Faculty Fellows

Michael Alkire, M.D.
Professor
Anesthesiology

Functional brain imaging, mechanisms of anesthetic action on consciousness, memory and pain processing

Pierre Baldi, PhD
Professor
School of Information and Computer Sciences

Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Reinforcement Learning, and their Theoretical Foundations and Applications.

Tallie Z. Baram MD, PhD
Professor
Pediatrics

Epilepsy, development, learning and memory, stress, corticotropin releasing hormone

Kevin T. Beier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Physiology & Biophysics

Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Neural plasticity, Molecular Neuroscience, Behavior, Technique Development, Viral-genetic

Ruth Benca, MD, PhD
Professor
Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Sleep and memory, obstructive sleep apnea, high-density EEG, depression, mental health

Sven Bernecker, PhD
Professor
Philosophy

Epistemology of memory, epistemic benefits of memory's imperfections, mnemonic confabulation

Mathew Blurton-Jones, PhD
Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Stem cells, Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, neurogenesis, neurodegeneration

Aaron Bornstein, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Cognitive Science

Computational cognitive neuroscience, episodic memory, decision-making, intertemporal choice, perceptual decisions, statistical inference, addiction, fMRI, EEG

 

Gregory Brewer, PhD
Professor
Biomedical Engineering

Memory, Alzheimer's disease, neuronal networks, neuron cell culture, in vitro physiology

Jorge Busciglio, PhD
Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Alzheimer's disease, Down's syndrome, neurodegeneration, axonal transport, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction,

Susan Charles, PhD
Professor
Psychological Science

Emotional processes across the adult life span, subjective experience and cognitive processes, health and emotion

Lulu Chen, PhD
Assistant Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology

Neurodevelopment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Schizophrenia, Learning and Memory, Synapse formation

Susana Cohen-Cory, PhD
Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Synapse formation in the developing nervous system; in vivo imaging studies

Karina Cramer, PhD
Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Neural development, plasticity, synaptogenesis, glia, pruning, auditory brainstem

Steven Cramer, MD
Professor
Neurology

CNS repair in humans, stroke, spinal cord injury, motor system, plasticity after injury, motor learning

 

Barbara Dosher, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Cognitive Science

Attention, perceptual learning, human information processing, visual perception, memory retrieval

 

 

Lisa Flanagan, PhD
Associate Professor
Neurology

Neural stem cell differentiation, development, stem cell transplantation, extracellular matrix

 

Norbert Fortin, PhD
Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, electrophysiology, behavioral neuroscience, sequence memory

Christie Fowler, PhD
Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Drug addiction, nicotine, aversion, genetics, learning, dopamine, motivated behaviors

Ron Frostig, PhD
Professor Neurobiology and Behavior

Sensory neocortex, cortical plasticity, structural-function relationships, optical imaging

Christine Gall, PhD
Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology

Adult synaptic plasticity, memory encoding, synaptic modulators, intellectual disability, autism, adhesion proteins, neurotrophic factors

Sunil Gandhi, PhD
Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Critical period plasticity, interneurons, visual system, neuronal transplantation, connectomics, brain clearing.

Charles Glabe, PhD
Professor
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Amyloid, pathogenesis, neurodegenerative disease, neuroinflammation, immunotherapy

Douglas Granger, PhD
Professor
Psychological Science

Salivary bioscience, emotional arousal and memory, development, circadian rhythms, stress, mental health

Kim Green, PhD
Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Alzheimer’s disease, microglia, inflammation, aging, therapeutics

John Guzowski, PhD
Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Learning, memory, synaptic plasticity, hippocampus, gene expression, immediate early gene imaging

Gregory Hickok, PhD
Professor
Cognitive Sciences

Neuroanatomy of language, neural plasticity, neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience

Robert Hunt, PhD
Assistant Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology

Neural circuits, synapses, stem cells, epilepsy, autism, hippocampal plasticity, electrophysiology

Kei Igarashi, PhD
Assistant Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology

Memory, olfaction, Alzheimer's disease, hippocampus, entorhinal cortex, electrophysiology

Autumn Ivy, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics

Early-life experience, epigenetics, neurology, learning and memory, developmental disorders, exercise

