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PREP Faculty Directory

Get to know the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience (NUIN) PREP faculty by searching our directory below. Browse, filter the faculty list or search by keyword to learn more. For a complete list, see our alphabetical list of faculty.


Ana Maria Acosta, PhD

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

I am interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying movement impairments after neural injury or disease and how the nervous system adapts...   Read More  

Ravi Allada, MD

Professor of Neurobiology

Why we sleep remains one of the most enduring mysteries in science. While asleep, we cannot eat, mate, defend ourselves from predators or care for our young. Nearly every organism, even the jellyfish, exhibits a restorative sleep-like state...   Read More  

Raj Awatramani, PhD

Professor of Neurology

Dysfunctional dopamine (DA) signaling has been associated with a broad spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders, prompting investigations into how midbrain DA neuron heterogeneity may underpin this variety of behavioral symptoms...   Read More  

Jim Baker, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

My lab has closed and I now concentrate on teaching and assisting other motor systems labs. Our history is the study sensory-motor processing in vestibular and oculomotor systems, in mice and other mammals...   Read More  

Joseph Bass, MD, PhD

Charles F. Kettering Professor of Medicine - Endocrinology

Our focus is on the role of the circadian system in the coordination of behavior and physiology applying genetic approaches to reveal how clocks function within the CNS and peripheral tissues to influence sleep, feeding, and metabolism...   Read More  

Mark Bevan, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

Our research is focused on the basal ganglia, a group of subcortical brain nuclei critical for the motivation, selection, and execution of action sequences and the primary site of dysfunction in psychomotor disorders including Parkinson’s...   Read More  

Thomas Bozza, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Mechanisms of monoallelic gene expression: Genes that impart cell type identity (such as antigen receptors) are frequently expressed from only one allele, so called monoallelic expression...   Read More  

Anis Contractor, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

Research in our laboratory is directed at understanding the fundamental mechanisms of synaptic communication and how these processes go wrong in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders...   Read More  

Daniel Corcos, PhD, BEd,MA,MSc

Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

Daniel Corcos is a movement neuroscientist working on “human electrophysiology” using TMS, fMRI, EEG, EMG as well as neuronal recordings the sub thalamic nucleus in patients with Parkinson's disease undergoing brain surgery...   Read More  

Steve DeVries, MD, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology

We study signal processing in both the outer and inner retina. In the outer retina, we focus on how signals are transformed at the cone photoreceptor to Off bipolar cell synapse...   Read More  

Julius P Dewald, PhD, PT

Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

Our Neuroimaging and Motor Control Laboratories are dedicated to understanding motor recovery following stroke, in learning the role of brain plasticity in recovery, and in developing novel therapeutic training techniques to improve arm function...   Read More  

Sumit Dhar, PhD

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Our current work has two main directions. We are interested in understanding the physiological mechanisms responsible for the generation and propagation of sounds that are generated in the inner ear and can be recorded by placing a small microphone...   Read More  

John Disterhoft, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

Cellular and systems mechanisms of learning and memory in young and aging brain using behavior; in vivo single neuron recording; and biophysical recording and cellular imaging in brain slices...   Read More  

Daniel Dombeck, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

The neuronal activity underlying mammalian spatial navigation represents one of the most striking examples of behavioral correlation in the brain. Dr...   Read More  

Adriana Ferreira, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

The long-term goal of my research is to understand, from a cell and molecular biological perspective, how mammalian central neurons establish and maintain specific synaptic connections...   Read More  

Marco Gallio

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Our long term goal is to understand how sensory stimuli are used to build an internal representation of the physical world, and how this representation is in turn processed into our actions and behaviors...   Read More  

Jaime García-Añoveros, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience, Neurology and Anesthesiology

Transcription factors and chromatin modifications in neural development of inner ear and brain. With genetics, epigenomics and transcriptomics combined with neuroanatomy and neurophysiology we are leading in elucidating how the developing cochlea...   Read More  
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Al George, MD

Professor and Chair of Pharmacology

Dr. George is the Magerstadt Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, and Director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine...   Read More  

Changiz Geula, PhD

Research Professor of Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease

Our laboratory pursues several overlapping areas of research in the human brain, with additional investigations centered on non-human primate models, rodent models and cell culture systems...   Read More  

Mitra Hartmann, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

We are interested in the neuroscience of active sensing behaviors and particularly the sense of touch. We use the rodent whisker (vibrissal) system as a model to gain insight into closed loop sensorimotor control...   Read More  

