Graduate Program in Neuroscience


The Graduate Program In Neuroscience is comprised of an interdisciplinary faculty group from over 37 departments and 5 partner institutions. If you are interested in joining the program as faculty please see the requirements and application process.

Michael Ailion  | Neuromodulator release and signaling at the cellular and organismal levels.

Fritzie I. Arce-McShane  | Cortical and biomechanical control of orofacial sensorimotor behavior in health and disease.

Chip Asbury  | Molecular basis of mitosis.

Jihong Bai  | How synapses are assembled into functional circuits using a combination of genetic, biochemical, imaging, and electrophysiological methods..

Wyeth Bair  | Computer modeling and electrophysiology of the visual system.

Sandra Bajjalieh  | Cell biology of neurons with emphases on membrane trafficking and lipid signaling pathways.

Melissa Barker-Haliski  | Preclinical models of epilepsy and mechanisms of epileptogenesis in the elderly.

Andres Barria  | Molecular mechanisms controlling synaptic function and plasticity.  Role of NMDA receptors.

Michele A. Basso  | Perceptual Decision making

Michael Beecher  | Auditory communication in birds

Olivia Bermingham-McDonogh  | Mechanisms of development and regeneration of the mammalian auditory system.

Marc Binder  | Properties of voltage-gated membrane channels.

Martha Bosma  | Development of central nervous system neurons using physiological and molecular techniques.

Mark Bothwell  | Growth factor mechanisms in neural development and degenerative disease.

Geoffrey Boynton  | Functional organization of human visual perception.

Eliot Brenowitz  | Neural basis of biologically relevant behavior in animals, and the cellular and molecular mechanisms of plasticity in adult brains.

Michael Bruchas  | Dr. Bruchas’ laboratory focuses on understanding how brain circuits are wired, how they communicate with one another, and dissecting the neural basis of stress, emotion and reward.

Bingni Brunton  | Data-driven low-dimensional dynamic models of neuronal networks.

Linda Buck  | Odors, tastes, pheromones, stimulating specific behaviors or physiological effects in conspecifics.

Elizabeth Buffalo  | Our research is aimed at understanding the neural mechanisms that support learning and memory.

Clemens Cabernard  | The Cabernard lab is studying asymmetric cell division (ACD), a process that generates cellular diversity.

Erik Carlson  | The study of cerebro-cerebellar circuits in mice relevant to neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disease.

Steven Carlson  | Synapse formation – focusing on the formation of the active zone, the site of neurotransmitter release in the nerve terminal.

William Catterall   | Molecular basis of electrical excitability; molecular and cellular biology of ion channels; function of calcium channels in neurotransmission.

Charles Chavkin  | Using mouse genetic and optical stimulation of CNS pathways, we study how stress exposure affects depression, drug addiction risk, and cognition by affecting neural circuits and molecular signaling.

Daniel Chiu  | The development of new tools, based on nanmaterials, optics, and microfluidics, for interfacing and interrogating neuronal systems and synaptic function at the nanometer scale.

Howard Chizeck  | Biorobotics, telerobotics and neural engineering.

Eric Chudler  | Cortical and basal ganglia mechanisms of nociception and pain, the neuroactive properties of medicinal plants and herbs, and translating basic neuroscientific research into language and activities for the general public.

John Clark  | Characterizing the functional mechanism for the protective actions of the stress protein, human alphaB crystallin, a lens protein that is upregulated in aging diseases and protects against protein unfolding/misfolding and aggregation in Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease and cataracts.

Gabriel Cler  | neural bases of developmental speech and language disorders.

Forrest Collman  | Circuit and cell-type mechanisms of computation using large scale connectomics data.

David G. Cook  | Molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders.

Mark Cooper  | Gastrulation and neurulation in zebrafish embryos; cell motility.

Ellen Covey  | Structure and function of the central auditory system and the neural basis of echolocation; neural mechanisms for processing temporal patterns of sound.

Dennis Dacey  | Structure and function of the primate retina.

Valerie Daggett  | Molecular modeling of proteins implicated in disease. Design and testing of diagnostic and therapeutic agents for neurodegenerative diseases.

Raimondo D’Ambrosio  | Pathophysiology of glial cells and basic mechanisms of epilepsy. Specific current interest include glial extracellular ion homeostasis in traumatic brain injury, stroke and posttraumatic epilepsy; membrane potassium channels; edema.

Thomas Daniel  | Sensorimotor control of animal movement.

Martin Darvas  | Investigation of aging processes, neurodegeneration, cognitive decline and apathy with a specific focus on Alzheimer’s disease.

Marie Y. Davis   | The goal of my research is to understand mechanisms causing neurodegeneration in human movement disorders.

Horacio de la Iglesia  | Neural basis of circadian behavior.

