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Get to know NUIN faculty by searching our directory below. Browse, filter the faculty list or search by keyword to learn more. For a complete list, see our alphabetical list of faculty.


Ana Maria Acosta, PhD

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

I am interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying movement impairments after neural injury or disease and how the nervous system adapts...   Read More  

Atique Ahmed, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Glioblastoma is a devastating disease that currently carries a median survival of 21 months. This is primarily due to the high rate of recurrence...   Read More  

Emma Alexander, PhD

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

I am interested in low-level, bio-inspired, physics-based computer vision. New understanding of animals' brains and behavior can inspire new technology, particularly in the imaging and image processing domains...   Read More  

Erik Andersen, PhD

Associate Professor of Molecular Biosciences

Erik Andersen is a molecular and statistical geneticist working on behavioral and neurophysiological traits that differ among individuals in a population...   Read More  

Vania Apkarian, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

We study brain mechanisms of acute and chronic pain, in humans and rodent models, using multiple technologies. The CTPR is a collaboration between multiple neuroscience labs with the aim of untangling opiate addiction and analgesia in chronic pain...   Read More  
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Shana Augustin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

The Augustin lab studies neuromodulation and associated intracellular signaling pathways that contribute to synaptic efficacy and circuit functions involved in decision making and behavior, as well as alcohol and substance use disorder...   Read More  

Raj Awatramani, PhD

Professor of Neurology

Dysfunctional dopamine (DA) signaling has been associated with a broad spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders, prompting investigations into how midbrain DA neuron heterogeneity may underpin this variety of behavioral symptoms...   Read More  

Jim Baker, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

My lab has closed and I now concentrate on teaching and assisting other motor systems labs. Our history is the study sensory-motor processing in vestibular and oculomotor systems, in mice and other mammals...   Read More  

Joseph Bass, MD, PhD

Charles F. Kettering Professor of Medicine - Endocrinology

Our focus is on the role of the circadian system in the coordination of behavior and physiology applying genetic approaches to reveal how clocks function within the CNS and peripheral tissues to influence sleep, feeding, and metabolism...   Read More  

Mark Beeman, PhD

Professor of Psychology

I research creative cognition and the cognitive and neural bases of how people solve problems with sudden insight...   Read More  

Lisa Beutler, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)

My lab studies the neural dynamics and molecular mechanisms of nutrient-mediated gut-brain communication. Specifically, we are interested in how these processes help mediate energy homeostasis and how they become dysregulated in disease states...   Read More  

Mark Bevan, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

Our research is focused on the basal ganglia, a group of subcortical brain nuclei critical for the motivation, selection, and execution of action sequences and the primary site of dysfunction in psychomotor disorders including Parkinson’s...   Read More  

Borna Bonakdarpour, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology (Behavioral Neurology)

1- Neurobiology of language impairment in aphasia and network-based interventions.2- Clinical application and investigation of efficacy of music interventions for neurologic patients...   Read More  

Thomas Bozza, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Mechanisms of monoallelic gene expression: Genes that impart cell type identity (such as antigen receptors) are frequently expressed from only one allele, so called monoallelic expression...   Read More  

Rodrigo Braga, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Braga studies the functional organization of large-scale networks in association zones of the human brain...   Read More  

Daniel Brat, PhD

Professor and Chair of Pathology

The Brat Lab investigates the glioma biology related to genetics, hypoxia, stem cells and immune response...   Read More  

Molly Bright, DPhil

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

The Applied Neuro-Vascular Imaging Lab (ANVIL) uses advanced MRI techniques to assess the interaction of neural activity and vascular physiology in healthy brains and neurological pathology...   Read More  

Gemma Carvill, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

The primary goal of our research is to use gene discovery and molecular biology approaches to identify new treatments for epilepsy...   Read More  

C. Savio Chan, PhD

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Our long-term research goal is to define cell and circuit elements that are involved in basal ganglia function and dysfunction...   Read More  

Navdeep Chandel, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Neurological diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease (PD), and Alzheimer disease (AD) have all been linked to metabolic dysregulation...   Read More  

Shi-Yuan Cheng, PhD

Professor of Neurology

My lab studies the cancer biology and therapy responses of brain tumors, in particular brain gliomas...   Read More  

Anis Contractor, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

Research in our laboratory is directed at understanding the fundamental mechanisms of synaptic communication and how these processes go wrong in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders...   Read More  

