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Neurobiology Faculty

Mark Alkema, Ph.D.


C. elegans behavioral genetics



Gabriella Boulting, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Activity-dependent gene expression in the primate brain




Alexandra Byrne, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Mechanisms of axon regeneration and degeneration in the aging nervous system



Ratna Chaturvedi, Ph.D. (Emery Lab)

Role of Glia in Sleep Regulation


Patrick Emery

Patrick Emery, Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Professor

Circadian rhythms and photoreception in Drosophila


Michael Francis

Michael Francis, Ph.D. (Francis Lab) 


Activity-dependent regulation of circuit connectivity and behavior



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Kensuke Futai, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

The roles of Inhibitory neurons in neuropsychiatric diseases


Peter M'Angale, Ph.D.  (Thomson Lab)


Understanding retrotransposons as friends or foe in synaptic plasticity, the nervous system, and beyond!


 Gilles Martin


Gilles Martin, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor

Drugs of abuse and memory




Haley Melikian, Ph.D.


Monoamine Transporters, Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Addiction

Shankar Ramachandran, Ph.D.
(Francis Lab)


Neuropeptide regulation of circuit function and behavior



Dorothy Schafer

Dorothy Schafer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Neuron-Glia interactions regulating synaptic circuit development and plasticity



Andrew Tapper

Andrew Tapper, Ph.D.


Neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in addiction and neurological disease




Travis Thomson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Viral-like mechanisms regulating synaptic plasticity

David Weaver

David Weaver, Ph.D.


Molecular physiology of circadian rhythms


Danny G. Winder, Ph.D.

Chair, Professor



Yang Xiang

Yang Xiang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Mechanism of sensory processing and behavior




Eviatar Yemini, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Neural activity and behavioral changes during development


Rubing Zhao-Shea, M.D. (Tapper Lab)



Emeritus Faculty

Vivian Budnik

Vivian Budnik, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Molecular mechanisms of synapse development and plasticity



Steven Reppert, M.D.                
Distinguished Professor Emeritus 

Molecular neuroethology


Faculty with a Secondary Appointment in Neurobiology

Eustathia Lela Giannaris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Radiology



Ryan Logan, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry

Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the relationships between sleep, circadian rhythms, and psychiatric disorders



Stephanie Puig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry



Claudio Punzo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Opthamology and Visual Sciences and Horae Gene Therapy Center



Jin Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine

Interplay of sensory systems and internal state; taste



Adjunct Faculty



Claire Bénard, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences, 
University of Quebec in Montreal

Molecular mechanisms of nervous system maintenance and protection


Leeyup Chung, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School



Michele L. Lemons, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Neuroscience, Assumption University


Susanna Molas Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder



Cristina Velázquez-Marrero, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Academic Affairs and Institute of Neurobiology, University pf Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus