Research and training experiences for students are centered on three key issues in neuroscience that are the focus of research conducted in our laboratories:

Research

Faculty Research Description
Alfonso, Aixa Classical and molecular genetic analysis of neural development and synapse function in C. elegans
Alford, Simon
Chang, Chieh Molecular and opto-genetic investigation of neural circuit assembly and regeneration
Chuang, Chiou-Fen Molecular and genetic mechanisms of cellular diversity in the C. elegans sensory system
Cologna, Stephanie Mass spectrometry of proteins and lipids in neurodegeneration
Dubreuil, Ronald Genetic studies of spectrin in Drosophila: effects on absorption, packaging, and transport of dietary fat and effects on the development of Parkinson’s disease
Gong, Liang-Wei Molecular mechanisms of exocytosis and endocytosis
Hilbert, David Color and color vision, philosophy of perception, methodology in cognitive science, and history of philosophy and science especially Berkeley
Larson, John
Lasek, Amy Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying alcohol and drug addiction
Malchow, Robert Paul Synaptic mechanisms in the vertebrate retina; neural-glial interactions; transport processes
Morgan-Short, Kara
Okkema, Peter Muscle & neuronal development and organogenesis in the nematode C. elegans
Park, Thomas Neurobiology studies of sensory systems using behavioral and physiological techniques
Ragozzino, Michael Neural basis of learning, memory and behavioral flexibility; role of frontal-striatal systems contributing to behavioral flexibility
Reilly, Steve Neural mechanisms of learning, memory and motivation, with emphasis on brainstem-forebrain interactions
Richmond, Janet Behavioral, electrophysiological and ultrastructural analyses in C. elegans to resolve molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission (exocytosis, endocytosis and receptor trafficking)
Roitman, Mitchell Neural basis of adaptive (feeding, drinking) and maladaptive (overeating, drug seeking) motivated behavior; mesolimbic dopamine system; reward, obesity, drug addiction
Roitman, Jamie
Saxena, Ankur Quantitative analysis of neural crest stem cell and neural crest- derived cancer migration/differentiation in vivo
Schechtman, Marya
Shippy, Scott
Wirtshafter, David