Susanne Jaeggi, PhD
Associate Professor
Education

Working memory, executive control, plasticity, cognitive training, transfer, neural stimulation

Claudia Kawas, MD
Professor
Neurology

Aging, dementia, longevity, oldest old, epidemiology, Alzheimer’s, neuropathology, geriatrics

Jeffrey Krichmar, PhD
Professor
Cognitive Neurosciences

Computational neuroscience, decision making, evolutionary computation, robotics, spatial navigation

Frank LaFerla, PhD
Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Molecular biology, Alzheimer's disease, learning and memory, transgenic mouse models

Julie Lauterborn, PhD
Full Researcher
Anatomy and Neurobiology

Intellectual disability, Fragile X, Down syndrome, Autism, stress, learning and memory, plasticity

Michael Lee, PhD
Professor
Cognitive Sciences

Cognitive modeling, memory models, decision making, Bayesian statistics, individual differences

Michael Leon, PhD
Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Olfactory processing, sensory enrichment, autism, aging, Alzheimer’s disease

Frances Leslie, PhD
Professor
Pharmacology

Neuropharmacology, addiction, drugs of abuse, brain development, adolescence, prenatal period

Linda Levine, PhD
Professor
Psychological Science

Relations between cognitive and emotional development, how emotions influence attention and memory

Charles Limoli, PhD
Professor
Radiation Oncology

Oxidative stress, hippocampal neurogenesis, stem cells, transplantation, chemo-brain, memory

Jack Lin, MD
Professor
Neurology

Emotional processing, learning and memory, epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology, electrocorticography

Elizabeth Loftus, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Psychological Science

Human memory, false memories, eyewitness testimony, psychology and law, criminology

Angela Lukowski, PhD
Associate Professor
Psychological Science

Memory development in infancy and early childhood; individual differences in long-term memory in infancy; the impact of early nutrition on development

Gyorgy Lur, PhD
Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Neuronal signal integration, chronic and acute stress, cognitive behavior, optical techniques

Gary Lynch, PhD
Professor
Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Synaptic plasticity, LTP, glutamate receptors, cognitive disorders, computational models

Steven Mahler, PhD
Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Addiction, reward circuits, cannabinoids, Pavlovian conditioning, motivation, executive function

Bryce Mander, PhD
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Sleep disorders, cognitive aging, Alzheimer's disease, memory, neurodegeneration

Mark Mapstone, PhD
Professor
Neurology

Cognitive aging, neuropsychology, amnesia, metabolomics, biomarkers, cognitive phenotyping

John Marshall, PhD
Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Recovery of function after brain injury, neurodegeneration, basal ganglia motor systems

Elizabeth Martin, PhD
Assistant Professor
Psychological Science

Transdiagnostic emotional and social functioning, affective control and regulation, affect and memory

James McGaugh, PhD
Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Emotional modulation of memory, arousal, memory consolidation, superior autobiographical memory

Bruce McNaughton, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Computational models, hippocampus, learning and memory, plasticity, spatial memory, neurophysiology

Sara Mednick, PhD
Associate Professor
Cognitive Sciences

Sleep, EEG, pharmacology, memory consolidation, psychophysics, fMRI, aging and disease

Raju Metherate, PhD
Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Neurophysiology, synaptic physiology of auditory cortex, sensory plasticity, nicotine

Bin Nan, PhD
Professor
Statistics

High-dimensional statistics, imaging analysis, longitudinal analysis, statistical learning

Andrea Nicholas, PhD
Lecturer
Neurobiology and Behavior

Learning and memory in the classroom, educational methods, tools and software for active learning

Diane O'Dowd, PhD
Professor
Developmental and Cell Biology

Molecular genetics, drugs, induced pluripotent stem cells, flies, functional plasticity, neuronal maturation

Andre Obenaus, PhD
Professor
Pediatrics

MRI, traumatic brain injury, stroke, aging, circuits, brain vasculature, early life stress, animal imaging

Daniele Piomelli, Ph.D.
Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology

cellular pharmacology, neuropharmacology

Jodi Quas, Ph.D.
Professor
Psychological Science

Trauma, memory, children, legal system

Uma Rao, MD
Professor
Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Adolescence, depression, substance abuse, neurobiology, risk/resilience

 

