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VBI Affiliate Faculty


Sarah K. Bick, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery (primary)
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry (secondary)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

My lab uses neurophysiology techniques in human subjects to study neural signaling underlying cognitive and psychiatric processes with the ultimate goal of developing novel neuromodulation therapies.

Katherine S. Aboud, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Peabody College Special Education Department

The goal of the Neural Enhancement of Learning Lab (NELL) is to characterize and enhance adult learning through high-definition, multimodal brain imaging and neuromodulation, with a specific focus on reading and related disorders.

Adam W. Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Biomedical Engineering

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, including functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)

Li Min Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences

Cortical representation of touch and pain

Chin Chiang, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Early development of the central nervous system, and the role of Sonic Hedgehog in these processes and in cancer

Michael K. Cooper, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology

Brain cancer and development

Ronald L. Cowan, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Professor of Psychology

Reward system dysregulation, including drug abuse and drug dependence, and associated disorders such as gambling, depression and obesity

Vsevolod (Seva) V Gurevich, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology

The structure and function of arrestin proteins in cell signaling

Michael Harvey, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Microelectrode brain mapping for target localization of deep brain stimulation treatment of movement disorders. His research focus is the neural substrate of sensorimotor integration.

Peter Hedera, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Identification of novel genes causing hereditary spastic paraplegia and epilepsy (including those syndromes associated with intellectual disability) and the elucidation of pathogenesis as a result of mutations in these genes.

Timothy J Hohman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology
Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer's Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Research leverages advanced computational approaches from genomics, proteomics, and neuroscience to identify novel markers of Alzheimer’s disease risk and resilience.

Sarah S. Jaser, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Atia Keiata Jordan, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Antonia Kaczkurkin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kaczkurkin’s research integrates neuroimaging, psychophysiology, and behavior to develop a comprehensive understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying anxiety and depressive disorders.

M. Diana Neely, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division Pediatric Neurology

Mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disease using human induced pluripotent stem cells.

William P. Nobis, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Epilepsy Division

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the enigmatic pathology whereby epileptic patients are found to have died without another cause, is the most frequent cause of death in epilepsy patients. The extended amygdala is intimately connected to brainstem respiratory and arousal networks as well as higher order structures. Our research aim is to investigate the involvement of these subcortical brain regions through multidisciplinary approach to determine their role in epilepsy, apneas, arousal and sudden death.

Thomas J. Palmeri, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Co-Director of Scientific Computing

Object recognition, perceptual categorization, perceptual decision making, perceptual expertise, computational and neural modeling

Sohee Park, Ph.D.

Gertrude Conaway Professor of Psychology
Professor of Psychiatry

Neural basis of psychosis, social neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychiatry, creativity

Mayur B. Patel, M.D., M.P.H

Associate Professor (with Tenure) of Surgery
Associate Professor (with Tenure) of Neurological Surgery
Associate Professor (with Tenure) of Hearing and Speech Sciences

John S. Penn, Ph.D.

Phyllis G. and William B. Snyder, MD Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Professor of Medical Education and Administration

Molecular and cellular characterization of retinal vascular inflammation and angiogenesis

Daniel J. Romero, Au.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The overarching goal of my research is to further our understanding of vestibular physiology, pathophysiology, and perception while improving the assessment of vestibular disorders across the lifespan. Specifically, my research focuses implementing objective detection algorithms to improve detection of vestibular evoked potentials. These efforts inform a programmatic line of research that will help audiologists better serve those with dizziness and balance disorders

Bernard Rousseau, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Vice Chair for Research, Department of Otolaryngology
Chancellor Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Hearing and Speech Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering
Director, Laryngeal Biology Laboratory

Speech-language pathology and voice disorders

Bih-Hwa Shieh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Mechanisms of G-protein coupled phospholipase C-mediated signal transduction

Stephanie Jean Sohl, Ph.D.

Research Instructor, Medicine

Self-regulation, mind-body interventions, cancer survivorship


Christopher M. Tolleson, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor, Neurology

Refining target selection in Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's disease; Deep Brain Stimulation for Dystonia

Brian E. Wadzinski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

The structure, function, and regulation of protein serine/threonine phosphatases

Ronald G. Wiley, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Neurology Emeritus

General neurology, particularly central and peripheral neurology, neuro-oncology, pain (especially neuropathic pain)

Michael S. Wolf, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Neurological Surgery
Director of Neurocritical Care, Division of Critical Care Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Wolf’s research has two areas of focus: 1) molecular and cellular mechanisms of cerebral edema formation in acute neurologic injury, and 2) multimodal neurologic monitoring in pediatric neurocritical care.

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    2200 Children's Way
    Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital
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Christopher V. E. Wright, D.Phil.

Director, Vanderbilt University Program in Developmental Biology
Associate Director, Vanderbilt Center for Stem Cell Biology
Louise B. McGavock Chair & Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs, Cell & Developmental Biology

Molecular embryology /vertebrate embryogenesis /transcription factors/intercellular signaling

Zhongming Zhao, Ph.D., M.S.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Associate Professor of Cancer Biology
Chief Bioinformatics Officer, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Director, Bioinformatics Resource Center

Bioinformatics and systems biology, schizophrenia, and ethanol response/alcohol dependence