Faculty

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Emily Ansell

Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Advancing research surrounding stress and addiction.

Paul Bartell

Associate Professor of Avian Biology

The regulation of biological clocks in birds at the systems level.

Roger Beaty

Assistant Professor of Psychology

The cognitive neuroscience of creative thinking and problem solving.

Orfeu Buxton

Elizabeth Fenton Susman Professor of Biobehavioral Health
The causes of chronic sleep deficiency in the workplace, home, and society; the health consequences of chronic sleep deficiency, especially cardiometabolic outcomes, and the physiologic and social mechanisms by which these outcomes arise. Successful…

Sonia Cavigelli

Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Neuroscience; Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Development of temperament/personality; relationship of temperament and social status to stress and health; individual differences in stress and health in the natural environment.

Eric Claus

Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Identifying neural and cognitive mechanisms that support behavior change in substance use disorders.

Nikki Crowley

Assistant Professor of Biology and Biomedical Engineering

Investigation of peptidergic transmission throughout the brain, using cell-specific and pathway-specific manipulations to understand how peptides alter neuronal signaling and behavior, particularly in the context of stress and drug use.

Nancy Dennis

Associate Professor of Psychology

The cognitive and neural mechanisms that support learning and memory in young and older adults.

Patrick Drew

Associate Director of the Neuroscience Institute; Huck Distinguished Associate Professor of Neural Engineering and Neurosurgery

Role of blood flow and cerebrospinal fluid movement in the development of neurodegenerative diseases, control of cerebral blood flow, neurovascular coupling.

Nicole Etter

Assistant Professor of Health and Human Development

The relationship between tactile sensation and skilled oral behaviors (e.g. speech and swallowing) in healthy young, aging, and clinical populations.

Santhosh Girirajan

Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Associate Professor of Anthropology

Understanding the genetic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Bruce Gluckman

Director, Center for Neural Engineering; Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, of Neurosurgery, and of Biomedical Engineering

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.

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.

John Hayes

Professor of Food Science; Director, Sensory Evaluation Center

Perception of taste, smell and chemesthesis; eating behavior; individual differences in sensation and food preferences; COVID related anosmia

Xiaogang Hu

Huck Chair in Neurorehabilitation; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Kinesiology, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Neural-machine interface, somatosensory feedback, neural control of biological and bionic hands, neuromuscular disorder.

Timothy Jegla

Emphasis Area Representative, Molecular and Evolutionary Genetics; Associate Professor of Biology

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

Helen Kamens

Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Identification of genetic mechanisms that contribute to complex behaviors with a special emphasis on alcohol and tobacco use.

Reuben Kraft

Shuman Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Computational methods and high performance computing to examine brain neurotrauma biomechanics; human structural connectome analysis using physics-based predictions of biomechanical brain injury.

Janine Kwapis

Assistant Professor of Biology

Molecular and epigenetic mechanisms underlying learning and memory and age-related memory impairments.

Nina Lauharatanahirun

Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Biomedical Engineering

Using computational modeling, behavioral economic paradigms, and functional neuroimaging (fMRI/EEG) to understand the neural and behavioral mechanisms underlying health risk behaviors across the life.

Aimin Liu

Associate Professor of Biology

Biogenesis and function of cilia in mammalian embryonic development.

Xiao Liu

Associatet Professor of Biomedical Engineering

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…

Melissa Rolls

Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences; Director of the Center for Cellular Dynamics; Paul Berg 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.

Robert Sainburg

Director of the Center for Movement Science and Technology; Huck Distinguished Chair in Kinesiology and Neurology; Professor of Kinesiology and of Neurology

The neural mechanisms that underlie control, coordination, and learning of voluntary movements in humans. Functional neuroanatomy of lateralized processes of motor control. Neurorehabilitation and Functional Recovery in stroke patients.

Chaleece Sandberg

Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Exploring cortical reorganization related to successful therapy for acquired language disorders, and how to enhance therapy outcomes.

Karolina Skibicka

Huck Chair of Metabolic Physiology; Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences
Utilizing rodent models to discover novel neural substrates that control fundamental homeostatic and reward controls of food intake, and their failures in the case of obesity and infection-induced anorexia; How food and feeding behavior affect neural…

Nanyin Zhang

Huck Chair in Brain Imaging; Professor of Bioengineering

Investigate the pathophysiology of brain disorders using neuroimaging, behavioral and optogenetic methods.

Ruobo Zhou

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Quantitatively and functionally understanding the compartmentalization and spatiotemporal organization of protein-protein and protein-RNA interactions involved in fundamental cell functions as well as in cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.