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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: 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

  • 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

  • Peter Gaskill, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: HIV, drug abuse, neuroimmunity, neurotransmission, macrophage immunology, dopamine, serotonin, catecholamines

  • 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

  • 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

  • Pooja Jain, PhD

    Professor
    Department: Microbiology & Immunology
    Research Interests: Dendritic cell-based immunotherapy against ATLL induced by the human retroviral infection HTLV-1 as well as against neuroinflammatory diseases induced by infection (HAM/TSP) or inflammation (multiple sclerosis, MS)

  • Sandhya Kortagere, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department: Microbiology & Immunology
    Research Interests: Biased signaling of dopamine D3 receptor agonists; developing symptomatic and disease-modifying therapeutics for Parkinson’s disease; etiology of mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease; role of dopamine receptors in neurocognitive impairment in HIV and other neuronal infections

  • 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; Director, Pharmacology & Physiology Graduate Program
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Neurotransmitter transporters, drug addiction and affective disorders

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.