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Susanne E. Ahmari, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Circuit dynamics underlying pathology and treatment of compulsive behaviors and anxiety disorders
Elias Aizenman, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroprotection.
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Howard J. Aizenstein, MD, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry, Bioengineering
Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience of Aging and Geriatric Brain Disorders
Issam Al Diri, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
Chromatin structure and function during retinal development and disease.
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Kathryn M. Albers, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology
Growth factors and sensory neuron function in pain and nerve injury.
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Carey D. Balaban, PhD
Professor, Otolaryngology, Biological Sciences, Neurological Surgery
Anatomy, neurophysiology, and neurochemistry of vestibular function.
Alison Barth, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Neuroscience
Plasticity in developing and adult neocortex.
Aaron Batista, PhD
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Sensory-motor integration and neural prosthetics
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Sarah B. Berman, MD PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurology
Mitochondria in neurodegeneration
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Edward A. Burton, MD, DPhil, FRCP
Associate Professor of Neurology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Neuroprotective strategies for Parkinson’s disease and progressive supranuclear palsy
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Judy L. Cameron, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry
Effects of everyday life stresses on behavior and health
Claire E. Cheetham, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
Development, plasticity and regeneration of neural circuits
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Jun Chen, PhD
Professor, Neurology, Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, V.A. Pittsburgh Health System
Mechanisms of cell death and neuroprotection in cerebral ischemia and Parkinson's disease.
Charleen T. Chu, MD, PhD
Professor, Pathology
Cell signaling, dendritic morphogenesis and autophagy/mitophagy in neurodegenerative diseases
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Marlene Cohen, PhD
Associate Professor, Neuroscience
Using attention to study cortical population codes
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Carol L. Colby, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience
Cortical mechanisms of memory, attention, and spatial representation in primates.
Brian M. Davis, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of central and peripheral nervous system development and plasticity.
Donald B. DeFranco, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair, Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, Neuroscience
Glucocorticoid Regulation of Neurodevelopment.
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C. Edward Dixon, PhD
Professor, Neurological Surgery, Anesthesiology, Neurobiology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Mechanisms of post-traumatic memory deficits, models of traumatic brain injury, and functional outcomes.
Brent Doiron, PhD
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Theoretical investigations of the impact of neural variability on sensory processing.
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Yan Dong, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience
Cellular and circuitry mechanisms underlying pathological neural plasticity
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Christopher Donnelly, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
The pathogenesis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Frontotemporal Dementia and similar age-dependent neurodegenerative diseases.
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Kirk I. Erickson, PhD
Professor, Psychology
Neuroimaging and cognitive studies of age and health.
G. Bard Ermentrout, PhD
Professor, Mathematics, Neurobiology
Applications of mathematics to biological systems.
Fabio Ferrarelli, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Neural circuits implicated in the development, pathophysiology, and treatment of schizophrenia and other major psychiatric disorders.
Julie A. Fiez, PhD
Professor, Psychology, Neuroscience
Neuroimaging and behavioral studies of language, working memory, motivation, and learning.
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Kenneth N. Fish, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Functional consequences of altered connectivity in schizophrenia; the early secretory pathway's role in neurodevelopment and synaptogenesis
Zachary Z. Freyberg, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release and their contribution to neuropsychiatric illness
Neeraj J. Gandhi, PhD
Professor, Bioengineering, Neuroscience, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Neural signatures of action and cognition
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Omar Gharbawie, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
Organization of motor & sensory cortex in primates
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Peter J. Gianaros, PhD
Professor, Psychology
Imaging neuroscience and psychophysiological studies of stress and heart disease.
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Aryn H. Gittis, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
Neural circuits in the basal ganglia involved in motor control and disease
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Michael S. Gold, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology
Peripheral mechanisms of pain.
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Anthony A. Grace, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
Neurophysiology of basal ganglia system related to psychiatric disorders.
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Steven H. Graham, PhD, MD
Professor, Neurology
Neuronal cell death in ischemia and trauma.
J. Timothy Greenamyre, MD, PhD
Professor, Neurology
Mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroprotection in Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases.
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Jeffrey M. Gross, PhD
Professor, Ophthalmology, Developmental Biology
Development, Disease and Regeneration of the Eye
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Teresa G. Hastings, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurology, Neuroscience
Oxidative mechanisms associated with neurodegeneration.
