Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience Faculty

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Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system at the systems, organismic, and cognitive levels. Behavioral neuroscience focuses on the neurobiological bases of behavior.  Research topics include neurotransmitter systems in discrete neural circuits and how plasticity in these systems mediates complex behavior, motivation, emotion, learning, and memory.  Cognitive neuroscience focuses on the neural correlates of higher cognitive functions.  This area typically employs neuroimaging techniques to examine neural activity associated with cognitive, perceptual, and emotional processes.

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Brett Clementz
Professor Neuroscience

Structural, functional & genetic abnormalities in schizophrenia.

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Gaylen L. Edwards
Professor Neuroscience; Physiology & Pharmacology; Toxicology

Neural processing of abdominal sensory information. Control of ingestive behavior and autonomic function.

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Brian W. Haas
Assistant Professor Neuroscience

Biological basis of social behavior and emotion processing in humans.

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Philip V. Holmes
Professor Neuroscience

Behavioral neuropharmacology; neuropeptides and trophic factors; plasticity; stress, depression, and addiction.

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Tianming Liu
Professor Bioinformatics; Neuroscience

Multiscale and multimodal brain mapping with applications to brain diseases.

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Jennifer McDowell
Professor Neuroscience

Schizophrenia, psychosis, cognitive control, plasticity, saccades, ocular motor system, exercise, f/MRI, DTI.

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Richard (Rich) Meagher
Distinguished Research Professor Genetics

Cell-type and nuclear-type specific epigenetic control in brain, adipose tissue, placenta, and blood, cellular memory and molecular turnover

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L. Stephen Miller
Professor and Director of Bio-imaging Research Center Neuroscience

My recent laboratory work focuses on aspects of working memory, executive function, and older adult cognition using structural and functional neuroimaging and neuropsychological tools.

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Piliyur Seshadri MohanKumar
Professor Neuroscience

Neuroendocrinology Reproductive Aging, Stress Axis and Metabolic Function, Neuroendocrine-Immune Interactions, Prenatal Programming and its Neuroendocrine Consequences, Neuroendocrine Effects of Exposure to Environmentally Relevant Chemicals

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Sheba M.J. MohanKumar
Associate Professor Neuroscience

Neuroendocrine immune interactions in the context of Reproduction and Stress, Prenatal Stress and programming of obesity, Environmental exposures and their impact on Stress and Reproduction, Biomarker development for various human diseases.

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Dean Sabatinelli
Associate Professor Neuroscience

Hemodynamic and electrocortical measures of emotional scene perception.

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Jesse R. Schank
Assistant Professor Neuroscience; Physiology & Pharmacology

The role of stress and neuropeptides in drug seeking behavior using behavioral pharmacology, neuroanatomy, and molecular neuroscience.

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Tarkeshwar Singh
Assistant Professor Neuroscience

Sensorimotor integration during motor planning and execution in healthy aging and neurodegenerative disorders

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John J. Wagner
Professor Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology; Toxciology

Neurophysiology of the hippocampus, cellular mechanisms of learning and memory, neuropharmacology of drugs of abuse and rodent models of addiction.

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Han-Rong Weng
Assistant Professor Neuroscience; Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Neuroscience, cellular biology, pharmacology, glial cells, pain.

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