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ASU Neuroscience PhD Program Faculty

Program Directors

Name
Rita Sattler
Associate Professor

Sattler received her PhD from the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on studies of neurodegeneration in ALS and FTD using human patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells as a disease model.

602-406-8685
Brian Smith
Professor

Smith is a behavioral neuroscientist studying learning and memory systems in both insects and mammals. His work is being applied to studies of human diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

ISTB-1 rm 322

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Neuroscience (PhD)

Neuroscience involves the study of the nervous system and its relation to an organism's function. It encompasses how gene...

Program Faculty

Name
Expertise
James Abbas
Associate Professor

Abbas is the director of the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems. His research interests are in applications of neural engineering techniques and technology in the area of medical rehabilitation.

480-965-9521
ISTB1 225A
Gro Amdam
Professor

Amdam is a Norwegian biologist who is internationally known for her research on behavior and aging in honey bees.

480-727-0895
ISTB-1 314
Associate Professor
Tamiko Azuma
Associate Professor

Azuma's research focuses on attention, memory and language processing.

480-965-9455
COOR 3476
Leslie Baxter
Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Baxter is a clinical neuropsychologist who assesses cognitive functioning in patients with neurological syndromes. She has a specialty in brain mapping for some patients requiring neurosurgery. Her research interests incl

602-284-1178
Heather Bean
Assistant Professor

Bean applies bioanalytical chemistry methods to characterize microbial metabolomes and identify biomarkers of lung disease.

480-727-3395
LSE 315 School of Life Sciences
Visar Berisha
Assistant Professor

Berisha's research seeks to develop and apply new machine learning and statistical signal processing tools to better understand and model signal perception.

480-747-6455
COOR 3472
Heather Bimonte-Nelson
Professor

For more than two decades, Bimonte-Nelson has conducted preclinical evaluations of multiple domains of cognitive function as related to aging. She heads the Memory and Aging Laboratory at ASU.

480-727-0766
PSYCH 216
B. Blair Braden
Assistant Professor

B. Blair Braden is the director of the Autism and Brain Aging Laboratory at ASU.

480-727-3414
975 S Myrtle Ave P.O. Box 870102
Sara Brownell
Associate Professor

Brownell is a neuroscientist turned full-time education researcher, who teaches undergraduate biology while studying biology education.

Christopher Buneo
Assoc Professor
480-727-0841
ISTB1 181B
Cheryl Conrad
Asst Vice Pres & Professor

Conrad's research interests include studies on the neurobiology of chronic stress, sex differences in neuroplasticity following chronic stress, and links between stress and depression or anxiety disorders.

480-965-7761
Psychology, Rm 208 950 S. McAllister Ave (Box 1104)
Ayoub Daliri
Asst Professor

Ayoub Daliri's research is focused on understanding neural mechanisms underlying speech production and stuttering, using a combination of electrophysiological/neuroimaging, behavioral, and computational approaches.

480-727-8397
975 S Myrtle Ave, COOR 3456
Natalia Dounskaia
Associate Professor

Dounskaia investigates how the central nervous system adjusts its descending signals to the biomechanical properties of the limbs. Her teaching interests include fundamental issues of motor control and their applications.

602-827-2294
425 North Fifth Street ABC1 222
Assistant Research Professor
Nancy Eisenberg
Regents Professor

Eisenberg's research focuses on emotion regulation and developmental psychopathology.

480-965-5217
PSY 251B
Jennifer Fewell
President’s Professor; Associate Director of Faculty

Fewell is a President’s Professor and faculty leader for the Organismal, Integrative and Systems Biology Group. Her research centers around the organization and evolution of insect societies.

480-965-6539
ISTB 302
Richard Gerkin
Research Associate Professor

Gerkin investigates how smell perception, learning and behavior are represented in the brain. He also pursues neuroinformatics, development of tools and standards to facilitate analysis of neuroscience models and data.

Jon Harrison
Professor

Harrison is an environmental physiologist who studies how insects function, interact with their environment and evolve.

