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.

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Iqbal Ahmad Iqbal Ahmad, PhD
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Research focus:  Stem cell regulation and regenerative medicine for blinding diseases.

Jyothi Arikkath

Jyothi Arikkath, PhD
Assistant Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Research focus:  Molecular and cellular mechanisms of dendrite and spine morphogenesis and plasticity in the hippocampus.


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Keshore Bidasee Keshore Bidasee, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Regulation of intracellular calcium in cardiovascular disease.

Stephen Bonasera Stephen Bonasera, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine -  Geriatrics
Research focus:  Age related changes in brain function.

Shilpa Buch Shilpa Buch, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Mechanism(s) of CNS pathology triggered by the host-HIV interplay in the context of drugs of abuse.

Siddappa Byrareddy Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  HIV/SIV/SHIV, neuroAIDS, transmission, drugs of abuse, HIV cure, gut homing molecules.

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Adam Case Adam J. Case, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Redox signaling and function of T-lymphocytes during hypertension; examining the interplay between the autonomic nervous and immune systems.

Pawel Ciborowski Pawel Ciborowski, PhD
Professor and Director of Mass Spectometry and Proteomics Core Facility, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Protein structure and functions; proteomics.

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Anna Dunaevsky Anna Dunaevsky, PhD
Associate Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Research focus:  Learning induced structural and functional synaptic plasticity, neuron glia interactions and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Howard Fox Howard S. Fox, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Neurodegeneration, brain dysfunction and viral infections of the brain.

Jeffrey French

Jeffrey French, PhD
Professor and Director, University of Nebraska at Omaha Neuroscience Undergraduate Program.  Appoint with the UNMC Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Reproductive physiology and behavior, vocal communication.


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Howard Gendelman Howard E. Gendelman, MD
Professor, 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.

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Sung Ho Huh Sung-Ho Huh, PhD
Assistant Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute
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.

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Peng Jiang Peng Jiang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Research focus:  Cellular and molecular basis of human neural development and pathogenesis of neurological disease.

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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:  Immunology of infectious diseases, focus on how Staphylococcus aureus biofilms evade immune mediated clearance; Juvenile Batten Disease, focus on mechanisms leading to neuron loss in this pediatric lysosomal storage disease.

Woo-Yang Kim Woo-Yang Kim, PhD
Assistant Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Research focus:  Neural stem cells, neuronal differentiation and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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.

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Yulong Li Yulong Li, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Dysfunction of baroreceptor neurons in heart failure and diabetes: cellular and molecular mechanisms.

Jianuo Liu Jianuo Liu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  HIV-1 associated neurological disorders.

Yutong Liu Yutong Liu, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology
Research focus:  Neuroimaging and image processing.

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Karoly Mirnics Karoly Mirnics, MD, PhD
Director, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Research focus:  Transcriptome changes across human brain disorders; effects of maternal immune activation on the brain and behavior; animal models of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders; effects of Gene "Environment and Environment" Environment interactions on the developing brain; peripheral biomarkers of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders and neuroprotection by activity.

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.

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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Scott Nawy Scott Nawy, PhD
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Research focus:  Understanding of information processing in the retina at the level of individual synapses and receptors; molecular mechanisms by which synaptic information is modified by short and long-term changes in the visual scene in the healthy retina; how synapses are altered by diseases of the retina.

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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.

Gurudutt Pendyala Gurudutt N. Pendyala, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Research focus:  Neuroinflammation at the synapse associated with chronic drug abuse and HIV synergy, sex differences, Prenatial drug exposure and synaptic development; application of high throughput technologies (genomics, mass spectrometry-based proteomics and metabolomics).

Larisa Poluektova Larisa Poluektova, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Pathogenesis and treatment of HIV-1 associated dementia.

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Harold Schultz

Harold D. Schultz, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Sensory and motor functions of the autonomic nervous system.


Shelley Smith Shelley D. Smith, PhD, FACMG
Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Research focus:  Identification of genetic influences on developmental language and learning disorders in children.

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.

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Wallace Thoreson Wallace B. Thoreson, PhD
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Research focus:  Visual information processing by the retina; electrophysiology of rod and cone photoreceptors signalling to downstream retinal nerve cells.

Myron Toews Myron 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.

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Matthew Van Hook Matthew Van Hook, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Research focus:  Mechanisms of synaptic transmission by retinal neurons and influence of neurodegenerative diseases (i.e. glaucoma) on retinal function.  Techniques include patch-clamp electrophysiology, anatomical and immunohistochemical techniques, mouse models, calcium imaging and 2-phonton microscopy.

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David Warren David Warren, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences
Research focus:  Memory; amnesia, neuroimaging; neuropsychology.

Tony Wilson Tony W. Wilson, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurologoical Sciences
Research focus:  Human cortical neurophysiology and imaging in healthy development, cognitive aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Huangui Xiong Huangui Xiong, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Molecular and cellular underlying HIV-1 associated neurocognitive disorders.

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Sowmya Yelamanchili Sowmya Yelamanchili, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  MicroRNAs in neurodegenerative diseases, HIV, Parkinson's Disease.

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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.

Matthew Zimmerman Matthew C. Zimmerman, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Mitochondrial-produced reactive oxygen species in central nervous system-related disease, particularly hypertension and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig's 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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