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Malcolm J. Avison, Ph.D.

Professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Professor of Pharmacology

The Development and Application of Novel Imaging Methods for the Study of Central Nervous System (CNS) Development and Function in Health and Disease


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Julio E. Ayala, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophyics


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Jennifer "Piper" E Below, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Medicine (Genetic Medicine)

Developing and applying computational methodologies to further our understanding of the genetic basis of human disease. Specifically, I focus on development of novel strategies for identifying and confirming genetic risk factors to complex traits including cardiometabolic and neurocognitive traits such as Alzheimer’s disease, delayed language disorders, developmental stuttering via ascertainment of dense genetic (specifically, whole genome/exome sequenced and whole genome imputed datasets) and phenotypic data. 


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Jennifer Urbano Blackford, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Jack Martin M.D. Research Professor in Psychopharmacology

Neural substrates of anxiety vulnerability, anxiety disorders, and PTSD; role of the anxiety in schizophrenia and addiction


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Randolph Blake, Ph.D.

Centennial Professor of Psychology
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Visual Neuroscience; Brain Imaging; Visual Perception.


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Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D.

Florida Atlantic University, FAU Brain Institute
Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Executive Director

Synaptic Neurobiology and Pharmacology, Transgenic Animal Generation and Studies, Neurogenetics, Neuropsychiatric Disorder Mechanisms


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James W. Bodfish, Ph.D.

Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Pathogenesis & Treatment of Autism; Drug Development in Autism; Abnormal Repetitive Behaviors in Neurodevelopmental Disorders


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James R. Booth, Ph.D.

Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Educational Neuroscience, Department of Psychology and Human Development
Professor

We are broadly interested in how the brain changes over development and learning, and in individual differences (including disability) in brain organization.


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Kendal S. Broadie, Ph.D.

Stevenson Professor of Neurobiology

Nervous System Development, Including Neuronal Pathfinding, Target Recognition and Synaptogenesis


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Erin S. Calipari, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Our research seeks to characterize and modulate the precise circuits in the brain that underlie both adaptive and maladaptive processes in reward, motivation, and associative learning, to develop improved treatments for psychiatric disorders.


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David J. Calkins, Ph.D.

Director, Vanderbilt Vision Research Center
Vice-Chairman and Director of Research, Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Denis M. O'Day Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Professor of Psychology
Professor of Pharmacology

Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration and Molecular Architecture of Visual Pathways in Health and Disease


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Ana Marin Dias Carneiro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Conserved Protein Networks That Regulate Cell-Cell Communication in Brain Synapses


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Robert Carson, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurology

Determining signaling mechanisms which when abnormal, lead to neurodevelopmental defects, epilepsy, white-matter disorders, and autism.


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Bruce Carter, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Education and Training, Vanderbilt Brain Institute
Director of Graduate Studies in Neuroscience
Professor of Biochemistry

Dr. Carter advises students regarding courses and scientific development, as well as tracking student progress. He also is available for advice on issues related to advancement to the degree, including helping students work more effectively with their advisors.


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Carissa J. Cascio, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Neural basis of sensory processing differences in children and adults with autism using a combination of sensory testing and neuroimaging to investigate how different kinds of sensory processing are disrupted in autism, and what role that disruption may play in the core features of autism such as decreased socialization, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviors


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Kenneth C. Catania, Ph.D.

Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences

The Neurobiology and Behavior of Mammals, Specifically Pertaining the Organization and Function of Mammalian Sensory Systems


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Catie Chang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering


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Roger J. Colbran, Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Structure, Function and Subcellular Targeting of Ca2+/calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase II in Health and Disease


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P. Jeffrey Conn, Ph.D.

Lee E. Limbird Professor of Pharmacology
Director, Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery

Cellular/Molecular Mechanisms of Regulation of Neuronal Function; Novel Treatments for CNS Disorders


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Michael K. Cooper, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology

Brain cancer and development


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Blythe A. Corbett, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Examination of the Biobehavioral Profiles of Autism to Better Understand Factors That Enhance or Diminish the Response to Social and Nonsocial Stress


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Nancy J. Cox, Ph.D.

