Neuroscience Faculty

Neuroscience Faculty

The Neuroscience doctoral program includes faculty members from the following colleges, departments and institutes: Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Munroe-Meyer Institute, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Pathology and Microbiology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience and Radiology. Please click on a research topic to learn more:

Neurodegeneration      Neuroinfection      Neurophysiology and Retinal Neurobiology      

CNS Dysfunction in Cardiovascular Disease      Cognitive Function in Disorders and Aging     

 

Neurodegeneration

 

Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD

Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Research focus:  Human subject research for patients with epilepsy and Parkinson's disease; Neuromodulation of central nervous system pathways; Sleep; Central nervous system electrophysiology.


Howard Fox

Howard S. Fox, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Neurodegeneration, brain dysfunction and viral infections of the brain.


Howard Gendelman

Howard E. Gendelman, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Investigate Th1 and Th2 cell responses in Parkinson's disease; study the role of mononuclear phagocytes in neurotoxicity and neuroregeneration in HIV dementia.


Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy, PhD

Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Development and improvement of transgenic and genome editing technologies; development of versatile animal model resources and tools.


Guoku Hu, PhD

Guoku Hu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  NIH and drug abuse synergy, exomes, noncoding RNAs.


Yutong Liu

Yutong Liu, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology

Research focus:  Neuroimaging and image processing.


Oksana Lockridge, PhD

Oksana Lockridge, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute

Research focus:  Protein crosslinking from chronic low dose exposure to pesticides leads to Alzheimer and Parkinson's Disease.


Lee Mosley

R. Lee Mosley, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Regulation of T Lymphocyte function; T cell-mediated immunity in neurodegenerative disorders.


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Robert B. Norgren, PhD
Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

Research focus:  Use of nonhuman primate genomics to better understand human genetic disease.


Gurudutt Pendyala

Gurudutt N. Pendyala, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Research focus:  Animal models of addication, sex differences in drug abuse; Synaptic biology; Epigenetic regulation, role of microRNAs at the synapse in drug addiction, mechanisms and role in gene regulation; Prenatal drug exposure and synaptic development; Integrative Systems Biology approach to understand synaptic aberrations in chronic drug abuse; High input technolgies-genomics, mass spectrometry-based proteomics and metabolomics.


Vaishali Phatak

Vaishali Phatak, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Neuropsychology - Traumatic Brain Injury; Memory; Dementia; Stroke and neurodegenerative disorders.


Larisa Poluektova

Larisa Poluektova, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Pathogenesis and treatment of HIV-1 associated dementia; translational mouse models for human-specific diseases.


Kelly Stauch, PhD

Kelly Stauch, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Role of mitochondrial dysfunction and altered energy metabolism in the context of neurodegerative diseases and aging.


Tony Wilson

Tony W. Wilson, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Human neurophysiology and imaging in cognitive aging, healthy development, neurodegenerative diseases, and drug abuse.


Sowmya Yelamanchili

Sowmya Yelamanchili, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Research focus:  MicroRNAs in neurodegenerative diseases, HIV, Parkinson's Disease.


Jialin Zheng

Jialin Zheng, MD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Chemokines and neural chemokine receptors in neuropathogenesis of HIV-associated dementia.


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 Neuroinfection

 

Shilpa Buch

Shilpa Buch, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Therapeutic strategies that may enhance neural function and survival in NeuroAIDS, with possible implications in other neurodegenerative diseases.


Siddappa Byrareddy

Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Understanding host-virus dynamics using molecular biology, virology, immunology, systems biology, and genomic tools to develop prevention strategies for HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, such as Zika virus.


Pawel Ciborowski

Pawel Ciborowski, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Protein structure and functions; proteomics.


Benson Edagwa

Benson Edagwa, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Design, development and evaluation of antiretroviral prodrugs, development of long acting slow effective release ART (LASER ART) and their application to testing in cell and small animal based assays.


Howard Fox

Howard S. Fox, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Neurodegeneration, brain dysfunction and viral infections of the brain.


Howard Gendelman

Howard E. Gendelman, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Investigate Th1 and Th2 cell responses in Parkinson's disease; study the role of mononuclear phagocytes in neurotoxicity and neuroregeneration in HIV dementia.


