Faculty & Students


Richard Bridges

Regents Professor

Understanding the neurochemical roles that CNS glutamate transporters on neurons, astrocytes, and microglia play in brain cell signaling and neurodegenerative mechanisms.

Sarah Certel

Associate Professor, DBS

Understanding how neuronal connections, epigenetic mechanisms, and biogenic amines regulate male aggression and reproductive behavior using Drosophila as a model system.



Philippe Diaz

Associate Professor

Mark Grimes

Professor, DBS

My long interest in neurotrophic factor signaling endosomes led to acquisition of phosphoproteomic data on neuroblastoma endosomes and cell lines, which led to new systems biology and computational approaches, which analysis then led my group to a new hypothesis that signaling endosomes play a role in neuronal differentiation by modulating the activity of SRC-family kinases. 

Kasper Hansen

Associate Professor

Studies on the structure, function, and molecular pharmacology of glutamate receptors and evaluation of their roles in synaptic transmission, as well as their involvement in psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Jesse Hay

Professor, DBS

Vesicle transport in the secretory pathway and its relationship to neurodegeneration.

Travis Hughes

Assistant Professor

Several prescription ant-diabetes drugs show anti-Alzheimer's activity. We seek to understand the molecular basis of this activity and to develop improved drugs with enhanced effectiveness.

Nathan Insel

Assistant Professor, Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience

Michael Kavanaugh

Professor, Director of Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience

Diana I Lurie


Identification and isolation of phytochemical constituents from Ayurvedic plants that inhibit the release of inflammatory cytokines from microglial cells of the central nervous system.  

Nicholas R. Natale

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Sarjubhai Patel

Assistant Research Professor

Studying the role of microRNA (miRNA) in regulating oxidative stress related-genes pre and post-concussion and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

Travis Wheeler

Associate Professor