COLLABORATE

A multidisciplinary team of scholars spanning the globe

UCI Fellows

Michael Alkire, M.D.

Professor
Anesthesiology

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

Javier Diaz Alonso, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology

Synapse organization, synaptic plasticity, molecular neuroscience, AMPA receptor, endocannabinoid system, epilepsy

 

 

Pierre Baldi, Ph.D.

Professor
School of Information and Computer Sciences

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

Tallie Z. Baram M.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Pediatrics

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

Lee Bardwell Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair
Developmental and Cell Biology
School of Biological Sciences

 

Kevin T. Beier, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Physiology & Biophysics

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

Ruth Benca, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Psychiatry and Human Behavior

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

Sven Bernecker, Ph.D.

Professor
Philosophy

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

Mathew Blurton-Jones, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Aaron Bornstein, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Cognitive Science

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

 

Daniela Bota, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Neurology
School of Medicine

 

 

Gregory Brewer, Ph.D.

Professor
Biomedical Engineering

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

Jorge Busciglio, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Susan Charles, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychological Science

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

Chuansheng Chen, Ph.D.

Chancellor's Professor
Psychological Science and Education

Cross-cultural psychology, adolescent development, cognitive neuroscience, behavior genetics

Liz Chrastil, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Navigation, spatial memory, episodic memory, individual differences, fMRI, virtual reality

Lulu Chen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology

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

Susana Cohen-Cory, Ph.D.

Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Karina Cramer, Ph.D.

Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Steven Cramer, M.D.

Professor
Neurology

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

 

Barbara Dosher, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor
Cognitive Science

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

 

 

Lisa Flanagan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Neurology

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

 

Norbert Fortin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Christie Fowler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Ron Frostig, Ph.D.

Professor Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Christine Gall, Ph.D.

Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology

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

Sunil Gandhi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Charles Glabe, Ph.D.

Professor
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Amyloid, pathogenesis, neurodegenerative disease, neuroinflammation, immunotherapy

Douglas Granger, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychological Science

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

Kim Green, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

John Guzowski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Elizabeth Head, Ph.D.

Professor
Pathology

Clinical and neuropathological study of aging and Alzheimer disease in Down syndrome, preclinical studies in an animal model of Alzheimer disease, cerebrovascular dysfunction and neuroinflammation

 

Gregory Hickok, Ph.D.

Professor
Cognitive Sciences

Neuroanatomy of language, neural plasticity, neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience

Robert Hunt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology

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

Kei Igarashi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology

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

Autumn Ivy, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Pediatrics

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

Susanne Jaeggi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Education

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

Claudia Kawas, M.D.

Professor
Neurology

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

Jeffrey Krichmar, Ph.D.

Professor
Cognitive Neurosciences

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

Frank LaFerla, Ph.D.

Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Julie Lauterborn, Ph.D.

Full Researcher
Anatomy and Neurobiology

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

Michael Lee, Ph.D.

Professor
Cognitive Sciences

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

Michael Leon, Ph.D.

Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Frances Leslie, Ph.D.

Professor
Pharmacology

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

Linda Levine, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychological Science

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

Mimi Liljeholm, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Cognitive Sciences
Reinforcement learning, Bayesian inference, neuroimaging, reasoning, decision-making, addiction, social cognition

Charles Limoli, Ph.D.

Professor
Radiation Oncology

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

Jack Lin, M.D.

Professor
Neurology

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

Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor
Psychological Science

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

Shahrdad Lotfipour, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Learning and Memory, Limbic Brain, Drug Seeking, Gut-Brain Axis, Development, Maternal Drug Exposure, Brain Imaging, Reward

Angela Lukowski, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Gary Lynch, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychiatry and Human Behavior

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

Stephen Mahler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Bryce Mander, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Human Behavior

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

Mark Mapstone, Ph.D.

Professor
Neurology

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

John Marshall, Ph.D.

Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Elizabeth Martin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Psychological Science

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

James McGaugh, Ph.D.

Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Bruce McNaughton, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Sara Mednick, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Cognitive Sciences

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

Raju Metherate, Ph.D.

Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Bin Nan, Ph.D.

Professor
Statistics

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

Andrea Nicholas, Ph.D.

Lecturer
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Diane O'Dowd, Ph.D.

Professor
Developmental and Cell Biology

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

Andre Obenaus, Ph.D.

Professor
Pediatrics

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

Sean Ostlund, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care
Behavior, reward, maladaptive, optogenetic, dysregulation, disorders

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, M.D.

Professor
Psychiatry and Human Behavior

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

 

David Reinkensmeyer, Ph.D.

Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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

Jenna L Riis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Psychological Science
School of Social Ecology

Child development, early life adversity, stress, salivary bioscience, public health, program implementation and evaluation.

Robert Spitale, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences

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

Craig Stark, Ph.D.

Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Oswald Steward, Ph.D.

