Neuroscience Faculty

All of our faculty members have active research programs and are involved in graduate student training. Feel free to contact any of our Neuroscience Program faculty listed below by clicking on the link to their email address.

Name Email Campus Specialty
Kenneth Boyd Baker

CCF More on Baker
Joseph Bedont

Kent sleep; circadian rhythms; metabolism; behavioral homeostasis and adaptation; neurodegeneration. More on Bedont
Lynn Bekris

CCF Identifying and evaluating the functional impact of genetic and epigenetic factors in Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis. More on Bekris
Cornelia Bergmann

CCF Immune responses to viral infections in the central nervous system. More on Bergmann
Heather Caldwell

Kent Neuropeptide regulation of social behaviors and neuropyschiatric disorders. More on Caldwell
Wilson Chung

Kent Neuroendocrine brain, androgens, fibroblast growth factor signaling. More on Chung
Robert Clements

Kent More on Clements
Lique Coolen

Kent Mechanisms by which spinal cord injury affects urogenital and sexual function, neurobiology of addiction and understanding neural circuits that mediate female reproductive function and dysfunction. More on Coolen
Samuel Crish

NEOMED Glaucoma, axonal transport, structures and functions. More on Crish
Hod Dana

CCF More on Dana
Altaf Darvesh

NEOMED Development of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory strategies for neoplastic an neurodegenerative diseases, as well as psychiatric disorders. More on Darvesh
Dimitrios Davalos

CCF The Dimitrios Davalos lab studies the interactions between blood vessels, neurons and microglia in health and disease. More on Davalos
Christine Dengler-Crish

NEOMED Early disease mechanisms in dementia; sensory system disruptions and homestatic dysregulation in Alzheimer's disease.  More on Crish
Tara DeSilva

CCF More on DeSilva
Ranjan Dutta

CCF We investigate the role of myelin forming cells and their dysfunction in neurological diseases. More on Dutta
David Escobar Sanabria

Sheila Fleming

NEOMED More on Fleming
Alexander Galazyuk

NEOMED Neuroscience of hearing, critical role of timing in sound processing. More on Galazyuk
Rebecca German

NEOMED Neurophysiology and biomechanics.  Regulation of feeding and pathophysiology of dysphagia. More on German
T. Lee Gilman

Kent Influences of diet, stress and genetic variation on emotions, behavior, and overall brain & body health.  More on Gilman.
Adam Goodwill

NEOMED Mechanisms of coronary flow control, studies of cardiac function and identification of cardioprotective pathways. More on Goodwill
Julia Jones Huyck

Kent More on Huyck
John D. Johnson

Kent Neural-immune interactions, brain cytokines, mood, behavior, stress and immunity. More on Johnson
Woo-Yang Kim

Kent Brain development, neurodevelopmental disorders, autism, intellectual disability, brain circuit, neural stem cell. More on Kim
Michael Lehman

Kent Reproductive neuroendocrine system of the brain in mammals as governed by intricate neural and hormonal communication between the brain, pituitary gland and gonads.  More on Lehman
Antoine Louveau

CCF More on Louveau
Yong Lu

NEOMED Neurotransmitter systems, GABA, glutamate, audition. More on Lu
William Lynch

NEOMED Mechanisms of neurodegeneration, CNS gene therapy, RNA tumor virus pathogenesis, microglia development. More on Lynch
Ryota Matsuoka

CCF Developmental neuroscience, brain barriers, brain-blood communications, brain vascular cell heterogeneity, neurovascular morphogenesis, and cerebrovascular diseases. More on Matsuoka
Jennifer McDonough

Kent Regenerative medicine, mitochondrial dysfunction and epigenetic mechanisms in multiple sclerosis. More on McDonough
Jeffrey Mellott

NEOMED Age-related changes to inhibitory circuitry in the auditory pathways.  More on Mellott
Eric Mintz

Kent Behavioral neurobiology, circadian rhythms, feeding, and social behavior, sex differences in biological rhythms. More on Mintz
Aleisha Moore