Santhi Gorantla

Santhi Gorantla, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Mouse models for HIV; humanized mouse model to study HIV vaccine strategies to induce protective immune responses and immune-based therapeutics to enhance HIV immune responses; HIV pathogenesis.


Corey Hopkins

Corey Hopkins, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research focus:  Design, synthesis and optimization of biologically active small molecules as in vivo probes, drug discovery lead compounds and preclinical candidates.


Georgette Kanmogne

Georgette D. Kanmogne, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  HIV/AIDS, vascular biology and cell signaling.


Tammy Kielian

Tammy L. Kielian, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus:  Host-pathogen interactions, immunology, neuroimmunology, translational therapeutics.


Larisa Poluektova

Larisa Poluektova, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Pathogenesis and treatment of HIV-1 associated dementia; translational mouse models for human-specific diseases.


Huangui Xiong

Huangui Xiong, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Molecular and cellular underlying HIV-1 associated neurocognitive disorders.


Sowmya Yelamanchili

Sowmya Yelamanchili, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Research focus:  MicroRNAs in neurodegenerative diseases, HIV, Parkinson's Disease.


Jialin Zheng

Jialin Zheng, MD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Chemokines and neural chemokine receptors in neuropathogenesis of HIV-associated dementia.


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 Neurophysiology and Retinal Neurobiology

 

Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD

Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Research focus:  Human subject research for patients with epilepsy and Parkinson's disease; Neuromodulation of central nervous system pathways; Sleep; Central nervous system electrophysiology.


Iqbal Ahmad

Iqbal Ahmad, PhD
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Research focus:  Molecular and cellular mechanisms of neural stem cells/progenitors maintenance and differentiation.


Yutong Liu

Yutong Liu, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology

Research focus:  Neuroimaging and image processing.


Wallace Thoreson

Wallace B. Thoreson, PhD
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Research focus:  Visual information processing by the retina; electrophysiology and optical imaging techniques to study transmission at ribbon synapses of rod and cone photoreceptors.


Matthew Van Hook

Matthew Van Hook, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Research focus:  Influence of neudegenerative disease of the visual system (i.e. glaucoma) on the function of neurons and synapses in the brain and retina.


David Warren

David Warren, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Cognitive neuroscience investigations of cognition (especially memory) and related brain networks that combine neuroimaging, neuropsychological, and neurostimulation methods.


Tony Wilson

Tony W. Wilson, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Human neurophysiology and imaging in cognitive aging, healthy development, neurodegenerative diseases, and drug abuse.


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CNS Dysfunction in Cardiovascular Disease

 

Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD

Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Research focus:  Human subject research for patients with epilepsy and Parkinson's disease; Neuromodulation of central nervous system pathways; Sleep; Central nervous system electrophysiology.


Keshore Bidasee

Keshore Bidasee, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for cardiovascular complications in individuals with diabetes mellitus (DM), and identify therapeutic strategies that could be used to slow their progression.


Adam Case

Adam J. Case, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology

Research focus:  Redox signaling and function of T-lymphocytes during psychological trauma (e.g. PTSD); examining the interplay between the autonomic nervous and immune systems.


Cyrus Desouza, MBBS

Cyrus Desouza, MBBS
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism (DEM).

Research focus:  Improving outcomes in diabetes and obesity patients using treatment algorithms; mechanisms of diabetes and metabolic syndrome on vascular and barin function.


Bin Duan, PhD

Bin Duan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Research focus:  Integrate novel biomaterials, advanced biofabrication of tissue engineering to create multi-scale complexity within engineered tissue to understand the fundamentals of cell-material interactions and mimic the native tissue for tissue regeneration.


Minglei Guo, PhD

Minglei Guo, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Explore the detailed molecular mechanisms/pathways that are responsible for over-activation of glial cells and identify potential targets for HAND treatment.


Yulong Li

Yulong Li, MD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus:  Dysfunction of baroreceptor neurons in heart failure and diabetes: cellular and molecular mechanisms.


Harold Schultz

Harold D. Schultz, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus:  Sensory and motor functions of the autonomic nervous system.


Myron Toews

Myron L. Toews, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Regulation of G protein-coupled receptors and their signaling pathways; lysophosphatidic acid and its receptors in lung disease; epidermal growth factor receptors and protease signaling in agricultural dust-induced lung disease, oxytocin receptors and signaling in primate social behavior.