Professor
Anatomy & Neurobiology

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

Mark Steyvers Ph.D.

Professor
Cognitive Sciences

Wisdom of crowds, aggregating human judgments, computational models of the mind, machine learning and statistics

Georg Striedter, Ph.D.

Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Evolutionary neurobiology and animal behavior

Arielle Tambini, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

Systems-level mechanisms, long-term memory consolidation, neuroimaging, transcranial magnetic stimulation

Andrea Tenner, Ph.D.

Professor
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Innate immunity, inflammation, complement, Alzheimer's disease, cell surface receptors

Leslie Thompson, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychiatry and Human Behavior

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

Katherine Thompson-Peer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Developmental & Cell Biology
Dendrite regeneration, development, brain injury, neurodegeneration, dendrite regeneration

Kristina A. Uban, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Public Health
Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research (IISBR)

Theo G.M. van Erp, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
School of Medicine

Psychiatry, brain data analysis, schizophrenia

Craig Walsh, Ph.D.

Professor
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

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

Marcelo Wood, Ph.D.

Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Xiangmin Xu, Ph.D.

Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology

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

Michael Yassa, Ph.D.

Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior

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

Alyson K. Zalta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Psychological Science
School of Social Ecology

Trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, transdiagnostic, resilience, prevention & treatment

External Fellows

Ted Abel, Ph.D.

Professor
Molecular Physiology
University of Iowa

Mammalian hippocampus, long-term memory storage, psychiatric disorders, neurodevelopment disorders, neuronal circuits, behavioral epigenomics, sleep, memory

Ralph Adolphs, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychology
Caltech

Timothy Allen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Psychology
Florida International University

Cognition, mental health disorders, hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, animal models, learning, memory, behavior

Stephan Anagnostaras, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Psychology
University of California, San Diego

Michel Baudry, Ph.D.

Professor
Biomedical Sciences
Western University

Francesco Battaglia, Ph.D.

Professor
Donders Institute for Brain
Cognition and Behaviour
Radboud University Nijmegen

Neural dynamics, sleep, criticality, analysis of neural data, memory, learning

Federico Bermudez-Rattoni, Ph.D.

Professor
Cognitive Neurosciences
National Autonomous University of Mexico

Kasia Bieszczad, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Pyschology
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Auditory cortex, tonotopic map, sensory physiology, behavioral psychology, epigenetics, histone acetylation, representational plasticity

 

Timothy Bredy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Queensland Brain Institute
University of Queensland, Australia

Sara Burke, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Neuroscience
University of Florida

Aging, entorhinal cortex, hippocampus, memory, neurophysiology, perirhinal cortex

Robert Clark, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego

Laura Colgin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Neuroscience
University of Texas, Austin

Learning, brain rhythms, memory, hippocampus, entorhinal cortex, schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer's disease

Michael Fanselow, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles

Joaquin Fuster, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles

Brain stroke, brain trauma, Alzheimer's dementia, and schizophrenia

Paul Gold, Ph.D.

Professor
Biology
Syracuse University

Aging; cell signaling and communication; learning, memory, and plasticity; neurological and psychiatric conditions

Ivan Izquierdo, Ph.D.

Professor
Neuroscience
Pontífica Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Barbara Knowlton, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles

Jill Leutgeb, Ph.D.

Professor
Biological Sciences
University of California, San Diego

Stefan Leutgeb, Ph.D.

Professor
Biological Sciences
University of California, San Diego

Kelsey Martin, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Biological Chemistry
University of California, Los Angeles

Aaron Mattfeld, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Psychology
Florida International University

Learning and memory, development, neurodevelopment disorders, ADHD, teaching practices, diagnosis and treatment of developmental disorders

Andrew Maurer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Neuroscience
University of Florida

Aging, entorhinal cortex, hippocampus, memory, neurophysiology, perirhinal cortex

Mark Mayford, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Neuroscience
University of California, San Diego

Richard Morris, Ph.D.

Professor
Neuroscience
University of Edinburgh

Synapses, Circuits and Behaviour

John O'Doherty, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychology
Caltech

Aimee Pierce M.D.

Associate Professor
Medicine
Oregon Health & Sciences University

Neurology, aging, Alzheimer's

Charan Ranganath, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychology
University of California, Davis

EEG, fMRI, eye-tracking, patient research, intracranial recording, tDCS, salivating dogs

Barry Setlow, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychiatry
University of Florida

Addiction, diazepam, neurobiology, neuroscience, nicotine

Alcino Silva, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles

Christine N. Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego

Ivan Soltesz, Ph.D.

Professor
Neuroscience
Stanford University

Larry Squire, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego

Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D.

Professor
Neural Science
New York University

Robert James Sutherland, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair in the Department of Neuroscience
Board of Governors Research Chair in Neuroscience
Director, Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience
University of Lethbridge

 

Brian Wiltgen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Psychology
University of California, Davis