CJ Heckman, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

Electrophysiology and computational modeling of spinal sensorimotor neurons and...   Read More  

Arun Jayaraman, PhD, PT

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Arun Jayaraman's work primarily focuses on developing and executing both investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored research in prosthetics, orthotics, rehabilitation robotics, and other assistive and adaptive technologies to treat physical...   Read More  

Thorsten Kahnt, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology

Our lab studies the human brain circuits that are involved in learning, decision-making, and olfaction. For this we use several experimental techniques (fMRI), including olfactory psychophysics, neuroimaging, and non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS)...   Read More  

Jennifer Kearney

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Research in my laboratory is focused on identifying genetic factors that contribute to severe childhood epilepsies and neurodevelopmental disorders...   Read More  

John Kessler, MD

Davee Professor of Neurology

Our research has focused extensively on the regulation of gene expression by stem/progenitor cells and their differentiated progeny...   Read More  

Evangelos Kiskinis, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

The lack of easy accessibility to the cells of the nervous system has hampered progress towards the discovery of degenerative mechanisms as well as more effective treatments for neurological diseases...   Read More  

Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

The Kozorovitskiy lab focuses on two broad, inter-related themes: decoding neuromodulation and neural circuit design principles...   Read More  

Sabrina S.M. Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

The primary research focus of this laboratory is to determine the underlying mechanisms that contribute to impaired movement in individuals with neurological impairments such as stroke, cerebral palsy, or spinal cord injury...   Read More  

Talia Lerner, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

The Lerner Lab studies the neural circuit basis of motivation, reward learning, and habit formation. We are particularly interested in how individual variations in dopamine circuit function relate to differences in behavior and neuropsychiatric...   Read More  

Liming Li, PhD

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Prion diseases are fatal, infectious neurodegenerative disorders also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). Remarkably, the infectious agent of TSEs is a normal host protein (PrPC) with pathogenic conformations (PrPSc)...   Read More  

Molly Losh, PhD

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

My research focuses on autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions, with a specific focus on language, communication, and associated abilities, and how such features may span diagnostic boundaries...   Read More  

Gianmaria Maccaferri, MD, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

My interest is focused on the hippocampus, which is an area of the brain involved in higher cognitive functions, and is often the target of neurological illnesses like epilepsy, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease...   Read More  

Marco Martina, MD, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

The lab has three main interests: currently, the main interest of the lab is the identification of the cortical cellular mechanisms (and potential drug targets) that drive the transition from acute to chronic pain...   Read More  

Malcolm McIver, PhD

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor MacIver believes that the body’s mechanical intelligence can be just as important, if not more important, than what’s going on in your head...   Read More  

David McLean, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Locomotion is a deceptively simple, yet essential behavior. We are interested in how neural circuits in the brainstem and spinal cord develop and ultimately control the speed and direction of locomotor movements...   Read More  

Marsel Mesulam, MD

Director, Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease - Department of Neurology

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Stephen Miller, PhD

Professor of Microbiology-Immunology

The Miller Lab utilizes mouse models of multiple sclerosis (MS) to study the immunopathogenesis and regulation of demyelinating disease...   Read More  

Andrew Miri, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

The patterns of muscle activation that drive movement reflect an interplay between neuronal circuits in the spinal cord and an array of motor system regions...   Read More  

Puneet Opal, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology

The long-term goal of my laboratory is to understand the cellular basis of neurodegeneration. We are testing the idea that neurodegeneration results from derangements in relatively few but strategic sub-cellular pathways...   Read More  

Hande Ozdinler, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology

Our lab is interested in the biology and pathology of upper motor neurons, the neuron population that displays progressive degeneration in ALS, HSP and PLS patients...   Read More  

Ken Paller, PhD

Professor of Psychology and James Padilla Chair in Arts & Sciences

Human Memory, Perception, and Consciousness; Biological Bases of Mental Phenomena; Sleep and Dreaming; Cognitive...   Read More  

Loukia Parisiadou, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Our laboratory studies the molecular basis of Parkinson's disease (PD) with a focus on the cellular and molecular pathways dysregulated by PD-linked genes such as α-synuclein and LRRK2...   Read More  

Todd Parrish, PhD, DPT

Professor of Radiology

The primary focus of the Parrish laboratory is the development and application of neuroimaging methods to better understand human development and physiology...   Read More  

