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Department of Neurobiology

  • Mark Alkema

    Mark Alkema, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: C.elegans behavorial genetics.

     

  • Christelle Anaclet

    Christelle Anaclet, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Neural circuitry regulating the sleep-wake cycle in mammals.

  • Claire Bénard

    Claire Bénard, PhD

    Academic Role: Adjunct Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Molecular mechanisms of nervous system  maintenance and protection.

     

  • Vivian Budnik

    Vivian Budnik, PhD

    Academic Role: Chair and Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Chair

    Focus:Molecular mechanisms of synapse assembly and plasticity

     

  • Alexandra C. Byrne

    Alexandra C. Byrne, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Mechanisms of axon regeneration and degeneration in the aging nervous system

  • Patrick Emery

    Patrick Emery, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor and Acting Chair

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Circadian Rhythms and photoreception in Drosophila.

     

  • Michael M. Francis

    Michael M. Francis, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Activity-dependent synaptic plasticity; Neuronal circuit development and function in C. elegans.

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  • Marc R. Freeman

    Marc R. Freeman, PhD

    Academic Role: Adjunct Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Director, Vollum Institute

    Focus: Molecular basis of neuron-glia signaling.

     

  • Kensuke Futai

    Kensuke Futai, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Department of Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: The roles of Inhibitory neurons in neuropsychiatric diseases.

     

  • Paul D. Gardner

    Paul D. Gardner, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: Regulation of nicotinic receptor gene expression in addiction and lung cancer.

  • Hemant Khanna

    Hemant Khanna, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology, Department of Ophthalmology, Horae Gene Therapy Center

    Focus: Photoreceptor protein trafficking and retinal degeneration; cell biology of cilia.

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  • Hong-Sheng Li

    Hong-Sheng Li, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor of Neurobiology

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Molecular Dissection of Drosophila Vision.

     

  • Gilles Martin

    Gilles Martin, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Department of Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: Drugs of abuse and memory; electrophysiology.

     

  • Haley E. Melikian

    Haley E. Melikian, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Department of Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: Cocaine and antidepressant-sensitive monoamine transporters.

  • Sonia I. Ortiz-Miranda

    Sonia I. Ortiz-Miranda, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Opioid effects on ion channels and neuropeptide release.

  • Claudio Punzo

    Claudio Punzo, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology, Department of Ophthalmology, Horae Gene Therapy Center

    Focus: Neurodegeneration in the retina; retinitis pigmentosa.

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  • Steven Reppert

    Steven Reppert, MD

    Academic Role: Distinguished Professor Emeritus

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Molecular Neuroethology.

  • Dorothy P. Schafer

    Dorothy P. Schafer, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Neuron-glia interactions regulating synaptic circuit development and plasticity.

  • Andrew Tapper

    Andrew Tapper, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Department of Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry

    Director, Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute

    Focus: Neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in addiction and neurological disease.

  • Travis C. Thomson

    Travis C. Thomson, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

  • David R. Weaver

    David R. Weaver, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Director, NeuroNexus Institute
    Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience

    Focus: Molecular regulation and physiological impact of circadian rhythms.

  • Yang Xiang

    Yang Xiang, Ph.D.

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Molecular and neural circuit mechanisms underlying behavior; light-evoked escape behavior.

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