Faculty

Research and teaching in the neurosciences at Iowa are consolidated in two partially overlapping research tracks.

Faculty members may be associated with more than one research track.

François M Abboud, MD Francois M. Abboud, M.D.

Neural regulation of the circulation

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Ted Abel, Ph.D. Ted Abel, Ph.D.

Molecular mechanisms of memory storage and the molecular basis of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders

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Georgina Aldridge, MD, PhD Georgina Aldridge, MD, PhD

Role that pathology and protein misfolding in the cortex plays in the development of changes in cortical function in neurodegenerative conditions

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Zahra Aminzare, Ph.D.

Mathematical and Computational Neuroscience, Applied Dynamical Systems, Systems Biology

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Michael G Anderson, PhD Michael Anderson, Ph.D.

Mechanisms contributing to glaucomatous neurodegeneration

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Steven Anderson, Ph.D. Steven Anderson, Ph.D.

Human higher cortical functions (frontal lobe)

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Nancy C Andreasen, MD, PhD Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.

Brain imaging in the major psychoses

0
Deniz Atasoy, Ph.D. Deniz Atasoy, Ph.D.

Hypothalamic pathways that regulate appetite and metabolism

2
Sheila A. Baker, Ph.D. Sheila A. Baker, Ph.D.

 Protein Trafficking in Photoreceptors

2
Bengi Baran, PhD Bengi Baran, PhD

Understanding the role of sleep in cognition and psychiatric disorders

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Joseph Barrash, Ph.D. Joseph Barrash, Ph. D.

Cognitive / Behavioral Neuroscience:  Acquired Personality Disturbances in Brain Disease

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Alexander  Bassuk, M.D, Ph.D. Alexander Bassuk, M.D., Ph.D.

The genetics of human neural tube defects,  The genetics of human epilepsy.

2
Christopher Benson, MD Christopher Benson, M.D.

Molecular mechanisms of cardiac sensation

2
Mark S Blumberg, Ph.D.

One of the goals of our research is to identify the role that sleep plays in the development of the nervous system

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Aaron D. Boes, M.D., Ph.D.

Neuroimaging and noninvasive brain stimulation

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Gordon Buchanan, MD, PhD Gordon Buchanan, M.D., Ph.D.

Basic mechanisms of sleep-wake regulation, epilepsy and seizure-induced death; Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP)

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Mark W Chapleau, PhD Mark W. Chapleau, Ph.D.

Neural mechanisms of cardiovascular regulation. Baroreflex function in health and disease

2
Inyong Choi, PhD Inyong Choi, Ph.D.

Neural mechanisms of speech perception in noisy environments, focusing on its plasticity caused by hearing loss and hearing intervention.

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Robert  Cornell, PhD Robert Cornell, Ph.D.

Neural crest patterning in zebrafish

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Huxing Cui, Ph.D. Huxing Cui, Ph.D.

Neurobiology of  feeding and cardiovascular function.

2
Rodica Curtu, Ph.D.

Mathematical and Computational Neuroscience; Nonlinear Dynamics; Neuronal Networks Modeling

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Michael Dailey, Ph.D.

Development and Remodeling of Neurons and Glia in Mammalian Brain Tissues

2
Ece Demir Lira, Ph.D.

Role of parent and family factors in children’s neurocognitive development

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Natalie  Denburg, PhD Natalie Denburg, Ph.D.

Prefrontal Brain Structures, Aging, and Decision-Making

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Jonathan A Doorn, Ph.D. Jonathan A Doorn, Ph.D.

The role of reactive intermediates in toxicity and disease

2
Daniel  Eberl, PhD Daniel Eberl, Ph.D.

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of hearing and auditory behavior

2
Carrie Figdor, PhD Carrie Figdor, Ph.D.

Theoretical issues in neuroscience and philosophy of mind

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C. Andrew Frank, Ph.D. C. Andrew Frank, Ph.D.

Homeostatic Control of Synaptic Function

2
John Freeman, Ph.D.

Neurobiology of learning and memory

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Stephanie Gantz, PhD Stephanie Gantz, PhD

Regulation of ion channels and neuronal excitability by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs)

2
Joel C. Geerling, M.D., Ph.D. Joel C. Geerling, M.D., Ph.D.

Identifying and deciphering previously unknown connections between neurons in the brainstem and other subcortical brain regions

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Joseph Glykys, M.D., Ph.D. Joseph Glykys, M.D., Ph.D.

The inhibitory system and its dysfunction in seizures

2
Jean K Gordon, PhD Jean K. Gordon, Ph.D.

Lexical Access in Normal and Disordered Systems

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Steven  Green, PhD Steven H. Green, Ph.D.

Intracellular signaling: signal transduction for neurotrophic stimuli

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Jeremy Greenlee, MD Jeremy Greenlee, M.D.

Cortical mechanisms subserving human language and vocalization

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Donna L Hammond, PhD Donna L. Hammond, Ph.D.

Neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuropharmacology of central nervous system (CNS) pathways that convey pain; bulbospinal pathways that mediate the production of analgesia

2
N Charles Harata, MD, PhD N. Charles Harata, M.D., Ph.D.

Structure and function of synapses in the mammalian central nervous system

2
Matthew Harper, Ph.D. Matthew Harper, Ph.D.

Effect of traumatic brain injury on the visual system

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Eliot Hazeltine, PhD Eliot Hazeltine, Ph.D.

Representing and Selecting Action

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Marco M. Hefti, M.D. Marco M. Hefti, M.D.

Pediatric and developmental neuropathology

2
 Karin Hoth, Ph.D. Karin Hoth, Ph.D.

Cognitive functioning among individuals with chronic medical illnesses

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Matthew  Howard, M.D. Matthew A. Howard, M.D.

Neural basis of audition

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Rainbo Hultman, PhD Rainbo C. Hultman, Ph.D.

My lab investigates cellular and molecular drivers of brain electrical network activity in preclinical models of brain disorders, with a particular focus on migraine and depression.

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Kai Hwang, Ph.D. Kai Hwang, Ph.D.

Neural, cognitive, and developmental dynamics of cognitive control

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Jiefeng Jiang, PhD Jiefeng Jiang, PhD

Jiefeng is broadly interested in the cognitive and neural mechanisms that enable humans to learn and executive complex tasks.

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Alan Kim Johnson, PhD Alan Kim Johnson, Ph.D.

Neuronal control of behavior, hormonal systems and the circulation.

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Wayne Johnson, PhD Wayne A Johnson, Ph.D.

Molecular mechanisms of sensory signal transduction

2
Alan Kay, PhD Alan R Kay, Ph.D.

Firing dynamics of neurons in the mammalian cerebral cortex

2
Toshihiro Kitamoto, PhD Toshihiro Kitamoto, Ph.D.

Genetics of complex behavior

0, 2
Dorit Kliemann, Ph.D. Dorit Kliemann, Ph.D.

Social Cognitive Neuroscience

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Timothy Koscik, Ph.D. Timothy Koscik, Ph.D.

Extreme resolution human neuroimaging in the context of neurodegenerative disorders

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Ryan T LaLumiere, Ph.D.

Neurobiology of drug addiction and neurobiology of memory consolidation

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Hans-Joachim Lehmler, PhD Hans-Joachim Lehmler, Ph.D.

Effect of environmental pollutants and their transformation products on the developing brain

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Vince Magnotta, PhD Vince Magnotta, Ph.D.

Structural and functional imaging to study brain disorders

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John Manak, Ph.D. John Manak, Ph.D.

Genetic basis of epilepsy, neurodegeneration, and neurodevelopmental disorders

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Catherine Marcinkiewcz, PhD

Delineating the role of serotonin in complex brain disorders such as alcohol dependence, depression, and Alzheimer's disease

2
Bob McMurray, PhD Bob McMurray, Ph.D.

Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Speech Perception and Development

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Steven A Moore, MD, PhD Steven A. Moore, M.D., Ph.D.

Muscular dystrophy and developmental neurobiology

2
David Moser, PhD David Moser, Ph.D.

Vascular disease and cognition in the elderly

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Nandakumar Narayanan, MD, PhD Nandakumar Narayanan, M.D., Ph.D.

Our mission is to map the neural circuitry of neuropsychiatric disease in order to generate new treatments for these disorders.

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Mark J. Niciu, M.D., Ph.D. Mark J. Niciu, M.D., Ph.D.

The Niciu lab is interested in the pathophysiology and experimental therapeutics of major mood and substance use disorders, especially racemic ketamine and its metabolites in treatment-refractory depression.

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Thomas Nickl-Jockschat, M.D. Thomas Nickl-Jockschat, M.D.

Neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders

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Peg Nopoulos, MD Peg C Nopoulos, M.D.

Brain Structure / Function Relationships using MRI and cognitive/behavioral assessment

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Kirill Nourski, MD, PhD

Human auditory cortex physiology

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Daniel O'Leary, PhD Daniel O'Leary, Ph.D.

Human cognitive function and its neural basis; neuroimaging

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Krystal L. Parker, Ph.D. Krystal L. Parker, Ph.D.

Cerebellar contribution to cognition

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Jane Paulsen, PhD Jane S Paulsen, Ph.D.

Neural basis of cognition; preclinical deficits in dementia gene-carriers; frontal subcortical deficits, particularly Huntington's disease

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Stanley Perlman, M.D., Ph.D.

