Research

The Department of Neuroscience conducts a wide range of research including several translational research projects directed at the pathology of the nervous system, as well as the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuronal dysfunction.

Research Centers and Program Project Grants

Our research centers are making significant strides in our understanding of the human brain. We’ve received numerous grants from government agencies such as the National Institutes of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Our research centers include:

Research Laboratories

We have over 30 different labs, each with their own investigative team and individualized research projects.  Each lab is run by a member of our world-class teaching faculty. See a list of faculty by research area.

 

Lewy Neurites that appear in a case of Lewy Body Dementia

Baxter Laboratory

Neuropsychology of Memory. Anesthesia & Cognition

Synaptic Circuitry found in cellular mechanisms

Benson Laboratory

Cellular Mechanisms of Circuit Formation & Plasticity 

Migrating neural progenitor cells labeled with cytoskeleton protein NESTIN (red) and the neuronal protenin TUBULIN (green). Nuclei are stained with DAPI (blue).

Brennand Laboratory

Laboratory of Psychiatric Disease 

Image showing myelin coating axons

Casaccia Laboratory

Epigenetics of Neural Repair

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Chess Laboratory

Laboratory of Integrative Molecular Genetics

Basal lateral nucleus of Amygdala

Clem Laboratory

Laboratory of Emotional Brain Plasticity

Aplysia (also known as large sea slugs)

Cropper Laboratory

Neural Mechanisms for Sensorimotor Integration

Scan of brain exhibiting changes in memory

Croxson Laboratory

Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuroimaging of Memory

Scan of brain exhibiting neurodegeneration

Dickstein Laboratory

Neurobiology of Ageing & Neurodegeneration

Image of Caged GABA, calcium, glutamate, IPs

Ellis - Davies Laboratory

Optical Methods & Neurophysiology

MRI Scans of brains affected by dementia and addiction

Goate Laboratory

Genetics of Neuropsychiatric Disease

3D image of an antiparallel double helix

Haghighi Laboratory

Neuro-Epigenetics

Image of synapses communicating within nervous system

Hof Laboratory

Laboratory of Neuromorphology

Image of Synapses Firing

Huntley Laboratory

Laboratory of Synaptic Circuit Development & Plasticity

Image under microscope

Hurd Laboratory

Molecular Neuropsychopharmacology

Colorful image representing the nervous system

Kaplan Laboratory

Visual, Computational & Systems Neuroscience

Image of brain reacting to addiction

Kenny Lab

Neurobiological Mechanisms of Drug Addiction, Obesity, and Schizophrenia

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Maze Laboratory

Laboratory of Mechanistic Neuroepigenetics and Disease

Image representing change in body’s metabolism

Mobbs Laboratory

Laboratory of Aging & Metabolism

Image under microscope

Nestler Laboratory

Molecular Mechanisms of Addiction & Depression

Lab slide of brain matter displaying age-related cognitive decline

Raj Laboratory

Laboratory of Functional Genomics

Medical scan depicting side view of the left hemisphere of the brain

Rudebeck Laboratory

Laboratory of Emotion Regulation & Decision-making

Image of neuron firing signals

Russo Laboratory

Laboratory of Neuroplasticity & Behavior

Mouse sitting atop crackers with cheese on both sides

Salton Laboratory

Molecular Neurobiology of Neurotrophin & Neuropeptide Signaling

Histone modifying enzymes

Schaefer Laboratory

Laboratory of Brain Epigenetics

Side view of right hemisphere of brain

Schiller Laboratory

Laboratory of Affective Neuroscience

Image representing cognitive and behavior memory

Shapiro Laboratory

Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience of Memory Laboratory

Graphic featuring statistical and integrated analysis of bioinformatics

Shen Laboratory

Laboratory of Bioinformatics

Neurotransmitters activating G protein-coupled receptors

Slesinger Laboratory

Laboratory of Membrane Excitability & Disease

Marine mollusk known as the Aplysia californica or California sea hare

Weiss Laboratory

Cellular & Molecular Neurobiology of Behavior

RGS proteins (Regulators of G protein signaling) in the brain

Zachariou Laboratory

Laboratory of Cellular Neuropharmacology

Orange fluorescence microscopy image of a growth of neurites from dorsal root ganglia

Zou Laboratory of Axonal Growth and Neuronal Regeneration

Laboratory of Axonal Growth & Neuronal Regeneration