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 Research

The Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience research area is focused on using sophisticated tools from modern molecular and cellular biology to investigate how the nervous system functions at the microscopic scale.

This includes research into how neuronal molecules regulate the complex molecular and cellular environment to enable proper neuronal function, how cells of the nervous system communicate with one another, how neural structures develop from the embryo to the adult organism, and how molecular and cellular function is disrupted in disease states.

 Affiliated Faculty

Professor
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Dr Clegg's research focuses on developing cures for blindness using embryonic, iPS, and adult stem cells.
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Neural & cardiovascular tissue engineering/regenerative medicine. Stem cells, mechanobiology, molecular control systems.
Professor
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Normal and Pathological Action of the Microtubule-Associated Protein Tau; Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Research Professor
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Structure and function in the vertebrate retina with an emphasis on mechanisms underlying photoreceptor degeneration and the role of glial cells in normal and injured or diseased retina.
Associate Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences
Spatial and temporal organization of stochastic axon systems in the brain.
Distinguished Professor
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Neural plasticity including the molecular basis of plasticity and neurodegenerative disease-related impairments related to plasticity and proteostasis. Neural development and evolution from a molecular and genetic perspective.
Assistant Professor
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Combining theory and experimentation to understand how navigational decisions come about in terms of neural-circuit computation.
Associate Professor
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Mechanistic and functional study of viral host interaction.
Distinguished Professor
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Molecular and cellular basis of animal behavior in flies and mosquitoes.
Distinguished Professor
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Combination of molecular, genetic, and state-of-the-art imaging approaches to define and solve fundamental questions in cell and developmental biology with implications for neurodegenerative disease, ischemic diseases and cancer.
Assistant Professor
Chemical Engineering
Neuroimaging, MRI, biochemical imaging of the GI tract.
Professor
Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Macroevolution, phylogenetics, bioluminescence, vision, molecular evolution, complexity, marine organismal biology.
Distinguished Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Computer Science
Computational methods, mathematical modeling, and machine learning, with application to a wide range of problems from systems biology, neuroscience and engineering.
Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences
Organization, development and plasticity of the retina and visual pathway.
Professor
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
We research in two primary areas: (1) the mechanisms of neural tube closure in Xenopus and Ciona; (2) and behavior and neural circuity in Ciona.
Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences
Dr. Szumlinski’s major research interest concerns the biochemical mechanisms underlying the changes in brain and behavior produced by chronic exposure to drugs of abuse, in particular psychomotor stimulants and alcohol.
Professor
Computer Science
Data-centric modeling of systems and he focuses on the development of new methods that can be applied to real-world applications.
Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Novel reporters for neural activity, CMOS image sensors and circuits for neurotechnology.
Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanics of cells and tissues; design of bio-inspired materials with applications to packaging, healthcare and robotics; instrument development.
Professor
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Molecular mechanisms underlying polycystic kidney disease, and SNARE fusion proteins.
Research Professor
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Mechanism and regulation of microtubule polymerization and dynamics; mechanism of action of microtubule-targeted anticancer drugs and microtubule-regulatory proteins.
Assistant Professor
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Combines tools from Biology, Engineering, and Physics to understand the cell’s perceptual field.