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  • Kevin Alloway

    • Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences

    Phone number 814-867-6413 Email address kda1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neural circuits; information processing; sensorimotor integration; neuropathology of chronic pain.

  • Peter Arnett

    • Professor of Psychology
    • Director of Clinical Training

    Phone number 814-863-1733 Email address paa6@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Alistair Barber

    • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Cellular and Molecular Physiology

    Phone number 717-531-6506 Email address abarber@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neurodegeneration in diabetic retinopathy.  "This project studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in diabetic retinopathy, a common complication of diabetes that can lead to vision loss.  The lab examines how changes in visual function may be explained by degeneration in the synapses and neurons of the retina in diabetic animal models."

  • Colin Barnstable

    • Professor and Chair, Neural & Behavioral Sciences

    Phone number 717-531-3631 Email address cjb30@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    How interacting networks of transcription factors and signal transduction molecules guide the development of precursor/stem cells into mature neurons. Role of these networks in neurodegenerative diseases. Factors that can act as neuroprotective agents.

  • Paul Bartell

    • Associate Professor of Avian Biology

    Phone number 814-867-2365 Email address pab43@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neurobiology of biological clocks; the role of circadian clocks and circannual timers in regulating physiology and behavior.

  • Sheri Berenbaum

    • Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics

    Phone number 814-865-6140 Email address sberenbaum@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Development and neuroendocrine basis of human sex-typed cognition and social behavior.

  • Melvin Billingsley

    • Professor of Pharmacology

    Phone number 717-531-6028 Email address mlb8@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Mechanisms of calcium-induced signal transduction in brain, focusing on calmodulin-mediated enzymes. Isolation and characterization of novel, neuron-specific genes, with emphasis on those involved in neurotoxic actions of various agents.

  • Edward Bixler

    • Professor of Psychiatry
    • Vice-Chair of Research

    Phone number 717-531-5556 Email address ebixler@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Patterns and mechanisms of sleep.

  • Robert Bonneau

    • Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

    Phone number 717-531-4078 Email address rhb3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neuroendocrine-mediated modulation of immunity to viral pathogens.

  • Victoria Braithwaite

    • Professor of Fisheries and Biology
    • Co-Director, the Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition

    Phone number 814-865-4675 Email address vab12@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Animal cognition and behavior, development of behavior, behavioral ecology.

  • Kirsteen Browning

    • Assistant Professor, Neural and Behavioral Health

    Phone number 717-531-8267 Email address knb13@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Vagally-medicated regulation of gastrointestinal reflexes, particularly in modulation of sensory signaling

  • Orfeu M Buxton

    • Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health

    Phone number 814-863-7256 Email address Orfeu@PSU.edu

    Research interests:
  • Douglas Cavener

    • Professor and Head of Biology

    Phone number 814-865-4562 Email address drc9@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of central nervous system functions through control of protein synthesis and translation initiation.

  • Sonia Cavigelli

    • Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health

    Phone number 814-863-0210 Email address s-cavigelli@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Influence of temperament and social status on stress and health; individual differences in stress and health in the natural environment; development of temperament/personality.

  • Gong Chen

    • Professor of Biology
    • Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences

    Phone number 814-865-2488 Email address gongchen@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular and cellular mechanism of learning and memory, synapse formation and synaptic plasticity.

  • John Collins

    • Professor of Physics

    Phone number 814-863-0783 Email address collins@phys.psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Algorithms of neural computation for learning and memory; relationship between neuronal and behavioral phenomena.

  • James Connor

    • Distinguished Professor and Vice-Chair Department of Neurosurgery

    Phone number 717-531-4541 Email address jrc3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Iron transport and toxicity in neurodegenerative diseases/oxidative cell injury.

  • Nancy Dennis

    • Assistant Professor of Psychology

    Phone number 814-865-1712 Email address nad12@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    My research focuses on elucidating the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support learning and memory in young and older adults.

  • Min Ding

    • Professor of Marketing

    Phone number 814-865-0622 Email address mqd9@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Patrick James Drew

    • Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
    • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

    Phone number 814-863-1473 Email address pjd17@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Control and development of the cerebral blood flow, neurovascular coupling.

  • John Ellis

    • Professor of Psychiatry & Pharmacology
    • Director of Molecular Neuropharmacology Laboratory

    Phone number 717-531-4241 Email address johnellis@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Mechanistic and molecular investigations of activation and allosteric regulation of G protein-coupled receptors.

