November 20, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Eric Vitriol will join our department as an associate professor this coming spring from the University of Florida. 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 a 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 Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of North Carolina.

October 1, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Danielle Mor will join the Department of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine as an Assistant Professor on October 1, 2020.  Currently a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, she investigates 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 Ph.D. in Neuroscience from University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Neuroscience from Wesleyan University.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hedong Li will join our department as an Associate Professor on October 1, 2020.  He received his PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from Wayne State University and completed postdoctoral training at Rutgers University.  Currently a well-funded associate professor of biology at Penn State 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.

May 5, 2020

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Chung Sub Kim to our faculty as an Assistant Professor and Dr. Ferenc (Frank) Deak, who is officially joining our department as an Associate Professor starting 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 is investigating 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 is investigating molecular regulation of neurotransmission and its 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.