Matthew Zimmerman

Matthew C. Zimmerman, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus:  Role of reactive oxygen species and redox signaling in the brain in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease; utilization of nanoformulated antioxidants for the improved treatment of cardiovascular disease.


Irving Zucker

Irving H. Zucker, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus:  Neural control of cardiovascular function; heart failure; hypertension; sympathetic function.


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Cognitive Function in Disorders and Aging

 


Stephen Bonasera

Stephen Bonasera, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine -  Geriatrics

Research focus:  Age related changes in brain function.


Anna Dunaevsky

Anna Dunaevsky, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Learning induced structural and functional synaptic plasticity, neuron glia interactions and neurodevelopmental disorders.


Matthew Garlinghouse, PhD

Matthew Garlinghouse, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Resting State functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (rsfMRI), Task-based functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), Volumetric Analysis, Impact of drug of abuse on brain struction/function, and impact of cancer treatment on cognition.


Minglei Guo, PhD

Minglei Guo, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Explore the detailed molecular mechanisms/pathways that are responsible for over-activation of glial cells and identify potential targets for HAND treatment.


Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy, PhD

Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Development and improvement of transgenic and genome editing technologies; development of versatile animal model resources and tools.


Guoku Hu, PHD

Guoku Hu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  NIH and drug abuse synergy, exosomes, noncoding RNAs.


Sung Ho Huh

Sung-Ho Huh, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Understanding mechanisms by which signaling pathways regulating sensory and nephron progenitor cells generation and maintenance during development and regeneration and use these findings as tools for regenerative medicine.


Zeljka Korade

Zeljka Korade, DVM, PhD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Research focus:  Cholesterol metabolism in the central nervous system; study of an inborn error of metabolism Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome; desmosterolosis; development of neuronal cell lines with defects in different enzymes of cholesterol biosynthesis pathway and their characterization.


Max Kurz

Max Kurz, PhD
Associate Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute

Research focus:  How the sensorimotor cortices reach a decision threshold, integrate sensory feedback and produce a motor action; motor control and learning of children and adults with cerebral palsy; role of genetic factors for neuroplasticity and memory consolidation.


Oksana Lockridge, PhD

Oksana Lockridge, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute

Research focus:  Protein crosslinking from chronic low dose exposure to pesticides leads to Alzheimer and Parkinson's Disease.


Pamela May, PhD

Pamela May, PhD
Assistant Professor, Deparment of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Memory disorders; Movement disorders; HIV; Toxic/metabolic encephalopathies; Cerebrovascular disease.


Karoly Mirnics

Karoly Mirnics, MD, PhD
Director, Munroe-Meyer Institute

Research focus: Animal models of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders; effects of Gene-Environmental-Drug interactions on the developing brain; role of disrupted cholesterol biosynthesis of brain function - all using genetic, molecular, cellular and biochemical tools in our studies, coupled with drug screening and mouse behavioral assessments.


Dan Monaghan

Daniel T. Monaghan, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Development of drugs for modulating NMDA receptor activity for treating schizophrenia and autism.


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Robert B. Norgren, PhD
Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy

Research focus:  Use of nonhuman primate genomics to better understand human genetic disease.


Kaushik Patel

Kaushik P. Patel, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus:  Neural control of fluid balance in normal and disease states.


Vaishali Phatak

Vaishali Phatak, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Neuropsychology - Traumatic Brain Injury; Memory; Dementia; Stroke and neurodegenerative disorders.


Matthew Rizzo

Matthew Rizzo, MD, FAAN
Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:   Memory disorders, behavioral consequences of aging and neurological disorders.


Kelly Stauch, PhD

Kelly Stauch, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Role of mitochondrial dysfunction and altered energy metabolism in the context of neurodegenerative diseases and aging.


Wayne Stuberg

Wayne Stuberg, PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA
Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute

Research focus:  Effect of manual stretching in children with cerebral palsy; treadmill training to improve walking in children with developmental disabilities; neural basis of motor development and rehabilitation.


Tony Wilson

Tony W. Wilson, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus:  Human neurophysiology and imaging in cognitive aging, healthy development, neurodegenerative diseases, and drug abuse.


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