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Susanne E. Ahmari, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Circuit dynamics underlying pathology and treatment of compulsive behaviors and anxiety disorders

Elias Aizenman, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroprotection

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Howard J. Aizenstein, MD, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry, Bioengineering

Cognitive and affective neuroscience of aging and geriatric brain disorders

Issam Al Diri, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

Chromatin structure and function during retinal development and disease.

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Kathryn M. Albers, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology

Growth factors and sensory neuron function in pain and nerve injury.

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Carey D. Balaban, PhD
Professor, Otolaryngology, Biological Sciences, Neurological Surgery

Anatomy, neurophysiology, and neurochemistry of vestibular function

Alison Barth, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Neuroscience

Plasticity in developing and adult neocortex.

Aaron Batista, PhD
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

Sensory-motor integration and neural prosthetics

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Sarah B. Berman, MD PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurology

Mitochondria in neurodegeneration

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Edward A. Burton, MD, DPhil, FRCP
Associate Professor of Neurology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Neuroprotective strategies for Parkinson’s disease and progressive supranuclear palsy

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Judy L. Cameron, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry

Effects of everyday life stresses on behavior and health

Claire E. Cheetham, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology

Development, plasticity and regeneration of neural circuits

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Jun Chen, PhD
Professor, Neurology, Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, V.A. Pittsburgh Health System

Mechanisms of cell death and neuroprotection in cerebral ischemia and Parkinson's disease

Charleen T. Chu, MD, PhD
Professor, Pathology

Cell signaling, dendritic morphogenesis and autophagy/mitophagy in neurodegenerative diseases

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Marlene Cohen, PhD
Associate Professor, Neuroscience

Using attention to study cortical population codes

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Carol L. Colby, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience

Cortical mechanisms of memory, attention, and spatial representation in primates

Brian M. Davis, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of central and peripheral nervous system development and plasticity

Donald B. DeFranco, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair, Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, Neuroscience

Glucocorticoid regulation of neurodevelopment

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C. Edward Dixon, PhD
Professor, Neurological Surgery, Anesthesiology, Neurobiology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Mechanisms of post-traumatic memory deficits, models of traumatic brain injury, and functional outcomes.

Brent Doiron, PhD
Associate Professor, Mathematics

Theoretical investigations of the impact of neural variability on sensory processing

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Alexandre Y. Dombrovski, MD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry

My lab studies human decision processes and how they are altered in mental disorders

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Yan Dong, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience

Cellular and circuitry mechanisms underlying pathological neural plasticity

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Christopher Donnelly, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology

The pathogenesis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Frontotemporal Dementia and similar age-dependent neurodegenerative diseases.

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Kirk I. Erickson, PhD
Professor, Psychology

Neuroimaging and cognitive studies of age and health

G. Bard Ermentrout, PhD
Professor, Mathematics, Neurobiology

Applications of mathematics to biological systems

Fabio Ferrarelli, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Neural circuits implicated in the development, pathophysiology, and treatment of schizophrenia and other major psychiatric disorders

Julie A. Fiez, PhD
Professor, Psychology, Neuroscience

Neuroimaging and behavioral studies of language, working memory, motivation, and learning

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Kenneth N. Fish, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Functional consequences of altered connectivity in schizophrenia; the early secretory pathway's role in neurodevelopment and synaptogenesis

Zachary Z. Freyberg, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release and their contribution to neuropsychiatric illness

Neeraj J. Gandhi, PhD
Professor, Bioengineering, Neuroscience, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

Neural signatures of action and cognition

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Omar Gharbawie, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology

Organization of motor & sensory cortex in primates

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Peter J. Gianaros, PhD
Professor, Psychology

Imaging neuroscience and psychophysiological studies of stress and heart disease

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Aryn H. Gittis, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Neurobiology

Neural circuits in the basal ganglia involved in motor control and disease

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Michael S. Gold, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology

Peripheral mechanisms of pain.

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Anthony A. Grace, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Neurophysiology of basal ganglia system related to psychiatric disorders.

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Steven H. Graham, PhD, MD
Professor, Neurology

Neuronal cell death in ischemia and trauma.

J. Timothy Greenamyre, MD, PhD
Professor, Neurology

Mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroprotection in Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases.

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Jeffrey M. Gross, PhD
Professor, Ophthalmology, Developmental Biology

Development, Disease and Regeneration of the Eye

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Teresa G. Hastings, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurology, Neuroscience

Oxidative mechanisms associated with neurodegeneration.