Murali Prakriya, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology

Ca2+ is a ubiquitous intracellular signaling messenger regulating a wide range of functions including enzyme activation, gene expression, and neurotransmitter release...   Read More  

Indira Raman, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology

In the Raman lab, we study specializations of ion channels and synaptic physiology that permit cerebellar neurons—Purkinje neurons, granule cells, inhibitory interneurons, and output neurons of the cerebellar nuclei—to facilitate...   Read More  

Paul Reber, PhD

Professor of Psychology

We study the cognitive neuroscience of learning in memory with complex cognitive tasks. Our approach is grounded in memory systems theory that reflects the operations of different mechanisms of memory within and independent of the medial temporal...   Read More  

Eva Redei, PhD, MS

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

My basic interest is how genetic and/or environmentally induced differences in stress-reactivity affect behavior, learning and memory, aging and drug abuse...   Read More  

Emily Rogalski, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

I am a clinical and cognitive neuroscientist and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine...   Read More  

Jason Sanchez, PhD

Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Sanchez’s laboratory investigates the development of time-coding mechanisms in the auditory brainstem using electrophysiological and anatomical approaches. His primary interests are in synaptic transmission and ion channel function...   Read More  

Antonio Sanz-Clemente, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Glutamate receptor (GluR) activation triggers changes at the synaptic level that underlie higher cognitive functions. The Sanz-Clemente Lab is interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying GluR trafficking in normal and altered conditions...   Read More  

Tiffany Schmidt, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Our lab studies the role of light in behavior by linking the cellular function of cells within the retina to their downstream circuits in the brain and output behavior. To do this, we examine the role of RGC subtypes in specific visual functions...   Read More  

Gregory Schwartz, PhD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmologyy

Research in our lab focuses on the circuit mechanisms underlying sensory computation. We use the mouse retina as a model system because it allows us to stimulate the circuit precisely with its natural input, patterns of light, and record its natural...   Read More  

Gordon Shepherd, MD, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

How do we move? Our lab is interested in understanding the organization of cell-type-specific circuits in the motor system, focusing on mouse motor cortex and its long-range input and output connections with other motor circuits, via corticospinal,...   Read More  

D. James Surmeier, PhD

Professor and Chair of Department of Neuroscience

I direct a research program focusing on molecular, cellular and network mechanisms governing the basal ganglia in health and disease states...   Read More  

Geoff Swanson, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology

We study the molecular and physiological properties of receptor proteins that underlie excitatory synaptic transmission in the mammalian brain...   Read More  

Matthew Tresch, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

We examine the neural control of movement, focusing on the role of spinal circuitry. We use an interdisciplinary approach in this research, using a combination of behavioral, biomechanical, and neurophysiological techniques...   Read More  

Vicki Tysseling, PhD, PT

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences and Neuroscience

The goal of our lab is to enhance functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI). Our approach to SCI research uses animal models to identify changes that occur within the spinal cord after injury...   Read More  

Robert Vassar, PhD

Davee Professor of Alzheimer Research, Professor of Neurology (Behavioral Neurology)

We study the molecular and cellular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease with the goal of contributing to the discovery of effective disease-modifying therapies...   Read More  

Joel Voss

Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences

My laboratory uses human neuroscience methods (fMRI, TMS, eye tracking, invasive EEG/ECoG) to investigate mechanisms of learning and memory and their impairment in neurologic and neuropsychiatric disorders...   Read More  

Derek Wainwright, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Our laboratory engages in basic, translational, and clinical research that aims to improve the survival of adults that are diagnosed with brain cancer...   Read More  

Sandra Weintraub, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Age-related neurodegenerative brain diseases that affect cognition and behavior are the focus of my work. Large-scale neuroanatomical networks such as those that support language can be selectively targeted by disease...   Read More  

Catherine Woolley, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology

Our research focuses on steroid regulation of synaptic structure and function and the consequences of steroid-driven synaptic modulation for behavior...   Read More  

Beverly Wright, PhD

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Perceptual learning: Performance on perceptual tasks improves with practice, indicating that our sensory systems are not rigid but rather can be changed through experience...   Read More  

Christina Zelano, PhD

Assistant Professor Neurology

My lab studies the human olfactory system. More specifically, we study the impact of natural respiratory rhythms on brain activity and behavior, olfactory networks, olfactory attention and memory, primary olfactory cortical areas including...   Read More  

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