  • Chris Engeland

    • Asst. Professor, Biobehavioral Health and Nursing

    Phone number 814-865-4694 Email address cge2@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Paul Eslinger

    • Professor of Neurology

    Phone number 717-531-8692 Email address peslinger@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neural substrates of human cognition and learning.

  • Jidong Fang

    • Associate Professor of Psychiatry

    Phone number 717-531-5435 Email address jfang@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation and function of sleep.

  • Willard Freeman

    • Associate Professor of Pharmacology
    • Director, Functional Genomics Core Facility

    Email address wfreeman@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Researching the systems biology of psychiatric disorders, more specifically, alterations in brain mRNA and protein expression with drug abuse, alcoholism, and schizophrenia.

  • Lisa Gatzke-Kopp

    • Associate Professor of Human Development

    Phone number 814-867-2371 Email address lmk18@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    My research expertise and interests are in the area of developmental neuroscience of psychopathology.

  • Charles Geier

    • Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

    Phone number 814-865-1728 Email address cfg2@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Rick Gilmore

    • Associate Professor of Psychology
    • Director of Human Imaging, SLEIC

    Phone number 814-865-3664 Email address rogilmore@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    The cognitive neuroscience of perception, memory, and action in infancy and early childhood.

  • Santhosh Girirajan

    • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    • Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    Phone number 814-865-0674 Email address sxg47@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Bruce Gluckman

    • Associate Director, Penn State Center for Neural Engineering
    • Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
    • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

    Phone number 814-865-0178 Email address brucegluckman@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    The dynamics of neural systems, how group dynamics form or emerge from the coupled dynamics of individual units, and how to measure and interact with these systems.

  • Jinger Gottschall

    • Associate Professor of Kinesiology

    Phone number 814-867-2318 Email address jsg20@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Studying walking and running by combining the disciplines of cardiovascular physiology, neuromuscular physiology, and mechanical engineering.

  • Patricia Grigson

    • Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences
    • Co-Chair Graduate Program in Neuroscience

    Phone number 717-531-5772 Email address psg6@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neural basis of reward comparison.

  • Andras Hajnal

    • Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences and Surgery

    Phone number 717-531-5735 Email address ahajnal@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neural Regulation of Eating: Taste and reward functions in obesity, diabetes and following gastric bypass surgery.

  • John E Hayes

    • Assistant Professor of Food Science
    • Director of Sensory Evaluation Center

    Phone number 814-863-7129 Email address jeh40@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    iHuman Chemosensory Psychophysics; Influence of genetic variation on sensations from food; Acquisition of preference for innately aversive stimuli

  • Frank Hillary

    • Associate Professor of Psychology

    Phone number 814-865-5849 Email address fgh3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    A primary focus of my research is to examine the influences of injury and disease on functional brain organization.

  • Gregory Holmes

    • Associate Professor, Neural and Behavioral Science

    Phone number 717-531-0003

    Research interests:

    Dr. Holmes' research focuses upon derangements in autonomic nervous system reflexes following traumatic brain or spinal cord injury. His laboratory combines clinically relevant experimental models of brain and spinal cord injury with physiological, neurochemical and immunohistochemical techniques. Particular emphasis in his laboratory has been placed on gastrointestinal and reproductive changes after injury.

  • Vasant Gajanan Honavar

    • Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology

    Phone number 814-865-3141 Email address vuh14@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Jun Huang

    • Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

    Phone number 814-863-4209 Email address juh17@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Explores nanoscience and nanotechnology at the interface of physics, materials, engineering and biology.

  • Xuemei Huang

    • Professor of Neurology

    Phone number 717-531-1893 Email address xuh15@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Timothy Jegla

    • Assistant Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-865-1668 Email address tjj3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    We are interested in understanding how ion channels control signaling in the nervous system. We focus on potassium channel-mediated control of firing threshold and ionic mechanisms involved in the generation and processing of sensory potentials. Our research relies on a combination of mouse genetics, electrophysiology, cell biology and compound screening approaches.

  • Dezhe Jin

    • Associate Professor of Physics

    Phone number 814-863-6673 Email address dzj2@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Computational models of neural basis of motor control and learning; theoretical analysis of biological neural networks.

  • Byron Jones

    • Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Pharmacology

    Phone number 814-863-0167 Email address bcj1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Pharmacogenetics of psychotropic drug action; role of iron in neurobehavioral development.

  • Helen Marie Kamens-Horton

    • Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Health

    Phone number 814-863-7256 Email address hmk123@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Uhnoh Kim

    • Associate Professor of Neurosugery

    Phone number 717-531-0003 Email address ukim@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Cellular and synaptic mechanisms that underlie the synchronous oscillatory activity in three different neural systems of the mammalian brain: the thalamo-cortical, limbic forebrain-habenular, and subthalamo-pallidal systems.