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Lori L. Holt, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Neuroscience

Auditory cognitive neuroscience, with a focus on spoken language

Gregg E. Homanics, PhD
Professor, Anesthesiology, Neurobiology, and Pharmacology & Chemical Biology

Mechanism(s) of alcohol action.

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Bryan M. Hooks, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology

Organization of mouse cortical circuitry underlying control of movement.

John P. Horn, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology

Synaptic computation and neuromodulation in catecholaminergic neurons

Charles C. Horn, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine

Neuromodulation of the vagus nerve in chronic diseases.

Xiaoming Hu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurology

The mechanism of neuroinflammation and immunotherapies for stroke

Yanhua Huang, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Cellular and circuit mechanisms underlying drug addiction and sleep-mediated regulation of reward.

ChengCheng Huang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Neuronal network dynamics and neural coding

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Tija C. Jacob, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology & Chemical Biology

Regulation of GABAergic inhibition in development and mental disorders

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Jon W. Johnson, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience, Psychiatry
Biophysics, pharmacology, structure, and regulation of glutamate receptors.
Karl Kandler, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology

Plasticity of inhibitory circuits during development and pathology.

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Robert E. Kass, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Neuroscience

Statistical analysis of neural data.

Anthony E. Kline, PhD
Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Critical Care Medicine, Psychology, and Center for Neuroscience

Therapeutic strategies and mechanisms for experimental traumatic brain injury

H. Richard Koerber, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology

Development, plasticity and pain processing in sensory neurons and in the spinal dorsal horn.

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Radosveta Koldamova, MD, PhD
Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health

Translational neuroscience based on animal models of Alzheimer's disease

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Takashi D.Y. Kozai, PhD
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

Cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, neuroprotection, and repair (in vivo 2P imaging and Brain-computer interfaces)

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Sandra J. Kuhlman, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Neurobiology

Influence of cortical inhibitory circuits on sensory development and perceptual learning.

Cynthia Lance-Jones, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurobiology

Motoneuron development and spinal cord patterning.

Tai Sing Lee, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Neuroscience, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

Study of visual perception, perceptual organization, neural plasticity and neural coding; computer vision.

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David A. Lewis, MD
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Functional architecture of the prefrontal cortex and schizophrenia.

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Laura E. Lillien, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurobiology

Mouse models of developmental disorders.

Ryan W. Logan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Circadian rhythms of psychiatric disorders

Beatriz Luna, PhD
Staunton Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Psychology

Transition from adolescent to adult level cognitive control through fMRI, DTI, PET, MRSI and cognitive testing

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Matthew L. MacDonald, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Synaptic protein networks in schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric diseases

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J. Patrick Mayo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

Visual information processing and its modulation by eye movements and cognition by populations of neurons in multiple brain structures

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Colleen A. McClung, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry

The molecular basis of psychiatric diseases.

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Stephen D. Meriney, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience, Psychiatry

Regulation and modulation of presynaptic ion channels and transmitter release in healthy and diseased synapses.

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Paul W. Munro, PhD
Associate Professor, Information Science

Adaption, learning, and plasticity in simulated neural networks.

Carl R. Olson, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Neuroscience

Cortical mechanisms of cognition in primates.

Anne-Marie Oswald, PhD
Associate Professor, Neuroscience

Contributions of cortical microcircuit properties to information processing and coding in the olfactory system.

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Quasar S. Padiath, PhD
Associate Professor, Human Genetics

Gene identification and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative and demyelinating disorders

Michael J. Palladino, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Chemical Biology

Molecular mechanisms of metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Udai Pandey, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Molecular mechanisms of human neurodegenerative diseases.

Rui Peixoto, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Development of corticostriatal circuits in autism spectrum disorders

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Mary L. Phillips, MD, MD (CANTAB)
Professor, Psychiatry

Identifying neural circuitry problems that underlie abnormal emotion processing in adults and youth with mood disorders.

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Ian F. Pollack, MD
Distinguished Professor, Neurosurgery

Signal transduction pathways in glioma growth, molecular markers of glioma prognosis.

Sarah E. Ross, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurobiology

Neural circuits of pain and pleasure

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Ethan A. Rossi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Bioengineering

Development and deployment of advanced imaging tools to study the healthy and diseased retina at the level of single cells in the living human eye.

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Jonathan E. Rubin, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics

Theoretical and computational modeling of dynamics in neuronal networks.