David Reinkensmeyer, PhD
Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Neuromuscular control, motor learning, robotics, stroke rehabilitation, computational models

Steven Small, MD, PhD
Professor
Neurology

Neurobiology of language, neural repair, computational neuroscience, fMRI, connectomics

Robert Spitale, PhD
Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences

Neurochemistry, chemical biology, RNA biology, RNA therapeutics for memory and learning disorders

Craig Stark, PhD
Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Memory, hippocampus, neuroimaging, amnesia, fMRI, video games, aging

Oswald Steward, PhD
Professor
Anatomy & Neurobiology

Spinal cord injury, regeneration, sprouting, epilepsy, excitotoxicity, cellular mechanisms of plasticity

Mark Steyvers PhD
Professor
Cognitive Sciences

Wisdom of Crowds, Aggregating human judgments, Computational models of the mind, Machine Learning and Statistics

Georg Striedter, PhD
Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Evolutionary Neurobiology and Animal Behavior

Andrea Tenner, PhD
Professor
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Innate Immunity, Inflammation, Complement, Alzheimer's Disease, Cell Surface Receptors

Leslie Thompson, PhD
Professor
Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Human genetic disorders, precision medicine, Huntington’s disease, genomics, therapeutics

Theo G.M. van Erp, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
School of Medicine

Psychiatry, brain data analysis, Schizophrenia.

Craig Walsh, PhD
Professor
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Immunology, apoptosis, signal transduction, T cells, autoimmunity, memory deficits

Marcelo Wood, PhD
Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Epigenetics, memory, drug addiction, synaptic plasticity, aging, mouse models, physiology

Xiangmin Xu, PhD
Associate Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology

Neural circuits, cell-type specific, electrophysiology, imaging, optical stimulation

Michael Yassa, PhD
Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Learning, memory, aging, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, cross-species neuroimaging, clinical trials

External Fellows

Ted Abel, PhD
Professor
Molecular Physiology
University of Iowa
Ralph Adolphs, PhD
Professor
Psychology
Caltech
Timothy Allen, PhD
Assistant Professor
Psychology
Florida Inational University
Stephan Anagnostaras, PhD
Associate Professor
Psychology
University of California, San Diego
Michel Baudry, PhD
Professor
Biomedical Sciences
Western University
Federico Bermudez-Rattoni, PhD
Professor
Cognitive Neurosciences
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Kasia Bieszczad, PhD
Assistant Professor
Pyschology
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Jennifer Bizon, PhD
Professor
Neuroscience
University of Florida
Timothy Bredy, PhD
Associate Professor
Queensland Brain Institute
University of Queensland, Australia
Sara Burke, PhD
Assistant Professor
Neuroscience
University of Florida
Robert Clark, PhD
Professor
Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego
Laura Colgin, PhD
Associate Professor
Neuroscience
University of Texas, Austin
Michael Fanselow, PhD
Professor
Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles
Joaquin Fuster, PhD
Professor
Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles
Paul Gold, PhD
Professor
Biology
Syracuse University
Ivan Izquierdo, PhD
Professor
Neuroscience
Pontífica Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Barbara Knowlton, PhD
Professor
Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles
Jill Leutgeb, PhD
Professor
Biological Sciences
University of California, San Diego
Stefan Leutgeb, PhD
Professor
Biological Sciences
University of California, San Diego
Kelsey Martin, PhD
Professor
Biological Chemistry
University of California, Los Angeles
Aaron Mattfeld, PhD
Assistant Professor
Psychology
Florida International University
Andrew Maurer, PhD
Assistant Professor
Neuroscience
University of Florida
Mark Mayford, PhD
Professor
Neuroscience
The Scripps Research Institute
Richard Morris, PhD
Professor
Neuroscience
University of Edinburgh
John O'Doherty, PhD
Professor
Psychology
Caltech
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Aimee Pierce MD
Barry Setlow, PhD
Professor
Psychiatry
University of Florida
Alcino Silva, PhD
Professor
Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles
Ivan Soltesz, PhD
Professor
Neuroscience
Stanford University
Larry Squire, PhD
Professor
Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego
Wendy Suzuki, PhD
Professor
Neural Science
New York University
Brian Wiltgen, PhD
Associate Professor
Psychology
University of California, Davis