Autism and intellectual disabilities

Krystal Parker

Krystal L. Parker, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
My long-term goal is to understand the cerebellar contribution to cognition. In pursuit of this goal, I combine neurophysiology, pharmacology and optogenetics in animals performing cognitive tasks to dissect cerebellar neural circuitry. I study the potential for cerebellar stimulation to rescue...
Lane Strathearn

Lane Strathearn, MBBS, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
Dr. Strathearn is Professor of Pediatrics and the Division Director for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Iowa, as well as Physician Director of the Center for Disabilities and Development at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. He holds the William E. Bell/Gail A...
Mark Blumberg

Mark S. Blumberg, PhD

Title/Position
F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor
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Every developing animal must learn to function within the context of an ever-changing body. Typically, investigations of sensorimotor development focus on waking movements. We consider another class of behavior: Twitching movements that occur exclusively during active (or REM) sleep. Twitches are...
Nicholas Trapp

Nicholas Trapp, MD, MS

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
The Trapp lab engages in research endeavors aimed at improving the current applications of neuromodulation, better understanding the physiologic effects of brain stimulation therapies, and exploring the potential for these therapies in new patient populations. We are currently engaged in research...
StrackS

Stefan Strack, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
Reversible phosphorylation of key proteins, such as ion channels and neurotransmitter-synthesizing enzymes, regulates synaptic transmission and other aspects of neuronal physiology and development. While the enzymes that add phosphates to proteins, protein kinases, have been studied extensively...
Ted Abel

Ted Abel, PhD

Title/Position
Professor; Director, Iowa Neuroscience Institute; Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience
Research in the Abel lab focuses on the molecular mechanisms of memory storage and the molecular basis of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. We use mouse models to examine the role of molecular signaling pathways as well as transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of gene expression in...
Val Sheffield

Val Sheffield, MD, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
My laboratory is interested in identifying and understanding the function of genes, which cause a variety of human disorders. Our research efforts have focused on the molecular genetics of monogenic disorders with focus on hereditary blindness including Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, retinitis pigmentosa...