Maria (Lania) Eulalia Rubio, MD/PhD
Associate Professor, Neurobiology

AMPA receptors in hearing and hearing loss. Ultrastructure and the nature of the tripartite synapse

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Caroline A. Runyan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Imaging and manipulating cells and circuits to understand population coding across the cortical hierarchy

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Srivatsun Sadagopan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology

Cortical mechanisms underlying the processing of complex sounds.

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José-Alain Sahel, MD
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of retinal degeneration and development of treatments for currently incurable blinding diseases

Dean F. Salisbury, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry

Human cognitive neuroscience and multimodal neuroimaging of pathology and pathophysiology in the early course of psychosis

Jami L. Saloman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine

Peripheral mechanisms of pain; Neuro-immune influences on cancer

Oliver Schluter, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of physiological and pathophysiological synaptic plasticity

Andrew B. Schwartz, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology

Cerebral basis for volitional movement and cortical neural prosthetics.

Rebecca P. Seal, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurobiology

Studies of sensory and motor circuits in health and disease.

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Marianne L. Seney, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

The molecular basis of sex differences in depression

Susan R. Sesack, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience

Functional neuroanatomy of cortical and brainstem monoamine systems.

Afonso C. Silva, PhD
Endowed Chair Professor of Translational Neuroimaging, Neurobiology

Anatomical and functional imaging of the marmoset brain; cerebrovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease; genetic engineering.

Matthew A. Smith, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Cortical circuits and population codes that underlie visual perception

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Alexander Sorkin, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Cell Biology and Physiology

Cell and molecular biology of dopamine transporter

Shawn F. Sorrells, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Neuron migration and maturation in the limbic system in mice and humans.

William R. Stauffer, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology

Rewards, emotions, and decision making.

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Sean D. Stocker, PhD, FAHA
Professor

Autonomic dysfunction in cardiovascular disease and body fluid homeostasis

Peter L. Strick, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Chair of Neurobiology, Center for Neuroscience Co-Director

CNS circuits of motor and cognitive functions; motor skill acquisition and retention; functional imaging.

Dandan Sun, MD, PhD
Professor, Neurology

Ion transporters in neurological diseases.

Alan F. Sved, PhD
Professor and Chair, Neuroscience; Center for Neuroscience Co-Director
Central control of autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular function; neurobiology of nicotine pharmacology.
Robert A. Sweet, MD
UPMC Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience and Professor of Neurology

Mechanisms of psychosis in Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia.

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Bradley K. Taylor, PhD
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Neurobiology and Pharmacology of Chronic Pain and Opioid Dependence

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Tobias Teichert, PhD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Bioengineering

Neural mechanisms of auditory function and decision-making in the non-human primate

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Amantha Thathiah, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology

Cellular and molecular pathogenesis in Alzheimer's disease.

Mary Torregrossa, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Determining developmental risk factors for addiction and novel treatments based on learning and memory systems.

Gelsy Torres-Oviedo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

Neuromechanical mechanisms for locomotor learning in humans with and without neurological disorders.

Robert S. Turner, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology

Neural circuits of motor performance and skill learning. Dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. Neuromodulation. Deep brain stimulation.

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Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair of Research Otolaryngology, Director Pittsburgh Hearing Research Center

Mechanisms underlying normal and pathological hearing

Nathaniel N. Urban, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology

Physiology imaging and computation in the olfactory system.

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Alberto L. Vazquez, PhD
Research Associate Professor

Imaging of neuronal, metabolic and vascular function and dysfunction

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Timothy Verstynen, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychology

Neural basis of action planning, decision-making and skill learning.

Amy K. Wagner, MD
Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The impact of gender and changes in neurochemistry on rehabilitation and treatment outcomes after traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Clayton A. Wiley, MD, PhD
Professor, Pathology

Examining mechanisms of neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer's Disease, AIDS, West Nile Virus and influenza infection.

Ross S. Williamson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Functional organization of auditory corticofugal circuits

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Zachary P. Wills, PhD
Assistant Professor

Neural Circuit Development and Dysfunction in Disease

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George F. Wittenberg, MD, PhD
Visiting Professor, Neurology

Restoration of voluntary movement after neurological injury.

Yan Xu, PhD
Professor, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, Structural Biology

Gene and stem cell therapy in brain ischemia/membrane protein structure by NMR.

Bill J. Yates, PhD
Professor, Otolaryngology, Neuroscience

Vestibular influences on autonomic control and navigation.

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Kejie Yin, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurology

Mechanisms of neurovascular damage and repair in cerebral ischemia and traumatic brain injury

Kymberly Young, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Neuromodulation and multimodal imaging of onset and recovery from affective disorders

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