Director, Vanderbilt Genetics Institute
Director, Division of Genetic Medicine
Mary Phillips Edmonds Gray Professor of Genetics

Nancy Cox is a quantitative human geneticist with a long-standing research program in identifying and characterizing the genetic component to common human diseases; current research is focused on large-scale integration of genomic with other “-omics” data as well as biobank and electronic medical records data.


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Laurie E. Cutting, Ph.D.

Professor of Special Education
Professor of Psychology
Professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Professor of Pediatrics
Patricia and Rodes Hart Endowed Chair

Understanding Brain-Behavior Relations as Related to Learning and Communication in Children and Adolescents


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Ryan Darby, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Neurology

Network Neuroimaging and behavioral testing in patients with delusions, hallucinations, and criminal behavior due to dementia


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Eric J. Delpire, Ph.D.

Professor of Anesthesiology
Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Molecular Physiology of CNS and PNS Cation-Chloride Cotransporters


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Ariel Y. Deutch, Ph.D.

James G. Blakemore Chair of Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Pharmacology

Dopamine and its Role in Neuropsychiatric Disorders


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Manus J. Donahue, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Institute of Imaging Science

Development and clinical implementation of new MRI methods for measuring brain function.


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Melissa C Duff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Hearing and Speech Sciences
Director, Communication and Memory Laboratory

Examination of the role of hippocampal-dependent memory in language and social interaction and in long-term outcome following acquired brain injury


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Laura L. Dugan, M.D.

Abram C. Shmerling Professor of Alzheimer’s and Geriatric Medicine
Head, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine


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Elisabeth M. Dykens, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology & Human Development
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Pediatrics

Development and Correlates of Psychopathology and Behavioral Problems in Prader-Willi Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and Down Syndrome


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Ronald Emeson, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Vanderbilt Brain Institute
Professor, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Dr. Emeson is responsible for oversight of VBI resources including VBI-managed space, common equipment and the Neurochemistry and Rodent Neurobehavioral Cores, as well as management of the Neuroscience Seminar Series.


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Dario J Englot, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor, Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Surgical Director of Epilepsy

Our laboratory integrates human neuroimaging and electrophysiology techniques to study brain networks in both neurological diseases and normal brain states.


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Kevin C. Ess, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Mechanisms of cortical development using mouse models and human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPCs)


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Sabine Fuhrmann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Regulation of ocular development, morphogenesis and regeneration.


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Martin J. Gallagher, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology

Molecular, synaptic, and network changes in genetic models of human epilepsy syndromes


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Vivian Gama, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology and the Vanderbilt Center for Stem Cell Biology

Broad questions of how mitochondrial structure and apoptosis execution programs are coordinated to regulate cell fate, guide my laboratory research program. Our preliminary studies suggest an emerging landscape in which mitochondrial-related proteins do not only function under stress conditions, but also have critical functions in regulating self-renewal and pluripotency, through the modulation of organelle dynamics, cell division and metabolism. We combine our expertise in mitochondrial and stem cell biology with state-of-the-art approaches to reveal novel factors modulating stem cell identity and commitment.  


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Isabel Gauthier, Ph.D.

David K. Wilson Chair of Psychology
Professor of Psychology

Face and Object Recognition, Brain-Lesion Studies, and Visual Perception using Functional Imaging (fMRI)


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Rene H. Gifford, Ph.D.

Professor of Hearing and Speech
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
Director, Cochlear Implant Program, Division of Audiology

Basic auditory function, spatial hearing, and speech perception with combined electric and acoustic hearing in adults and children with cochlear implants and hearing aids


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Reyna L Gordon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Director, Music Cognition Lab
Associate Director, Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt

The role of rhythm in language development using behavioral, EEG, and genomic methods.