Nikolai C. H. Dembrow  | How dendritic integration and the neuromodulation of intrinsic neuronal properties in distinct neuron types shapes neocortical function.

Ajay Dhaka  | Biology of somatosensation via molecular, cellular, developmental and behavioral investigation.

Jaime Diaz  | Disruptions of the growth program affecting adult brain function and how other metabolic systems function.

Adrienne Fairhall   | Computational approaches in neuroscience: adaptive and multimodal sensory processing, biophysics of computation by single neurons and small circuits, algorithms of computation in diverse systems .

Angela Fang  | neurobiological correlates of maladaptive social cognition in anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders to inform personalized treatment prediction; role of oxytocin in the pathophysiology of these disorders.

Susan Ferguson  | Using novel viral vector methods to unravel the role of cortico-basal ganglia circuitry in the development of behaviors that contribute to drug addiction, as well as in the processes that regulate decision-making, motivation and impulsivity.

Ione Fine  | Effects of long-term visual deprivation, perceptual learning and plasticity, psychophysics, fMRI and computational vision.

Albert Folch  | Neurobiology on a chip (Neuro-MEMS): Microengineered systems to study synaptogenesis, axon guidance, ion channel activity, and olfaction, among other neuroscience topics

Jennifer Forsyth  | Genetic, neurobiological, and environmental mechanisms underlying schizophrenia and related neurodevelopmental disorders

Jose M. Garcia  | My research focuses on neuroendocrinologic aspects of traumatic brain injury and on hormonal pathways in wasting conditions.

David Gire  | How neural circuits process natural spatiotemporal olfactory sensory cues to guide flexible, ethologically relevant behaviors.

Sam A. Golden  | Neurobiology and circuitry of affective social behaviors and neuropychiatric disease.

Sharona Gordon  | Ion channel biophysics & trafficking and regulation of neuronal plasticity in sensory transduction.

Thomas Grabowski  | Functional magnetic resonance imaging studies of the neural systems basis of language and cognition in health and disease.

Brock Grill  | Proteomic and genetic interrogation of neuronal signaling.

Julie Harris  | Understanding the relationship between anatomical and functional neural circuitry between brain areas in normal and disease states.

Jeffrey Herron  | Developing new research tools and systems to explore the applications of bi-directional neural interfaces to enable or improve the treatment of neurological diseases, disorders, and injuries.

Greg Horwitz   | Visual perception and viral vector-mediated gene transfer in primates.

Clifford Hume   | Mammalian inner ear development, gene therapy of inner ear disorders, and imaging analysis of the inner ear.

James Hurley  | Mechanisms of phototransduction; light and dark adaptation.

Sandra Juul  | Developing neuroprotective strategies for infants at high risk for neurodevelopmental impairment using in vivo and in vitro models of preterm and term brain injury.

Brian Kalmbach  | Neurophysiology of primate neocortical cell types. Ion channels, neuromodulators and related genes.

Franck Kalume  | Investigations of mechanisms and treatments of genetic epilepsies in animal models.

C. Dirk Keene  |  I study human brain structure and function to understand the neuropathological underpinnings of human brain aging, injury, neurodegeneration, and cancer.

Jeansok Kim   | Neurocognitive effects of stress; basic mechanisms of fear.

Natalia Kleinhans   | Multimodal imaging and neuropsychological assessment of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Andrew Ko  |My research focuses on human electrophysiological and imaging correlates of behavior, disease, and interventions for epilepsy, movement disorders and pain.

Brian Kraemer   |Molecular causes of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and related disorders of the nervous system.

Patricia Kuhl  | Speech perception throughout the lifespan with an emphasis on early development; behavioral as well as ERP, fMRI, and MEG studies on language processing.

Mehmet Kurt  | Kurtlab aims to understand the mechanobiology of the brain in health and disease using advanced neuroimaging tools, machine-learning methods, and multi-scale computational models.

Adrian KC Lee  | Auditory brain sciences and neuroengineering.

Ed Lein   | Molecular, cellular and circuit organization of the developing and adult human neocortex.

Nicole Liachko  | Seeks to understand the biology underlying neurodegenerative diseases of aging including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer’s disease.

Michael Manookin  | Neural circuits, cells, and synapses that mediate early visual processing.

Ludo Max   | The role of sensorimotor integration in human motor learning and motor control, with an emphasis on auditory-motor learning in speech production and visuo-motor integration in limb movements.

G. Stanley McKnight  | The role of intracellular signaling systems in the neuronal circuits that affect feeding and energy metabolism.

Kathleen Millen  | The Millen laboratory uses molecular genetic approaches to explore the pathogenesis of congenital birth defects of the human and mouse brain and to study genes essential for normal neurodevelopment.

