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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.

Assistant 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.

Instructor, Department of Neurology


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