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Neuroscience (NEUS) Faculty

  • Peter Baas, PhD

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

  • James Barrett, PhD

    Professor
    Department: Neurology
    Research Interests: Pain and its co-morbidities, behavioral pharmacology, substance abuse disorders, animal models and drug discovery for novel pain therapeutics.

  • Jessica Barson, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Neural basis of ingestive behavior, alcoholism, neuropeptides

  • Manuel Castro-Alamancos, PhD

    Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Dynamics of thalamo-cortico-thalamic synaptic networks

  • Brian Clark, PhD

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

  • Marie-Pascale Côté, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Plasticity of spinal networks after spinal cord injury

  • Timothy Cunningham, PhD

    Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Neuron survival and death, neuroinflammation, central nervous system repair

  • Megan Detloff, PhD

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

  • Kimberly Dougherty, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy

  • Rodrigo España, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    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
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Cellular and molecular strategies in promoting regeneration; structure and function of neuronal cytoskeleton

  • Wen-Jun Gao, PhD

    Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Synaptic signaling and regulation of prefrontal neuronal circuitry and neurobiology of schizophrenia

  • Simon Giszter, PhD

    Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Spinal cord organization and control of limb biomechanics

  • Shaoping Hou, PhD

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

  • John Houle, PhD

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

  • Huijuan Hu, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Calcium permeable ion channels, synaptic transmission, mechanisms underlying neuropathic and inflammatory pain.

  • Pooja Jain, PhD

    Professor
    Department: Microbiology & Immunology
    Research Interests: Dendritic cells in chronic viral infections and neuroinflammatory diseases

  • Sandhya Kortagere, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department: Microbiology & Immunology
    Research Interests: Designing small molecule modulators of therapeutically relevant protein targets using structure based drug design methods.

  • Michael Lane, PhD

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

  • Vitaliy Marchenko, MD, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Neural control of cardiovascular and respiratory function

  • Sergey Markin, PhD

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

  • Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD

    Professor & Chair
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders and drug abuse, chemokine-based therapeutics, neuroprotective pathways in neuroinflammation

  • Ole Mortensen, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Neurotransmitter transporters, drug addiction and affective disorders

  • Karen Moxon, PhD

    Associate Professor and Co-Director, Neuroengineering Program
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Computational modeling, neural modeling, neurorobotics

  • Hazel Murphy, PhD

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

  • Marion Murray, PhD

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

  • Liang Oscar Qiang, PhD

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

  • Ramesh Raghupathi, PhD

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

  • Ilya Rybak, PhD

    Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Computational neuroscience, motor control, modeling neural control of respiration and locomotion

  • Francis Sessler, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy

  • Natalia Shevtsova, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    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
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy

  • Veronica Tom, PhD

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

  • Kazuhito Toyooka, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Neuronal development and neuronal migration

  • Brian Wigdahl, PhD

    Professor and Chair, Microbiology and Immunology; Director, Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease
    Department: Microbiology & Immunology
    Research Interests: Immunopathogenesis and neuropathogenesis of HIV-1 and HTLV-I infection; transcriptional regulation of retroviral expression; viral sequence diversity and correlations to disease; development of microbicidal agents

 
Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Faculty
 

Michael Akins, PhD

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


John Bethea, PhD


Felice Elefant, PhD

Area of Study: Understanding the mechanisms that govern epigenetic regulation of higher order brain function. Epigenetic-based mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders, and broad insights into HAT (histone acetyltransferase)-based drug design for early therapeutic intervention of cognitive deficits.


Denise Garcia, PhD

Area of Study: Spinal cord and brain injury, cellular neurosciences


Daniel Marenda, PhD

Area of Study: Developmental neurobiology and behavior; modeling Alzheimer's disease, CHARGE syndrome, and Pitt-Hopkins in Drosophila


Aleister Saunders, PhD

Area of Study: Cellular neurosciences; biochemistry; genetics; biology


Elias Spiliotis, PhD

Area of Study: Cellular neurosciences; cell biology, cytoskeleton (microtubules, actin, septins), neuronal and epithelial morphogenesis, spatial regulation of intracellular transport, cell motility and cell division

An image of DRG Neurons from the neuroscience program at Drexel University College of Medicine.