Psychiatric disorders

Huxing Cui

Huxing Cui, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
We study the neural circuits and intraneuronal signaling mechanisms that regulate appetite, body weight, sleep, and cardiorespiratory function in mice and aim to understand how these regulatory processes go awry in metabolic disorders. To this end, we employee state-of-the-art neuroscience...
SabharwalRasna

Rasna Sabharwal, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
My research focuses on elucidating central brain mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease, psychosocial disorders, heart failure and sudden cardiac death. The lab uses multidisciplinary approaches including radiotelemetry, optogenetics, neurophysiology, pharmacology, behavioral and molecular...
Jason Radley

Jason J. Radley, PhD

Title/Position
Associate Professor
We combine behavioral, physiological, functional neuroanatomical, and cellular approaches to unravel the neural circuitry that underlies adaptive neuroendocrine responses to stress. Recently we have identified a locus in the basal forebrain that serves as a neural hub for integrating and relaying...
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 Wemmie

John Wemmie, MD, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
My lab uses genetic manipulation in mice to study the effects of Acid Sensing Ion Channels (ASICs) on behavior. Because one of these channels, ASIC1, is abundant in the amygdala complex, we tested whether it plays a role in Pavlovian fear conditioning. We found that ASIC1a knockout mice have reduced...
John Freeman

John Freeman, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
We study the neural mechanisms underlying learning and memory. The main focus of our research is on neural circuit interactions necessary for learning and memory retrieval. We use multi-site tetrode recordings, neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, DREADDs, optogenetics, electrical stimulation, machine...
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...
Mark Niciu

Mark J. Niciu, MD, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Our clinical and translational research group seeks to better understand the pathophysiology and therapeutics of major mood and substance use disorders including their comorbidity. A major focus has been the identification, replication, and dissemination of biomarkers of treatment response to the...
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...
GantzStephanie

Stephanie Gantz, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
The mission of the Gantz lab is to discover and characterize novel interactions between G protein-coupled receptors and ion channels in the brain. We use patch-clamp electrophysiology in brain slices to record synaptic communication between neurons. We also record ion channel activity directly in...