Neuroscience Faculty

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Abraham, Anna

Anna Abraham Professor Neuroscience Neurocognition of creativity & imagination – reality/fiction distinction, self/social cognition, mental time travel, semantic cognition, aesthetics Website

Barany, Deborah

Deborah Barany Assistant Professor Neuroscience Neural mechanisms of goal-directed movement; Functional neuroimaging; non-invasive brain stimulation; neurorehabilitation Website

Bartlett, Michael

Michael Bartlett University Professor Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences; Neuroscience ADME of drugs and environmental toxicants; impact of compounds on memory, cognition, and neuropathic pain; oligonucleotide therapeutics and biomarkers. Website

Cai, Haini

Haini Cai Associate Professor Cellular Biology; Neuroscience Nuclear and genome organization; Chromatin structure and function; Gene regulation in Drosophila development. Website

Clementz, Brett

Brett Clementz Professor Neuroscience Structural, functional & genetic abnormalities in schizophrenia. Website

Coffield, Julie

Julie Coffield Associate Professor Physiology and Pharmacology; Toxicology; Neuroscience Neurotoxic agents that alter synaptic transmission. The actions of toxins such as the Clostridial neurotoxins (Botulinum and Tetanus) at the mammalian neuromuscular junction. Website

Duberstein, Kylee Jo

Kylee Jo Duberstein Associate Professor Neuroscience; Animal and Dairy Science Animal biomechanics related to disease, injury, conditioning, and nutrition; functional outcomes assessment related to therapeutics development Website

Easley IV, Charles A.

Charles A. Easley, IV Associate Professor Environmental Health Science; Regenerative Bioscience Center Research in the Easley lab focuses on 3 major goals: 1) impacts of environmental exposures on spermatogenesis and future generations, 2) regenerative medicine by developing stem cell treatment options for male factor infertility, and 3) drug discovery for identifying unique compounds which may …

Edwards, Gaylen L.

Gaylen L. Edwards Professor Neuroscience; Physiology & Pharmacology; Toxicology Neural processing of abdominal sensory information. Control of ingestive behavior and autonomic function. Website

Eggenschwiler, Jonathan

Jonathan Eggenschwiler Associate Professor Genetics; Neuroscience Genetic analysis of mouse development; cell fate specification in the embryonic central nervous system; patterning of the body plan’s left-right axis. Website

Filipov, Nikolay

Nikolay Filipov Professor Physiology and Pharmacology; Neuroscience; Cellular Biology; Toxicology Major research focus areas: Neurotoxicology; Neuroimmunology; Basal ganglia, Neurodevelopmental, and Metabolic disorders. Website

Goodie, Adam

Adam Goodie Professor Neuroscience Judgment and decision making, especially the role of control in decision making, Bayesian updating, and cognitive contributors to problem gambling. Website

Guo, Tai L.

Tai L. Guo Professor Toxicology; Neuroscience (Immuno)Toxicology of nanobiomaterials and endocrine disruptors; Diabetes, prostate cancer, asthma, probiotics, microbiome; Translational study ( Website

Haas, Brian W.

Brian W. Haas Assistant Professor Neuroscience Biological basis of social behavior and emotion processing in humans. Website

Haltiwanger, Robert

Robert Haltiwanger Professor; GRA Eminent Scholar in Biomedical Glycosciences Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience Role of glycosylation in regulating Notch signaling, assisting protein folding, and development. Website

Hammond, Billy

Billy Hammond Professor Neuroscience Website

Holmes, Philip V.

Philip V. Holmes Professor Neuroscience Behavioral neuropharmacology; neuropeptides and trophic factors; plasticity; stress, depression, and addiction. Website

Hooks, Shelley

Shelley Hooks Professor Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences; Neuroscience G-protein coupled receptors, molecular pharmacology, signal transduction, ovarian cancer, neural stem cells. Website

Kamiyama, Daichi

Daichi Kamiyama Assistant Professor Cellular Biology; Neuroscience Our research is aimed at identifying the principles of neural circuit assembly, which is key to understanding the treatment of neurological disorders. To achieve this, we develop imaging toolkits including fluorescent probes and advanced microscopes. Website

Kanthasamy, Anumantha G.