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John C. Gore, Ph.D.

Hertha Ramsey Cress University Professor
Professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Director, Institute for Imaging Science
Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences

Development and Application of Biomedical Imaging Techniques and Imaging Science


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Brad A. Grueter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Functional Organization of Reward Circuits and Mechanisms Underlying Motivational Learning


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Eugenia V. Gurevich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Functional Organization of Reward Circuits and Mechanisms Underlying Motivational Learning


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Troy A. Hackett, Ph.D.

Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences
Associate Professor of Psychology

Anatomy and physiology of auditory cortex


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Heidi E. Hamm, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology
Aileen M. Lange & Annie Mary Lyle Professor in Cardiovascular Research

The Structure, Function and Interactions of G-Protein Coupled Receptors; Molecular Mechanisms of Signal Transduction; Vascular Biology


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Fiona E. Harrison, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Alzheimer’s disease; Animal Behavior; Nutritional Factors


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Stephan H. W. Heckers, M.D.

Chair of the Department of Psychiatry
William P. and Henry B. Test Chair in Schizophrenia Research
Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Psychology
Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences

Schizophrenia; Bipolar Disorder; Neuroimaging; Neuroanatomy


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Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Communications, Vanderbilt Brain Institute
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Associate Professor, Psychology


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Kari Hoffman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences

Neural basis of learning and memory, large-scale electrophysiology, object and face recognition, neural oscillations, neural computation, sleep and state-dependent influences on perception


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Rebecca A. Ihrie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Understanding Proliferation and Fate Decisions in Neural Stem Cells and Brain Tumors


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Lauren Parker Jackson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Molecular mechanisms of membrane trafficking proteins in cell biology and human brain disease


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E. Duco Jansen, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neurosurgery

Laser-tissue interaction; optical neural interfaces; modulation of neural activity using infrared laser light; cellular effects of laser-induced stimuli; application of light, lasers and optical technology in medicine and biology


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Angela Jefferson, Ph.D.

Professor of Neurology
Director of the Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer's Center

Systemic vascular and cerebrovascular mechanisms affecting the pathogenesis and clinical manifestation of Alzheimer’s disease in humans


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Carl H. Johnson, Ph.D.

Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences
Professor of Biological Sciences
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Cellular and molecular biology of biological clocks


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Owen D. Jones, J.D.

New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair in Law
Professor of Biological Sciences
Director, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

Law and Behavioral Biology; Law and Neuroscience; Evolutionary Analysis in Law


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Jon H. Kaas, Ph.D.

Distinguished Centennial Professor of Psychology
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences

Sensory-Motor Systems; Brain Plasticity; Mammalian Brain Evolution


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Jing-Qiong Kang, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology

Impaired GABAergic Signaling in epilepsy, Autism and Brain Development


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Ege Kavalali, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Dr. Kavalali’s group studies molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic vesicle dynamics and their impact on neuronal signaling.


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Anne K. Kenworthy

Professor and Interim Vice Chair of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

The goal of our research is to understand how membrane nanodomains are assembled and function, including their role in Alzheimer's disease.


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Ela W. Knapik, M.D.

Associate Professor, Medicine
Associate Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology

Discovery of Disease Mechanisms of Comorbidities in Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Genotype-Phenotype Relations


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Christine L. Konradi, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology
Professor of Psychiatry

Gene Expression in the Brain


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Autumn Kujawa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Human Development

Affective neuroscience and vulnerability for mood and anxiety disorders; Neural predictors of response to treatment for internalizing disorders in children and adolescents.


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Andre H. Lagrange, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology

GABAergic control of networks formation/maintenance as well as inhibitory fine-tuning established circuits; with a special focus on epilepsy


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Bennett Landman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Electrial Engineering (primary), Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Radiology and Radiological Sciences

Research description: Neuroimaging, diffusion weighted MRI, structural MRI, functional MRI, medical image processing, big data, imaging informatics


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Miriam Lense, Ph.D.

