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 and Neuroimmunology      Neurophysiology and Retinal Neurobiology      

CNS Dysfunction in Cardiovascular Disease      Neurological Disorders and Aging     

 

Neurodegeneration

 

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.


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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.


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Yutong Liu, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology

Research focus:  Neuroimaging and image processing.


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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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, Prenatal drug exposure and synaptic development; application of high throughput technologies (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.


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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.


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. 


Tony Wilson

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

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


Sowmya Yelamanchili

Sowmya Yelamanchili, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

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 and Neuroimmunology

 

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:  HIV/SIV/SHIV, neuroAIDS, transmission, drugs of abuse, HIV cure, gut homing molecules.


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, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus:  Protein structure and functions; proteomics.


Anna Dunaevsky

Anna Dunaevsky, PhD
Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute

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


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.


Benson Edagwa

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

Research focus:  HIV-1, tuberculosis, medicinal chemistry, polymer chemistry, drug delivery, theranostics, LASER ART (Long acting slow effective release antiretroviral therapy)


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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.


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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:  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.


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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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 Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

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

 

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.


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Yutong Liu, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology

Research focus:  Neuroimaging and image processing.


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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.


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:  Mechanisms of synaptic transmission by retinal neurons and influence of neurodegenerative diseases (i.e. glaucoma) on retinal function. 


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 Neurological Sciences

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


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CNS Dysfunction in Cardiovascular Disease

 

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 hypertension; examining the interplay between the autonomic nervous and immune systems.


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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.


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

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


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.


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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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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Neurological Disorders and Aging

 

Jyothi Arikkath

Jyothi Arikkath, PhD
Assistant Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute

Research focus:  Molecular mechanisms that regulate neuronal structure and plasticity and elucidate how these mechanisms influence neural circuit formation and function.


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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, Munroe-Meyer Institute

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


Jeffrey French

Jeffrey French, PhD
Professor and Director, Department of Neuroscience Undergraduate Program (UNO) 

Research focus:  Reproductive physiology and behavior, vocal communication.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tony Wilson

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

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


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