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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



Vivian Budnik

Vivian Budnik, Ph.D.

Chair, Professor

Molecular mechanisms of synapse development and plasticity




Alexandra Byrne, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Mechanisms of axon regeneration and degeneration in the aging nervous system



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



Hong ShengLi

Hong-Sheng Li, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor

Neuronal regulation of membrane receptor signaling



 Gilles Martin

Gilles Martin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Drugs of abuse and memory




Haley Melikian, Ph.D.


Monoamine Transporters, Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Addiction

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


Yang Xiang

Yang Xiang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Mechanism of sensory processing and behavior




Eviatar Yemini, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Neural activity and behavioral changes during development


 Associated Faculty


Claire Bénard, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Molecular mechanisms of nervous system maintenance and protection


Marc Freeman

Marc Freeman, Ph.D. 

Adjunct Professor

Molecular basis of neuron-glia signaling




Heinrich Gompf, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor



Paul Greer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor



Claudio Punzo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor




Steve Reppert

Steven Reppert, M.D. (Reppert Lab)                  
Distinguished Professor Emeritus 

Molecular neuroethology



Cristina Velázquez-Marrero, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor


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

Interplay of sensory systems and internal state; taste


Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Ratna Chaturvedi, Ph.D.

Role of Glia in Sleep Regulation


Peter M'Angale, Ph.D. 


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