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Lori L. Holt, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Neuroscience
Auditory cognitive neuroscience, with a focus on spoken language
Gregg E. Homanics, PhD
Professor, Anesthesiology, Neurobiology, and Pharmacology & Chemical Biology
Mechanism(s) of alcohol action.
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Bryan M. Hooks, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
Organization of mouse cortical circuitry underlying control of movement.
John P. Horn, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology
Synaptic computation and neuromodulation in catecholaminergic neurons
Charles C. Horn, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine
Neuromodulation of the vagus nerve in chronic diseases.
Xiaoming Hu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurology
The mechanism of neuroinflammation and immunotherapies for stroke
Yanhua Huang, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Cellular and circuit mechanisms underlying drug addiction and sleep-mediated regulation of reward.
Tija C. Jacob, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology & Chemical Biology
Regulation of GABAergic inhibition in development and mental disorders
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Jon W. Johnson, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience, Psychiatry
Biophysics, pharmacology, structure, and regulation of glutamate receptors.
Karl Kandler, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology
Plasticity of inhibitory circuits during development and pathology.
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Robert E. Kass, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Neuroscience
Statistical analysis of neural data.
Anthony E. Kline, PhD
Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Critical Care Medicine, Psychology, and Center for Neuroscience
Therapeutic strategies and mechanisms for experimental traumatic brain injury
H. Richard Koerber, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology
Development, plasticity and pain processing in sensory neurons and in the spinal dorsal horn.
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Takashi D.Y. Kozai, PhD
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, neuroprotection, and repair (in vivo 2P imaging and Brain-computer interfaces)
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Sandra J. Kuhlman, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
Influence of cortical inhibitory circuits on sensory development and perceptual learning.
Cynthia Lance-Jones, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurobiology
Motoneuron development and spinal cord patterning.
Tai Sing Lee, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Neuroscience, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Study of visual perception, perceptual organization, neural plasticity and neural coding; computer vision.
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David A. Lewis, MD
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Functional architecture of the prefrontal cortex and schizophrenia.
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Laura E. Lillien, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurobiology
Mouse models of developmental disorders.
Ryan W. Logan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Circadian rhythms of psychiatric disorders
Beatriz Luna, PhD
Staunton Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Psychology
Transition from adolescent to adult level cognitive control through fMRI, DTI, PET, MRSI and cognitive testing
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Colleen A. McClung, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry
The molecular basis of psychiatric diseases.
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Stephen D. Meriney, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience, Psychiatry
Regulation and modulation of presynaptic ion channels and transmitter release in healthy and diseased synapses.
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Paul W. Munro, PhD
Associate Professor, Information Science
Adaption, learning, and plasticity in simulated neural networks.
Carl R. Olson, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Neuroscience
Cortical mechanisms of cognition in primates.
Anne-Marie Oswald, PhD
Associate Professor, Neuroscience
Contributions of cortical microcircuit properties to information processing and coding in the olfactory system.
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Quasar S. Padiath, PhD
Associate Professor, Human Genetics
Gene identification and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative and demyelinating disorders
Michael J. Palladino, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Chemical Biology
Molecular mechanisms of metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases.
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Udai Pandey, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Molecular mechanisms of human neurodegenerative diseases.
Mary L. Phillips, MD, MD (CANTAB)
Professor, Psychiatry
Identifying neural circuitry problems that underlie abnormal emotion processing in adults and youth with mood disorders.
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Ian F. Pollack, MD
Distinguished Professor, Neurosurgery
Signal transduction pathways in glioma growth, molecular markers of glioma prognosis.
Sarah E. Ross, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurobiology
Neural circuits of pain and pleasure
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Ethan A. Rossi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Bioengineering
Development and deployment of advanced imaging tools to study the healthy and diseased retina at the level of single cells in the living human eye.
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Jonathan E. Rubin, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics
Theoretical and computational modeling of dynamics in neuronal networks.
Maria (Lania) Eulalia Rubio, MD/PhD
Associate Professor, Neurobiology
AMPA receptors in hearing and hearing loss. Ultrastructure and the nature of the tripartite synapse
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Caroline A. Runyan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Imaging and manipulating cells and circuits to understand population coding across the cortical hierarchy
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Srivatsun Sadagopan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
Cortical mechanisms underlying the processing of complex sounds.