Daniel Corcos, PhD, BEd,MA,MSc

Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

Daniel Corcos is a movement neuroscientist working on “human electrophysiology” using TMS, fMRI, EEG, EMG as well as neuronal recordings the sub thalamic nucleus in patients with Parkinson's disease undergoing brain surgery...   Read More  

Fabian David, PhD, PT,MS

Research Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

My current research focus is on the therapeutic effects of deep brain stimulation surgery and the neurophysiological mechanisms that underlie these effects in persons with Parkinson’s disease...   Read More  

Shawn Davidson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine - Pulmonary and Critical Care

My research focuses on the intersection of metabolism and neuroscience, particularly how metabolic dysfunctions contribute to neurodegenerative diseases...   Read More  

Paul DeCaen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Pharmacology of neuronal targets and the structural biophysics of ion...   Read More  

Steve DeVries, MD, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology

We study signal processing in both the outer and inner retina. In the outer retina, we focus on how signals are transformed at the cone photoreceptor to Off bipolar cell synapse...   Read More  

Julius P Dewald, PhD, PT

Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

Our Neuroimaging and Motor Control Laboratories are dedicated to understanding motor recovery following stroke, in learning the role of brain plasticity in recovery, and in developing novel therapeutic training techniques to improve arm function...   Read More  

Sumit Dhar, PhD

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Our current work has two main directions. We are interested in understanding the physiological mechanisms responsible for the generation and propagation of sounds that are generated in the inner ear and can be recorded by placing a small microphone...   Read More  

Daniel Dombeck, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology

The neuronal activity underlying mammalian spatial navigation represents one of the most striking examples of behavioral correlation in the brain. Dr...   Read More  

Hongxin Dong, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Laboratory of Translational Neurobiology led by Dr. Dong focuses on the interaction of genetic and environmental influences on aging and their relevance to the neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)...   Read More  

Benayahu Elbaz-Eilon, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

We are investigating the mechanisms that regulate myelin-forming cell development and function. Myelin is a multilayer lipid membrane structure that ensheaths and insulates axons, allowing for the efficient propagation of action potentials along...   Read More  

Michael Ellis, PT, DPT, MPT

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

My research employs several innovative methods designed to elucidate neural mechanisms underlying impaired movement, deliver targeted restorative therapies, and evaluate processes of recovery in individuals with stroke...   Read More  

Adriana Ferreira, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

The long-term goal of my research is to understand, from a cell and molecular biological perspective, how mammalian central neurons establish and maintain specific synaptic connections...   Read More  

Andrew Fink, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

Our research addresses a deep, yet poorly understood problem that straddles cognitive neuroscience and mechanistic neurobiology...   Read More  

James Fitzgerald, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

I am a theoretical neuroscientist with active interests in sensory processing, learning and memory, motor control, whole-brain dynamics, and neural networks...   Read More  

Colin Franz, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Colin Franz, MD/PhD, is a physician and scientist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab as well as an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University...   Read More  

Marco Gallio

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Our long term goal is to understand how sensory stimuli are used to build an internal representation of the physical world, and how this representation is in turn processed into our actions and behaviors...   Read More  

Jaime García-Añoveros, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience, Neurology and Anesthesiology

Transcription factors and chromatin modifications in neural development of inner ear and brain. With genetics, epigenomics and transcriptomics combined with neuroanatomy and neurophysiology we are leading in elucidating how the developing cochlea...   Read More  

David Gate, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

My research is focused on the intersection of the immune system and neurodegenerative disease. My laboratory employs multi-omics strategies to interpret immune system changes related to neurodegeneration...   Read More  

Vladimir Gelfand, PhD

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

We are interested in mechanisms of neuronal growth and polarity, We are using Drosophila melanogaster neurons in vivo and in culture and work using live-cell imaging, optogenetics, Drosophilas genetics to address these...   Read More  
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Al George, MD

A.N. Richards Professor and Chair of Pharmacology

Dr. George is the Magerstadt Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, and Director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine...   Read More  

Changiz Geula, PhD

Research Professor of Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease

Our laboratory pursues several overlapping areas of research in the human brain, with additional investigations centered on non-human primate models, rodent models and cell culture systems...   Read More  

Joshua Glaser, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology (Starting lab September, 2022)

My lab develops interpretable machine learning methods to better make sense of large-scale and complex neural activity data, with a focus on analyzing populations of individual neurons...   Read More  