480-965-9459
ISTB1 324 School of Life Sciences
Tomoki Hashimoto
Neuroscience Program Faculty

Dr. Hashimoto leads a program that focuses on the translational research of cerebrovascular diseases.

Stephen Helms Tillery
Associate Professor

Helms Tillery is a neuroscientist who is particularly interested in how the brain learns to use sensory information in the control of skilled motor tasks.

Bert Hoelldobler
University Professor and Regents' Professor

Hölldobler is a Pulitzer Prize-winning sociobiologist who uses insect societies to study behavioral mechanisms of communication, cooperation and conflict. He's a member of several national and international academies.

480-727-8415
LSE 218
Ian Hogue
Assistant Professor

Ian Hogue is a virologist who studies how alpha herpesviruses, including human Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1), infects the nervous system.

480-727-7322
Matthew Huentelman
Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Huentelman's research interests center around the investigation of the “-omics” (genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics) of neurological traits and disease.

Ming-Hung Kao
Associate Professor

Kao’s research focuses on the development of high-quality designs for functional neuroimaging experiments where pioneering brain mapping technologies are used to improve knowledge about the brain's inner workings.

480-965-3466
Jeffrey Kleim

Studies in Kleim's laboratory are being used to test novel therapies for enhancing motor recovery in stroke patients.

480-727-8354
ECG 327
Narayanan Krishnamurthi
Asst Professor

Krishnamurthi's main research interests include developing therapeutic interventions to preserve function (mobility and quality of life) in aging population, improve/restore function with neurological disorders.

602-496-0912
College of Nursing & Health Innovation (CONHI) 500 North 3rd Street, O: NHI-I, 378
Michael Kruer

The Kruer laboratory’s goal is to unravel the molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to developmental and degenerative movement disorders of childhood in order to better diagnose and treat these disabling conditions.

602-277-5551
LIFE SCIENCES CENTER
Yang Kuang
Professor

Kuang is the author or co-author of more than 150 refereed publications. He has done extensive work in applying delay differential equation to models of biology and medicine.

480-965-6915
PS A429
Kenro Kusumi
Professor, Associate Dean and Director

Director of the School of Life Sciences and associate dean for strategic partnerships in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Kusumi's research focuses on vertebrate genomics.

480-965-9215
Life Sciences E-wing, Room 219, 427 E Tyler Mall
Joshua LaBaer
Executive Director & Professor

Dr. LaBaer is executive director of The Biodesign Institute as well as professor in the School of Molecular Sciences at ASU. His research interests include disease biomarker discovery and protein microarray technology.

480-965-2805
BDB B305A BIODESIGN
Tsafrir Mor
Professor

Mor is a molecular biologist and biochemist whose research focuses on using plants to produce useful and therapeutic polypeptides, proteins and enzymes.

480-727-7405
LSE 309
Kathryn Lemery
Professor

Lemery-Chalfant is dually trained in developmental psychology and behavior genetics.

480-727-6459
PO Box 871104 Arizona State University
Juergen Liebig
Associate Professor

Liebig studies the organization, chemical communication, reproductive regulation, and behavioral and physiological plasticity in ants and termites with a focus on the colony, the individual, and the olfactory system.

480-727-8508
ISTB1 306
Jonathan Lifshitz
Director and Associate Professor

Dr. Lifshitz's research questions primarily investigate traumatic brain injury as a disease process that dismantles, repairs and regenerates circuits in the brain.

602-827-2346
Julie Liss
Professor

Liss directs the Motor Speech Disorders Laboratory. Her research focuses on the effects of drugs and surgery on speech in Parkinson's, speech deficits in hereditary disease and patterns of cortical-muscular coherence .

480-965-9136
COOR 3412
Ronald Lukas
Neuroscience Program Faculty

Dr Lukas's work focuses on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which are relevant to a number of neurological and other diseases, in addition to their roles in nicotine dependence and tobacco-related diseases.

602-406-3399
Xin Luo
Assistant Professor

Xin Luo's research focuses on the basic mechanisms of pitch perception in acoustic and electric hearing to develop novel sound processing strategies that can enhance speech and music perception for cochlear implant users.

