Behavioral & Systems

The final output of the nervous system is behavior and it is important to understand how individual neurons assemble and interact in complex neuronal systems responsible for controlling specific behaviors. Behaviors require integration between sensory and motor systems which lead to adaptive behaviors. Examples of adaptive behaviors include social interactions, feeding behaviors, learning and cognition and maintenance of overall body homeostasis. Understanding the normal function of neuronal systems is also key to understanding and treating behavioral disorders and neurodegenerative diseases of the nervous system that occur with aging or after environmental insults.

The following faculty have labs that focus on Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience:

Melissa J. Allman, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology
East Lansing Campus
 206 Giltner Hall
 517-432-8779
 mjallman@msu.edu

Timing and time perception in autism

Amy A. Arguello, PhD

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

Neural circuits and reconsolidation mechanisms contributing to drug relapse

Susan M. Barman, PhD

Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
East Lansing Campus
 B426 Life Science
 517-432-3154
 barman@msu.edu

Central neural control of the cardiovascular system; sympathetic rhythms

Joseph A. Beatty, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physiology
East Lansing Campus
 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.

Andrea C. Bozoki, MD

Associate Professor, Neurology & Ophthalmology
East Lansing Campus
 A217 Clinical Center
 517-884-2482
 bozoki@msu.edu

Effects of aging and dementia on the memory networks of the brain, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)

S. Marc Breedlove, PhD

Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience
Professor, Integrative Biology, Psychology
East Lansing Campus
 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

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

Ion channels and neuromuscular physiology of human and veterinary parasites

Timothy J. Collier, PhD

Professor, Translational Neuroscience
Grand Rapids Campus
 Grand Rapids Research Center
 (616)234-0953
 collie69@msu.edu

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

C. Lee Cox, PhD

Chair, Physiology
Professor, Physiology
East Lansing Campus
 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

Shane R. Crandall, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physiology
East Lansing Campus
 2168 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
 517-884-5055
 cranda86@msu.edu

Structure and function of neural circuits in the mammalian brain; Basic physiology of neurons and synapses; Physiology of sensory systems; Optogenetics

Anne M. Dorrance, PhD

Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
East Lansing Campus
 B340 Life Science
 517-432-7403
 dorranc3@msu.edu

Cerebral ischemia and cerebral vessel structure and function

Heather L. Eisthen, PhD

Professor, Integrative Biology
East Lansing Campus
 342 Natural Science
 517-353-1953
 eisthen@msu.edu

Neuroethology, comparative and developmental vertebrate neurobiology

Gregory D. Fink, PhD

Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
East Lansing Campus
 B327 Life Science
 517-353-4648
 finkg@msu.edu

Neural control of blood pressure and body fluid homeostasis, autonomic nervous system; neuropeptides

Julia Ganz, PhD

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

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

Marcia N. Gordon, PhD

Professor, Translational Neuroscience
Grand Rapids Campus
 Grand Rapids Research Center
 616-234-2837
 Marcia.Gordon@hc.msu.edu

Innate immunity in neurodegerative diseases

Lauren J. Harris, PhD

Professor, Psychology
East Lansing Campus
 217 Psychology
 517-353-0792
 harrisl@msu.edu

Neuropsychology of motor and cognitive functions, especially handedness and face perception

Hanne M. Hoffmann, PhD

Assistant Professor, Animal Science
East Lansing Campus
 1230H Anthony Hall
 517-353-1415
 hanne@msu.edu

Behavioral neuroendocrinology and reproduction

Alex W. Johnson, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology
East Lansing Campus
205 Giltner Hall
 517-432-8446
 awj@msu.edu

Neuronal mechanisms of learning and motivation

Cynthia L. Jordan, PhD

Professor, Neuroscience Program
East Lansing Campus
 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

Florian A. Kagerer, PhD

Associate Professor, Kinesiology
East Lansing Campus
 308 W. Circle Dr. Ste 126
 517-432-9907
 fkagerer@msu.edu

Adaptive sensorimotor control in humans.

