Faculty Research Interests

Program Director/Department Chair: Barry Knox, PhD

  • Brian Howell, PhD
    Associate Professor
    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
    Research Interests: Molecular studies of brain malformations.
  • Barry Knox, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests: Visual transduction, Gene Expression, Membrane proteins
  • Russell Matthews, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Role of glycoproteins in oncogenesis and brain development
  • Frank Middleton, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Molecular basis of cortical-basal ganglia and cortical-cerebellar circuit formation and dysfunction in neurological and psychiatric disease.

  • Eric Olson, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of cerebral cortex development.
  • Mary Lou Vallano, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Neuronal survival and development.
  • Yunlei Yang, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Deciphering and manipulating the cellular signaling circuits for feeding behaviors using approaches including electrophysiology, pharmacogenetics and optogenetics.

  • Sijun Zhu, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Genetic mechanisms of Drosophila neural stem cell self-renewal and specification

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