Faculty & Students
Understanding the neurochemical roles that CNS glutamate transporters on neurons, astrocytes, and microglia play in brain cell signaling and neurodegenerative mechanisms.
Associate Professor, DBS
Understanding how neuronal connections, epigenetic mechanisms, and biogenic amines regulate male aggression and reproductive behavior using Drosophila as a model system.
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.
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.
Vesicle transport in the secretory pathway and its relationship to neurodegeneration.
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.
Assistant Professor, Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience
Professor, Director of Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience
Identification and isolation of phytochemical constituents from Ayurvedic plants that inhibit the release of inflammatory cytokines from microglial cells of the central nervous system.
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
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).