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Axons of olfactory sensory neurons (red and green) coalesce in the mouse olfactory bulb to form glomeruli that are surrounded by cells (nuclei in blue). By Michael Akins, PhD

Our department's focus in neuroscience comprises multiple investigators who pursue research to better understand how the nervous system develops and functions. Researchers in the department study numerous aspects of neuroscience including neurogenesis, neural circuit formation and function, how neural circuits change with experience, the function of astrocytes on nervous system development and function, how genes affect behavior, and the evolution of brain structures in social insects. Our faculty use a large number of model organisms including worms, flies and mice. We also use technology including two-photon microscopy to visualize neurons in living animals, and super resolution microscopy to study the fine structure of synaptic connections.

Faculty Conducting Research in Neuroscience

Contact Specialization
Felice Elefant , Ph.D.
PISB 317

My research program is focused on understanding epigenetic mechanisms that govern higher order brain function via chromatin packaging in neurons.

Denise Garcia
Associate Professor,
College of Medicine, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy Biology
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology (courtesy appointment)
PISB 422
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Aleister Saunders, PhD
Executive Vice Provost for Research & Innovation; Professor
104 Left Bank
Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular/Cellular Biology