  • Laura Klein

    • Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health

    Phone number 814-865-8813 Email address lxk18@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Biobehavioral effects of stress on drug abuse in humans and animals; sex differences in neuroendocrine and behavioral stress responses; nicotine regulation of stress reactivity.

  • Alexay Kozhevnikov

    • Assistant Professor of Physics

    Phone number 814-865-6873 Email address akozhevn@phys.psu.edu

    Research interests:

    How activity of neurons in the brain of a songbird codes for the bird�s song.

  • Reuben Kraft

    • Shuman Assistant Prof. of Mechanical Engineering

    Phone number 814-867-4570 Email address rhk12@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Zhi-Chun Lai

    • Professor of Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Cell and Developmental Biology

    Phone number 814-863-0479 Email address zcl1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Signal Transduction, Growth Control, and Cancer Genetics

  • Robert Levenson

    • Professor of Pharmacology

    Phone number 717-531-4545 Email address rlevenson@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of dopaminergic neurotransmission; links between dopamine signaling and drug addiction and reward.

  • Ping Li

    • Professor of Psychology/Linguistics/Information Sciences
    • Co-Chair, Graduate Program in Neuroscience
    • Co-Director, the Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition

    Phone number 814-863-3921 Email address pul8@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    My research aims at understanding the relationships among language, brain, and culture.

  • Aimin Liu

    • Associate Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-865-7043 Email address axl25@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    The regulation of cell fate and polarity in mammalian central nervous system and sensory organs.

  • Lyle N Long

    • Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, and Mathematics
    • Director, Graduate Minor Program in Computational Science

    Phone number 814-865-1172 Email address lnl@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Computational and theoretical biophysics, including spiking neural networks and cognitive robots.

  • Bernhard Luscher

    • Professor of Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Psychiatry
    • Director, Center for Molecular Investigation of Neurological Disorders (CMIND)

    Phone number 814-865-5549 Email address bxl25@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Development and regulation of GABAergic inhibitory synapses; neural substrates regulating anxiety and cognition.

  • Richard Mailman

    • Professor and College of Medicine Distinguished Senior Scholar

    Phone number 717-531-3666 Email address rbm17@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Yingwei Mao

    • Assistant Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-867-4739 Email address yzm1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Researching the mechanisms that regulate neurogenesis using cellular and mouse models.

  • Patricia McLaughlin

    • Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences
    • Director, Graduate Program in Anatomy

    Phone number 717-531-6414 Email address pxm9@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Growth factors and receptors in brain and heart development and cancer.

  • Kristina Neely

    • Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

    Phone number 814-863-9243 Email address kan17@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Ralph Norgren

    • Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences

    Phone number 717-531-6921 Email address rxn5@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neural bases of motivation and reward.

  • Richard Ordway

    • Professor of Molecular Neuroscience and Genetics

    Phone number 814-863-5693 Email address rwo4@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular analysis of synaptic mechanisms in Drosophila.

  • Ann Ouyang

    • Professor of Medicine

    Phone number 717-531-8741 Email address aouyang@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    The role of the brain-gut axis in gastrointestinal disorders. Nociceptive pathways from the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Charles Palmer

    • Professor of Pediatrics

    Phone number 717-531-1358 Email address cpalmer@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Perinatal hypoxic ischemic brain injury. Inhibition of microglial activation. Pain and stress in the newborn infant.

  • Thomas Pritchard

    • Associate Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences

    Phone number 717-531-6410 Email address tcp1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Central correlates of gustatory perception.

  • Chester Ray

    • Professor of Medicine, and Cellular and Molecular Physiology

    Phone number 717-531-5110 Email address car20@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Vestibular regulation of the sympathetic nervous system, exercise and autonomic function.

  • William Ray

    • Professor of Psychology

    Phone number 814-863-1726 Email address wjr@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Psychophysiology of cognitive and motor processes.

  • Frank Ritter

    • Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

    Phone number 814-865-4453 Email address fer2@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Modeling effects of stress and behaviour moderators on cognition within cognitive architectures.

  • Melissa Rolls

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Director, Center for Cellular Dynamics

    Phone number 814-867-1395 Email address mur22@psu.edu

    Research interests:

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  • Victor Ruiz-Velasco

    • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

    Phone number 717-531-6076 Email address vruizvelasco@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Study of mechanisms by which second messengers, particularly G proteins, modulate voltage-dependent N-type Ca2+ channels following G protein-coupled receptor activation.

