Neuroscience Faculty

BRTP Faculty - Neuroscience

Iqbal Ahmad, Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Ph.D., Kent State Univ., 1990. Neuronal stem cells and neurodegenerative diseases.

Jyothi Arikkath, Assistant Professor, Developmental Neuroscience, Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation; Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Univ of Iowa, 2003. Molecular and cellular mechanisms of dendrite and spine morphogenesis and plasticity in the hippocampus.

Stephen Bonasera, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine - Geriatrics; Ph.D., M.D., Emory Univ., 1995. Age-related changes in brain function.

Michael D. Boska, Professor, Radiology; Ph.D., Univ. California, Berkeley, 1985.  In-vivo magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy.

Shilpa Buch, Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ. of Baroda, India, 1982. Mechanism(s) of CNS pathology triggered by the host-HIV interplay in the context of drugs of abuse.

Pawel Ciborowski, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, and Director of Proteomics Program of CNND; Ph.D., National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland, 1983.  Protein structure and functions; Proteomics.

Kurtis G. Cornish, Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., Wake Forest Univ., 1977. Regulation of cardiovascular function and the reflex regulation of blood volume.

Anna Dunaevsky, Associate Professor, Development Neuroscience, Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation; Ph.D., Univ of MA, 1997. Mechanisms of synaptic formation and plasticity in neurodevelopmental disorders and learning.

Howard S. Fox, Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ of CA, SF,1985, M.D., Univ of CA. SF, 1987. Neurodegeneration, brain dysfunction, and viral infections of the brain.

Lie Gao, Assistant Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; M.D., West China Univ of Medical Sciences, China, 1984, Ph.D., Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, China, 2001. Regulation of bioactivators in the RVLM on cardiovascular activity and autonomic function in normal and disease states.

Howard E. Gendelman, Professor, Chair Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, Director of the Center for Neurovirology and Neurodegenerative Disorders; M.D., Pennsylvania State Univ., 1979. Investigate Th1 and Th2 cell responses in Parkinsons' disease; study the role of mononuclear phagocytes in neurotoxicity and neuroregeneration in HIV dementia.

Georgette D. Kanmogne, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ of Bristol, United Kingdom, 1996.  HIV/AIDS, Vascular biology, and cell signaling.

Tammy L. Kielian, Ph.D., Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Univ of Kansas Medical Center, KC, 1998. Immunology of infectious diseases, focus on staphylococcus aureus colonization of the brain and biofilm growth.

Yulong Li, Assistant Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, and Emergency Medicine; M.D., Hebei Medical University, 1984; Ph.D., Hebei Medical University, 1994. Dysfunction of baroreceptor neurons in heart failure and diabetes: cellular and molecular mechanisms.

Daniel T. Monaghan, Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ. California, Irvine, 1985. Molecular mechanisms regulating synaptic transmission and NMDA receptor activity, NMDA receptor mechanisms in early development.

Robert B. Norgren, Jr., Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Ph.D., Columbia Univ., 1988. Neurogenetics, Kallmann's syndrome; Ataxia-Telangiectasia; developmental neurobiology; neurodegeneration.

Kaushik P. Patel, Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., Univ.Western Ontario, 1983. Neural control of fluid balance in normal and disease states.

Larisa Poluektova, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Latvian Medical Academy, 1988, M.D., Latvian Medical Academy, 1978.  Pathogenesis and treatment of HIV-1 associated dementia.

Harold D. Schultz, Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., Univ. Illinois 1979. Sensory and motor functions of the autonomic nervous system.

Shelley Smith, Professor and Director, Molecular Genetics, Director, M.D./Ph.D. Scholars Program; Ph.D., Indiana Univ, 1978. Identification of genetic influences on developmental language and learning disorders in children.

Paul L. Sorgen, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ph.D., University of Florida, 1999.  Solution NMR of membrane proteins; Characterizing the role of intra- and inter-related interactions of the gap junction protein connexin43.

Wallace B. Thoreson, Professor, Ophthalmology; Ph.D., Univ. Minnesota, 1989. Visual information processing by the retina; electrophysiology of rod and cone photoreceptors signaling to downstream retinal nerve cells.

Carol Toris, Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1990. Glaucoma pharmacology and physiology.

Huangui Xiong,  Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ. Ottawa, 1993, M.D., First Medical Univ. Shanghai, 1980. Mechanisms underlying neuropathogenesis of HIV-1-associated dementia.

Jialin Zheng, Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; M.D., Xuzhou Medical College 1987. Chemokines and neural chemokine receptors in neuropathogenesis of HIV-associated dementia.

Matthew Zimmerman, Associate Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2004.  Mitochondrial-produced reactive oxygen species in central nervous system-related diseases, particularly hypertension and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig's disease).

Irving H. Zucker, Professor and Chairperson, Regents/ Named Chair, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., New York Medical College, 1972. Cardiac mechanoreceptors, regulation of blood pressure, heart failure, cardiovascular reflexes.

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