Dana Miller  | We use C. elegans to understand how changes in environmental conditions are integrated into organism physiology, and how these responses modulate cellular processes involved in neurodegeneration.

Sheri J.Y. Mizumori  | Neurobiology of learning and memory.

Cecilia Moens  | Developmental genetics of brain patterning in the zebrafish.

William Moody  | The role of spontaneous activity in cortical development, with some emphasis on the basic mechanisms underlying pediatric epilepsy.

Randall Moon  | Functions and mechanisms of action of the wnt signaling pathways in embryonic development, regeneration, and diseases, and development of therapies to treat these diseases based on high throughput small molecule screens and genome-wide RNAi screens.

Claudia Moreno   | Molecular mechanisms of aging.

Chet Moritz  | We are developing neuroprosthetic technology for the treatment of paralysis and other movement disorders.

Gabe J. Murphy  |  We determine how particular synapses, cells, and circuits organize and extract the information that enables visually-guided behavior.

Scott O. Murray  | Understand the brain mechanisms and cognitive process by combining behavioral and functional (fMRI) measurements of neural activity.

Gregory J. Morton  |  Neural mechanisms regulating energy balance and glucose metabolism

Neil M. Nathanson  | Regulation of expression and function of muscarinic  and neurokine receptors.

Jay Neitz   | Biology of vision and vision disorders.

Maureen Neitz  | Biology of vision and vision disorders.

John Neumaier  | Molecular, cellular, and circuitry aspects of stress and addiction.

Jeffrey Ojemann  | Electrocorticography studies of cognition and brain-computer interface.

Jaime Olavarria  | Structure, function, and development of topographically organized circuits in the mammalian visual system.

Shawn Olsen  | Cortical mechanisms of visual behavior and cognition.

Amy Orsborn  | Engineering and understanding learning to develop neural interfaces

Leo Pallanck   | Genetic analysis of neurotransmitter release mechanisms in Drosophila.

Richard Palmiter   | Our laboratory uses mouse genetic models and viral gene transfer to dissect neural circuits involved in innate behaviors.

Jay Parrish  | We are broadly interested in understanding the form and function of somatosensory neurons in Drosophila.

Anitha Pasupathy  | Neural basis of visual shape representation and recognition in the primate brain.

David Perkel  | Neural mechanisms of learning, focusing on vocal learning in songbirds; anatomical and electrophysiological techniques for study of neuronal processing related to behavior.

Steve I. Perlmutter  | Understanding and manipulating neural plasticity in mammalian motor systems to develop new therapies that improve recovery after spinal cord injury and brain damage.

Paul Phillips  | The role of rapid dopamine neurotransmission in motivated behavior and decision making, and its dysfunction in mental health disorders including addiction.

Nicholas Poolos  | Mechanisms of ion channel dysregulation in epilepsy, and impact on dendritic excitability.

Chantel Prat  | My research investigates the biological basis of individual differences in language and cognitive abilities.

Daniel Promislow  | We use quantitive genetics and systems biology to identify naturally occurring modifiers of neurodegenerative disease in the fruit fly.

David Raible  | Zebrafish mechanosensory hair cell development, damage and regeneration: models for hearing loss.

Akhila Rajan  | Fat-brain communication: how fat signals to the brain.

Jan-Marino (Nino) Ramirez  | Understanding the neuronal basis of a variety of brain functions to find novel ways to treat and cure neurological disorders in children, including epilepsy, Rett syndrome, brain tumors, and sudden infant death syndrome.

Rajesh P.N. Rao  | Computational neuroscience, machine vision and robotics, and brain-computer interfaces.

Wendy Raskind   | The genetic etiologies of Mendelian neurodegenerative disorders, including ataxias and parapareses, and the complex neurobehavioral disorder dyslexia.

Jeff Rasmussen  | Molecular and cellular regulation of zebrafish somatosensory neuron development and repair

Tom Reh  | Determination of the mechanisms that control neuronal proliferation and differentiation during neurogenesis of the vertebrate CNS.

R. Clay Reid  | Deciphering how information is encoded and processed in neural networks of the visual system, using behavior, anatomy and physiology.

Fred Rieke  | Visual signal processing and computation; phototransduction.

Jeff Riffell  | Olfactory neurobiology and chemical communication processes.

Ariel Rokem  | Neuroinformatics, data science, connectomics.

Edwin Rubel   | evelopment and habilitation of the inner ear and CNS auditory pathways.

Jay Rubinstein   | Signal processing, physiology, and perception with inner ear implants using both computational modeling and experimental techniques.

Hannele Ruohola-Baker  | Regulation of stem cell self renewal and regeneration.

Ramkumar Sabesan  | Functional imaging of the human retina.