  • Robert L Sainburg

    • Professor of Kinesiology
    • Professor of Neurology

    Phone number 814-865-7938 Email address rls45@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neural mechanisms underlying control of multijoint arm movements in humans.

  • Kathyrn Suzanne Scherf

    • Assistant Professor, Psychology

    Phone number 814-867-2921 Email address kss23@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Development of face and object representation in typically developing children and children with developmental disorders

  • Steven Schiff

    • Director, Penn State Center for Neural Engineering
    • Brush Chair Professor of Engineering
    • Professor of Neurosurgery
    • Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

    Phone number 814-863-4210 Email address sschiff@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neural engineering, neurosurgery, epilepsy, Parkinson's Disease, wave mechanics, brain machine interfaces, EEG, electrical fields, and control theory.

  • Zachary Simmons

    • Professor of Neurology

    Phone number 717-531-1802 Email address zsimmons@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Pathogenetic mechanisms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Nutrition in ALS.

  • Ian Simpson

    • Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences

    Phone number 717-531-4156 Email address ixs10@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of cerebral nutrient transport and metabolism, and their role in stroke.

  • Semyon Slobounov

    • Professor of Kinesiology

    Phone number 814-865-3146 Email address sms18@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Psychophysiology of human movement.

  • Sean Stocker

    • Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

    Email address sds33@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neural control of the circulation and cardiovascular system in salt-sensitive and obesity-induced hypertension"

  • Thyagarajan Subramanian

    • Professor of Neurology and Neural and Behavioral Sciences
    • Director, Movement Disorders Program

    Phone number 717-531-1804 Email address tus16@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neural Transplantation and gene therapy for neurodegenerative disorders. Basal ganglia pathophysiology. Stem cell biology and immunology of transplantation. Preclinical and clinical therapeutics in movement disorders.

  • Moriah L Szpara

    • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-867-0008 Email address moriah@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Richard Tenser

    • Professor of Neurology, and Microbiology and Immunology

    Phone number 717-531-1801 Email address rtenser@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Latent and slow virus infections of the nervous system; multiple sclerosis.

  • Joyce Tombran-Tink

    • Professor of Neural and Behavioral Science

    Phone number 717-531-8264 Email address jxt57@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Renato Alberto Travagli

    • Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences

    Phone number 717-531-5144 Email address rat13@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Central nervous system control of cellular and synaptic functions of the automatic nervous system in health and disease (stress and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract).

  • Emmy Truckenmiller

    • Assistant Professor of Microbiology

    Phone number 717-531-8147 Email address met11@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neuro-endocrine modulation of dendritic cell function (maturation, antigen presentation, cytokine production, migration) in the initial steps of T cell-mediated anti-viral/tumor immunity.

  • David Vandenbergh

    • Associate Director of the Penn State Institute of the Neurosciences
    • Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health

    Phone number 814-863-8430 Email address djv4@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Control of neuronal gene expression by drugs of abuse; QTL identification of behaviorally-relevant genes.

  • Kent Vrana

    • Elliot S. Vesell Professor and Chair of Pharmacology

    Phone number 717-531-8285 Email address kvrana@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Functional genomics and proteomics of the nervous system.

  • Hanspeter Waldner

    Email address hpwaldner@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Determine the mechanisms that maintain tolerance or induce T cell responses to self antigens, resulting in resistance or susceptibility to autoimmune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis or Type 1 diabetes.

  • Judith Weisz

    • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Phone number 717-531-8142 Email address jxw7@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neural integration of reproduction: steroids and cytochrome P-450.

  • Stephen Wilson

    • Assistant Professor of Psychology

    Phone number 814-865-6219

    Research interests:

    Addictive behavior, with a specific focus on cigarette smoking

  • Qing Yang

    • Professor of Radiology

    Phone number 717-531-5858 Email address qyang@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Brain mapping with functional MRI and in vivo pathological evaluation of Alzheimer's disease with quantitative MRI.

  • Ian Zagon

    • Distinguished Professor of Neural and Behavioral Science
    • Director, Program on Education in Human Structure

    Phone number 717-531-8650 Email address isz1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Peptides and receptors in development, cancer, cell renewal, wound healing, angiogenesis, cornea, neurodegeneration, diabetes and Crohn's Disease.

  • Nanyin Zhang

    • Associate Professor of Bioengineering

    Phone number 814-867-4791 Email address nxzbio@engr.psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Samuel Zhang

    • Assistant Professor of Neural & Behavioral Sciences

    Phone number 717-531-8480 Email address ssz3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Signal transduction in mammal development and pathogenesis. Systems biology of neural development and function.

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