Faculty

The faculty who participate in the Neuroscience graduate program are listed below. You may find more information about any faculty member by clicking on their name.

In addition to the 70 laboratories of Neuroscience Program faculty, Neuroscience students may carry out their thesis studies in any of the over 120 additional labs affiliated with Herbert W. Boyer Program in Biological Sciences (PIBS). PIBS is an umbrella entity comprising five separate graduate programs, created to give students access to the broadest possible range of research and to encourage interactions among faculty and students in different disciplines.

PIBS sponsors many interdisciplinary activities designed to promote creative and interdisciplinary scientific research.

Jonah Chan
Jonah R. Chan, PhD

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Katerina Akassoglou
Neurovascular Mechanisms of Inflammation and Tissue Repair

Arturo Alvarez-Buylla
Birth and Migration of New Neurons

Kaveh Ashrafi
Analysis of Genetic and Neuronal Networks that Regulate Fat Content

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Scott Baraban
Neurobiology of Epilepsy

Samuel Barondes
Biological Psychiatry

Allan Basbaum
The Neurobiological Basis of Pain and its Control

Kevin Bender
Mechanisms and Function of Neuromodulation

Joshua Berke
Neurobiology of Motivation and Adaptive Decision-Making

Michael Brainard
Sensorimotor Learning in the Song System

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Jonah Chan
Neuronal/Glial Interactions that Control Myelination

Edward Chang
Speech Mechanisms

Benjamin Cheyette
Signaling Scaffold Proteins in Development and Major Psychiatric Disorders

David Copenhagen
Synaptic Interactions in the Retina: Pathways and Mechanisms

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Graeme Davis
Synapse Formation, Growth and Plasticity

Felice Dunn
Anatomy and function of retinal circuits under normal and disease states

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Robert Edwards
The Synaptic Basis of Behavior

Pam England
Chemical Neurobiology: Ion Channel Structure-Function, Synaptic Plasticity

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Evan Feinberg
Cortical-subcortical networks for sensory processing and behavior

Howard Fields
Neural Circuitry of Motivation

Steven Finkbeiner
Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Plasticity and Neurodegeneration

Loren Frank
Learning and Spatial Coding in the Hippocampal-Cortical Circuit

Ying-Hui Fu
Molecular Study of Human Sleep Behaviors

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Li Gan
Cellular and Molecular Pathways in Neurodegeneration

Karunesh Ganguly
Neuroprosthetics, motor rehabilitation, and plasticity

Adam Gazzaley
Neural Mechanisms of Attention and Memory

Lisa Gunaydin
Circuit basis of motivated behaviors in psychiatric disease

Su Guo
Stem Cells, Neural Circuitry and Behavior

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Andrea Hasenstaub
Genetic, Cellular, Circuit, and Functional Organization of Auditory Cortex

Stephen Hauser
Neurogenetics and Neuroimmunology of Demyelinating Diseases

Jonathan Horton
Structural Basis of Amblyopia and Strabismus

Eric J. Huang
Transcriptional Programs in Neuronal Survival and Differentiation

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Holly Ingraham
Neural Basis for Sex-Differences in Metabolism

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Lily Jan
Potassium Channels and Calcium-activated Chloride Channels

Yuh Nung Jan
Neuronal morphogenesis and circuit assembly

David Julius
The Molecular Biology of Nociception and Pain

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Aimee Kao
The molecular basis neurodegenerative diseases

Mazen Kheirbek
Neural circuits for emotional behaviors 

Yuriy Kirichok
Electrical Signaling at the Mitochondrion in Health and Disease

Zachary Knight
Neural circuits for homeostatic behaviors

Anatol Kreitzer
Synaptic Plasticity and Circuit Function in the Basal Ganglia

Arnold R. Kriegstein
Neural Stem Cells and Embryonic Cortical Development

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Noelle L'Etoile
Understand how molecules, cells, circuits and the physiology of an intact organism work together to produce learned behaviors

Jeff Lansman
Biophysics of Mechanosensitive and Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels

Jon Levine
Signal Transduction and Second Messenger Signaling in Pain Sensory Neurons; CNS Pain Control Mechanisms: Neural-Endocrine Control of Inflammation

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Devanand Manoli
Neural, molecular, and genetic mechanisms of social attachment throughout development and in disease

Daniel L. Minor
Structural and Mechanistic Studies of Ion Channels and Ion Channel Regulation

Anna Molofsky
Astrocytes in Neural Circuit Formation and Function

Lennart Mucke
Neurobiology of Diseases Affecting Cognitive Functions

Ken Nakamura
Mitochondrial Biology in Neurodegenerative Disease

Alexandra Nelson
The cellular and circuit mechanisms of movement disorders

Roger Nicoll
The Cellular and Molecular Basis of Synaptic Plasticity

Linda Noble
Injury and Repair Mechanisms in the CNS

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Michael Oldham
The molecular basis of cellular identity in the human brain

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Jorge Palop
Mechanisms of Network Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease

Jeanne Paz
Neural dynamics and plasticity in Epilepsy and associated cognitive dysfunction

Sam Pleasure
Control of Neural Stem Cell Fate and Migration in the Cortex

Kira Poskanzer
Astrocytic and neuronal function in the cortical microcircuit

Stanley Prusiner
Molecular Biological, Genetic and Protein Structural Studies of Prion Disease

Louis Ptacek
Genetics and Biology of Human Nervous System Disorders

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Dorit Ron
Signal Transduction, Molecular Neurobiology of Addiction

Susanna Rosi
Brain Injury, Neuroinflammation and Cognitive Function

David Rowitch
Overlapping Mechanisms in CNS Development and Disease

John Rubenstein
Genetic Regulation of Forebrain Development

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Philip N. Sabes
Cortical mechanisms of sensorimotor integration and learning: measuring and manipulating large-scale neural circuits

Stephan Sanders
Genomic and bioinformatic approaches to discovering the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders in humans, especially autism spectrum disorder

Massimo Scanziani
Representation of Complex Signals in the Central Auditory System

Christoph Schreiner
Representation of Complex Signals in the Central Auditory System

William Seeley
Selective Vulnerability in Neurodegenerative Disease

Vikaas Sohal
Information Processing in Cortical Microcircuits: Optogenetic Tools and Implications for Psychiatric Disease

David Sretavan
Axon Injury, Disease, and Novel Paradigms for Therapy

Matthew State
Genetics and genomics of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders

Philip Starr
Physiology of movement disorders in humans

Michael Stryker
Development and Plasticity of the Central Visual System

Raymond Swanson
Reactive oxygen species in neuronal signaling and disease

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Laurence Tecott
Molecular Genetic Analysis of Behavioral Traits

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Erik Ullian
Interactions between Neurons and Glia that are Required for the Proper Development and Function of the Nervous System

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Christian Vaisse
Genetics of Metabolic Diseases

Saul Villeda
Mechanisms of Brain Aging and Rejuvenation

Susan Voglmaier
Vesicle Trafficking and Neurotransmitter Release

Mark Von Zastrow
Linking Cell Signaling and Membrane Traffic

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Jennifer Whistler
GPCR trafficking and the regulation of responsiveness to drugs of abuse