The study of the nervous system, its structure and function, its effects on behavior and homeostatic control, as well the study of its pathologies – from disorders of the mind to neurodegeneration associated with aging, disease, trauma and genetic susceptibility.

NameDepartmentResearch Topics
Charles K. AbramsNeurology and RehabilitationThe role of connexins in normal glial cells and in human diseases including Multiple sclerosis, inherited neuropathy and leukodystrophy.
Simon AlfordAnatomy and Cell Biology
Jonathan ArtAnatomy and Cell BiologyPhysiology & biophysics of hair cells and their synapses in the inner ear
Ernesto R. BongarzoneAnatomy and Cell BiologyWhite matter disease, Parkinson’s, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Proteopathy
Scott BradyAnatomy and Cell BiologyAxonal transport, Neuronal Cytoskeleton, Neurodegeneration
Mark S. BrodiePhysiology and BiophysicsElectrophysiology of ventral tegmental area neurins in brain slices; actions of ethanol on the central nervous system
Kejia CaiRadiologyMoelcular and metabolic MRI technical development and the clinical applications
Michael CarrithersNeurologyNeuroimmunology, multiple sclerosis, innate immunity
Henar CuervoPhysiology and Biophysics
Dennis R. GraysonPsychiatryThe epigenetics of chronic alcohol use, DNA methylation/demethylation mechanisms in the brain
Ellen HerbenerPsychology/Psychiatrysocial and biological factors influencing onset and course of psychotic disorders
John R HetlingBioengineeringRetinal Disease, Electrophysiology
Christopher JansonNeurologyBrain Barriers, Alzheimer’s Disease
Mary Jo LaDuAnatomy and Cell BiologyWe focus on the interactions of two proteins that are genetically linked to Alzheimer’s disease: amyloid-beta peptide and apolipoprotein E.
John LarsonNeuroscienceCellular and molecular mechanisms for learning and memory; Olfaction (smell); Autism; Fragile X syndrome; Alzheimer’s disease
Amy LasekPsychiatryMolecular and cellular mechanisms contributing to addiction
Orly LazarovAnatomy and Cell BiologyMolecular and cellular processes underlying cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease; hippocampal neurogenesis and plasticity.
James LeeBioengineeringBiophysical engineering principles and techniques to investigate the mechanochemical processes in neurodegenerative diseases.
Jeffrey LoebNeurology and RehabilitationBrain development, human disease (epilepsy and ALS), and new treatments. Large-scale systems biology of human epilepsy project.
Jason McAnanyOphthalmologyEye research; retina; inherited and acquired retinal disease; psychophysics; electrophysiology; pupillometry; optical coherence tomography
Gerardo MorfiniAnatomy and Cell BiologyKinase-based intracellular signaling relevant to axonal function in health and disease.
De-Ann M. PillersPediatricsSensory neurobiology, muscular dystrophy, causes/consequences premature birth, developmental origins disease, molecular evolution, genetics
Mark RasenickPhysiology and BiophysicsG protein signaling, the cytoskeleton and lipid rafts: Neurobiology of Depression and antidepressants.
Steven RothAnesthesiologyVision research; retinal degneration; ischemic tolerance; preconditioning; stem cell; extracellular vesicles; clinical research; big data
Nava SegevBiochemistry and Molecular GeneticsRegulation of Intracellular Trafficking by Molecular Switches
Miljan SimonovicBiochemistry and Molecular GeneticsStudying mechanisms that regulate human gene translation.
Neil SmalheiserPsychiatrymedical informatics, text mining, knowledge discovery, data science
P.V.SubbaiahMedicineDietary DHA and treatment of neurological disorders; lipid metabolism; diabetes; membrane biochemistry
Shaolin YangPsychiatry, Radiology, and BioengineeringDevelop and apply imaging methods (MRS, MT, fMRI, DTI) to study neurological & psychiatric disorders, type 2 diabetes, substance abuse, HIV
Akira YoshiiAnatomy and Cell Biology