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José-Alain Sahel, MD
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of retinal degeneration and development of treatments for currently incurable blinding diseases
Dean F. Salisbury, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry
Human cognitive neuroscience and multimodal neuroimaging of pathology and pathophysiology in the early course of psychosis
Oliver Schluter, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of physiological and pathophysiological synaptic plasticity
Andrew B. Schwartz, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology
Cerebral basis for volitional movement and cortical neural prosthetics.
Rebecca P. Seal, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurobiology
Studies of sensory and motor circuits in health and disease.
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Marianne L. Seney, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
The molecular basis of sex differences in depression
Susan R. Sesack, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience
Functional neuroanatomy of cortical and brainstem monoamine systems.
Afonso C. Silva, PhD
Endowed Chair Professor of Translational Neuroimaging, Neurobiology
Anatomical and functional imaging of the marmoset brain; cerebrovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease; genetic engineering.
Matthew A. Smith, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Cortical circuits and population codes that underlie visual perception
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Alexander Sorkin, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Cell Biology and Physiology
Cell and molecular biology of dopamine transporter
Shawn F. Sorrells, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Neuron migration and maturation in the limbic system in mice and humans.
William R. Stauffer, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
Rewards, emotions, and decision making.
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Sean D. Stocker, PhD, FAHA
Professor
Autonomic dysfunction in cardiovascular disease and body fluid homeostasis
Peter L. Strick, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Chair of Neurobiology, Center for Neuroscience Co-Director
CNS circuits of motor and cognitive functions; motor skill acquisition and retention; functional imaging.
Dandan Sun, MD, PhD
Professor, Neurology
Ion transporters in neurological diseases.
Alan F. Sved, PhD
Professor and Chair, Neuroscience; Center for Neuroscience Co-Director
Central control of autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular function; neurobiology of nicotine pharmacology.
Robert A. Sweet, MD
UPMC Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience and Professor of Neurology
Mechanisms of psychosis in Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia.
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Bradley K. Taylor, PhD
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Neurobiology and Pharmacology of Chronic Pain and Opioid Dependence
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Tobias Teichert, PhD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Bioengineering
Neural mechanisms of auditory function and decision-making in the non-human primate
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Amantha Thathiah, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
Cellular and molecular pathogenesis in Alzheimer's disease.
Mary Torregrossa, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Determining developmental risk factors for addiction and novel treatments based on learning and memory systems.
Gelsy Torres-Oviedo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Neuromechanical mechanisms for locomotor learning in humans with and without neurological disorders.
Robert S. Turner, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology
Neural circuits of motor performance and skill learning. Dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. Neuromodulation. Deep brain stimulation.
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Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair of Research Otolaryngology, Director Pittsburgh Hearing Research Center
Mechanisms underlying normal and pathological hearing
Nathaniel N. Urban, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology
Physiology imaging and computation in the olfactory system.
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Alberto L. Vazquez, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Imaging of neuronal, metabolic and vascular function and dysfunction
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Timothy Verstynen, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychology
Neural basis of action planning, decision-making and skill learning.
Amy K. Wagner, MD
Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
The impact of gender and changes in neurochemistry on rehabilitation and treatment outcomes after traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Clayton A. Wiley, MD, PhD
Professor, Pathology
Examining mechanisms of neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer's Disease, AIDS, West Nile Virus and influenza infection.
Ross S. Williamson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
Functional organization of auditory corticofugal circuits
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Zachary P. Wills, PhD
Assistant Professor
Neural Circuit Development and Dysfunction in Disease
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George F. Wittenberg, MD, PhD
Visiting Professor, Neurology
Restoration of voluntary movement after neurological injury.
Yan Xu, PhD
Professor, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, Structural Biology
Gene and stem cell therapy in brain ischemia/membrane protein structure by NMR.
Bill J. Yates, PhD
Professor, Otolaryngology, Neuroscience
Vestibular influences on autonomic control and navigation.
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Kejie Yin, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurology
Mechanisms of neurovascular damage and repair in cerebral ischemia and traumatic brain injury