Developmental neuroscience

Ece Demir-Lira

Ece Demir-Lira, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Research at the Development, Experience, and Neurocognition Lab addresses the long-standing question of why some children, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, fall behind their peers in academic achievement while others thrive. We take several major approaches to address this broad question. We...
Ellen van der Plas

Ellen van der Plas, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
My research is about brain development in the context of medical illness, particularly childhood cancer. Key neuroscience tools I use include: neuroimaging, neuropsychological testing and experimental cognitive neuroscience tasks. I recently expanded my research to include neurochemical markers of...
George Richerson

George B. Richerson, MD, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
Head, Neurology
We are studying the role of serotonin neurons in mediating the effects of acidosis on brain function and behavior. We have shown that serotonin neurons are exquisitely sensitive to changes in pH. They are close to large arteries in the brain and contribute to the increase in breathing induced by...
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C. Andrew Frank, PhD

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Homeostasis is a robust form of regulation that allows a system to maintain a constant output despite external perturbations. In the nervous system, homeostasis plays a critical role in regulating neuronal and synaptic activity. Yet the molecular basis of this form of neural plasticity is generally...
Hanna Stevens

Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD

Title/Position
Associate Professor
The Psychiatry and Early Neurobiological Development Lab (PENDL) at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine seeks to understand molecular and cellular aspects of early brain development and their relevance to psychiatric disorders. Hanna Stevens, the PI, is particularly interested in...
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Bob McMurray

Title/Position
Professor
My research broadly concerns how people recover the meaning of spoken language as it unfolds in real-time, and in particular how they cope with the vast amount of variability in the speech signal. To this end, we use techniques like head-mounted eye-tracking, event-related potentials and inter...
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Bengi Baran, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Humans spend about a third of their life sleeping. Yet, our understanding of the cognitive, emotional and neurodevelopmental functions of this essential behavior and how these may be disrupted in clinical populations is still very limited. Sleep disturbances are observed in most major psychiatric...
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Aislinn Williams, MD, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
The Williams Lab is interested in understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which genetic risk factors contribute to psychiatric disease from a developmental perspective. Their current projects focus on voltage-gated calcium channel genes, which have been linked to the risk of...
Joel Geerling

Joel C. Geerling, MD, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
In the lab, we use genetic techniques to isolate and manipulate neurons that mediate basic physiologic functions including sleep, appetite, bladder control, and thermoregulation. My focus lies in identifying and deciphering previously unknown connections between neurons in the brainstem and other...
John Manak

John Manak, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
One of the primary areas of research in my laboratory is elucidating the genetic basis of neurological disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s Disease, and neurodevelopmental disorders. We have found that mutations in the prickle gene cause seizure disorders in fruit flies, similar to those...