Abigail G. Schindler  | Computational medicine, iterative translation, and systems biology to understand traumatic stress and its comorbidities.

John Scott  | Specificity of synaptic signaling events that are controlled by kinase anchoring proteins.

Eric Shea-Brown  | Computational and theoretical neuroscience.

Andy Shih  | Our lab uses imaging approaches to better understand the regulation of brain microvascular health, and the factors that lead to its dysfunction during disease.

Aakanksha Singhvi  | Glia-Neuron Interactions.

Joseph Sisneros  | Understanding how the vertebrate auditory system processes species-specific vocalizations and the adaptive mechanisms that are used to optimize the receiver’s sensitivity to social communication signals.

Stephen Smith  |  The behavior of protein interaction networks at the neuronal synapse.

William Spain  | Transformation of synaptic inputs into patterns of action potential output; information flow within the network of neurons.

Kat Steele  | Dynamics and control of human movement.

Nicholas A. Steinmetz  | Distributed neural circuits underlying visually-guided behavior in mice.

Nephi Stella  | Activation of immune cells in the CNS.

Andrea Stocco  | Developing brain-inspired, predictive models at the individual level.

Jennifer Stone  | Study of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying generation of sensory hair cells in the inner ear during development, under normal conditions, and after injury.

Garret Stuber  | Research in the Stuber lab uses an interdisciplinary approach to study the neural circuit basis of motivated behavior.

Jane Sullivan  | Cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling synaptic transmission and plasticity.

Karel Svoboda  | Computation in neural circuits.

Billie Swalla  | he evolution of chordates, especially the central nervous system.  We are studying the gene networks that specify the central nervous system, in invertebrate deuterostomes and chordate embryos and adults.

Stephen Tapscott  | Myotonic dystrophy.

Gregory W. Terman  | Neurophysiology and pharmacology of synaptic plasticity in pain transmission pathways of the central nervous system as a model for the pathogenesis of chronic pain.

James Thomas  | Molecular evolution, especially the evolution and function of gene families implicated in environmental interactions and other rapidly changing selective pressures. Work is mostly on nematode and mammalian gene families, with some comparative analyses to other groups.

Jonathan T. Ting  | Biophysical, anatomical, and molecular features of human neocortical cell types and leverage this information to develop novel molecular genetic tools for accessing and perturbing brain cell types across diverse mammalian species.

Debby Tsuang  | Dr. Tsuang’s research focuses on the genetic and phenotypic characterization of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.

Eric Turner  | The mechanisms of brain development and neural gene regulation, and brain pathways affecting mood and anxiety. Using transgenic mouse models.

John Tuthill  | Neural mechanisms of somatosensory processing and adaptive motor control.

Russell Van Gelder  | Natural and synthetic inner retinal and extraocular photoreception.

Oscar Vivas   | My lab uses electrophysiology and imaging to understand the changes in the autonomic nervous system during aging.

Edgar Y. Walker  | Theories and computational models of sensory population representation that underlie decision-making and behavior.

Jack Waters  | Cells and circuits of the neocortex and their modulation with behavioral state, studied primarily with optical techniques.

Kurt Weaver  | My research focuses on the dynamic interplay between large-scale neural systems and cognitive function, how this interaction can better inform contemporary models of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Sara J. Webb  | The use of physiological and neuroimaging methods to study attention, perception and social learning in children and adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders

Jonathan Weinstein  | The neuroimmune response in stroke and ischemic preconditioning (IPC) with emphasis on the role of type 1 interferon signaling in microglia in IPC-mediated endogenous neuroprotection.

John Welsh  | Our work focuses on the role of neuronal oscillation in cognitive and motor function.

Rachel Wong   | Circuit assembly and reassembly in the developing nervous system.

Thomas R. Wood  | Treating the injured newborn brain. Mechanisms of resilience to brain injury across the lifespan.

Zhengui Xia  | The effect of genes and environmental exposure on adult  neurogenesis, cognitive impairment, and neurodegeneration.

Libin Xu   | The roles of lipid oxidation and metabolism in neurological diseases.

Smita Yadav  |  Elucidating the role of kinase signaling in neuronal development and disease using chemical-genetics, proteomics and stem cell techniques.

Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad  | Developing novel neural technologies for neurorehabilitation.

Jessica Young  | Building robust human models of Alzheimer’s disease.

Cyrus P. Zabetian  | The genetics of neurodegenerative diseases with an emphasis on Lewy body disorders.

William N. Zagotta  | Mechanisms of ion channel function.

Jing Zhang  | Proteomics investigation of molecular mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease, and biomarker discovery for neurodegenerative diseases.

Larry Zweifel  | Understanding the mechanisms of phasic dopamine-dependent modulation of reward and punishment, and the role of dopamine in generalized fear and anxiety.