Research Mentors

Click on a faculty member's name to learn more about their research.

  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  
  Biology  
  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  
  Chemistry  
  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  
  Entomology  
  Dr. Clare Rittschof Behavioral plasticity of insects  
  Family and Community Medicine  
  Dr. Cassandra Gipson-Reichardt neurobiological and behavioral mechanism of addiction  
  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  
  Neuroscience  
  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  
  Neurosurgery  
  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  
  Physiology  
  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  
  Psychology  
  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  
  Dr. Lauren Whitehurst brain and body interactions during sleep and effects on cognition and health  
  • 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. Lynda Sharrett. 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 Lynda Sharrett.
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