Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Neurobiology

    Our neurobiological research is leading to a better understanding of diseases affecting the CNS and PNS.Research in this area focuses on the development of the peripheral and central nervous systems and how intrinsic and extrinsic factors cause disease and influence human behavior.

    Our neurobiological research is leading to a better understanding of diseases affecting the CNS and PNS.

    Faculty

    Kenneth Campbell, PhD.Kenneth Campbell, PhD, Professor
    Cellular and molecular control of vertebrate forebrain development  [Visit Developmental Biology]

    Lionel Chow, MD, PhD.Lionel Chow, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Understanding the molecular underpinnings and signaling pathways that control the growth and survival of high-grade gliomas [Visit the Chow Lab]

    Steven A. Crone, PhD.Steven A. Crone, PhD, Assistant Professor
    The Crone laboratory studies how neural circuits controlling motor behaviors are affected by disease and injury. Our goal is to develop strategies targeting neural circuits capable of improving motor function and the quality of life of patients suffering from developmental defects, neurodegenerative disease or injury. [Visit the Crone Lab]

    Steve Danzer, PhD.Steve Danzer, PhD, Assistant Professor
    My laboratory focuses on elucidating the mechanisms by which epilepsy develops, with the ultimate goal of developing novel therapies to prevent or treat the disease. We are currently conducting studies on the roles of the mTOR signaling pathway and adult generated neurons in epilepsy. [Visit the Danzer Lab]

    Brian Gebelein, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Patterning of the nervous and digestive systems during development [Visit the Gebelein Lab]

    Christina Gross, PhD.Christina Gross, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Identification and analysis of shared molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders such as Fragile X syndrome, epilepsy and autism, and their use for the development of therapeutic strategies. [Visit Neurology]

    Fumika Hamada, PhD.Fumika Hamada, PhD, Assistant Professor
    My lab studies temperature sensation and circadian rhythms in Drosophila. [Visit the Hamada Lab]

    Michael P. Jankowski, PhD.Michael P. Jankowski, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Our lab is interested in the molecular mechanisms of sensory neuron plasticity after peripheral injuries and focuses on peripheral mechanisms of ischemic myalgia, and the developmental sensitization of sensory afferents. Using a multidisciplinary experimental approach, our studies will hopefully lead to the development of new treatments for chronic pediatric pain. [Visit the Jankowski Lab]

    Qing Richard Lu, PhD.Qing Richard Lu, PhD, Professor
    Transcriptional and epigenetic control of glial development and brain tumor initiation [Visit Experimental Hematology]

    Louis Muglia, MD, PhD.Louis Muglia, MD, PhD, Professor
    Genetic and developmental mechanisms controlling the timing of birth and risk of preterm birth; molecular genetic analysis of the behavioral and neuroendocrine responses to stress. [Visit the Muglia Lab]

    Masato Nakafuku, MD, PhD, Professor
    Molecular control of neural stem cells in development and regeneration of mammalian central nervous system [Visit the Nakafuku Lab]

    Nancy Ratner, PhD.Nancy Ratner, PhD, Professor
    The Ratner lab studies how nerve development is subverted in cancer.  We aim to identify targets for therapy in the inherited cancer predisposition syndromes neurofibromatosis type 1 and type 2. [Visit the Ratner Lab]

    Rolf Stottmann, PhD.Rolf Stottmann, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Mouse models of human congenital defects; development of the brain and face. [Visit the Stottmann Lab]

    Tim Vogel, MD.Tim Vogel, MD, Assistant Professor
    We are a developmental neuroscience laboratory that studies primary and motile ciliary signaling and its effects on neural and glial progenitor cell differentiation. We are currently studying cilia-related molecular and cellular events leading to and resulting from hydrocephalus, a common neurological condition occurring in 1 in 1,000 children. [Visit the Vogel Lab]

    Charles Vorhees, PhD.Charles Vorhees, PhD, Professor
    Prenatal origins of neurocognitive and behavioral disorders: How developmental exposure to drugs, environmental agents, chronic stress, and genetic alterations adversely affect brain development and behavior. [Visit the Vorhees Lab]

    Ronald R. Waclaw, MS, PhD.Ronald R. Waclaw, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Development of forebrain progenitor cells that contribute to the postnatal “neurogenic” niche in the subventricular zone [Visit Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology]

    Michael Williams, PhD.Michael Williams, PhD, Associate Professor
    Interaction of stress-induced hormones and drugs of abuse on adult learning and memory abilities; physiological responses to later stressors; behavioral and physiological consequences of drug reexposure. [Visit the Michael Williams Lab]

    Kimberly Yolton, PhD.Kimberly Yolton, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Exposures and experiences that may divert infants or children off the typical trajectory of development [Visit General and Community Pediatrics]

    Yutaka Yoshida, PhD.Yutaka Yoshida, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Molecular mechanisms of neural circuit formation in the developing spinal cord, using many techniques including molecular biology, mouse genetics, biochemistry, and electrophysiology to understand them [Visit Developmental Biology]