Bio 500N/U Indpendent Research in Neuroscience Potential Mentors




Gustav Akk, Ph.D. - Function and modulation of transmitter-gated ion channels

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

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

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

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)

Andreas H. Burkhalter, Ph.D. - Structure and physiology of neuronal circuits in mouse visual cortex

Yu-Qing Cao, Ph.D. - genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying episodic and chronic migraine

Bruce A. Carlson, Ph.D. - Sensory and Evolutionary Neuroscience

Valeria Cavalli, Ph.D. - Cellular, Molecular and Epigenetic control of axon regeneration

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 signal

Zhou-Feng Chen, Ph.D. - Molecular and cellular mechanisms of itch sensation

John R. Cirrito, Ph.D. - Relationship between synaptic activtity and amyloid-beta metabolism in Alzheimer`s disease

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

Carlos Cruchaga, Ph.D. - We are using the next-generation sequencing technology to identify novel genetic variants implicated in neurodegeneration

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

Gus Davis, M.D., Ph.D. - Understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of protein aggregation and neurodegeneration in Parkinson disease and dementia with Lewy bodies

Aaron DiAntonio, M.D., Ph.D. - Neural circuits in development and disease

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

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

Edward B. Han, Ph.D. - Learning-related hippocampal network activation

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

David M. Holtzman, M.D. - Cellular and Molecular studies of Alzheimer’s disease

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

Celeste M. Karch, Ph.D. - Understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying tauopathies

Daniel Kerschensteiner, M.D. - Neural circuit assembly and visual processing in the retina and the brain

Albert H. Kim, M.D., Ph.D. - Signal transduction in malignant brain tumors and brain development

Robyn S. Klein, M.D., Ph.D. - Cellular and molecular studies of viral and autoimmune encephalitides

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

Jin-Moo Lee, M.D., Ph.D. - Pathogenesis of amyloid fibrils and amyloid plaques in AD mouse models

Susan Mackinnon, M.D. - Investigation of peripheral nerve injury and regeneration

Jordan G. McCall, Ph.D. - Understanding the neural mechanisms underlying emotional dysregulation in the contexts of stress, chronic pain, and addiction

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Paul J. Shaw, Ph.D. - Molecular/genetic analysis of sleep function

Joshua S. Shimony, M.D., Ph.D. - Translational Brain MRI Clinical Applications; Neurophysiology Modeling Using MRI Methods

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

Paul H. Taghert, Ph.D. - Circadian physiology and behavior

Mark E. Warchol, Ph.D. - Mechanisms of development, injury and repair in the vertebrate auditory system

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

Hiroko Yano, Ph.D. - Molecular pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases

Andrew Yoo, Ph.D. - Generation of human neurons by direct cell fate reprogramming and modeling late-onset neurodegenerative disorders

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