Localization of virus and cell-mediated immune response in mice developing demyelination after infection with mouse hepatitis virus

2
Robert  Philibert, MD, PhD Robert Philibert, M.D., Ph.D.

Behavioral genetics

2
Matthew Potthoff, Ph.D. Matthew Potthoff, Ph.D.

Endocrine Control of Metabolism and Signaling

2
Veena Prahlad, Ph.D. Veena Prahlad, Ph.D.

 Neuronal control of cellular stress responses

2
Jason J Radley, PhD Jason J Radley, Ph.D.

Neurobiology of stress

2
Kamal Rahmouni, PhD Kamal Rahmouni, Ph.D.

Neurobiology of Metabolism and Cardiovascular Function

0
George B Richerson, MD, PhD George B Richerson, M.D., Ph.D.

Serotonin neurons, pH control and sudden death

2
Andrew F Russo, Ph.D. Andrew F Russo, Ph.D.

Neuronal control of gene expression

2
Val Sheffield, MD, PhD Val Sheffield, MD, Ph.D.

Identifying and understanding the function of genes that cause a variety of human disorders

2
Gen Shinozaki, M.D. Gen Shinozaki, M.D.

Molecular influence of environmental factors to psychiatric conditions - PTSD, MDD

2
Justin S. Sipla, Ph.D. Justin S. Sipla, Ph.D.

Comparative neuroanatomy and neuroimaging

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Kathleen A Sluka, PT, PhD Kathleen A Sluka, P.T., Ph.D.

Somatosensory system; neuropharmacology of pain

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Long-Sheng Song, M.D. Long-Sheng Song, M.D.

The long-term research interest in Song laboratory is to elucidate the mechanisms underlying heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias, which are major public health problems world widely. The goal of his research is to identify and define the mechanisms that lead to heart failure / arrhythmias and to develop therapeutic strategies for these diseases.

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Hanna E. Stevens, M.D., Ph.D. Hanna E Stevens, M.D., Ph.D.

Psychiatry and Early Neurobiological Development

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Christopher Stipp, PhD Christopher Stipp, Ph.D.

Cell surface interaction maps and neuronal cell motility and function

2
Stefan Strack, PhD Stefan Strack, Ph.D.

Protein phosphatase 2A in neuronal signal transduction

2
Lane Strathearn, MBBS., PhD Lane Strathearn, MBBS., Ph.D.

Parent-infant attachment; autism spectrum disorder; addiction

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Daniel Summers, Ph.D. Daniel Summers, Ph.D.

Axon biology in developing and diseased neurons

2
Eric B. Taylor, Ph.D. Eric B. Taylor, Ph.D.

Mitochondrial regulation of cellular function

2
Peter Thorne, M.S., Ph.D. Peter Thorne, M.S., Ph.D.

Studies of the toxicity of inhaled environmental and occupational pollutants to the pulmonary, immune, neurological, and endocrine systems to quantify risks to human health

2
James Traer, PhD James Traer, PhD

Perception of complex natural scenes, with a special focus on hearing and audiovisual integration

0
Dan Tranel Daniel T Tranel, Ph.D.

Neuropsychological and neuroanatomical correlates of complex human behavior

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Nicholas Trapp, M.D.
The Trapp lab is focused on understanding, optimizing, and applying brain stimulation therapies for the treatment of neuropsychiatric conditions.
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Budd A Tucker, PhD Budd A Tucker, Ph.D.

Use of a stem cell based tissue-engineering approach to reconstruct the outer neural retina

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Ergun Uc, M.D.

Driving and cognitive function in Parkinson's disease; Body composition in Parkinson's disease; Deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia; Investigational drugs in the treatment of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders

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Yuriy M Usachev, Ph.D. Yuriy M Usachev, Ph.D.

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of pain transmission and neurodegeneration.

2
Jatin Vaidya, Ph.D. Jatin Vaidya, Ph.D.

Developmental maturation and individual differences in reward processing and behavioral inhibition

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Ellen van der Plas, Ph.D. Ellen van der Plas, Ph.D.

Brain development as related to medical illness and childhood cancer

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Shaun P Vecera, PhD Shaun P Vecera, Ph.D.

Visual cognition

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Michelle W Voss, PhD Michelle W Voss, Ph.D.

Cognitive aging, MRI/fMRI neuroimaging, learning and memory

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Yangyang Wang, Ph.D.

Differential Equations, Mathematical and Computational Neuroscience, Neural Rhythms

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Edward  Wasserman, PhD Edward Wasserman, Ph.D.

Biology of learning and memory in pigeons

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Shunguang Wei, Ph.D. Shunguang Wei, Ph.D.

Neural control of autonomic regulation in cardiovascular diseases

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Joshua Weiner, PhD Joshua Weiner, Ph.D.

Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Differentiation and Neural Circuit Formation

2
Michael J Welsh, MD Michael J Welsh, M.D.

Ion channels and their abnormalities in disease

2
John A Wemmie, MD, PhD John A Wemmie, M.D., Ph.D.

Role of acid sensing ion channels in fear related behavior

2
Jan R Wessel, Ph.D. Jan R Wessel, Ph.D.

Neural mechanisms for cognitive control and cognitive flexibility

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Aislinn Williams, M.D., Ph.D. Aislinn Williams, M.D., Ph.D.

Voltage-gated calcium channel genes

2
Virginia L Willour, PhD Virginia L. Willour, Ph.D.

Identifying genetic and epigenetic risk factors for suicidal behavior

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Chun-Fang  Wu, PhD Chun-Fang Wu, Ph.D.

Ion channels, activity-dependent neural plasticity, and learning behavior in Drosophila

2
Samuel M. Young, Ph.D. Samuel M. Young, Ph.D.

Synaptic control of information transmission

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