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    Alexander P. Auchus, MD
    Professor and Chairman, Neurology 

    Research interests

    • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in non-Caucasians
    • Vascular dementia
    • Experimental therapeutics for the dementias
    • Neuroimaging biomarkers for dementia 

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    Ranjan Batra, PhD 
    Associate Professor, Anatomy
    Director, Graduate Program in Anatomy

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    Lee Bidwell, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Neurology

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    Charles Bishop, AuD
    Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology and Communicative Science 
    Audiologist

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    Zhengwe Cai
    Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics

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    Lewis L. Chen, PhD

    Associate Professor, Otolaryngology & Communicative Sciences

     

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    Lique Coolen, PhD
    Professor, Physiology

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    Ryan Darling, PhD
    Instructor, Neurobiology & Anatomical Research

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    Sean Didion, PhD
    Associate Professor, Pharmacology

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    Heather Drummond, PhD
    Associate Professor, Physiology & Biophysics

    Research interests

    • How neurons and smooth muscle cells sense mechanical stimuli and how these processes contribute to neurite formation and sensory transduction
    • The importance of Degenerin/Epithelial Sodium Channel (DEG/ENaC) proteins as mechanosensitive ion channels in mechanotransduction 

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    T. David Elkin, PhD
    Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
    Instructor, Pediatrics 

    Research interests

    • Late effects related to treatment in children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions such as cancer, brain tumors and sickle cell disease. 

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    Jerry Farley, PhD
    Professor,  Pharmacology & Toxicology

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    Jonathan Fratkin, MD
    Professor, Pathology

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    Freeman, Kevin, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

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    Elise Gomez-Sanchez, DVM
    Professor, Medicine

    Research interests 

    • Role of adrenal corticosteroids in the development of hypertension and end organ disease

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    Laree Hiser, PhD
    Associate Professor, Nursing

    Research interests

    • Mechanism behind the clinical manifestations of multiple sclerosis
    • Neuroprotective mechanisms directly applicable to other diseases 

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    Michael Lehman, PhD
    Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomical Research

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    Anna Lerant

    Anna Lerant, MD
    Associate Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomical Research
    Associate Director, Medical Advanced Skill and Simulation Center 

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    Rick C.S. Lin, PhD
    Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomical Sciences


    Research interests

    • How sensory information is processed using the rodent trigeminal somatosensory system as a model
    • How cortical activity is influenced by ascending inputs from brainstem monoaminergic centers

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    Xiu Liu, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor, Psychiatry

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    Thomas Lohmeier, PhD
    Professor and Director, Physiology & Biophysics

    Research interests

    • Neurohormonal mechanisms in the control of renal function and arterial pressure, and especially the role of these mechanisms in mediating hypertension

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    James Lynch, PhD
    Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomical Research

    Research interest

    • Functional organization and anatomical connectivity of regions in the cerebral cortex that are concerned with the control of voluntary movement, and specifically with voluntary eye movement

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    Dorota Maciag, PhD
    Instructor, Psychiatry

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    Edward Manning, PhD
    Professor, Neurology

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    Paul May, PhD
    Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomical Research
    Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
    Assistant Professor, Neurology

    Research interests

    • Investigating the circuitry that underlies visuomotor behavior

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    Javier Miguel-Hidalgo, PhD, DMSc
    Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

    Research interests

    • Neurobiology of alcoholism with special emphasis on the role of glial cells in the vulnerability and maintenanace of alcohol dependence

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    Thomas Mosley, PhD
    Associate Director, Geriatric Medicine
    Professor, Medicine

    Research interest

    • Brain aging

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    Kenneth Oswalt, MD
    Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology

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    Xiaoming Ou, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

    Research interests

    • Regulation and function of several proteins that are implicated in psychiatric/neurodegenerative disorders and alcohol abuse

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    Ian Paul, PhD
    Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience
    Director,Neuroscience Scholars Summer Program
    Director, CPN Animal Behavior Core
    Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Research interests

    • Neurobehavioral effects and mechanisms of antidepressant and other psychiatric pharmacotherapies

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    Grazyna Rajkowska, PhD
    Professor, Psychiatry
    Chief, Laboratory of Quantitative Neuroanatomy

    Research interests

    • Quantitative morphology of prefrontal cortex from postmortem brain tissue of individuals diagnosed with major depression and age-matched healthy controls

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    Robin Rockhold, PhD
    Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    Professor of Health Sciences
    Deputy Chief Academic Officer 

    Research interests

    • Examination of the toxic effects of venom alkaloids from the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, on the cardiovascular and nervous systems

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    Ujjwal Rout, MPhil, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Surgery
    Director, Pediatric Surgery Research Labs

    Research interests

    • Neurodevelopmental disorders: feto-placental mechanisms

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    James Shaffery, D.Phil
    Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior

    Research interests

    • Neurophysiological and biochemical mechanisms which allow the REM sleep state to affect maturation of the central nervous system

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    Kimberly Simpson, PhD
    Associate Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomical Research

    Research interests

    • Understand how neuromodulatory systems, such as the locus coeruleus-norepinephrine system and dorsal raphe-serotonin system, are functionally organized

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    Craig Stockmeier, PhD
    Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
    Director, Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience

    Research interests

    • Disease-specific abnormalities in anatomic, biochemical and pharmacological markers and related gene expression in postmortem brain tissue from subjects with depression

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    Douglas Vetter, PhD
    Associate Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomical Research

    Research interests

    • Mechanisms (gene expression and cell signaling cascades) by which descending neural input to hair cells and local peptide-based paracrine signaling regulates synaptic structure and strength of both efferent and afferent synapses of the cochlea as well as central auditory neural circuitry

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    Parminder Vig, PhD
    Professor, Neurology & Biochemistry

    Research interests

    • To understand molecular mechanisms of nerve cell death in neurodegenerative diseases using transgenic mouse models and cell culture 

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    Junming Wang, PhD
    Associate Professor, Pathology
    Assistant Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior

    Research interests

    • Impact of neurosteroids on prevention of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzhiermer's disease and menopausal depression, and on regulation of risk factors by monitoring the neurogenesis and neuroprotection. 

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    Susan Warren, PhD
    Associate Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomical Research

    Research interests

    • Neurobiology of the somatosensory system and coding of spatiotemporal information in various centers throughout the tactile system

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    Wu Zhou, PhD
    Professor, Otolaryngology & Communicative Sciences

    Research interests

    • Mechanisms underlying vestibular function in health and diseases

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    Hong Zhu, PhD
    Associate Professor, Otolaryngology & Communicative Sciences

    Research interests

    • Neurophysiology of vestibular system
    • Neurobiology of opioids abuse

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