Kent The Moore lab aims to define and understand neuronal networks regulating gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons, the final output cells in the brain controlling fertility. Currently, we are funded by the National Institutes of Health to investigate whether changes in the regulation of GnRH neurons by cells co-expressing the neuropeptides Kisspeptin, Neurokinin B and Dynorphin (aka KNDy neurons) leads to infertility in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common endocrinopathy in women worldwide. To achieve this, we use a preclinical model of PCOS combined with genetic, anatomical, and functional tools to identify and analyze how changes within KNDy neurons and associated networks lead to the development of PCOS symptoms.
Devin Mueller

Kent Neural mechanisms of learning and memory that underlie drug use and emotional regulation. More on Mueller
Bruna Mussoi

Kent Age-related changes in speech perception, auditory electrophysiology, effects of cognition.  More on Mussoi
Colleen Novak

Kent Neural and endocrine mechanisms of thermogenesis in obesity. More on Novak
Moses Oyewumi

NEOMED Drug delivery, nanotechnology, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases. More on Oyewumi
Nikhil Panicker

CCF More on Panicker
Richard Piet

Kent Neurophysiological mechanisms involved in regulating the activity of the gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons and their contributions to biological timing and fertility. More on Piet
Gunnar Poplawski

CCF Translational therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, stem cell and gene therapies for spinal cord injury, in vitro and in vivo models of glioblastomas, hIPSC derived neurons to study regeneration. More on Poplawski
Mary Ann Raghanti

Kent Comparative neurobiology, evolution, cognition, behavior. More on Raghanti
Erin Reed-Geaghan


My lab is interested in the role of the immune system in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Specifically, we seek to understand the ways in which the brain’s resident immune cells, microglia, contribute to the neuroinflammatory processes driving neurodegeneration. We believe microglia from men and women respond differently in AD, contributing to the sex differences in disease onset and progression, and we’re working on identifying the reasons for these differences. We are also interested in how these cells communicate with the circulating peripheral immune system, and the ways in which these interactions affect disease progression.
Angela Ridgel

Kent Motor functions, Parkinsons disease, rehabilitation. More on Ridgel
Merri Rosen

NEOMED Effects of developmental stress and hearing loss on auditory perception and neural circuity. More on Rosen
Brett Schofield

NEOMED Functional anatomy of auditory pathways. More on Schofield
Sharad Shanbhag

NEOMED The amygdala's role in vocal communication. More on Shanbhag
Ronald Seese

NEOMED More on Seese
Woo-Shik Shin (Austin)


Novel combination antibacterial therapy against drug resistance ESKAPE pathogens. Drug repurposing and combinational approach to block abnormal protein aggregation in Alzheimer’s disease. Our lab focuses on computational structure-based drug design and drug delivery system for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and other degenerative disorders. Current research is driven by two key topics: How to develop new therapeutic approach for neurodegenerative and other brain diseases? How to design the blood-brain barrier shuttle peptides with neuronal specificity? 

Matthew Smith

NEOMED More on Smith
Hoonkyo Suh

CCF In the adult hippocampus, new neurons are continuously generated and integrated into neural circuits. This brain plasticity or brain remodeling process is essential for cognitive, emotional, social, and addictive behaviors. The major goal of the Suh lab’s research is to understand how precise production and connection of newborn neurons contributes to cognition, emotion, and addiction and how disrupted plasticity (remodeling process) leads to major deficits in learning and memory and emotional stability. By using the state of art methods such as virus-mediated neural circuit mapping, Ca2+ imaging and multimodal MRI, and genetic manipulation to control neural circuits (DREADD and Optogenetics), we are dedicated to research to understand anatomy and function of neural circuits that are formed by newborn neurons in the adult brain, with a hope that hippocampal neurogenesis may serve as neural substrate and target to understand and treat brain conditions that have cognitive, emotional, social, and addictive impairments.
Bruce Trapp

CCF More on Trapp
Sean Veney

Kent Behavioral neuroendocrinology, sexual differentiation of the brain, syrinx anatomy, neuroethology of birdsong. More on Veney
Jeffrey Wenstrup

NEOMED Neural mechanisms of hearing and acoustic communication, including emotional responses to sound. More on Wenstrup
Jessica Williams

CCF More on Williams
Bradley Winters

NEOMED Cellular neurophysiology of brainstem sound localization circuits that process timing and intensity differences between the two ears.  More on Winters