Matt Goldrick, PhD

Professor of Linguistics

I'm interested in the cognitive neuroscience of language. My research utilizes behavioral experiments, formal models, and data from electrophysiology to build theories of the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying linguistic knowledge and...   Read More  

Keith Gordon, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

My research focuses on understanding the principles governing neuromechanical control of human locomotion and applying this knowledge to promote walking recovery following neurological injury...   Read More  

Jordan Grafman, PhD

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

I am interested in the functions and representations of the human prefrontal cortex. I am also interested in reward and motivation mechanisms in the context of social cognition and learning...   Read More  

Caterina Gratton, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology (Relocating to Florida State University, August 2022)

At every waking moment the human brain absorbs information, selectively filters it, and integrates it into perceptions and memories. When presented with the same world, we can effortlessly engage in many different activities depending on our goals...   Read More  
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Alicia Guemez-Gamboa, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

The main goal of our lab is to understand how neural circuits assemble during development and disease. We are particularly interested on the genetic causes and cellular mechanisms related to circuit defects in autism spectrum disorder and epilepsy...   Read More  

Claudia Haase, PhD

Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and Psychology

My research program examines age-related changes, sources, and consequences of individual differences in emotion and motivation across the life span in individuals and dyads. My work uses multiple methods (e.g...   Read More  

Mitra Hartmann, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

We are interested in the neuroscience of active sensing behaviors and particularly the sense of touch. We use the rodent whisker (vibrissal) system as a model to gain insight into closed loop sensorimotor control...   Read More  

Congcong He, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Research in my lab is centered on intracellular quality control mediated by autophagy (“self-eating”), a lysosomal degradation pathway induced by stress conditions such as fasting and exercise...   Read More  

CJ Heckman, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

Electrophysiology and computational modeling of spinal sensorimotor neurons and...   Read More  

Amy Heimberger, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery

Our laboratory studies the unique immunobiology of CNS tumors that informs our development of immuno-oncology therapeutics...   Read More  

Craig Horbinski, MD, PhD

Professor of Pathology

One of our research focuses is tumor-associated epilepsy. In particular, we seek to understand why gliomas with IDH mutations are more epileptogenic than IDH wild-type gliomas...   Read More  

Arun Jayaraman, PhD, PT

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Arun Jayaraman's work primarily focuses on developing and executing both investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored research in prosthetics, orthotics, rehabilitation robotics, and other assistive and adaptive technologies to treat physical...   Read More  

Lisa Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medical Social Sciences

The Dynamic Brain Laboratory investigates the brain dynamics underlying memory and cognitive control across the human lifespan...   Read More  

Robert Kalb, MD

Professor of Neurology

The environment in which an organism resides is never constant and thus appropriate adaptation to changing conditions is required for survival. Cells in metazoans also experience perturbations in their milieu and proper function requires adaptations...   Read More  

William Kath, PhD

Professor of Applied Mathematics

Quantitative biological modeling, circadian rhythms, growth and development; computational neuroscience, action potential propagation and dendritic integration in neurons...   Read More  

Jennifer Kearney, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Research in my laboratory is focused on identifying genetic factors that contribute to severe childhood epilepsies and neurodevelopmental disorders...   Read More  

Ann Kennedy, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

I am a theoretical neuroscientist studying the structure of animal behavior and the neural mechanisms of flexible and adaptive behavior control, using tools from dynamical systems, statistical modeling, and machine learning...   Read More  

John Kessler, MD

Davee Professor of Neurology

Our research has focused extensively on the regulation of gene expression by stem/progenitor cells and their differentiated progeny...   Read More  

Eyal Kimchi, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

I am a systems neuroscientist and clinically active neurologist. I lead translational research on the brain networks and dynamic rhythms that support clear thinking, with a commitment to understanding and improving the care of patients with acute...   Read More  

Evangelos Kiskinis, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

My laboratory harnesses the power of human pluripotent stem cells to study neuronal development as well as to understand how neuronal function is impaired as a result of injury or disease...   Read More  

William Klein, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology

Our team pioneers new approaches to neurodegeneration and neurodevelopment. We are known for our theory that neuron damage leading to Alzheimer’s is caused by soluble oligomers of the amyloid β peptide (AβOs), a new type of...   Read More  

Kristen Knutson, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Neurology

Dr. Knutson’s research involves clinical or epidemiological studies that focus on the impact of sleep and circadian rhythms on health, broadly speaking...   Read More  

