Neuroscience Graduate Faculty


The faculty within the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at Augusta University includes more than sixty members, from departments throughout the Georgia Health Sciences University. Research conducted within the labs of these faculty members is described on pages linked to their names below. In general, the research areas of interest can be classified into one of the four types--cellular and molecular neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, and medical neuroscience--although many faculty members conduct research which could be considered as a "cross-pollination" between different areas. For the most complete description of that member's activity and his/her availability for PhD. candidate sponsorship, please visit an individual faculty member's page.  

 

Faculty

Department

Research

AKINWUTAN

Abiodun Emmanuel Akinwuntan, PhD

Lab Website

Physical Therapy and Neurology

Evaluation and training of motor, visual and cognitive aspects of driving after a neurological problem and in older driver

 bergson

Clare Bergson, PhD

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Dopamine receptor in schizophrenia

bieberich

Erhard Bieberich, PhD

Lab Website

IMMAG

Cermide-dependent cell signaling in cancer and stem cells

Dr. David Blake

David Blake, PhD

Lab Website

Brain and Behavior Discovery Institute, Cognition & Memory

Neural basis of learning and perception

Dr. Darrell Brann

Darrell Brann, PhD

Lab Website

IMMAG

Estrogen actions and signaling mechanisms in the brain

cameron

Richard Cameron, PhD

Lab Website

IMMAG

Neuronal-glial interactions in the developing mammalian brain

chen

Bo-Shiun Chen

Lab Website

IMMAG

Glutamate, NMDA receptors, trafficking, cerebellum, neuronal survival

chong photo

Raymond Chong, PhD

Lab Website

Physical Therapy

Automatic and volitional multisensory organization and postural control in humans during reaching, stance and walking in healthy and neurological conditions

Dr. He Cui

He Cui, PhD

Brain and Behavior Discovery Institute, Cognition & Memory

Motor planning

du

Quansheng Du, PhD

Lab Website

IMMAG

Mechanisms of mitotic spindle formation in relation to cancer and birth defects

dhandapani

Krishnan Dhandapani, PhD

Neurosurgery

Neuroinflammation and stroke, Brain trauma, Neurooncology

 filosa

Jessica Filosa,PhD

Lab Website

Physiology

Neuro-glial-vascular communication in the brain in health and disease

Dr. Devos Hannes

Devos Hannes, PhD

Departments of Physical Therapy and Ophthalmology

Evaluation and training of driving ability following neurological and visual conditions

 

Dr. Ruth Harris

Ruth Harris, PhD

Lab Website

Physiology

Hypothalamic and hindbrain control of energy balance in response to leptin or acute stress

 

Jay Hegde, PhD

Lab Website

Brain and Behavior Discovery Institute, Ophthalmology, Vision Discovery Institute

Vision as inference

Dr. David Hess

David Hess, MD

Neurology

Stem cell research for treatment of stroke

Dr. Dave Hill

William (Dave) Hill, PhD

Lab Website

Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Stem cell in stroke therapy and aging

jkim

Jimok Kim, PhD

Lab Website

IMMAG

Synaptic mechanisms of network integration and dysfunction

kirov

Sergei Kirov, PhD

Neurosurgery

Activity-dependent dendritic structural rearrangements in the mature brain.

David Kozlowski, PhD

David Kozlowski, PhD

Lab Website

IMMAG

Embryonic mechanisms of sensory hair cell regeneration; GnRH neuron migration.

lambert photo

Nevin Lambert, PhD

 

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Dynamics of ion channel modulation by G-protein coupled receptors.

Dr. Lawrence Layman

Lawrence Layman, MD

Lab Website

OB/GYN and IMMAG

Genes involved in human puberty and reproduction.

mccluskey

Lynnette McCluskey, PhD

Lab Website

IMMAG

Role of immune system in normal and de/regenerating taste system

lin mei

Lin Mei, PhD


Lab Website

IMMAG and Neurology

Mechanisms of synapse formation & how synapses reshape to environmental change

Dr. Albert Pan

Albert Pan, PhD

IMMAG and Neurology

Molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate neural circuit formation

 

Anilkumar Pillai, PhD

Psychiatry and Health Behavior

Neurotrophins and Schizophrenia - Molecular and cellular studies on the role of neurotrophic factors in the pathophysiology and treatment outcome of schizophrenia.

 

Alan Saul, PhD

Ophthalmology

Neuronal processing of time.

Dr. Nilkantha Sen

Nilkantha Sen, PhD

IMMAG, Neurology

Role of gaso-neurotransmitters in neurodegenerative diseases and brain injury

 stern

Javier E. Stern, MD/PhD

Physiology

Cellular mechanisms underlying synaptic connectivity, modulation, and neuroplasticity of neuronal circuits involved in autonomic and neuroendocrine control.

stranahan

Alexis M. Stranahan, PhD

 

Physiology

I study the effects of insulin resistant diabetes on synaptic plasticity in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus, with a focus on glucocorticoid hormones as mediators for the impairment of synaptic function and dendritic spine density in animal models of diabetes.

terry

Alvin Terry, PhD

 

Pharmacology and Toxicology, Neurology

Development of neurotrophic and cognitive enhancing compounds for treatment of psychiatric and neurologic illnesses

Bobby Thomas, PhD

Bobby Thomas, PhD

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Degenerative pathway and therapeutic strategies in Parkinson's disease and related disorders

 tsien

Joe Z. Tsien, PhD

 

Brain Discovery Institute, Neurology

Mechanisms of emotional memory consolidation

 almira

Almira Vazdarjanova, PhD

Center for Synapses and Cognitive Center Neuroscience

Mechanisms of emotional memory consolidation

xiong

Wen-Cheng Xiong, PhD

Lab Website

IMMAG, Neurology

Cellular signals mediating cell migration

jianhuaxu

Jianhua Xu, PhD

Lab Website

IMMAG

Short-term synaptic plasticity, regulation of vesicle exocytosis and endocytosis

 

Nathan Yanasak, PhD

Lab Website

Radiology

MR methodology; diffusion tensor imaging and functional imaging of the brainMR methodology; diffusion tensor imaging and functional imaging of the brain

 

Zhiyong Yang, PhD

Ophthalmology

Statistical framework of visual system structure and function, computational principles of natural vision, vision rehabilitation, intelligent vision machines

yu

Robert Yu, PhD, Med.Sc.D.

Lab Website

IMMAG

Glycobiology of neural cells & pathogenic mechanisms of neurodegnerative diseases