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Behavioral Neuroscience
These labs investigate the biological processes that underlie normal and abnormal behavior. Focii range from emotional and social behavior to the effects of cortical plasticity on behavior.
Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
These labs run the gamut of cellular and molecular neuroscience, with research investigating the role of proteins, receptors, synapses, and glia (to name a few) in normal and abnormal brain function.
Cognitive Neuroscience
These labs span the breadth of cognitive neuroscience and do research on sensory processing, motor control, decision making, language, and social cognition as well as a wide array of brain-based disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease and stroke.
Development
Developmental neuroscience investigates the processes that shape the nervous system throughout life. These labs focus on developmental mechanisms at various stages of life, from investigations of differentiation of tissue in the embryo to the development of cognitive control across the lifespan.
Imaging
These labs span the breadth of cognitive and systems neuroscience and do research that focuses on sensory processing, motor control, decision making, language, and social cognition as well as a wide array of brain-based disorders. The central facility for neuroimaging research is the Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging (CFMI).
Neural Degeneration & Injury
Neurodegenerative disease and neural injury share several pathological mechanisms, including the aberrant accumulation of proteins (e.g., tau, Aβ, α-synuclein, TDP-43), chronic activation of glia, synaptic toxicity, and the vulnerability of specific populations of neurons. These labs are interested in various aspects of the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases and neural injury after stroke or traumatic brain injury. The Center for Neural Injury and Recovery (CNIR) supports training in neural injury and plasticity through its training grant.
Pharmacology
These labs use pharmacological techniques to investigate neurotransmitters and receptors, trophic factors, inflamation, synaptic plasticity, and other nervous system functions.
Physiology
A major driving force behind cortical neurophysiology is to understand how complex neural systems function and adapt to a changing environment. These labs have interests that range from molecular and cellular work that uses patch-clamping and optical recording technology in brain slices to systems and whole organism behavioral studies that utilize in-vivo neurophysiology and functional neuroimaging of the cerebral cortex.
Gerard Ahern: Ion channels and sensory receptors
Barbara Bayer: CNS control of immune cell function
Tinatin I Brelidze: Structure and function of ion channels
Mark P. Burns: Traumatic brain injury and dementia
Elena Silva Casey: Neural stem cell maintenance and neurogenesis
Katherine Conant: The role of proteolysis in synaptic structure and function
Maria J. Donoghue: Molecular basis of cerebral cortical development
Alexander W. Dromerick:Brain recovery and motor control in stroke, arm amputation
Rhonda Dzakpasu: Spatio-temporal patterning in in vitro neural systems
Guinevere Eden: Neural representation of reading and reading disorders.
Howard J. Federoff: Gene therapy and neurodegenerative diseases
Rhonda B. Friedman: Cognitive neuroscience of language impairment, treatment, & recovery
Karen Gale: Mechanisms of epilepsy, movement disorders, and reward
Richard A. Gillis: Neural circuits in brain that control GI function
Nady Golestaneh: Adult stem cells and age-related neurodegeneration
Adam Green: Cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neurogenetics
Brent T. Harris: Neuroinflammation in neurodegenerative disease; glial-neuronal talk
Michelle Harris-Love: Motor system neuroplasticity & stroke recovery
Darlene V. Howard: Cognitive aging & cognitive neuroscience of aging
Jeffrey K. Huang: CNS neuron-glia interactions
Chou P. Hung: Neural representation underlying object recognition
Jagmeet Kanwal: Neural coding, dynamics, organization and behavior
Ken Kellar: Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in CNS and peripheral nervous system
Laurence Kromer: Neurotrophic factors and their receptors
Kathy Maguire-Zeiss: Parkinson's Disease: Role of synuclein & inflammation
Ludise Malkova: Neural substrates of emotional and social behavior in animal models
Abigail Marsh: Neurocognitive basis of emotion, empathy, and social behaviors
Andrei Medvedev: Neural mechanisms of cognitive processes
Italo Mocchetti: Neurobiology of neurotrophic factors
Charbel (Charlie) Moussa: The role of autophagy in AD, PD and ALS
Elissa L. Newport: Language acquisition, recovery of function in children and adults
Prosper N'Gouemo: Ion channels, seizures, and epilepsy
Daniel Pak: Molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity
John Partridge: Small molecule neurotransmitters in the basal ganglia
Josef P. Rauschecker: Cortical plasticity and neuronal networks in sensory systems
G. William Rebeck: APOE and Alzheimer's Disease
Maximilian Riesenhuber: Computational cognitive neurosci, fMRI, EEG, augmented cognition
Kathryn Sandberg: Structural analysis and regulation of peptide hormone receptors
Ted Supalla: Sign language structure and processing
Peter Turkeltaub: Basic/translational research on language, perception, & plasticity
Michael Ullman: Cognitive neuroscience of language and memory
Jeff Urbach: Axon motility and guidance, biophysics
Chandan Vaidya: Neurobiological basis of cognitive control
John VanMeter: Use of fMRI, DTI, MRS, etc. to investigate medial prefrontal cortex
Stefano Vicini: Ligand gated channels at central synapses
Barry B. Wolfe: Structure and function of ligand-gated ion channels
Jarda T. Wroblewski: Metabotropic glutamate receptor signaling
Jian-young Wu: Cortical population activity and dynamics
Robert P. Yasuda: Structure and function of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors
There are also a number of affiliate faculty at Georgetown and neighboring institutions who serve as co-mentors for student theses and for laboratories available for rotation projects.
William L. Bell: Ictal semiology, neuroimaging, translational
Leonardo Cohen (NIH): Mechanisms of CNS impairment, treatment, & recovery post-injury
Joshua Corbin (Children's): Developmental genetic mechanisms of brain development
Patrick A. Forcelli: Neuropharmacology and neural circuits of epilepsy and behavior
James Giordano: Neuroethics; neuroscience of pain; neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders
Gholam Motamedi: Effects of hypothermia, and cortical stimulation in epilepsy
Joseph Neale: Neurobiology of the transmitter N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG)
Raymond Scott Turner: Immunotherapies in mouse models of Alzheimer's Disease
Jean Wrathall: Mechanisms of tissue loss and recovery after spinal cord injury
Caroline Zink (NIH): fMRI of reward/motivation and social cognition systems