Jhumku Kohtz, PhD

Research Professor of Neurology

We are funded by the NIMH to study how long noncoding RNAs regulate enhancer-chromosomal interactions across megabase distances...   Read More  

Igor Koralnik, MD

Archibald Church Professor of Neurology and Chief, Division of Neuro-Infectious Diseases and Global Neurology

The laboratory of Igor Koralnik, MD, in the Department of Neurology studies how viruses affect the nervous system...   Read More  

Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

The Kozorovitskiy lab focuses on two broad, inter-related themes: decoding neuromodulation and neural circuit design principles...   Read More  

Dimitri Krainc, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair of Neurology

The overarching goal of my laboratory has been to define key molecular pathways in the pathogenesis of neurodegeneration...   Read More  

Nina Kraus, PhD

Hugh Knowles Professor of Communication Sciences

In her deep examination of sound and the brain, Nina Kraus makes the case for the far-reaching impact of sound, showing how hearing engages how we think, feel, move, and combine our senses...   Read More  

Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, McCormick School of Engineering and Surgery

The Neural Engineering Center for Artificial Limbs (NECAL) is a research program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) based on over 20 years of research...   Read More  

Carole LaBonne, PhD

Professor of Molecular Biosciences

We study the development and evolution of the vertebrate neural crest which gives rise of most of th peripheral nervous system...   Read More  

Mitra Lavasani, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

My research focuses on identifying effective therapeutic interventions for muscle, vasculature, peripheral nerve, and the brain, using adult stem cells and/or their secreted stimulator and protective factors to prevent, ameliorate, or reverse...   Read More  

Amber Leaver, PhD

Research Associate Professor of Radiology

Amber Leaver is a neuroscientist using MRI to understand and improve noninvasive brain stimulation technologies...   Read More  

Hojoon Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

The taste system evaluates the nutritional value (sweet, umami, salty) and safety (bitter, sour) of food...   Read More  

Yvonne Lee, MD, MMSc

Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

Our interdisciplinary research program focuses on understanding pain pathways and the pain experience in patients with systemic rheumatic diseases, particularly rheumatoid arthritis. We are the only group in the U.S...   Read More  

Talia Lerner, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

The Lerner Lab studies the neural circuit basis of motivation, reward learning, and habit formation. We are particularly interested in how individual variations in dopamine circuit function relate to differences in behavior and neuropsychiatric...   Read More  

Hao Li, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

My lab utilizes cutting-edge circuit and systems approaches to study how neuropeptidergic circuits mediate valence processing and regulate motivated behaviors...   Read More  

Yaping Liu, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

The research focus of my lab is on developing and applying computational and high-throughput experimental methods in epigenomics to understand the gene regulation of non-coding genetic variants in different pathological conditions, including brain...   Read More  

Molly Losh, PhD

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

My research focuses on autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions, with a specific focus on language, communication, and associated abilities, and how such features may span diagnostic boundaries...   Read More  

Yongchao Ma, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology

Genetic, neurometabolic and mitochondrial regulation of neural development and degeneration RNA methylation on N6-adenosine is emerging as a critical regulator of RNA functions and metabolism...   Read More  

Gianmaria Maccaferri, MD, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

My interest is focused on the hippocampus, which is an area of the brain involved in higher cognitive functions, and is often the target of neurological illnesses like epilepsy, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease...   Read More  

Marco Martina, MD, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

The lab has three main interests: currently, the main interest of the lab is the identification of the cortical cellular mechanisms (and potential drug targets) that drive the transition from acute to chronic pain...   Read More  

Joe Mazzulli, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology (Movement Disorders)

The Mazzulli Lab is interested in determining how protein misfolding and amyloid formation results in cell death...   Read More  

Malcolm McIver, PhD

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor MacIver believes that the body’s mechanical intelligence can be just as important, if not more important, than what’s going on in your head...   Read More  

David McLean, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Locomotion is a deceptively simple, yet essential behavior. We are interested in how neural circuits in the brainstem and spinal cord develop and ultimately control the speed and direction of locomotor movements...   Read More  

Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD

Director, Center for Genetic Medicine

We study neuromuscular disorders including those that primarily affect skeletal muscle like the muscular dystrophies...   Read More  

Daniela Maria Menichella, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

My laboratory investigates the molecular and physiological mechanisms underlying neuropathic pain in hereditary and acquired peripheral neuropathies with a particular focus on Painful Diabetic Neuropathy...   Read More  

