People: Neurobiology

Gong Chen

Professor and Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences
Developing innovative technologies for brain repair using newly established in vivo cell conversion technology.

Patrick Drew

Huck Distinguished Associate Professor of Neural Engineering and Neurosurgery
Control and development of the cerebral blood flow, neurovascular coupling.

Santhosh Girirajan

Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Associate Professor of Anthropology
To understand the genetic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders

Thomas Gould

Jean Phillips Shibley Professor and Department Head of Biobehavioral Health
Using genetic, pharmacological, behavioral, and molecular biological techniques to study the neurobiology of learning and memory and the effects of addiction on it.

Timothy Jegla

Associate Professor of Biology
Functional evolution of eukaryotic ion channels and evolution of neuronal signaling and cell structure.

Janine Kwapis

Assistant Professor of Biology
Molecular and epigenetic mechanisms underlying learning and memory and age-related memory impairments.

Zhi-Chun Lai

Professor of Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Emphasis Area Representative, Cell and Developmental Biology
Signal Transduction, Growth Control, and Cancer Genetics

Bernhard Luscher

Emphasis Area Representative, Neurobiology; Director of the Center for Molecular Investigation of Neurological Disorders; Professor of Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Function of GABAergic synaptic transmission in health and disease, with emphasis of stress based psychiatric disorders such as major depressive disorders and mechanisms of antidepressant drug action

Yingwei Mao

Associate Professor of Biology
Regulation of neurogenesis using cellular and mouse models; analysis of abnormal neural progenitor cell (NPC) proliferation and its relationship to mental illnesses; identification of drugs that can reverse mouse models of psychiatric disorders.

Richard Ordway

Professor of Molecular Neuroscience and Genetics
Genetic analysis of neural function.

Melissa Rolls

Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences; Director of the Center for Cellular Dynamics; Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Subcellular compartmentalization of neurons. The cellular basis of neuronal polarity and neuronal responses to injury including degeneration and regeneration.

Moriah L Szpara

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Neurovirology, genomics of pathogen variation, neuron-virus relationships

Claire Thomas

Associate Professor of Biology and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Roles of the cytoskeleton at the cell membrane in epithelial cells, including issues of cell polarity and adhesion, cell signaling, and morphogenesis.