Duke Neurobiology
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More than forty faculty members are associated with the department. These faculty, with primary appointment both in Neurobiology as well as other departments, represent diverse research interests including pharmacology, neurology, genetics, radiology, cell biology, psychology, neurosurgery, zoology, immunology, genetics, psychiatry, pediatrics and ophthalmology.

Faculty Department
and School
Research Interest

R. Alison Adcock M.D, Ph.D
Assistant Professor

Psychiatry& Behavioral Sciences
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Neuromodulation of memory,
cognitive and behavioral change,
Schizophrenia & depression

Vikas Bhandawat, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Biology
Arts & Sciences

Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Neuroscience
Organismal Biology and Behavior
Drosophila olfaction

Nicole Calakos, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Medicine - Neurology
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Synaptic plasticity mechanisms
Basal ganglia function
Dystonia, Tourette's, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Nell Cant, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Neuroanatomy
Auditory Systems

Marc Caron, Ph.D.
James B. Duke Professor
Cell Biology
Neurobiology, Medicine - Cardiology
School of Medicine
Signal transduction in the brain
Schizophrenia and Depression
Monoamine related behavioral dysfunctions
Dona M. Chikaraishi, Ph.D.
Professor
Associate Dean in the School of Medicine
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Catecholamine neurotransmitters - dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine

Cagla Eroglu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Cell Biology
Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Synaptogenesis
Astrocytes
Extracellular matrix

Kevin Franks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Neurobiology
School ofMedicine

Representation and processing of olfactory information in mice
Neural circuits
Synaptic transmission and plasticity

Lindsey Glickfeld, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Neural circuits underlying visual processing
Cortical synaptic organization
Functional connectivity
Jorg Grandl, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Temperature-Activated Ion Channels
Mechanically-activated Ion Channels

Warren Grill, Ph.D.
Addy Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Pratt School of Engineering

Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Electrical stimulation of the nervous system for restoration of function
Neural control of bladder and autonomic function
Computational neuroscience

Jennifer Groh, Ph.D.
Professor
Co-Director of DIBS
Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Psychiology - Neuroscience
Arts & Sciences
Multisensory processing
Audition
Motor control and visual processing
William C. Hall, Ph.D.
Professor
Neurobiology,
School of Medicine
Psychology
Arts & Sciences
Visuomotor integration
Motor systems
Eye movements

Ute Hochgeschwender, M.D.
Associate Research Professor;
Director, Duke Neurotransgenic Laboratory

Neurobiology,
School of Medicine

Neurotechnology
Genetic modeling

Scott Huettel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director, Director, Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science
Co-Director, DIBS
Psychology & Neuroscience
Arts & Sciences

Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Neuroeconomics
Functional neuroimaging
Cognition

Court Hull, PhD
Assistant Professor

Neurobiology
School of Medicine

neural circuits and synaptic mechanisms underlying sensory-motor processing and cerebellar dependent behaviors
Erich D. Jarvis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Investigator,
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Origin and Mechanisms of Language
Neuroethology
Systems Neurobiology
Computatioinal Biology
Genomics of Vocal Learning
Yonh-Hui Jiang, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Pediatrics- Medical Genetics

Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Genetics and epigenetics of neurodevelopmental disorders
Angelman and Prader-Willi Syndrome and Autism
Gene targeting and mouse models

JeremyN Kay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Ophthalmology

Neurobiology
Ophthalmology

School of Medicine

Interested in how the events of early development influence the function of neural circuits. To address this problem we study how circuits devoted to specific visual processing tasks arise during development of the retina, and the consequences for visual function when development goes wrong. The tools of mouse genetics are central to our approach, but we draw on a wide range of molecular, genetic, and imaging methods to tackle these questions
Chay T. Kuo, MD, PhD
George W. Brumley Assistant Professor
Cell Biology
Pediatrics - Neonatology
Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Molecular and activity-dependent control of new neuron production/integration into the adult brain.

Wolfgang Liedtke, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Medicine - Neurology
Neurobiology,
School of Medicine
Deconstruct sensing mechanisms at the molecular, cellular, organ/systems and organismal level.

