Dissertation Training Faculty

The following research faculty are interested in accepting new graduate students: 

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

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.

Andrew R. Bender, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Assistant Professor, Neurology and Ophthalmology
East Lansing Campus
 637 West Fee Hall
 517-884-7606
 bender@epi.msu.edu

Cognitive neuroscience of aging and lifespan development.

Alison I. Bernstein, PhD

Assistant Professor, Translational Neuroscience
Grand Rapids Campus
 Grand Rapids Research Center
 616-234-0957
 alison.bernstein@hc.msu.edu

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

Daniel B. Campbell, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development; College of Human Medicine
Grand Rapids Campus
 Grand Rapids Research Center
 616-234-2839
 Daniel.Campbell@hc.msu.edu

Cerebral cortex development: (e.g., neural development of sensory systems)

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

Scott E. Counts, PhD

Associate Professor, Translational Neuroscience
Grand Rapids Campus
 Grand Rapids Research Center
 616-234-0997
 scott.counts@hc.msu.edu

Molecular pathogenic mechanisms of selective neuronal vulnerability in AD

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

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

James J. Galligan, PhD

Neuroscience Program Director
Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology

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

Neurophysiology and pharmacology of autonomic nerves

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

Brian D. Gulbransen, PhD

MSU Foundation Professor
Associate Professor, Neuroscience & Physiology

East Lansing Campus
 3081 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
 517-884-5121
 gulbrans@msu.edu

Role of glia in neuroinflammation in the intestine

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
 27Q IM Sports Circle
 517-432-9907
 fkagerer@msu.edu

Adaptive sensorimotor control in humans.

Nicholas M. Kanaan, PhD

Associate Professor, Translational Neuroscience
Grand Rapids Campus
 Grand Rapids Research Center
 616-234-0956
 nicholas.kanaan@hc.msu.edu

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

Rebecca Knickmeyer, PhD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Human Development
East Lansing Campus
 2114 Bioengineering Facility
 517-884-1876
 knickmey@msu.edu

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

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

Dar Meshi, PhD

Assistant Professor, Advertising and Public Relations
East Lansing Campus
 324 Communication Arts and Sciences
 517-355-1282
 darmeshi@msu.edu

Neural processing of social information, social media use, decision making, social influence.

Galit Pelled, PhD

Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Department of Radiology
East Lansing Campus
 2114 Bioengineering Facility
 517-884-1876
 paneth@msu.edu

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

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

Debajit Saha, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
East Lansing Campus
 2115 Bioengineering Facility
 517-355-4169
 sahadeb3@msu.edu

Neural engineering and brain-computer interface (BCI)

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

Caryl E. Sortwell, PhD

Professor, Translational Neuroscience
Grand Rapids Campus
 Grand Rapids Research Center
 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

Katy N Thakkar, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology
East Lansing Campus
 110C Psychology
 517-884-8489
 kthakkar@msu.edu

Cognitive and biological mechanisms of illness in schizophrenia

Barbara L. Thompson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Human Development
Grand Lansing Campus
 Secchia Center
 616-234-2759
 barbara.thompson@hc.msu.edu

Social Play in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder

Alexa H. Veenema, PhD

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

Neurobiology of social behavior

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

Michael R. Williams, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Human Development
Grand Rapids Campus
 Grand Rapids Research Center
 616-234-2845
 will3434@msu.edu

The role of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) candidate genes in neuronal development