Faculty

   
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Darrell Brann, PhD
 
Regents' Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Virendra B. Mahesh, PhD, Distinguished Chair in Neurology
Dept. of Neurology, School of Graduate Studies
 
Actions and mechanisms of a key endocrine regulatory molecule, 17-beta-estradiol (E2), in the central nervous system
 
Email: dbrann@augusta.edu
 
Lab website
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David Blake, PhD
 
Associate Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Neurology
School of Graduate Studies
 
Sensory systems, plasticity, age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer's
 
Email: dblake@augusta.edu
 
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Richard Cameron, PhD
 
Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Cellular Biology and Anatomy
School of Graduate Studies
 
Neural development; unconventional myosins; cell cycle; cell cycle checkpoints; and cell signaling
 
E-mail: rcameron@augusta.edu
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Quansheng Du, PhD

Associate Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Neurology
School of Graduate Studies
 
 
Cell Polarity, Cell Division, Asymmetric Cell Division, Stem Cell, Epithelial Morphogenesis
 
Email: qdu@augusta.edu
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Ali Eroglu, PhD, DVM
 
Associate Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Medicine
School of Graduate Studies
 
Cell/tissue preservation, regenerative medicine, stem cells, epigenetics
 
Email: aeroglu@augusta.edu
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Jay Hegde, PhD
 
Associate Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Ophthalmology
 
The Hegde lab is currently focusing on how understanding the brain combines the sensory information from the image with what the brain already “knows” about the visual world to infer the nature of the visual scene.
 
Email:  jhegde@augusta.edu
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Carlos Isales, MD

Regents' Professor, DNRMChief, Endocrinology Division
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
Dept. of Medicine
Dept. of Cellular Biology and Anatomy
School of Graduate Studies
 
Cells, regeneration, bone, osteoporosis, nutrition
 
Email: cisales@augusta.edu
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Sergei Kirov, PhD
 
Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Neurosurgery
 
The Kirov Multiphoton Imaging Laboratory studies mechanisms for neural circuit dysfunction in preclinical models of stroke and TBI.
 
Email:  skirov@augusta.edu
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David Kozlowski, PhD

Associate Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Cellular Biology and Anatomy
School of Graduate Studies
 
Zebrafish, neurodevelopment, regeneration, mechanosensory hair cell, GnRH neuron
 
Email: dkozlowski@augusta.edu
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Lawrence Layman, MD

Professor and Chief
Section of Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility, and Genetics
Dept. of OB/GYN, Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
 
Better understand processes affecting puberty, fertility, and human development 
 
Email: lalayman@augusta.edu

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Xin-Yun Lu, PhD
 
Professor & Chair
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine 
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Chair in Translational Neuroscience
School of Graduate Studies 
 
Adipokines, neural plasticity, emotion and motivation, mood disorders, PTSD, metabolic disorders 
 
Email: xylu@augusta.edu
 
Lu Lab information
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Lynnette McCluskey, PhD
 
Associate Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Neurology
School of Graduate Studies
 
Taste, neuroimmunology, neural degeneration, neural regeneration
 
Email: lmccluskey@augusta.edu
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Joanna R. Appel, PhD
 
Instructor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
 
 
Past research interests: role of VPS35/retromer in the adult CNS, microglia, and neurodegenerative disease pathology.
 
Current focus is as a medical educator in Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience.
 
Email:  joappel@augusta.edu
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Xing-Ming Shi, PhD
 
Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
School of Graduate Studies
 
PPAR; MSC; glucocorticoid-induced leucine zipper; Adipocyte differentiation; Osteoblast differentiation; Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis; Inflammation
 
Email: xshi@augusta.edu
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Alexis M. Stranahan, PhD
 
Associate Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Cellular Biology and Anatomy
 
Hippocampus, Dendritic spine, Long-term potentiation, obesity, diabetes
 
Email: astranahan@augusta.edu
 
Lab Website:  http://www.augusta.edu/mcg/dnrm/faculty/stranahan.php
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Joe Tsien, PhD
 
Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
 
The Tsien laboratory has a long-standing interest in developing and applying various genetic, physiological and mathematical tools to understand how the brain generates memory, knowledge and other cognitive behaviors.
 
Email: jtsien@augusta.edu
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Robert Yu, PhD, Med.Sc.D.
 
Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Neurology
Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
School of Graduate Studies
 
Developmental neurobiology; Glycobiology; neural stem cell; neurodegenerative disorder, neural regeneration
 
Email: ryu@augusta.edu
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Quanguang Zhang, PhD
 
Associate Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Neurology
School of Graduate Studies
 
Cerebral ischemia; Hippocampus; Protection; Estrogen; Receptor
 
Email: qzhang@augusta.edu
   
   

Research Faculty

 
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Ke-Hong Ding, MD, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Medicine
 
Nutrient and Bone Mass.  Currently working on effects of age-induced impairment of nutrient signaling on bone mass as well as overall energy balance by employing mouse model and cultured bone marrow cells.
 
Email: kding@augusta.edu
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Yutaka Itokazu, PhD
Sr. Research Scientist
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
 
Research focus:  Neural Stem Cells and Regeneration.  Lipids make up for more than a half of the mass of the central nervous system.  Dr. Itokazu studies the effects of lipids, in particular gangliosides, on stem cell biology, i.e., cell proliferation, differentiation and migration.
 
Email: yitokazu@augusta.edu

 

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Qing Zhong, MD
Senior Research Scientist
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Dept. of Medicine
 
Cells; Regeneration; Bone; Osteoporosis; Nutrition
 
Email: qzhong@augusta.edu
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Jing Wang, PhD
Research Scientist
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
 
Traumatic brain injury; Morphological and Functional Change of Glial Cells following brain injury; Neuroinflammation; Adult Neurogenesis.
 
Email:  jinwang@augusta.edu
 
 
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Fulei Tang, PhD
Research Scientist
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
 
My research is focused on investigating the role of the protein trafficking in neurological disorders. I am particularly interested in furthering our understanding of the role of the gangliosides GM3 and GD3 in neural stem cell fate determination and the homeostasis of growth factor receptors. I am also interested in understanding how disruption of the gangliosides and glycolipids is involved in the pathology of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer‘s disease.
 
Research Interest Key Words: Gangliosides/glycolipids, Protein trafficking, Neurodegeneration
 
Email:  ftang@augusta.edu