysfunction in neurologic conditions
Karen L. O`Malley, Ph.D. - Mechanisms underlying the specification, regulation, and neurodegeneration of dopaminergic and glutamatergic systems
David M. Ornitz, M.D., Ph.D. - FGF signaling in cardiovascular, lung, skeletal, and inner ear development, injury response, and regeneration
Camillo Padoa-Schioppa, Ph.D. - Neurobiology of economic decisions
Ben Julian Palanca, MD, PhD, MSc - Neural markers that reflect mechanisms of pathological recovery in the postoperative period.
Thomas Papouin, Ph.D. - Mechanisms or neuron-glia interactions in health and disease
Gary Patti, Ph.D. - To understand the metabolic crosstalk between cells and tissues in disease models such as cancer by using isotopes and metabolomics
Jonathan Peelle, Ph.D. - The neuroscience of speech comprehension, aging, and hearing impairment.
Susan B. Perlman, Ph.D. 
Joel S. Perlmutter, M.D. - Pharmacology, physiology and pathophysiology of basal ganglia and movement disorders
Steven E. Petersen, Ph.D. - Behavioral and fMRI studies of attention and cognitive development
Carlos Ponce, M.D., Ph.D. - My long-term goal is to outline how early cortical regions of the non-human primate brain, like V1, V2 and V3 prepare information that later visual areas (e.g. inferotemporal cortex) shape into the basis of our perception.
John R. Pruett, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. - The neuroscience of ASD, social cognition and comparative cognition
Brad A. Racette, M.D. - Environmental risk factors for Parkinson disease and pathophysiology of Mn induced neurotoxicity
Marcus E. Raichle, M.D. - Functional brain imaging with positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance
Barani Raman, Ph.D. - Systems analysis of neural information processing; bio-inspired sensors and algorithms
Maria S. Remedi, Ph.D. - Channels: diabetes, obesity and brain disorders
Janice L. Robertson, Ph.D. - To understand how and why membrane proteins fold, form stable complexes, and achieve conformational stability inside of the oil-filled cell membrane.
Cynthia Rogers, M.D. - Investigating the relationship between neonatal brain development, early life adversity and childhood psychiatric disorders in high risk infant populations
Joshua B. Rubin, M.D., Ph.D. - Molecular mechanisms in pediatric brain tumorigenesis
Mark A. Rutherford, Ph.D. - Cellular mechanisms underlying our systems of sound and balance encoding in development, in maturity, and in pathology of hearing or vestibular function
Lawrence B. Salkoff, Ph.D. - How ion channels function in physiology and behavior
Mark S. Sands, Ph.D. - Pathophysiology and novel therapies for lysosomal storage diseases
Erica L. Scheller, D.D.S., Ph.D. - Impact of neuroendocrine signals on bone loss and marrow adiposity in diseases including periodontitis, arthritis, and diabetes
Vijay Sharma, Ph.D. - Design and Development of Small Organics and Metalloprobes for Radiological Molecular Imaging in Biomedical Science
Paul J. Shaw, Ph.D. - Molecular/genetic analysis of sleep function
Lavinia Sheets, Ph.D. - Defining pathological changes in noise-exposed sensory hair cells and identifying pathways that promote repair
Joshua S. Shimony, M.D., Ph.D. - Translational Brain MRI Clinical Applications; Neurophysiology Modeling Using MRI Methods
Haina Shin, Ph.D. - Examining immune responses against viruses that establish persistent infections in their hosts
James B. Skeath, Ph.D. - Genetic analysis of neural and muscular development in the Drosophila embryo
Christopher D. Smyser, M.D. - Investigating the effects of prematurity and other modifiable clinical and environmental risk factors on neurodevelopmental outcomes in high-risk pediatric populations
Lawrence Hugh Snyder, M.D., Ph.D. - Information processing in the cerebral cortex
S.-K. "Victor" Song, Ph.D. - Imaging CNS function and pathology
Aristeidis Sotiras, Ph.D. - Intersection of medical image processing, machine learning, data science, and computational neuroscience
Jennifer Strahle, M.D. - Develop treatment strategies for intraventricular hemorrhage that will prevent the development of hydrocephalus through understanding the pathophysiology of post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus
Chad M Sylvester, M.D., Ph.D. - Characterizing functional brain network development in children with and without anxiety disorders, with the long-term goal of using this information to devise novel, mechanism-based treatments for pediatric anxiety disorders.
Paul H. Taghert, Ph.D. - Circadian physiology and behavior
David C. Van Essen, Ph.D. - Cerebral cortex in humans and nonhuman primates: structure, function, connectivity, development, and evolution
Mark E. Warchol, Ph.D. - Mechanisms of development, injury and repair in the vertebrate auditory system
C. Chris Weihl, M.D., Ph.D. - The interplay between the ubiquitin-proteasome and autophagy pathways in skeletal muscle and neurodegenerative disorders
Philip R. Williams, Ph.D. - Strategies to improve outcomes of nervous system injury and disease, regeneration and preservation
Michael Wong, M.D., Ph.D. - Mechanisms of epileptogenesis and seizure-induced brain injury
Gregory F. Wu, M.D., Ph.D. - Inflammation and autoimmunity of the central nervous system
Dmitriy A. Yablonskiy, Ph.D. - Development and applications of quantitative MRI-based methods for in vivo studying of humans and animals in health and disease
Hiroko Yano, Ph.D. - Molecular pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases
Jason J. Yi, Ph.D. - Understanding the mechanisms of nervous system construction and dysfunction.
Andrew Yoo, Ph.D. - Generation of human neurons by direct cell fate reprogramming and modeling late-onset neurodegenerative disorders
Jeffrey M. Zacks, Ph.D. - Human behavioral and fMRI studies of perception, attention and memory
Gregory J. Zipfel, M.D. - Mechanisms and novel therapeutics for cerebral amyloid angiopathy and cerebral vasospasm
Charles F. Zorumski, M.D. - Modulation of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission