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Bing Zhang

Genetic dissection of synaptic plasticity, neural circuitry, and behavior in fruit flies

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Matthew J. Will

Behavioral, pharmacological, and molecular analysis of the interaction between stress and the reinforcement process within the context of animal models of addiction

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Rebecca Whiting

Ex vivo gene therapy for treatment of CLN2 Batten disease using a canine model.  We are pursuing combined treatment of the brain and retina to achieve amelioration of all neurologic symptoms in this disease

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Gary A. Weisman

Research relates to effects of ischemia and Alzheimer’s disease on nucleotide receptors and their signal transduction pathways in the brain to develop therapeutic strategies for these diseases

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Mahesh Thakkar

Our focus is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the control of sleep-wake cycle

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Grace Y. Sun

Signal transduction pathways, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and alcoholism

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Agnes Simonyi

Biochemical mechanisms underlying learning and memory with particular focus on specific subtypes of metabotropic glutamate receptors

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Shivendra Shukla

Ethanol effects on cell signaling

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David Schulz

Neural network function, cellular and subcellular regulation of neuronal excitability, and the balance between plasticity and stability in neurons and neural networks

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Johannes Schul

Neuroethology of acoustic communication in insects and frogs – comparative analysis of the neuronal basis of call recognition and phonotaxis

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Heide Schatten

Cell biology of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases

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Todd Schachtman

Differentiating the processes of acquisition, retention, and retrieval of information as causes of test performance deficits (e.g., interference) in animals and examining the effects of metabotropic glutamate receptors on learning

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Lixing Reneker

Signal transduction pathways in lens development; Factors controlling corneal endothelial cell formation and differentiation

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Michael J. Petris

There is evidence that redox active metals such as copper contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.  We are interested in characterizing how changes in metal ion homeostasis contribute to Alzheimer’s disease with an emphasis on inflammation.

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Ilker Ozden

Understanding (1) the interactive roles of the cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum in motor control and learning, and (2) how disrupted neural signaling across these brain regions leads to motor deficits, such as those in Parkinson’s disease

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Dennis O’Brien

Hereditary and acquired neurodegenerative diseases of domestic animals

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Nicole L. Nichols

Understanding how plasticity in the motor control systems for respiration and swallowing can be enhanced in models of motor neuron death, including ALS, to preserve/restore breathing and swallowing

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Satish S. Nair

Dynamical foundations of neuroscience, computational neuroscience and systems biology; identification and uncertainty modeling using robust, adaptive and intelligent techniques

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Dennis K. Miller

Our lab is interested in studying the biological basis of drug addiction and obesity.  The goal is the development of novel pharmacotherapies for and to determine the effect of the environment on these behavioral states.

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Mirela Milescu

Molecular mechanisms underlying the function and regulation of voltage-gated ion channels; interactions between ion channels and neurotoxins

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