Cellular & Molecular

Individual neurons and support cells in the nervous system are complex functional units that express a rich array of proteins and signaling molecules that are responsible for global nervous system development and function. Studies of individual neurons and their molecules provides important information about how neurons and support cells develop, communicate and die. This information helps to identify targets and mechanisms of disease and also treatments of those diseases.

The following faculty have labs that focus on Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience:

Amy A. Arguello, PhD
Amy A. Arguello, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology
 213A Giltner Hall
 arguell5@msu.edu

Neural circuits and reconsolidation mechanisms contributing to drug relapse

William D. Atchison, PhD
William D. Atchison, PhD

Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
 B331 Life Science
 517-353-4947
 atchiso1@msu.edu

Neurotransmitter release and synaptic transmission; models of human neuromuscular disorders of peripheral and central neurotransmission, chemical neurotoxicity, ion channel pharmacology

Joseph A. Beatty, PhD
Joseph A. Beatty, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physiology
 2193 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
 517-884-5046
 beattyj7@msu.edu

Neurological effects of Fragile X Syndrome, regulation and modulation of neuronal excitability of thalamocortical circuits and interactions between basal ganglia and thalamic circuits.

Alison I. Bernstein, PhD
Alison I. Bernstein, PhD

Assistant Professor, Translational Science & Molecular Medicine
 Van Andel Institute
 616-234-0957
 alison.bernstein@hc.msu.edu

Epigenetics in Parkinson's disease; toxicological models of Parkinson's disease

S. Marc Breedlove, PhD
S. Marc Breedlove, PhD

Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience
Professor, Integrative Biology, Psychology
 240 Giltner Hall
 517-355-1749
 breedsm@msu.edu

Effects of steroids on and the activation of plasticity in the human nervous system

Peter J. R. Cobbett, PhD
Peter J. R. Cobbett, PhD

Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
 B446 Life Science
 517-353-5479
 cobbett@msu.edu

Ion channels and neuromuscular physiology of human and veterinary parasites

Timothy J. Collier, PhD
Timothy J. Collier, PhD

Professor, Translational Science & Molecular Medicine
 Van Andel
 (616)234-0953
 collie69@msu.edu

Models of Parkinson's disease to study mechanisms of degeneration and therapeutics; neurobiology of aging

Scott E. Counts, PhD
Scott E. Counts, PhD

Associate Professor, Translational Science & Molecular Medicine
 Van Andel
 616-234-0997
 scott.counts@hc.msu.edu

Molecular pathogenic mechanisms of selective neuronal vulnerability in AD

C. Lee Cox, PhD
C. Lee Cox, PhD

Chair, Physiology
Professor, Physiology
 2201E Biomedical and Physical Sciences
 517-884-5060
 coxclee@msu.edu

Neurophysiology and neuroplasticity within thalamocortical circuits. Neurophysiological alterations associated with Developmental disorders (fragile X syndrome, Autism), Epilepsy, and Parkinson's Disesase

Stacie L. Demel, DO, PhD
Stacie L. Demel, DO, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology and Department of Pharmacology &Toxicology
 B436 Life Science Center
 517-884-2497
 stacie.demel@hc.msu.edu

Genetic contributions to intracranial aneurysm formaton; sex differences in cerebrovascular disease

Ke Dong, PhD
Ke Dong, PhD

Professor, Entomology
 438 Giltner Hall
 517-432-2034
 dongk@msu.edu

Insect voltage-gated ion channels, interaction between ion channels and insecticides and other neurotoxins, and molecular mechanisms of insecticide resistance

James J. Galligan, PhD
James J. Galligan, PhD

Neuroscience Program Director
Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology

 108 Giltner Hall
 517-353-4776
 galliga1@msu.edu

Neurophysiology and pharmacology of autonomic nerves

Kathleen A. Gallo, PhD
Kathleen A. Gallo, PhD

Professor, Physiology
 4180 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
 517-884-5156
 gallok@msu.edu

Protein kinase signaling in neurogenerative diseases

Julia Ganz, PhD
Julia Ganz, PhD

Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology
 39 Giltner Hall
 ganz@msu.edu

Development and regeneration of the enteric nervous system; Endothelin signaling in neural crest development

John L. Goudreau, DO, PhD
John L. Goudreau, DO, PhD

Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Neurology & Ophthalmology
 B436 Life Sciences
 517-884-2484
 john.goudreau@ht.msu.edu