480-965-9251
Marco Mangone
Associate Professor

Mangone is interested in study how eukaryotic RNA transcription is terminated and how the messenger RNA is regulated on its way to the expression into proteins, using the wound worm C. elegans as model system.

480-965-7957
BDA 220F
Diego Mastroeni
Assistant Research Professor

Dr. Mastroeni's current research is examining genetic ( Mom & Dad) and epigenetic (environmental) changes within single classes of cells in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease by laser capture microdissection (LCM).

Michael McBeath
Professor

McBeath's research interests include perception, baseball, audition and navigation.

480-965-8930
PSYN 317
Grant McFadden
Center Director & Professor

Grant McFadden directs the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines, and Virotherapy (B-CIVV) at ASU. The McFadden lab studies how poxviruses that cause immunosuppression interact with the host immune system.

480-727-3388
Shwetal Mehta

Dr. Mehta's research is focused on the molecular biology and the signaling pathways driving glioma biology.

602-406-3288
Ivy Brain Tumor Center 2910 N 3rd Ave.
Zaman Mirzadeh
Neuroscience Program Faculty

Dr. Mirzadeh’s research interests include Type 2 diabetes, central nervous system control of glucose homeostasis and energy balance, and pain modulation in the spinal cord dorsal horn.

415-519-1532
Jitendran Muthuswamy

Muthuswamy's expertise centers on Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) for Neural communication multi-functional Neural Prosthesis using MEMS.

480-965-1599
ISTB1 181A
Jose Nanez
President's Professor

Náñez conducts research in visual perceptual learning, neural plasticity and malleability, and cognition. He also studies cognitive processes in Spanish-English bilinguals.

602-543-6012
Janet Neisewander
Professor

Neisewander's research contributes to understanding the development and treatment of drug addiction and provides new knowledge of mechanisms involved in emotional processing, and learning and memory.

480-965-0209
School of LIfe Sciences ISTB1 room 427
Jason Newbern
Associate Professor

Newbern's research is centered on developmental neuroscience. His laboratory studies the biochemical mechanisms that direct the formation of the brain and spinal cord.

480-727-3120
ISTB1-426 Arizona State University
M. Foster Olive
Associate Professor

Dr. Olive 's group is interested in examining how abused drugs affect the brain on a neurobiological level.

480-727-9557
Beate Peter
Assistant Professor

Peter studies the genetic etiologies of disorders of spoken and written language. Her work contributes to the foundations for early identification of children at genetic risk and for proactive interventions.

Stephen Pratt
Professor

Pratt studies the emergence of complex behavior in leaderless groups, especially social insects. He works with engineers to translate lessons from biology to artificial systems, and to develop new tools to analyze behavior.

480-727-9425
ISTB1 304
Christopher Quarles
Neuroscience Program Faculty

Dr. Quarles’s research group pursues and leverages advances in imaging technology, contrast mechanisms, and contrast agents to develop targeted bioimaging methods that are specifically sensitive to a tissue’s ...

Corianne Rogalsky
Assistant Professor

Rogalsky studies the neurobiology of language and cognition, and how they change after a brain injury (e.g. stroke). Methodologies include neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and translational collaborations with clinicians.

Jason Robert
Associate Professor

Jason Robert is Dean's Distinguished (Associate) Professor in the Life Sciences.

480-727-2460
Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, ASU MC 9230, 111 E Taylor St, Ste 293
Federico Sanabria
Assoc Professor

Sanabria studies basic behavioral and cognitive processes underlying behavioral regulation in various species, and applies this research to the study of psychiatric disorders.

480-965-4687
PSYCHOLOGY BUILDING
Marco Santello

Santello is the director of the Neural Control of Movement Laboratory. Work in this laboratory focuses on understanding the control of complex movements.

480-965-8279
ECG 334C
Rita Sattler
Associate Professor

Sattler received her PhD from the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on studies of neurodegeneration in ALS and FTD using human patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells as a disease model.