Stephen Lisberger, Ph.D.
Chair
Neurobioloogy

Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Neural mechanisms of motor learning, visual guidance of eye movement, and sensory-motor function

Donald C. Lo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Center for Drug Discovery
Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Novel drugs/drug targets and translational studies for neurological diseases

Hiroaki Matsunami, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Molecular mechanisms underlying chemosensation (taste and smell) in mammals
James O. McNamara, M.D.
Carl R. Deane Professor
Chairman, Neurobiology
Neurobiology
Medicine, Division of Neurology
Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
School of Medicine
Epileptogenesis
Signaling
Neurotrophins
Mohamad Mikati, M.D.
Wilbert C. Davison Professor
Pediatrics-Neurology
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Epilepsy
Imaging
Genetics
Richard D. Mooney, Ph.D.
George B. Geller Professor
Director of Graduate Studies Neurobiology
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Sensorimotor integration and imitative learning
Audition
Music and speech
John W. Moore, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
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Miguel A. L. Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D.
Anne W. Deane Professor

Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Biomedical Engineering
Pratt School of Engineering

Neural ensemble recording in behaving animals
Distributed processing of tactile invormation
Brain-Machine interfaces

Geoffrey Pitt, M.D., Ph.D
Associate Professor; Director, Ion Channel Research Unit
Medicine - Cardiology
Neurobiology
Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
School of Medicine
Ion channel physiology
Epilepsy
Synaptic plasticity
Michael Platt, Ph.D.
Professor
Director, CCN
Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Evolutionary Anthropology
Arts & Sciences
Neural basis of decision-making
Neural basis of social behavior
Evolution of cognition
Dale Purves, M.D.
Professor, Neurobiology
Professor and Director, Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program
Executive Director, A*STaR Neuroscience Research Partnership Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Psychology & Neuroscience
Philosophy,
Arts & Sciences
Music
Vision
Audition
Sridhar Raghavachari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Computational neuroscience, an interdisciplinary subject that combines mathematical analysis and computer modeling to understand brain function.
Debra Silver, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology,
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Cerebral cortex development
Neural stem cells
Neurodevelopmental disorders
Sidney A. Simon, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Biomedical Engineering,
Pratt School of Engineering
Gustation
Membrane biophysics
J.H. Pate Skene, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Neurogenomics
Scott Soderling, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Cell Biology
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Synapse development
Mental retardation
Actin cytoskeleton
Marc Sommer, PhD
Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering,
Pratt School of Engineering

Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Vision
Cognition
Eye movements
Allen Song, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, BIAC
Radiology
Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
MRI acquisition methodology
Brain function
MRI contrast mechanisms
Dan Tracey Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Anesthesiology
Cell Biology
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Nociception and pain
Mechanotransduction
Perception of temperature
Dennis A. Turner, M.D.
Professor
Surgery - Neurosurgery
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Movement disorders
stereotactic neurosurgery
complex spine abnormalities
general adult neurosurgery
Pelin Volkan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Biology
Arts & Sciences
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Development and evolution of CO2 sensory circuitry in Drosophila, Regulation of Odorant receptor choice, Class specific wiring of Odorant Receptor Neurons
Fan Wang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Cell Biology
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Neural circuits underlying orofacial sensory and motor behaviors
Anne E. West, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Epigenetics
Activity-regulated transcription
Synapse development and plasticity
Marty Woldorff, Ph.D.
Professor
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Attention
Cognitive control
Perceptual awareness
Rebecca Yang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Neuronal circuits that underlie simple decision-making.

Ryohei Yasuda, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Investigator,
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Neurobiology
Cell Biology
School of Medicine

Physics
Arts & Sciences
Memory
Cellular and molecular neurobiology
Henry Yin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurobiology
School of Medicine

Psychology & Neuroscience
Arts & Sciences
Neural mechanisms underlying goal-directed and voluntary actions
Faculty Research Interests
Systems Neuroscience
Systems Neuroscience

Abou-Donia
Bhandawat
Cant
Franks
Glickfeld
Hull
Groh
Grill
Hall
Jarvis
Laskowitz
Liedtke
Madison

Madison
Mooney
Nicolelis
Platt
Raghavachari
Simon
Song
Tracey
Turner
Wang
White
Yang

Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience Adcock
Boustany
Flanagan
Groh
Guzelder
Huettel

Nowick
Platt
Purves
Sommer
Wetsel
Woldorff

Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience

Bennett
Calakos
Caron
Eroglu
Franks
Glickfeld
Hull
Jarvis
Kay
Lascola

Matsunami
McClay
McNamara
Moore
Nadler
Pitt
Slotkin
Yasuda
Yin

Translational Neuroscience
Clinical Neuroscience

Adamson
Boustany
Calakos
Haglund
Jiang
Lo
McKinnon
McNamara

Mikati
Soderling
Strittmatter
Vitek
Voyvodic
Warner
Wong
Developmental Neuroscience
Developmental Neuroscience Jiang
Kay
Kuo
Slotkin
Skene
Soderling
West