Marsel Mesulam, MD

Director, Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease - Department of Neurology

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Lee Miller, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

The primary goal of the research we do in this lab is to understand the nature of the somatosensory and motor signals within the brain that control our movements...   Read More  

Andrew Miri, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

The patterns of muscle activation that drive movement reflect an interplay between neuronal circuits in the spinal cord and an array of motor system regions...   Read More  

Vijay Mittal, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology

I work to examine the intersection between adolescent development and emerging mental illness. The lab examines developmental trajectories, in an effort to understand pathogenesis, develop early identification markers, and build novel treatments...   Read More  

Richard Morimoto, PhD, MPH

Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biology

Human lifespan has increased dramatically, and with this is the increased risk for dementia and neurodegenerative diseases...   Read More  

Theresa Sukal Moulton, PhD, PT, DPT

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

The work that I do and collaborate on involves the development of selective motor control over the lifespan for people with spastic cerebral palsy...   Read More  

Todd Murphey, PhD

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Todd Murphey’s current research focuses on computational methods in dynamics and control and using those methods to investigate biological locomotion and tactile exploration...   Read More  

Elizabeth Norton, PhD

Associate Professor and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Communication Sciences and Disorders

My research focuses on understanding typical reading and language development as well as developmental and learning disabilities, including dyslexia, developmental language disorder, and autism spectrum disorders...   Read More  

Robin Nusslock, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology

My research program uses neuroscientific methods to examine order and disorder in the emotional brain...   Read More  

Puneet Opal, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology

The long-term goal of my laboratory is to understand the cellular basis of neurodegeneration. We are testing the idea that neurodegeneration results from derangements in relatively few but strategic sub-cellular pathways...   Read More  

Martin Oudega, PhD

Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

The lab is interested in understanding and developing treatments for the anatomical and functional consequences of spinal cord injury. We have a special interest in the immune response and vascularization after injury and as a therapeutic target...   Read More  

Hande Ozdinler, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology

Our lab is interested in the biology and pathology of upper motor neurons, the neuron population that displays progressive degeneration in ALS, HSP and PLS patients...   Read More  

Ken Paller, PhD

Professor of Psychology and James Padilla Chair in Arts & Sciences

Human Memory, Perception, and Consciousness; Biological Bases of Mental Phenomena; Sleep and Dreaming; Cognitive...   Read More  

Loukia Parisiadou, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Our laboratory studies the molecular basis of Parkinson's disease (PD) with a focus on the cellular and molecular pathways dysregulated by PD-linked genes such as α-synuclein and LRRK2...   Read More  

Jones Parker, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology

Our lab uses state-of-the art tools to image and manipulate circuits related to the dopamine system. We are principally interested in dopamine influences neural coding of spontaneous and motivated behavior, how this process may go awry in...   Read More  

Todd Parrish, PhD

Professor of Radiology

The primary focus of the Parrish laboratory is the development and application of neuroimaging methods to better understand human development and physiology...   Read More  

Sachin Patel, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

The Patel Lab’s research program focuses on the role of endocannabinoids in stress-induced neuroadaptation...   Read More  

Reesha Patel, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Our goal is to understand how neuroimmune signaling and social factors impact neural circuits and behavior, and if we can harness immune mechanisms to reprogram circuits to treat neuropsychiatric disorders...   Read More  

Peter Penzes, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

Our mission is to uncover the molecular and cellular mechanisms whereby neurons communicate with each other within brain circuits, how they malfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders, and to use this knowledge to develop new therapies for such...   Read More  

Monica Perez, PhD, PT

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

Dr. Perez is the Scientific Chair of the Arms + Hands Lab at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University, and a Research Scientist at the Edward Jr. Hines VA Hospital...   Read More  

Eric Perreault, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research in our group focuses on understanding the neural and biomechanical factors involved in the normal control of multi-joint movement and posture and how these factors are modified following neuromotor pathologies such as stroke and spinal cord...   Read More  

Lucas Pinto, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

We are interested in the neurobiological mechanisms underlying cognition, both at the local circuit level and in terms of large-scale interactions between different brain areas...   Read More  

Gabriela Caraveo Piso, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Our laboratory is interested in understanding the cellular mechanisms that govern memory formation through the lenses of calcineurin, the only Ca2+ and calmodulin phosphatase highly conserved from yeast to humans...   Read More  