Genetic and Environmental Factors in the Pathogenesis of Parkinson's Disease

Brian D. Gulbransen, PhD
Brian D. Gulbransen, PhD

MSU Foundation Professor
Associate Professor, Neuroscience & Physiology

 567 Wilson Road, 3081 BPS
 517-884-5121
 gulbrans@msu.edu

Role of glia in neuroinflammation in the intestine

Colleen C. Hegg, PhD
Colleen C. Hegg, PhD

Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
 B439B Life Science
 517-432-2339
 hegg@msu.edu

Mechanisms of neuroregeneration, environmental toxicants and damage to the olfactory system

Cynthia L. Jordan, PhD
Cynthia L. Jordan, PhD

Professor, Neuroscience Program
 239 Giltner Hall
 517-355-1722
 jordancy@msu.edu

Neurobiological mechanisms of sex differences in neurodegenerative/neuromuscular disease and mental disorders including anxiety and PTSD

Nicholas M. Kanaan, PhD
Nicholas M. Kanaan, PhD

Associate Professor, Translational Science & Molecular Medicine
 Van Andel
 616-234-0956
 nicholas.kanaan@hc.msu.edu

Molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases and developing novel therapeutic strategies that target disease mechanisms

Andras M. Komaromy, PhD, DVM
Andras M. Komaromy, PhD, DVM

Associate Professor, Small Animal Clinical Sciences
 D208 Veterinary Medical Center
 517-432-2755
 komaromy@cvm.msu.edu

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of inherited retinal and optic nerve diseases; gene therapy

Arjun Krisnan, PhD
Arjun Krisnan, PhD

Assistant Professor, Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering
 2507H Engineering Building
 517-432-0372
 arjun@msu.edu

Computational data-driven approaches for resolving, understanding, and tackling the heterogeneity of complex traits and diseases.

Gina M. Leinninger, PhD
Gina M. Leinninger, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physiology
 3183 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
 517-884-5123
 leinning@msu.edu

Central regulation of feeding and other motivated behaviors

Weiming Li, PhD
Weiming Li, PhD

Professor, Fisheries and Wildlife, Physiology
 100 Giltner Hall
 517-432-6705
 liweim@msu.edu

Pheromone regulation of behavior and neuroendocrine olfaction, functional genomics

Jack W. Lipton, PhD
Jack W. Lipton, PhD

Professor and Chair, Translational Science & Molecular Medicine
Professor, Neurology & Ophthalmology
 Van Andel
 616-234-0950
 jack.lipton@hc.msu.edu

Developmental exposure to drugs of abuse, development of the dopamine system, etiology and experimental therapeutics of Parkinson's disease

Joseph S. Lonstein, PhD
Joseph S. Lonstein, PhD

Professor, Psychology
 219 Giltner Hall
 517-353-8675
 lonstein@msu.edu

Neural and hormonal control of peripartum anxiety disorders and postpartum maternal care

Keith J. Lookingland, PhD
Keith J. Lookingland, PhD

Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
 B432 Life Science
 517-353-8971
 lookingl@msu.edu

Development of neuroprotective pharmacological agents and strategies for the treatment of dopamine neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson's Disease and Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Kathryn L. Lovell, PhD
Kathryn L. Lovell, PhD

Director, Block I, College of Human Medicine
Professor, Neurology & Ophthalmology

 A502D East Fee Hall
 517-353-7208
 lovell@msu.edu

Pathogenesis of nervous system abnormalities in inherited metabolic diseases

Fredric P. Manfredsson, PhD
Fredric P. Manfredsson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Translational Science & Molecular Medicine
 Van Andel
 616-234-0968
 manfreds@msu.edu

Development of virally-mediated CNS gene-therapy in the study, and treatment, of neurodegenerative disease

Michelle S. Mazei-Robison, PhD
Michelle S. Mazei-Robison, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physiology
 3182 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
 517-884-5004
 mazeirob@msu.edu

Drug- and stress-induced changes in behavior, neuronal signaling, and neuronal morphology

Kyle E. Miller, PhD
Kyle E. Miller, PhD

Associate Professor, Integrative Biology
 336 Natural Science
 517-353-9283
 kmiller@msu.edu

