Approved Faculty Mentors

Joanne Conover

Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Research Interests: Neural stem cell biology and its application in neurodegenerative disease

 

Alexander Jackson

Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Research Interests: Cellular and synaptic neurophysiology of neural circuits in the mammalian hypothalamus that regulate fundamental behavioral states such as sleep, arousal and feeding

Rahul Kanadia 

Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Research Interests: The role of posttranscriptional gene regulation during vertebrate development. 

Joseph LoTurco

Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Research Interests: Understanding mechanisms that direct development of the neocortex. Currently, a combination of molecular genetics, patch clamp electrophysiology, and cell culture are being used to study the mechanisms that regulate neurogenesis in the cerebral cortex.

Karen Menuz

Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Research Interests: How the molecular and cellular environment surrounding olfactory neurons influences their activity, and ultimately odor-driven behaviors. 

Barbara Mellone

Department of Molecular & Cell Biology

Research Interests: Regulation of chromosomes segregation during cell division in higher eukaryotes and the contribution of centromeres and kinetochores in this process. We use a variety of molecular, cell biological, biochemical, and genetic approaches. We are also interested in determining how our findings apply to humans, and to diseases related to chromosome dysfunction, such as mental retardation and cancer.

 

Daniel Mulkey

Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Research Interests: Investigations on the electrophysiological characteristics of mammalian neurons in brainstem regions associated with respiratory control, specifically defining properties unique to respiratory chemoreceptors. I am also interested in the cellular mechanisms by which chemoreceptors sense changes in CO2/pH.

Linnaea Ostroff

Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Research Interests: How synaptic changes mediate learning and memory, and particularly in how animals learn to differentiate between safety and danger

John Salamone

Department of Psychological Sciences

Research Interests: Psychopharmacology; Neurochemistry and behavior; Behavioral functions of dopamine and acetylcholine; Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, depression.

 

Daniel Schwartz

Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Research Interests: Computational and experimental techniques to discover, catalog, and functionally understand short linear protein motifs.

Jianjun Sun

Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Research Interests: Research in the laboratory focuses on reproductive physiology and ovarian cancer. Powerful genetic tools in Drosophila will be applied to decipher the formation and physiological function of the secretory cells in the female reproductive tract, the cells of origin of ovarian cancer.

Anastasios Tzingounis

Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Research Interests: Cellular neuroscience, intrinsic mechanisms that prevent epileptogenesis.

Li Wang

Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Research Interests: Research in this laboratory is focused on several related areas centered on nuclear receptor regulation of chronic liver diseases: 1) transcriptional and translational regulation of non-coding RNA (microRNA and lncRNA) in bile acid metabolism and cholestatic liver fibrosis; 2) nutrient mediated mTOR and metabolic signaling in the epigenetic control of liver cancer; 3) circadian clock control of ER stress signaling and homocysteine metabolism in alcoholic fatty liver.