Research Mentors

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Department and Faculty Area of Study
Behavioral Science
Dr. Joshua Lile human laboratory models of substance use disorders
Dr. Craig Rush behavioral and pharmacological interventions for the management of stimulant dependence.
Dr. William Stoops novel treatments of alcohol and stimulant use disorders
Dr. Michael Wesley  neuroimaging, noninvasive brain stimulation, clinical pharmacology
Dr. Vincent Cassone chronobiology
Dr. Robin Cooper invertebrate models of neurophysiology
Dr. Elizabeth Debski retinal development
Dr. Bruce O'Hara circadian rhythms/genetics
Dr. Julie Pendergast circadian rhythms
Dr. Jessica Santollo neuroendocrinology, sex differences, homeostasis, ingestive behaviors
Dr. Eve Schneider mechanobiology, sensory ecology, ion channels
Dr. D. Allan Butterfield free radical chemistry/Alzheimer's disease
Dr. Mark Lovell biochemistry of Alzheimer's disease
Dr. Chris Richards nanotechnology in neuroscience, nicotine
Dr. Clare Rittschof Behavioral plasticity of insects
Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Dr. Matthew Gentry biochemistry of neurodegenerative diseases
Dr. Louis Hersh biochemistry of neurodegenerative diseases
Dr. Harry LeVine biochemistry of neurodegenerative diseases
Dr. M. Paul Murphy biochemistry of neurodegenerative diseases
Dr. Warren Alilain spinal cord injury and respiratory dysfunction
Dr. Adam Bachstetter traumatic brain injury, neuroinflammation
Dr. Guoying Bing Parkinson's disease
Dr. Gregory Bix stroke
Dr. Luke Bradley biotherapeutics in neuroscience
Dr. Wayne Cass stimulant abuse
Dr. Salvatore Cherra synaptic transmission and c. elegans
Dr. Marilyn Duncan age-related changes in circadian rhythms
Dr. Don Gash neuroscience/aging/plasticity/regeneration
Dr. James Geddes traumatic brain injury
Dr. Greg Gerhardt Parkinson's disease
Dr. Brian Gold aging and Alzheimer's disease
Dr. Richard Grondin Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases
Dr. Ed Hall neurotrama
Dr. Pavel I. Ortinski neurophysiology of drug use
Dr. Bret Smith synaptic connectivity and neuroplasticity
Dr. Joe Springer  mitochondrial function, microRNAs, cell death, traumatic brain injury
Dr. Patrick Sullivan CNS injury/mitochondria
Dr. Linda Van Eldik Alzheimer's disease
Dr. S. Randal Voss axolotl, tissue regeneration, spinal cord, genetics, genomics, epigenetic
Dr. Zhiming Zhang neuroimaging/Parkinson's disease
Dr. Brandon Miller neurotrauma, pediatric neurosurgery
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Björn Bauer blood-brain-barrier/epilepsy
Dr. Linda Dwoskin nicotine receptors and dependence
Dr. James Pauly nicotine and brain development
Dr. Jill Turner nicotine addiction
Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences
Dr. Eric Blalock stress/sleep/aging
Dr. Gang Chen alcohol neurotoxicity
Dr. Kuey Chu Chen genetics/aging/stress
Dr. Anika Hartz blood-brain barrier/Alzheimer's disease
Dr. Philip Landfield brain aging
Dr. Ai-Ling Lin neuroimaging/aging
Dr. Jia Luo fetal alcohol effects
Dr. Chris Norris brain aging, calcium regulation
Dr. Nada Porter brain aging, calcium regulation
Dr. Olivier Thibault brain aging, calcium regulation
Dr. Brian Delisle epilepsy and cardiac function
Dr. Steve Estus genetics/Alzheimer's disease
Dr. Gregory Frolenkov cellular function and hearing
Dr. John Gensel traumatic brain injury
Dr. Lance Johnson brain metabolism aging, Alzheimer's Disease
Dr. Tim McClintock genomics and olfaction
Dr. Alexander Rabchevsky treatment of spinal cord injury
Dr. Kathy Saatman treatment of traumatic brain injury
Dr. Donna Wilcock dementia
Dr. Melinda Wilson estrogen and brain function
Dr. Chana Akins avian models of drug abuse
Dr. Susan Barron alcohol abuse/fetal alcohol syndrome
Dr. Josh Beckmann drug abuse/learning
Dr. Mike Bardo drug abuse/conditioning
Dr. Mark Fillmore abused substances and cognitive function in human subjects
Dr. Mark Prendergast alcohol abuse/neurodegeneration
Dr. Jessica Weafer alcohol and drug addiction, sex differences, sex hormones
  • Other mentors not found on this list may supervise independent research activities for BIO 394/ANA394/PSY393 with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Robin Cooper. The student must provide Dr. Cooper with a one-page description of the proposed research activities.
  • Independent research activities supervised by mentors not on this list may be eligible for BIO 394/ANA394/PSY393 (Research in Neuroscience) credit if they provide a significant neuroscience experience. To enable this determination, please write a summary of the proposed research activities (no more than one page) that clearly describes the neuroscience aspects of the project, the hypothesis to be tested, the methods used and your role in the project. Submit this summary to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Robin Cooper.
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