Rebecca Knickmeyer, PhD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Human Development
East Lansing Campus
 2114 Biomedical Engineering Building

Genetic and environmental influences on infant brain development, sexual differentiation of human brain, microbiome-gut-brain axis, neuroimaging

Geoffroy Laumet, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physiology
East Lansing Campus
 3184 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
 517-884-5057
 laumetge@msu.edu

Neurobiology of Chronic Pain

Gina M. Leinninger, PhD

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

Central regulation of feeding and other motivated behaviors

Weiming Li, PhD

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

Pheromone regulation of behavior and neuroendocrine olfaction, functional genomics

Wen Li, PhD

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
East Lansing Campus
 1216 Engineering
 517-353-7832
 wenli@egr.msu.edu

MEMS/NEMS, neuroprosthetic devices, micro/nano sensors and actuators, nanoelectronics, and microsystem integration and packaging technologies.

Jack W. Lipton, PhD

Professor and Chair, Translational Neuroscience
Professor, Neurology & Ophthalmology
Grand Rapids Campus
 Grand Rapids Research Center
 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

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

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

Michelle S. Mazei-Robison, PhD

Associate Professor, Physiology
East Lansing Campus
 3182 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
 517-884-5004
 mazeirob@msu.edu

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

J. Devin McAuley, PhD

Professor, Psychology
East Lansing Campus
 282B Psychology
 517-353-9069
 dmcauley@msu.edu

Auditory perception, attention, and cognition, timing and rhythm, relationship between music and language processing, computational modeling, and neuroimaging

David G. Morgan, PhD

Professor, Translational Neuroscience
Grand Rapids Campus
 Grand Rapids Research Center
 616-234-2846
 morga294@msu.edu

Alzheimer’s disease, mouse models, amyloid, tau, microglia

Jason S. Moser, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology
East Lansing Campus
 110B Psychology
 517-355-2159
 jmoser@msu.edu

Cognitive and affective neuroscience approaches to the study of self-regulation and anxiety

Antonio A. Nunez, PhD

Associate Dean, Graduate School
Professor, Psychology

East Lansing Campus
 102 Giltner Hall
 517-353-9066
 nunez@msu.edu

Circadian and seasonal rhythms, neuroendocrinology

Nigel S. Paneth, MD

Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistic
East Lansing Campus
 B218 West Fee Hall
 517-884-1876
 paneth@msu.edu

Brain damage in premature infants, prediction through ultrasound

Galit Pelled, PhD

Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Department of Radiology
East Lansing Campus
 2S Biomedical Engineering Building

Neuromodulation, Neuroimaging of cortical function, Post-injury plasticity, Somatosensory system, Traumatic brain injury, Peripheral nerve injury, molecular probes, Optical imaging, Development of molecular-based neuromodulation technologies

Matthew B. Pontifex, PhD

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
East Lansing Campus
 126E IM Sports Circle
 517-432-5105
 pontifex@msu.edu

ERP, behavioral, and neuropsychological investigations of the relation between physical health and cognition during maturation

Rajiv Ranganathan, PhD

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Mechanical Engineering
East Lansing Campus
 203 IM Sports Circle
 517-353-6491
 rrangana@msu.edu

Learning and Coordination of movement; Multi-joint control, Movement Rehabilitation

Susan M. Ravizza, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology
East Lansing Campus
 285C Psychology
 517-432-3366
 ravizzas@msu.edu

Cognitive processes necessary to achieve goals in a constantly changing environment

A.J. Robison, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physiology
East Lansing Campus
 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

Ralf Schmälzle, PhD

Assistant Professor, Communication
East Lansing Campus
 569 Communication Arts and Sciences
 517-355-6629
 schmaelz@msu.edu

Neuroimaging of dynamic media messages; Social, cognitive, and affective neuroscience; Message processing and audience response to messages

Cheryl L. Sisk, PhD

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

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

Laura Smale, PhD

Professor, Integrative Biology, Psychology
East Lansing Campus
 222 Giltner Hall
 517-432-1632
 smale@msu.edu

Neural mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms in nocturnal and diurnal animals

Kathy Steece-Collier, PhD

Professor, Translational Neuroscience
Grand Rapids Campus
 Grand Rapids Research Center
 616-234-0969
 collie68@msu.edu

Brain plasticity in neurodegenerative disease models

Alexa H. Veenema, PhD

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

Neurobiology of social behavior

Donna H. Wang, MD

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

Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying salt sensitive hypertension

Hongbing Wang, PhD

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

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

Juyang (John) Weng, PhD

Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
East Lansing Campus
 3144 Engineering
 517-353-4388
 weng@msu.edu

Computational modeling of nervous systems, mental architectures, neural networks, development, and learning

Lily Yan, MD, PhD

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

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