Primary Faculty

Noor Akhter, Ph.D.   Associate Professor
Steroid regulation of somatotropes in the male

Jason Y. Chang, Ph.D.   Associate Professor of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences, Ophthalmology
Neuronal programmed cell death, neurotoxicity of cholesterol oxides

Gwen V. Childs, Ph.D.   Professor and Chair of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences
Neuroendocrine regulation of growth and reproduction

David L. Davies, Ph.D.   Professor
Pathogenesis of ethanol and trauma related brain damage

Paul D. Drew, Ph.D.   Professor and Vice Chair
Neurodegenerative disorders including multiple sclerosis and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Edgar Garcia-Rill, Ph.D.   Professor of Anatomy and Psychiatry
Disorders of the reticular activating system and sleep, schizophrenia, depression, PTSD, spinal cord injury

Abdallah Hayar, Ph.D.   Associate Professor
Role of synchronized bursting activity in olfactory bulb processing of sensory input.

Cynthia (Cindy) J.M. Kane, Ph.D.   Professor
Regulation of glial-neuronal interactions in the CNS during normal and abnormal brain development

Melanie C. MacNicol, Ph.D.   Assistant Professor
Signal transduction and mRNA translation in neurons

Angus M. MacNicol, Ph.D.   Professor
Regulation of early vertebrate development, cell cycle progression and cellular differentiation

Mark S. Mennemeier, Ph.D.   Professor, Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Laboratory in the Center for Translational Neuroscience.
Neural mechanisms of neglect

Edgar R. Meyer, Ph.D.   Assistant Professor
Gross anatomy, histology (microscopic anatomy), embryology (developmental anatomy), neuroanatomy, and virtual anatomy

Kevin D. Phelan, Ph.D.   Professor
Regulation of synaptic transmission and ethanol effects on the brain

Robert D. Skinner, Ph.D.   Professor
Spinal cord injury and locomotion pattern generators; midlatency auditory evoked potentials in human brain diseases and the startle response in an animal model

Laura C. Stanley, Ph.D.   Assistant Professor
Medical Education; Neurodegenerative Disease

Mohsin M. Syed, Ph.D.   Associate Professor


Secondary Faculty

Elie D. Al-Chaer, MS, Ph.D., JD Professor of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology, Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences & Director, Center for Pain Research
Neurobiology of visceral pain and functional gastrointestinal disorders

Steve W. Barger, Ph.D. Professor of Geriatrics, Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, and Internal Medicine
Signal transduction and gene regulation in neurons; neuron-microglia interaction

Puran S. Bora, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
Age Related Macular Degeneration

Yuzhi Chen, Ph.D. Assistant professor of Geriatrics and Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences
Neddylation in Alzheimer’s disease and adult brain stem cell development

Maxim Dobretsov, Ph.D.
Neurobiology of pain and diabetic neuropathy; Physiological roles of isoforms of Na+,K+-ATPase

John Dornhoffer, M.D. Professor, Director, Division of Otology/Neurotology Board Certified Otolaryngologist
Neurovestibular research; hearing loss and vertigo

W. Sue T. Griffin, Ph.D. Professor and Vice Chairman for Research The Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics
Molecular biology of Alzheimer’s disease

Linda Larson-Prior, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Psychiatry
The role of sleep in cognitive function in health and disease, neurodynamics, and brain functional connectivity

Sang-hun Lee, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences
GABAergic interneurons, cannabinoid signaling system, epilepsy, and radiation neurobiology

Stacy A. Rudnicki, M.D. Professor of Neurology
Neurological disorders and stroke


Professors Emeriti

Helen Benes, Ph.D.   Professor Emeritus
Sex-specific gene activity for mosquito control; lipid peroxidation during aging and development in insects

E. Robert Burns, Ph.D.   Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Interdisciplinary Toxicology
Experimental oncology and chronochemotherapy; PreK-14 health science outreach

M. Donald Cave, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus
Probes for the diagnosis and molecular epidemiology of diseases caused by bacterial pathogens

Shirley Ann Gilmore, Ph.D.
John E. Pauly, Ph.D.
Jerome K. Sherman, Ph.D.


Adjunct Faculty

Roger Buchanan, Ph.D.
Barbara Clancy, Ph.D.
Lori Hensley, Ph.D.
Richard Murray, Ph.D.
Nancy B. Reese, Ph.D.
Malathi Srivatsan, Ph.D.