602-406-8685
Michael Shafer
Center Director & Professor

Shafer's research interests include the effectiveness of telemedicine in training substance abuse counselors and the effectiveness of mental health courts.

520-884-5507
340 N. Commerce Park Loop, Suite 250
Douglas Shepherd
Asst Professor

Shepherd directs the Quantitative Imaging and Inference (QI2) lab. The QI2 lab works at the interface of advanced imaging, single-molecule biophysics, image analysis, genetic regulation and developmental biology.

Michael Sierks
Professor

Sierks research interests include antibody based therapeutics for treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzeimer's and Parkinson's Diseases.

480-965-2828
GWC 536
Brian Smith
Trustees of ASU Professor

Smith is a behavioral neuroscientist studying learning and memory systems in both insects and mammals. His work is being applied to studies of human diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

ISTB-1 rm 322
Sarah Stabenfeldt
Asst Professor

Stabenfeldt leads her research team in developing regenerative medicine strategies for acute neural injury. Her expertise areas include regenerative medicine, targeted theranostics and neurotrauma.

480-965-8336
ISTB1 281E
William Tyler
Assoc Professor

Tyler's primary research and development interests focus on developing and applying noninvasive neuromodulation methods and devices intended to optimize human performance and brain health.

540-232-8059
ECG 334
Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen
Professor

Our lab examines the RNA cargo of extracellular vesicles using several different sequencing platforms (Illumina, Oxford Nanopore, 10x Genomics) and a diverse set of bioinformatics tools for analysis.

602-343-8792
Ramon Velazquez
Assistant Research Professor

Dr. Ramon Velazquez is an Assistant Research Professor at the Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center at the Biodesign Institute. His research interests include identifying novel therapeutic targets…

Brent Vernon

Vernon's research utilizes the principles of polymer science and chemistry to design and develop in situ gelling materials for drug delivery, tissue engineering and tissue reconstruction.

480-965-0929
ISTB1 281H
Xuan Wang
Associate Professor

Wang is an applied microbiologist, working at the interface between microbial genetics and metabolic engineering to develop new microbial production processes.

480-965-7789
Office 499E Biodesign C 1001 S. McAllister
Yalin Wang
Assocociate Professor

Wang's research interests include computer vision, medical imaging, computer graphics, geometric modeling, machine learning, and statistical pattern recognition.

480-965-6871
BYENG 432
Paul Whiteaker
Neuroscience Program Faculty

Professor, Neurobiology for Barrow Neurological Institute.

602-406-6534
Jeanne Wilcox
Assoc Dean & Professor/

Professor M. Jeanne Wilcox established the Infant Child Research Laboratory Programs which are focused on developing and testing interventions to improve young children’s learning and developmental outcomes.

480-965-0158
Payne 214C 1000 S. Forest Mall
William Yost
Research Professor (FSC)

Yost studies auditory perception, i.e., hearing in humans with normal and impaired hearing and in animals.

480-727-7148
LATTIE F. COOR HALL
Yi Zhou
Assistant Professor

Zhou's research focuses on the neural basis of hearing, in particular, the tasks related to sound localization and sound identification in multi-talker environments.

480-727-0650
Speech & Hearing Sci. - ASU PO BOX 87010
Name
Professor

Dr. Bowser is an internationally-recognized leader in ALS research. He has contributed to pioneering efforts to discover and validate biomarkers for ALS. These biomarkers can be useful as diagnostic indicators of disease, predictors of disease progression, and also in determining the effectiveness of drugs in clinical trials. Dr. Bowser has extensive experience in the translation of basic science discoveries to the clinic to impact patient care.

Barrow Neurological Institute
Associate Professor

Dr. Dortch’s research interests include developing, optimizing, and validating quantitative MRI methods for the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. He aims to apply these methods in patient populations to guide surgery, improve diagnostics, expand our understanding of disease progression, and serve as biomarkers of therapeutic response.

Barrow Neurological Institute
Assistant Professor

My research program integrates a wide range of molecular and behavioral approaches. Currently, we are evaluating the role of SIRT1 and its downstream targets as potential new candidates for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders by performing chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by genome-wide profiling (ChIP-seq) in nucleus accumbens (NAc) tissue from control and socially defeated stressed mice.