Brian Popko, PhD

Professor of Neurology

Our research interests include studies designed to uncover fundamental aspects of myelinating glial cell development, the myelination process, as well as the detailed function of the myelin sheath...   Read More  

Murali Prakriya, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology

Ca2+ is a ubiquitous intracellular signaling messenger regulating a wide range of functions including enzyme activation, gene expression, and neurotransmitter release...   Read More  

Ann Ragin, PhD

Research Professor of Radiology

My primary interests concern quantitative neuroimaging technologies, including neurovascular 4D flow MRI and brain network analysis to investigate the impact of viruses (e.g. HIV, Covid) and brain aging...   Read More  

Indira Raman, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology

In the Raman lab, we study specializations of ion channels and synaptic physiology that permit cerebellar neurons—Purkinje neurons, granule cells, inhibitory interneurons, and output neurons of the cerebellar nuclei—to facilitate...   Read More  

Paul Reber, PhD

Professor of Psychology

We study the cognitive neuroscience of learning in memory with complex cognitive tasks. Our approach is grounded in memory systems theory that reflects the operations of different mechanisms of memory within and independent of the medial temporal...   Read More  

Adrian Rodriguez-Contreras, PhD

Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

A main focus of the lab is in elucidating mechanisms of physiological and pathological responses to oxygen shortage in the newborn brain...   Read More  

John Rogers, PhD

Simpson/Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

neurotechnology and...   Read More  

Luis Rosas-Vidal, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

We study the neural dynamics of stress and aversive learning, how these processes are modulated by the opioid system, and how they interact with the pursuit of rewards...   Read More  

Jason Sanchez, PhD

Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Sanchez’s laboratory investigates the development of time-coding mechanisms in the auditory brainstem using electrophysiological and anatomical approaches. His primary interests are in synaptic transmission and ion channel function...   Read More  

Jeffrey Savas, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

The overarching goal of our research group is to determine how protein mishandling contributes to synaptic dysfunction, neurodegeneration, and aging. As a starting point we use biochemistry with mass spectrometry-based proteomics. 1...   Read More  

Tiffany Schmidt, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Our lab studies the role of light in behavior by linking the cellular function of cells within the retina to their downstream circuits in the brain and output behavior. To do this, we examine the role of RGC subtypes in specific visual functions...   Read More  

Gregory Schwartz, PhD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmologyy

Research in our lab focuses on the circuit mechanisms underlying sensory computation. We use the mouse retina as a model system because it allows us to stimulate the circuit precisely with its natural input, patterns of light, and record its natural...   Read More  

Yuta Senzai, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience (Starting Jan 2025)

How does our brain generate vivid dream perception internally, while disconnected from the external world during sleep? Answering this question will provide clues to the nature of our internal generative model of the world, which is also crucial for...   Read More  

Stewart Shankman, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Shankman’s research focuses on the relation between depression and anxiety disorders (i.e., internalizing psychopathologies), with an emphasis on neurobehavioral processes that are common vs. specific emotional between the two...   Read More  

Gordon Shepherd, MD, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

How do we move? Our lab is interested in understanding the organization of cell-type-specific circuits in the motor system, focusing on mouse motor cortex and its long-range input and output connections with other motor circuits, via corticospinal,...   Read More  

Richard Silverman, PhD

Patrick G. Ryan/Aon Professor of Chemistry

My group designs and synthesizes inhibitors of enzymes (neuronal nitric oxide synthase and GABA aminotransferase) important to the treatment of neurodegenerative (Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cerebral palsy) and neurological (epilepsy, neuropathic...   Read More  

Marc Slutzky, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology

The goal of our research is to help people with neurologic impairment from disorders such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, or ALS to recover motor or speech function. Our research centers around using neural prosthetics, i.e...   Read More  

Richard Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

We study how electrical activity shapes brain development during the gestational period, and how neurodevelopmental diseases associated with ion channel dysfunction can change the structure of the brain in children...   Read More  

Sara Solla, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

Sara A. Solla is a theoretical physicist who works in theoretical and computational neuroscience. Her research uses tools from statistical physics, statistical inference, information theory, machine learning, and dynamical systems to investigate...   Read More  

D. James Surmeier, PhD

Professor and Chair of Department of Neuroscience

I direct a research program focusing on molecular, cellular and network mechanisms governing the basal ganglia in health and disease states...   Read More  