Axonal elongation and organelle transport in neurons

Adam J. Moeser, PhD, DVM
Adam J. Moeser, PhD, DVM

Associate Professor and Matilda R. Wilson Endowed Chair, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Department of Physiology
 784 Wilson Road, G326 Veterinary Medical Center
 517-353-5978
 moeserad@cvm.msu.edu

Pathophysiology of Stress-Induced Gastrointestinal and Immune Disorders

Richard R. Neubig, MD, PhD
Richard R. Neubig, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair, Pharmacology & Toxicology
 B440 Life Science
 517-353-7145
 rneubig@msu.edu

G protein signaling in genetic epilepsies and movement disorders

A.J. Robison, PhD
A.J. Robison, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physiology
 3180 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
 517-884-5003
 robiso45@msu.edu

How models of drug addiction and chronic stress alter gene expression in discreet brain regions, particularly the hippocampus

Ashlee H. Rowe, PhD
Ashlee H. Rowe, PhD

Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology
 432 Giltner Hall
 517-432-4468
 roweashl@msu.edu

Sensory and motor neurobiology; neuroethology; interactions between animal-derived neurotoxins and ion channels; biochemical, genetic and physiological bases of sensory and motor systems adaptations.

Erik M. Shapiro, PhD
Erik M. Shapiro, PhD

Research Director, Radiology
Associate Professor, Physiology

 184 Radiology
 517-884-3270
 shapir86@msu.edu

Molecular and cellular MRI, particularly in the use of MRI to track specific cell populations

Cheryl L. Sisk, PhD
Cheryl L. Sisk, PhD

University Distinguished Professor, Psychology
 138 Giltner Hall
 517-355-5253
 sisk@msu.edu

Neuroendocrinology, neural development during puberty, steroid hormone regulation of neural development and behavior

Caryl E. Sortwell, PhD
Caryl E. Sortwell, PhD

Professor, Translational Science & Molecular Medicine
 Van Andel
 616-234-0959
 caryl.sortwell@hc.msu.edu

Primary neuronal cultures, ex vivo and in vivo gene therapy, stereotaxic surgery, immunohistochemistry, neuro substructure microdissections, behavioral evaluations of motor performance, microscopy, long term deep brain stimulation platform

Kathy Steece-Collier, PhD
Kathy Steece-Collier, PhD

Professor, Translational Science & Molecular Medicine
 Van Andel
 616-234-0969
 collie68@msu.edu

Brain plasticity in neurodegenerative disease models

Greg M. Swain, PhD
Greg M. Swain, PhD

Professor, Chemistry
 314 Chemistry
 517-355-9715 x229
 swain@chemistry.msu.edu

Application of electrochemical methods and sensors for studying the mechanisms and pharmacology of neuromuscular signaling in the vasculature and gastrointestinal tract

Alexa H. Veenema, PhD
Alexa H. Veenema, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology
 212 Giltner Hall
 517-303-1434
 aveenema@msu.edu

Neurobiology of social behavior

Irving E. Vega, PhD
Irving E. Vega, PhD

Associate Professor, Translational Science & Molecular Medicine
 4014 Van Andel
 616-234-2828
 irving.vega@hc.msu.edu

Adaptive proteome dynamics in neurodegenerative diseases

Juli S. Wade, PhD
Juli S. Wade, PhD

Chair, Department of Psychology
Professor, Department of PsychologyPsychology and Department of Integrative Biology

 240C Psychology Building
 517-432-8301
 wadej@msu.edu

Sex differences and plasticity in the nervous system

Donna H. Wang, MD
Donna H. Wang, MD

Professor, Medicine
 B316 Clinical Center
 517-432-0797
 wangdo@msu.edu

Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying salt sensitive hypertension

Hongbing Wang, PhD
Hongbing Wang, PhD

Associate Professor, Physiology
 3179 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
 517-884-5119
 wangho@msu.edu

Neuronal intracellular signaling in neuroplasticity, brain function, and neurological disorders

Arthur J. Weber, PhD
Arthur J. Weber, PhD

Professor, Physiology
 2198 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
 517-884-5041
 weberar@msu.edu

Structure-function relation of retinal ganglion cells undergoing glaucoma-related degeneration in the primate eye. Development of treatment strategies aimed at mitigating or preventing glaucomatous retinal ganglion cell degeneration

Lily Yan, MD, PhD
Lily Yan, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology
 218 Giltner Hall
 517-432-8189
 yanl@msu.edu

Neural basis underlying the modulatory effects of ambient light on emotion and cognition.