Anumantha G. Kanthasamy John H. "Johnny" Isakson Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Professor, Physiology & Pharmacology Department Director, Center for Neurological Disease Research Research focuses on cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, identifying novel druggable targets, discovering prodromal biomarkers and novel reengineered gut microbiome based therapeutics for treatment of neurological disorders such as …

Kanthasamy, Arthi

Arthi Kanthasamy Professor, Physiology & Pharmacology Department Research focuses on cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, identifying novel immunomodulatory drugs, discovering biomarkers for diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases related dementia. Website

Karumbaiah, Lohitash

Lohitash Karumbaiah Assistant Professor Neuroscience Developing Translational Glycomaterials for Neural Tissue Repair and Neural Interfacing. Website

Lauderdale, James

James Lauderdale Associate Professor Cellular Biology; Neuroscience Developmental neurobiology: molecular genetic mechanisms of vertebrate eye and forebrain development. Website

Lee, Jae-Kyung (Jamise)

Jae-Kyung (Jamise) Lee Associate Professor Physiology & Pharmacology; Neuroscience My research is focused on determining key molecules and their intrinsic mechanisms in neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative diseases. Website Laboratory Website

Liu, Dexi

Dexi Liu Professor Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences; Neuroscience Gene therapy, obesity, drug delivery, gene drug discovery. Website

Liu, Hongxiang

Hongxiang Liu Assistant Professor Neuroscience Sensory organs of taste: development, maintenance, and molecular regulations using genetically modified mouse models. Website

Liu, Shaolin

Shaolin Liu Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Center for Neurological Disease Research Cellular to network mechanisms of olfaction and olfactory dysfunction in diseases including Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease, traumatic or neurotoxic brain injuries. Website

Liu, Tianming

Tianming Liu Professor Bioinformatics; Neuroscience Multiscale and multimodal brain mapping with applications to brain diseases. Website

McDowell, Jennifer

Jennifer McDowell Professor Neuroscience Schizophrenia, psychosis, cognitive control, plasticity, saccades, ocular motor system, exercise, f/MRI, DTI. Website

MohanKumar, Piliyur Seshadri

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 Website

MohanKumar, Sheba

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. Website

Mortensen, Luke

Luke Mortensen Assistant Professor Neuroscience In vivo optical microscopy for bone and tissue regeneration. Website

Noble, Emily

Emily Noble Assistant Professor Nutritional Sciences; Neuroscience Central regulation of feeding behavior, diet and cognitive function, the gut microbiome-brain connection, exercise and brain energy metabolism Website

Oshri, Assaf

Assaf Oshri Associate Professor Neuroscience Youth and Family Resilience: how neurobiological and socioemotional systems adapt to psychosocial stress using multi-level methods (e.g., fMRI, psychophys, observations) Website

Renzi Hammond, Lisa

Lisa Renzi-Hammond Associate Professor Neuroscience Director, Institute of Gerontology Visual neuroscience; risk for neurodegenerative diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and Alzheimer's and related dementias Website

Roberts-Galbraith, Rachel

Rachel Roberts-Galbraith Assistant Professor Cellular Biology; Neuroscience Regeneration and development; understanding cellular/molecular mechanisms that underlie neural regeneration in planarians. Website

Sabatinelli, Dean

Dean Sabatinelli Associate Professor Neuroscience Hemodynamic and electrocortical measures of emotional scene perception. Website

Schank, Jesse

Jesse Schank Associate Professor Neuroscience; Physiology & Pharmacology The role of stress and neuropeptides in drug seeking behavior using behavioral pharmacology, neuroanatomy, and molecular neuroscience. Website

Schmidt, Walter

Walter K. Schmidt Jr. Professor Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience Molecular cell biology and biochemistry of proteases associated with isoprenylated protein maturation and amyloidogenic peptide degradation; cancer; Alzheimer’s disease. Website

Shen, Ping

Ping Shen Associate Professor Cellular Biology; Neuroscience Molecular and Cellular Basis of Brain Functions and Development in the Drosophila Model. Website

Stice, Steven

Steven Stice D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor GRA Eminent Scholar Regenerative Bioscience Center Director Neuroscience; Toxicology We are developing stem cell approaches to repairing bone and nerve injury in addition to use of stem cells as a tool to screen toxins and potential drug therapies. Website

Tiemeyer, Michael

Michael Tiemeyer Distinguished Research Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience Mechanisms that regulate the expression, function, and structure of tissue-specific glycans. Website

Wagner, John J.

John J. Wagner Professor Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology; Toxicology Neurophysiology of the hippocampus, cellular mechanisms of learning and memory, neuropharmacology of drugs of abuse and rodent models of addiction. Website

West, Franklin

Franklin West Associate Professor Neuroscience; Regenerative Medicine Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide. We explore the potential of neural stem cells and other regenerative therapies to recover lost and damaged brain tissue. We utilize a novel pig ischemic stroke model in conjunction with magnetic resonance imaging, cognitive, motor function testing and histology. …

Xu, Jing

Jing Xu Assistant Professor Neuroscience Identify behavioral, cognitive, and neural mechanisms for dexterity; learning and control principles for skilled movement; rehabilitation after neuromuscular injuries. Website

Yao, Yao

Yao Yao Assistant Professor Neuroscience Develop regenerative therapies for neurological diseases by investigating the pathological and therapeutic roles of extracellular vesicles in cellular and animal models. Website

Zeltner, Nadja

Nadja Zeltner Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Cellular Biology; Neuroscience Effects of pathological stress on cells of the peripheral nervous system and the adrenal gland. In vitro disease modeling using human pluripotent stem cells. Website