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Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy Faculty

  • Jessica Ausborn, PhD

    Instructor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Computational modeling of locomotor and respiratory networks and their interactions

  • 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

  • Jessica Barson, PhD

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

  • Tatiana Bezdudnaya, PhD

    Instructor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Respiratory plasticity after spinal cord injury

  • Manuel Castro-Alamancos, PhD

    Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Neural circuits and behavior in health and disease

  • 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

  • Simon Danner, PhD

    Research Instructor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Computational modeling of neural control of locomotion

  • Dennis DePace, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy

  • 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
    Research Interests: Spinal locomotor circuit organization

  • 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, MD, 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, modularity, motor primitives, control of limb biomechanics, brain machine interface (BMI), comparative motor physiology, corticospinal functions, electromyography, motor control, motor cortex, neuroengineering, neuroprosthetics, neurorobotics, neurobiology, neurorehabilitation, reflex behaviors, rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, systems neurobiology, theoretical and computational neuroscience, trunk/axial controls

  • Haviva Goldman, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Bone quality and skeletal fragility

  • Richard Gonzalez, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Medical curriculum development and anatomy education; biomedical anthropology

  • B. Timothy Himes, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Recovery of function after spinal cord injury

  • Bruce Hirsch, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: 3D imaging and joint biomechanics

  • Shaoping Hou, PhD

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

  • John Houle, PhD

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

  • Ying Jin, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Axonal regeneration and functional recovery after spinal cord injury

  • Michael Lane, PhD

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

  • Yan-Chun Li, MD, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Dopamine signaling in the prefrontal cortex

  • 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

  • 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

    Research Assistant Professor
    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
    Research Interests: While no longer engaged in active research, he is serves as a consultant for students and faculty who would like help with behavioral testing, animal modeling of human conditions, and statistical analysis.

  • Janet Smith, PhD

    Professor
    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: Analysis of neuronal morphology in the developing cerebral cortex - neurite formation and synaptogenesis

  • Dong Wang, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Neural ensemble dynamics underlying learning and memory consolidation; emotion; learning and memory; neurobiology; prefrontal neuronal circuitry; sleep neurobiology; systems neurobiology

  • Wenqian Yu, MD

    Research Instructor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    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


Daniel J. Chandler, PhD

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


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


Catherine von Reyn, PhD

Research Interests: Sensorimotor transformations, sensory processing, action selection, neural circuit engineering, neural circuit development


Barry D. Waterhouse, PhD

Research Interests: Central monoaminergic systems in brain function and behavior


 
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