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Neuroscience Program Faculty and Their Research

Regular GSBS Faculty

Mark J. Alkema 
C. elegans behavioral genetics

Christelle Anaclet
Neuronal circuitry regulating the sleep-wake cycle

Raffi Aroian
Assessing how vertebrate hosts and their immune system interact with intestinal nematodes, with the goal of controlling autoimmune diseases including MS; cognitive impact of parasitic nematodes

Neil Aronin
Huntington’s disease

Ingolf Bach
Neuronal Cell Fate Specification

Milena Bogunovic
Brain-Gut interactions

Daryl A. Bosco
Mechanisms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; protein misfolding

Judson A. Brewer
Neuroimaging related to mindfulness training; fMRI in neurofeedback

Robert H. Brown, Jr.
Genetics and molecular pathogenesis of neuromuscular diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Vivian Budnik
Molecular Mechanisms of Synapse Assembly and Plasticity

Alexandra Byrne
Mechanisms of axon regeneration and degeneration in the aging nervous system

David Cochran
Neurodevelopmental disorders and neuroimaging

Silvia Corvera
Mechanisms of human adipose tissue development and their relationship to metabolic diseases

Michael P. Czech
Molecular and genetic regulation of insulin signaling in type 2 diabetes and obesity; neuro-adipose interactions

Roger Davis
Mechanisms by which growth factors regulate cellular proliferation

Janice A. Dominov
Neuromuscular Disease Pathogenesis and Therapeutics

William V. Dube
Developmental disabilities: Animal models and clinical studies

Charles P. Emerson, Jr.
Muscular Dystrophies

Patrick Emery
Circadian Rhythms and Photoreception in Drosophila

Michael M. Francis
Mechanisms of neuronal signaling in C. elegans

Jean A. Frazier
Neurodevelopmental disorders

Kensuke Futai Seminar Director
The roles of inhibitory neurons in neuropsychiatric diseases

Fen-Biao Gao
Neuronal MicroRNAs and Neurodegeneration

Guangping Gao
Adeno-associated virus vectors for gene therapy of genetic diseases including Canavan Disease; study of miRNA function

Paul D. Gardner
Molecular analyses of ion channel genes and signal transduction pathways during neuronal differentiation. Developmental studies of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor gene expression. Ion channel gene expression in schizophreniza.

Matthew J. Gounis
Minimally invasive neuroendovascular surgery

Paul Greer
Non-GPCR Chemosensors for Mammalian Olfaction

Lisa L. Hall
Epigenetic regulation and nuclear structure

Lawrence J. Hayward
Ion channelopathies, motor neuron disease, and Neuromuscular Channelopathies

Javier E. Irazoqui
Neural-Immune Communication

Elinor K. Karlsson
Identification of genetic risk factors for susceptibility to infectious diseases, like cholera and viral hemorrhagic fevers, as well as psychiatric disorders (using dogs as a model organism)

David N. Kennedy
Neuroimaging and Neuroinformatics

Hemant Khanna
Photoreceptor Cell Biology

Anastasia Khvorova
Novel oligonucleotide formulations for gene silencing

Dohoon Kim
Identifying alterations in metabolic pathways supporting cancer cells (gliomas) and exploiting these alterations for therapeutic purposes

Jean King
Post-traumatic stress disorder

Oliver D. King
Bioinformatic approaches in neurological diseases

William R. Kobertz
Structure, function and modulation of ion channels

John E. Landers
Genetics of Familial and Sporadic ALS

Jeanne B. Lawrence
Chromosome silencing, Down Syndrome, and Alzheimer Disease

Jack L. Leonard
Cellular and Molecular Events that Mediate Thyroid Hormone Action in the Brain

Hong-Sheng Li
Neuronal signal transduction and degeneration in the fly eye

Gilles E. Martin
Drugs of abuse and memory

William J. McIlvane
Interdisciplinary studies of developmental disabilities

Haley E. Melikian
Cocaine- and antidepressant-sensitive monoamine transporters. Emphasis on transporter trafficking, regulation, and transporter structure-function relationships.

Stephen C. Miller
Illuminating the brain with bioluminescence

Constance M. Moore
Neuroimaging Research

Mary Munson
Regulation of vesicle targeting and fusion

Claudio Punzo
Neuro-Degeneration in the Retina

Joel D. Richter
Translational control of synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory

Ann R. Rittenhouse
Calcium channels and neuronal plasticity

Evgeny I. Rogaev
Molecular genetic mechanisms of neuropsychiatric diseases and dementia

Anthony J. Rothschild, M.D.
Psychopharmacologic Research and Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Schizophrenia

Sean P. Ryder
RNA binding proteins; post-transcriptional regulation of myelin formation and nematode development

Charles G. Sagerström
Zebrafish developmental neurobiology

Dori Schafer
Neuron-Glia Interactions Regulating Synaptic Circuit Development and Plasticity

Miguel S. Sena Esteves
Preclinical gene therapy of neurological diseases and brain cancer

Gyongyi Szabo
Immune alterations induced by alcohol consumption, including neuroinflammation

Andrew R. Tapper
Neurobiology of Addiction

Jonathan K. Watts
Therapeutic gene silencing with chemically modified antisense oligonucleotides"

David R. Weaver Graduate Program Director
Molecular physiology of circadian rhythms

Yang Xiang
Molecular and neural circuit mechanisms underlying behavior

Zuoshang Xu
Neuronal cytoskeleton and motor neuron disease

Ronghua ZhuGe
Intracellular localized Ca2+ signaling.

Douglas M Ziedonis
Substance abuse disorders; addiction co-occurence with mental illness

Jill A. Zitzewitz
Protein Misfolding and Disease

Special and Contributing GSBS Faculty

Susan Billings-Gagliardi
Medical Education

Paul R. Dobner  
Regulation of neuroendocrine gene expression

Julie A. Jonassen
Medical Education

Daniel L. Kilpatrick 
Transcriptional control of neurogenesis

Guillaume Poirier
Brain circuits, functional connectivity and social behaviors

Steven M. Reppert 
Molecular neuroethology (Reppert Lab)

Alonzo H. Ross 
Phosphatidylinositol phosphatase, PTEN, CNS stem cells, and NGF signal transduction

Thomas W. Smith
Clinical Neuropathology

Ajay K. Wakhloo

Adjunct Faculty

Claire Y. Bénard
Maintenance of nervous system architecture: making it is not good enough

Marc R. Freeman 
Unwrapping glial biology in Drosophila

Carlos Lois 
Assembly of neuronal circuits, neuronal replacement, and the cellular mechanisms of behavior

William J. Schwartz 
On the Neurobiology of Circadian Timekeeping