Recent News

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Dr. Alexis Stranahan is listed among 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America by Cell Press.  Dr. Stranahan has also  been invited to join the editorial board of the Journal of Neuroscience.

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February 1, 2021

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Eric Vitriol recently joined our department as an Associate Professor.  He comes to us from the University of Florida and his research focuses on the regulation of actin during cell motility, neural development, and in neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  Dr. Vitriol will bring his expertise in single-molecule super-resolution imaging to our department.  He has received multiple awards, including an NINDS K99/R00 grant, an ALS Association grant and a NIGMS five-year renewable Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (R35).  He will work together with the ALS Center to develop a translational research program.  Dr. Vitriol completed his postdoctoral training at Emory University and his PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of North Carolina.

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October 1, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Danielle Mor joined our department as an Assistant Professor on October 1, 2020.  Her research as a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University investigated the mechanisms of neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease.  Her work aims to identify the causes and modifiers of prion-like α-synuclein transmission in animal models of Parkinson’s disease.  Dr. Danielle Mor received her PhD in Neuroscience from University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Neuroscience from Wesleyan University.

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October 1, 2020

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hedong Li has joined our department as an Associate Professor on October 1, 2020.  Dr. Li comes to us from Penn State University.  He received his PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from Wayne State University and completed postdoctoral training at Rutgers University.  Dr. Li studies the neuronal reprograming process and neurodevelopment.  He combines the in vivo reprogramming technology with microRNA biology to reprogram glial cells into functional neurons for brain repair.

Additional News

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Chung Sub Kim and Dr. Ferenc (Frank) Deak to DNRMDr. Kim joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor in May 2020, and Dr. Deak joined as an Associate Professor on June 1, 2020.

Dr. Kim received his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin and continued his postdoctoral studies in Dr. Daniel Johnston’s group.  His research is focused on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders.  He investigates the regulation and function of HCN channels in the hippocampus and their roles in depression and the mechanism of action of antidepressants.  He brings technically advanced skills including direct recordings of ion channels with cell-attached patches from soma and dendrites.

Dr. Deak received his MD and PhD from Semmelweis University of Medicine, Budapest, Hungary.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Tom Südhof at UT Southwestern and received his training in neurodegenerative disorders at the Mayo Clinic before joining the Reynolds Aging Research Center of the University of Oklahoma as an assistant professor.  Dr. Deak has focused his research on synaptic neurotransmitter release and plasticity in the aging brain.  More specifically, he investigates molecular regulation of neurotransmission and it's defects in dementia.  Dr. Deak is the recipient of a recent 5-year NIH R01 grant investigating the role of VAMP1 in synaptic transmission and Alzheimer's dementia.