Research Instructor, Deparement of Otolaryngology
Fellow, Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise, and Public Policy
Member, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
Co-Director, Music Cognition Lab

Rhythm in social engagement and social musical interactions with particular emphases on early development (e.g., parent-child interactions) and individuals with or at-risk for developmental disorders (e.g., ASD, Williams's syndrome, prematurity); multi-method approaches including EEG, eye-tracking, acoustic analysis, and behavior


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Ethan S. Lippmann, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Using human induced pluripotent stem cells to construct biomimetic neurovascular tissues for drug screening and disease modeling applications; in vitro selection and directed evolution approaches for biosensing and therapeutic design.


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Robert L. Macdonald, M.D., Ph.D.

Margaret and John Warner Professor and Chair of Neurology
Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Professor of Pharmacology

Structure, Pharmacology and Function of GABAA Receptor Channels; Basic Mechanisms of Genetic Epilepsies; Knock In Mouse Models of Human Genetic Epilepsies


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Alexander V. Maier, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Determining the Neural Processes that Give Rise to Conscious Perceptual Experience


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Beth A. Malow, M.D.

Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development
Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Director, Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Division

Interrelationship of Sleep and Neurological Disease; Autism Spectrum Disorders


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René Marois, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Psychology
Professor of Psychology
Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences

Neural bases of attention and legal decision-making using fMRI and psychophysical tools


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BethAnn McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Neurodegenerative and Neuroprotective Cell Signaling Pathways


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Douglas G. McMahon, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Neuroscience Training Program
Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences
Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences
Professor of Pharmacology


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David M. Miller, III, Ph.D.

Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology

Decoding genetic programs for building and remodeling neurons.


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Lisa M. Monteggia, Ph.D.

Barlow Family Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute
Professor of Pharmacology


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Terunaga Nakagawa, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Molecular Mechanism of Synaptic Plasticity – Biochemistry and Imaging of Macromolecules in the Synapse


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Jeffrey L Neul, M.D., Ph.D.

Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair
Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
Professor of Pediatrics

Jeffrey Neul is a physician scientist who focuses on the clinical care, clinical research, and translational research for genetic neurodevelopmental disorders, with an emphasis on Rett syndrome.  Rett syndrome is typically caused by mutations in the epigenetic regulator MECP2 and robs affected individuals of their ability to speak and use their hands.  The Neul lab uses a combination of modern genetic, molecular, and physiological methods to characterize animal and cellular models of Rett syndrome and related disorders to develop an enhanced understanding of the pathophysiological basis and to develop and test novel therapies


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Paul Newhouse, M.D.

Jim Turner Chair in Cognitive Disorders
Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology, and Medicine
Director, Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive Medicine
Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
Physician-Scientist, VA-TVHS GRECC

Human Research Studies That Investigate the Biological, Neurochemical, and Brain Circuitry Mechanisms of Cognitive Aging and Psychological Stress


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Kevin D. Niswender, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism


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Terry L. Page, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences
Brain Institute Emertius Faculty

Neurobiology of Circadian Rhythms


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Sachin Patel, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

The Role of Endocannabinoids in Stress-Induced Neuroadaptation


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Wellington Pham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Assocaite Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Molecular Imaging Probes, Nanotechnology, Theranostic Applications, Neuroimaging, Cancer Research, Drug Delivery


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Sean M Polyn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Cognitive and Neural Dynamics of the Human Memory System; Neuroimaging; Electrophysiology; Computational Modeling


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Gavin R. Price, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Educational Neuroscience, Dyscalculia, Numerical Cognition Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience


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Ramnarayan Ramachandran, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences

How Sounds are Encoded in the Brain by the Activity of Populations of Neurons, and how these Populations of Neurons may Subserve Auditory Perception and Behavior


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Tonia S. Rex, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Vanderbilt Eye Institute

Mechanisms and Therapy for Neurotrauma


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Renã A.S. Robinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry
Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor's Faculty Fellow

The RASR laboratory develops and applies cutting-edge proteomics and other ‘omics approaches to advance understanding of aging and Alzheimer’s disease.


