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VBI Affiliate Faculty


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

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

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

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
Professor of Pharmacology

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

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