Neuroscience Program Faculty

  • William J Brunken, PhD
    Professor, Ophthalmology
    Research Interests: Epigenetic regulation of brain and ocular development; the role of extracellular matrix in ocular development and disease.
  • Blair Calancie, PhD
    Professor, Neurosurgery
    Research Interests: CNS plasticity after trauma; intraoiperative electrophysiology.
  • Peter Calvert, PhD
    Associate Professor, Ophthalmology
    Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of protein transport and localization in retinal neurons; mechanisms of retinal degenerative diseases
  • David Carter, MD, PhD
    Professor, Neurosurgery
    Research Interests: Enhancing Central Nervous System (brain & spinal cord) plasticity & repair; Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy.
  • Stephen Faraone PhD
    Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research Interests: Psych. Genetics; ADHD and BP Disorder; Endophenotype.
  • Bart Farell, PhD
    Associate Professor, Biomedical & Chemical Engineering (Syracuse University)
    Research Interests: Mechanisms of visual perception of 3-D position, motion, color and object shape, investigated by psychophysical methods.
  • Stephen Glatt, PhD
    Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research Interests: Psychiatric Genetic Epidemiology & Neurobiology.
  • Paul Gold, PhD
    Professor, Biology (Syracuse University)
    Research Interests: Aging, Cell Signaling and Communication, Learning, Memory, and Plasticity, Neurological and Psychiatric Conditions.
  • James Hewett, PhD
    Associate Professor, Biology (Syracuse University)
    Research Interests: Neuroscience and Central Nervous System Neurobiology and Pathology: Neuromodulators and Epilepsy: Arachidonic Acid Metabolism and Cyclooxygenase-2: Cytokines and Interleukin-1beta: Signal Transduction and Gene Expression.
  • Sandra Hewett, PhD
    Professor, Neuroscience, Biology (Syracuse University)
    Research Interests: Mechanisms underlying cell death in the central nervous system: the interplay between excitotoxicity and inflammation.
  • Brian Howell, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Physiology
    Research Interests: The signal transduction events that regulate the functional organization of neurons in the brain, and the phenotypes caused by defects in the genes that encode these signaling molecules.
  • Huaiyu Hu, PhD
    Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Physiology
    Research Interests: Molecular studies of brain malformations.
  • Burk Jubelt, MD
    Professor, Neurology
    Research Interests: CNS acute and chronic polio- and entero-virus infections; Growth factors for Post-Polio Syndrome; Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Motor Neuron Gene Expression
  • Wendy Kates, PhD
    Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research Interests: Anatomic and functional imaging investigations of neurodevelopment in individuals with genetic or psychiatric disorders.
  • Paul Kent, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor, Neurology
    Research Interests: Mechanisms of sensory coding in the olfactory system; seizure mechanisms in hippocampal slices; optical imaging techniques.
  • Barry E Knox, PhD
    Professor and Chair, Neuroscience and Physiology
    Research Interests: Visual transduction, Gene Expression, Membrane proteins
  • Donna Korol, PhD
    Associate Professor, Biology (Syracuse University)
    Research Interests: Neural mechanisms of learning and memory across the lifespan.
  • Katharine (Kate) Lewis, PhD
    Associate Professor, Biology (Syracuse University)
    Research Interests: Specification and patterning of spinal cord interneurons; Formation of functional neuronal circuitry; Evolution of spinal cord patterning and function; Dorsal-ventral neural tube patterning; zebrafish development.
  • Michael Lyon, PhD
    Associate Professor, Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
    Research Interests: Age-related changes in the laryngeal muscles and vocal folds.
  • Paul Massa, PhD
    Professor, Neurology
    Research Interests: Regulation of innate immune responses to viruses.
  • Russell (Rick) Matthews, PhD
    Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Physiology
    Research Interests: Role of glycoproteins in oncogenesis and brain development.
  • Frank Middleton, PhD
    Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Physiology
    Research Interests: Molecular basis of cortical-basal ganglia and cortical-cerebellar circuit formation and dysfunction in neurological and psychiatric disease.
  • Brad Motter, PhD
    Associate Professor (VA Medical Center)
    Research Interests: Visual Neurophysiology; Visual Attention; Visual Search Behavior.
  • Eric Olson, PhD
    Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Physiology
    Research Interests: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of cerebral cortex development.
  • Francesca Pignoni, PhD
    Associate Professor, Ophthalmology
    Research Interests: Neurogenesis; Retinal Progenitor Cells Specification and Proliferation; Genetic Control of Stem Cell Identity and Maintenance; Disease Genes Analysis in Drosophila.
  • Jeremy Shefner, MD, PhD
    Professor and Chair, Neurology
    Research Interests: Clinical Therapeutics of ALS and other motor neuron disorders.  Animals models of the physiology and treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); Peripheral nerve physiology.
  • Eduardo Solessio, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
  • Daniel Tso, PhD
    Associate Professor, Neurosurgery
    Research Interests: Neuronal mechanisms of visual perception, studied through physiological, anatomical and functional imaging techniques.
  • Mary Lou Vallano, PhD
    Professor, Neuroscience and Physiology
    Research Interests: Neuronal survival and development.
  • Richard Veenstra, PhD
    Professor, Pharmacology
    Research Interests: Regulation of connexin-specific-gap-junctions; gap junction channel biophysics.
  • Andrea Viczian, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
    Research Interests: Mammalian retinal stem cells formation; molecular mechanism of retinal cell fate decisions; using cell replacement therapy to heal the blinded eye.
  • Richard JH Wojcikiewicz, PhD
    Professor, Pharmacology
    Research Interests: Intracellular signaling via InsP3 receptors and the ubiquitin/proteasome pathway.
  • Yunlei Yang, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Physiology
    Research Interests: Dissection and Manipulation of Signalling Circuits Regulating Food Intake Using Opto-genetics and Chemical-genetics.
  • Steven Youngentob, PhD
    Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research Interests: In utero ethanol and nicotine exposures and chemsensory systems plasticity, olfactory biomarkers of ADHD, olfactory signal transduction, peripheral and central mechanisms of odorant quality coding.
  • Li-Ru Zhao, PhD
    Associate Professor, Neurosurgery
    Research Interests: Brain plasticity, Brain repair, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, CADASIL, Traumatic brain injury, Live brain imaging, Stem cell biology and therapy, Cell signaling, Cell-cell interaction.
  • Sijun Zhu, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Physiology
    Research Interests: Genetic mechanisms of Drosophila neural stem cell self-renewal and specification.
  • Michael Zuber, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
    Research Interests: The molecular basis of retinal stem cell formation; regulating retinal stem/progenitor cell proliferation; using retinal stem/progenitor cells to heal the injured or degenerating retina.