University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
Associate Professor

The Gallitano Lab investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying the dual genetic and environmental risk for neuropsychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and mood disorders. We focus on immediate early genes that are activated in the brain by environmental stimuli, including stress, and regulate processes disrupted in mental illnesses. Ongoing studies examine how Egr3 regulates effectors including Arc and the serotonin 2A receptor to influence synaptic plasticity, memory, and behavior.

University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
Professor

My laboratory studies plasticity and neural adaptation in mesocorticolimbic systems. We have focused on the nucleus accumbens (NAc) due to its involvement in addiction and certain symptoms of schizophrenia (i.e., sensorimotor gating deficits), but we are currently developing strategies for elucidating caudate dysfunction which may afford a more unified model of etiology in schizophrenia. This work is interdisciplinary, involving cellular and molecular neurobiology and neuropsychopharmacology, and translational by nature, permitting the extension of our basic research findings into potential therapies for neuropsychiatric disorders.

University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
Professor

Dr. Lawton’s research studies the formation, underlying genetics, and rupture of brain AVMs, as well as the hemodynamics, rupture, and computational modeling of brain aneurysms. His clinical research studies the anatomy of microsurgical approaches and clinical outcomes of microsurgery for aneurysms, AVMs, and bypass surgery. 

Barrow Neurological Institute
Associate Professor

Dr. Manfredsson’s research is to better understand the role of the protein alpha-synuclein in both healthy cells and those affected by Parkinson’s disease. His research also emphasizes understanding the symptomology of the disease, with a focus on the treatment of levodopa-induced dyskinesia and nonmotor symptoms experienced by nearly all patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Barrow Neurological Institute
Professor

Dr. Mufson’s research includes trophic factors in aging and Alzheimer’s disease, central cholinergic systems in Alzheimer’s disease, and neuroanatomy of cortical and limbic areas in primate brain.

Barrow Neurological Institute
Professor

Dr. Oh’s research interests include identifying cellular mechanisms responsible for cerebrovascular disorders and assessing novel therapies to treat these disorders.

Barrow Neurological Institute
Associate Professor

The overall interest of Dr. Shenfeng Qiu's lab is to understand the brain origins of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders. One ongoing project focuses on the role of MET tyrosine kinase, identified as a major risk for autism. Our lab aims to identify mechanisms by which MET affects neuronal growth, maturation and brain circuit function. We are also interested in the UBE3A protein in Angelman syndrome. Together with Ferguson lab, we also explore distinct brain circuits mediating anxiety and depression.

University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Rangasamy utilizes the mouse, zebrafish, and human iPSC-derived neuronal models to understand the molecular and cellular basis of neurogenetic disorders. Additionally, his research is also focused on identifying disease-specific cellular phenotype for the development of high-throughput (HTS) screening assay to identify novel therapies.

Translational Genomics Research Institute
Assistant Professor

Dr. Stokes’ research focuses on developing, validating, and translating advanced magnetic resonance image acquisition and analysis methods to noninvasively assess neurological diseases and disorders. She has applied these advanced imaging methods to probe key neuropathological changes in Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders, multiple sclerosis, and brain tumors.

Barrow Neurological Institute
Associate Professor

Dr. Currier Thomas’s primary research interests focus on traumatic brain injury (TBI). She studies structural, functional and molecular processes, with synaptogenesis as a keystone, which guide circuit reorganization over time and contribute to chronic deficits/symptoms after TBI. She tests pharmacological and rehabilitative strategies to mitigate these chronic deficits. She is also actively investigating the contribution of endocrine (hormone) deficiencies after TBI to understand causes and propose treatments for post-traumatic neurological deficits.

University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
Professor

Dr. Waters’ research studies include genetic mechanisms of stroke, neuroprotection in stroke, multiple clinical trials investigating stroke treatments, and neurogenetic mechanisms of neuroplasticity.

Barrow Neurological Institute