Satoru Suzuki, PhD

Professor of Psychology

My research goal is to understand how internal neural dynamics are structured to facilitate productive interactions with environmental dynamics, using EEG time-series analyses, behavioral methods, and mathematical reasoning...   Read More  

Geoff Swanson, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pharmacology

We study the molecular and physiological properties of receptor proteins that underlie excitatory synaptic transmission in the mammalian brain...   Read More  

Cynthia K Thompson, PhD

Ralph and Jean Sundin Professor of Communication Sciences

Dr. Thompson's research in cognitive neuroscience focuses on the neural mechanisms of language, primarily sentence processing, in cognitively healthy and aphasic individuals...   Read More  

Matthew Tresch, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

We examine the neural control of movement, focusing on the role of spinal circuitry. We use an interdisciplinary approach in this research, using a combination of behavioral, biomechanical, and neurophysiological techniques...   Read More  

Fred Turek, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology

Research in the Turek laboratory is focused on the study of sleep and circadian rhythms, with special interest in identifying genes that regulate sleep and circadian rhythms...   Read More  

Vicki Tysseling, PhD, PT

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences and Neuroscience

The goal of our lab is to enhance functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI). Our approach to SCI research uses animal models to identify changes that occur within the spinal cord after injury...   Read More  

Robert Vassar, PhD

Director of Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease, Professor of Behavioral Neurology and Cell & Developmental Biology

We study the molecular and cellular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease with the goal of contributing to the discovery of effective disease-modifying therapies...   Read More  

Martha Vitaterna, PhD

Research Professor of Neurobiology

My primary research focus is on the genetics of sleep and circadian rhythms. This has included the functional identification of core mammalian circadian clock genes, Clock, Cry1, and Cry2. The original Clock mutant mouse (Vitaterna et al...   Read More  

Sandra Weintraub, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Age-related neurodegenerative brain diseases that affect cognition and behavior are the focus of my work. Large-scale neuroanatomical networks such as those that support language can be selectively targeted by disease...   Read More  

Donna Whitlon, PhD

Research Professor of Otolaryngology

The main focus of this group is to screen for drug/chemicals that protect or repair hearing and to move them to the clinic...   Read More  

Yvette Wong, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Our lab’s goal is to investigate organelle dynamics such as mitochondria and lysosomes to elucidate new pathways in neuronal and cell biology, and diseases including neurodegeneration...   Read More  

Catherine Woolley, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology

Our research focuses on steroid regulation of synaptic structure and function and the consequences of steroid-driven synaptic modulation for behavior...   Read More  

Beverly Wright, PhD

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Perceptual learning: Performance on perceptual tasks improves with practice, indicating that our sensory systems are not rigid but rather can be changed through experience...   Read More  

Jane Wu, MD, PhD

Dr. Charles L. Mix Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry

Dr. Wu’s research focuses on molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying aging-related diseases...   Read More  

Lirong Yan, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology

My research focuses on developing novel neuroimaging MRI techniques to study brain function and hemodynamics...   Read More  

Yue Yang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

Large numbers of genes turn on and off in temporally and spatially precise patterns in the brain to regulate neural circuit development and refinement...   Read More  

Jun Yao, PhD

Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

I have a keen interest in employing multi-modality brain imaging and quantitative methodologies to investigate the neuromechanisms that underlie motor control and movement disorders resulting from nervous system injuries...   Read More  

Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD

Benjamin and Virginia T. Boshes Professor of Neurology

My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that link alterations in sleep, circadian rhythms and sleep disorders with neurological and cardio-metabolic disorders, as well as the development of treatments for sleep and circadian based...   Read More  

Christina Zelano, PhD

Assistant Professor Neurology

My lab studies the human olfactory system. More specifically, we study the impact of natural respiratory rhythms on brain activity and behavior, olfactory networks, olfactory attention and memory, primary olfactory cortical areas including...   Read More  

Jing Zheng, PhD

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Deafness is the common sensory defect affecting millions of people. Causes of deafness are often associated with defects in outer hair cells (OHCs). We aim to identify and investigate molecules that play essential roles in mammalian hearing...   Read More  

Yongling Zhu, PhD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Our laboratory investigates the structure and function of neural circuits responsible for processing visual information in the mammalian retina...   Read More  

Joshua Ziarek, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

The discovery of interventions for cocaine and methamphetamine substance use disorders (SUDs) continues to be a strategic priority of the National Institute on Drug Abuse...   Read More  

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