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Douglas Ruderfer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Division of Genetic Medicine, Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt Genetics Institute, Vanderbilt University Medical Center


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Rebecca M. Sappington, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Neuroinflammation in glaucoma, neuronal-glial interactions, glial-vasculature interactions, and glial cell reactivity in aging and disease


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Jeffrey D. Schall, Ph.D.

E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Neuroscience
Professor of Psychology
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Director of Center for Integrative Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience

Neural and computational mechanisms of decision making, response inhibition and executive control; Law and Neuroscience


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Richard B. Simerly, Ph.D.

Louise B. McGavock Professor
Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Developmental Neurobiology of Limbic, Hypothalamic and Autonomic Neural Architecture


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Michelle Southard-Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology

Developmental Genetics of Neural Crest Stem Cells in Visceral Organ Innervation


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G. Christopher Stecker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences

Binaural and spatial hearing: psychophysical properties, computational models of neural mechanisms, and human neuroimaging. 


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James S. Sutcliffe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

The Genetic Basis of Autism and Related Traits, the Genetic Basis of Epilepsy, and Complex Genetic Disease


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David Sweatt, Ph.D.

Professor and Chairman, Department of Pharmacology

Investigating the role of epigenetic mechanisms and transcriptional regulation in learning and memory, and using those approaches to develop novel therapeutics for learning disabilities and memory disorders.


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Warren D Taylor, M.D., MHSc

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Department of Psychiatry Mood Disorders Program
Physician Scientist, VA Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

Neurobiological markers related to development, persistence, and outcomes of depression


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Frank Tong, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

fMRI, behavioral and neurocomputational studies of visual perception and attention, face and object recognition, and visual working memory


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David R. Vago, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Research Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Cognitive and Neurobiological substrates that constitute adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and therapeutic relevance across the neuropsychiatric spectrum


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Mark T. Wallace, Ph.D.

Dean, Vanderbilt Graduate School
Louise B. McGavock Endowed Chair
Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences
Professor of Psychology
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Pharmacology

Multisensory Processing; Sensorimotor Transformations; Perception; Autism; Cochlear Implants; Plasticity


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Stephen M. Wilson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences

Neural basis of language, Acquired aphasia


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Danny G. Winder, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Neuroscience Training Program
Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program


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Thilo Womelsdorf, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology
Associate Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Womelsdorf is head of the Attention-Circuits-Control laboratory whose mission is to advance our understanding how cells and circuit motifs give rise to neuronal network dynamics supporting flexible learning and attention functions. 


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Geoffrey F Woodman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Woodman’s research examines the nature and neural correlates of attention and memory. His research uses a combination of behavioral, electrophysiological, imaging, and modeling methods.


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Neil D. Woodward, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavorial Sciences

The etiology and treatment of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders using neuroimaging.


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Tiffany G. Woynaroski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences

Dr. Woynaroski's research program seeks to identify brain and behavioral factors that (a) explain heterogeneity, (b) predict growth and differential response to treatment, and (c) increase our understanding of how/why treatment works in young children with, or at risk for, neurodevelopmental disorders. 


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David H. Zald, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Undergraduate Education
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology

Dr. Zald is responsible for coordinating activities in the VBI with the undergraduate neuroscience program in the College of Arts and Sciences.


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Qi Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Nanoparticle-Enabled Super-Resolution Imaging of Synapse and Relevance to Neurological Disorders


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Chengwen Zhou, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology


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Laurence J. Zwiebel, Ph.D.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Biological Sciences
Professor of Biological Sciences
Professor of Pharmacology

Molecular Genetics and Functionality of Odorant Receptors and Olfactory-Based Behavior in Malaria Vector Mosquitoes and Eusocial Ants