PROGRAM FACULTY

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Michael Bartlett

Georgia Athletic Association Professor, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

Research Interests: ADME of drugs and environmental toxicants, impact of compounds on memory, cognition, and neuropathic pain; oligonucleotide therapeutics and biomarkers

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Steven Beach

Distinguished Research Professor, Psychology; Co-Director, Center for Family Research

Research Interests: Epigenetics, marital and family processes, marital discord, depression and anxiety in close relationships, self-processes in relationships

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Mark Brown

Professor, Entomology

Research Interests: Neuro-endocrinology of development, reproduction, and metabolism in insects; evolution of peptide hormone structure and function

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Abigail Butcher

Graduate Programs Administrator

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Haini N Cai

Assistant Professor, Cellular Biology

Research Interests: Nuclear and genome organization, chromatin structure and function, gene regulation in Drosophila development

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Jarrod Call

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology (Exercise Science Programs)

Research Interests: Skeletal muscle physiology, mitochondrial physiology, regenerative medicine, muscle electrophysiology

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Paige Carmichael

Professor, Pathology

Research Interests: Inherited diseases, general pathology, ophthalmic pathology, digestive pathology, integumentary pathology

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Brett Clementz

Professor, Psychology; Director of the Bio-Imaging Research Center (BIRC)

Research Interests: Structural, functional & genetic abnormalities in schizophrenia

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Julie Coffield

Associate Professor, Toxicology

Research Interests: Toxicology, neurotoxicology, cellular mechanisms of Botulinum neurotoxins

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Brian Condie

Associate Professor, Genetics

Research Interests: Genetic analysis of mouse pharyngeal development and the development of new tools for chromosome engineering

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Brian Cummings

Professor, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences; Professor and Director, Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program

Research Interests: Molecular toxicology, cell signaling, prostate cancer, anti-cancer, kidney

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Krzysztof Czaja

Associate Professor, Veterinary Biosciences & Diagnostic Imaging

Research Interests: See website

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Harry Dailey

Emeritus; former Director of Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute

Research Interests: Disease mechanisms, medical biochemistry, infectious disease enzymology, metoalloenzyme chemistry, structural biology, physical biochemistry

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Steve Dalton

Professor, Cellular Biology; GRA Eminent Scholar of Molecular Cell Biology

Research Interests: Stem cell biology, development of cell therapies for type 1 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, pluripotent stem cells in early development and induced pluripotent stem cells, cell reprogramming

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Claire de La Serre

Assistant Professor, Foods and Nutrition

Research Interests: Pathways by which diet composition affects energy balance, influence of energy-dense diets on gut microbiota composition, gastrointestinal (GI) functions and inflammation, how changes in microbiota composition can affect gut-brain signaling to promote overeating

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Rodney K. Dishman

Professor, Kinesiology

Research Interests: see website

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Gaylen L. Edwards

Department Head, Physiology & PharmacologyGeorgia Athletic Association Professorship in Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Neural processing of abdominal sensory information, control of ingestive behavior and autonomic function

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Jonathan Eggenschwiler

Associate Professor, Genetics

Research Interests: Mechanisms controlling tissue patterning during mammalian embryonic development

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Adviye Ergul

Regents’ Professor, Physiology; Co-Director Physiology Graduate Program
Augusta University

Research Interests: see website

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Susan Fagan

Distinguished Research Professor, Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy; Assistant Dean, Augusta University Program

Research Interests: Stroke, experimental therapeutics, angiotensin modulation, recovery, angiogenesis, vascular protection

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Nikolay (Nick) M. Filipov

Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology

Research Interests: Neurotoxicology, neuroimmunology, communication of the nervous and immune systems in health and disease, basal ganglia disorders

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Dorothy Munkenbeck Fragaszy

Professor, Psychology; Director of the Primate Behavior Laboratory

Research Interests: Flexible instrumental behavior (problem-solving), perception, manipulation, and skill learning in primates (capuchin monkeys), the developmental bases of flexible behavior, and the contribution of social learning and social context to the expression of flexible behavior

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James Franklin

Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

Research Interests: Mechanisms underlying neuronal apoptosis with a focus on the basic cellular mechanism by which mitochondria contribute to this type of neuronal death, as well as the role of mitochondria in Alzheimer’s disease, drug discovery for treatment of filaria infections in humans, animals and plants

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Zhen Fu

Professor, Veterinary Pathology; Veterinary Virologist

Research Interests: Neuropathogenesis of rabies, functional genomics and proteomics, development of anti-viral vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, and agents, regulation of rabies virus transcription and replication

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Silvia Giraudo

Associate Professor, Foods and Nutrition

Research Interests: Childhood obesity intervention, nutrition

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Adam Goodie

Professor, Neuroscience

Research Interests: Judgment and decision making, especially the role of control in decision making, Bayesian updating, and cognitive contributors to problem gambling.

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Tai Guo

Professor, Veterinary Biosciences & Diagnostic Imaging

Research Interests: Toxicology of nanobiomaterials and endocrine disruptors, mechanisms of diabetes and asthma, probiotics, microbiome and immunotoxicology

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Brian Haas

Associate Professor, Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program, Neuroscience Program

Research Interests: Individual differences in social and affective functioning in humans by using a multi-modal approach

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Billy Hammond

Professor, Neuroscience

Research Interests: human visual system

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Robert S. Haltiwanger

Professor; GRA Eminent Scholar in Biomedical Glycosciences
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Research Interests: Role of glycosylation in regulating Notch signaling, assisting protein folding, and development

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Phil Holmes

Professor, Behavior and Brain Science Program (Psychology); Neuroscience Program Chair; Medical Partnership Faculty

Research Interests: Behavioral neuropharmacology, neuropeptides and trophic factors, plasticity, stress, depression, and addiction

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Shelley Hooks

Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

Research Interests: G-protein coupled receptors, molecular pharmacology, signal transduction, ovarian cancer, neural stem cells

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Jayani Jayawardhana

Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy

Research Interests: Health economics, health policy, pharmaceutical economics, industrial organization

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Daichi Kamiyama

Assistant Professor, Cellular Biology

Research Interests: Identifying principles of neural circuit assembly

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Lohitash Karumbaiah

Assistant Professor, Animal & Dairy Science

Research Interests: Defects in carbohydrate biosynthesis and alterations in carbohydrate composition, development of new carbohydrate-based biomaterials for spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and neural interfacing applications

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Marc Kent

Professor, Neurology & Neurosurgery

Research Interests: see website

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Williams Kisaalita

Professor, Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Tissue engineering, cell-surface interactions, assays for high throughput screening (HTS), renewable energy utilization with emphasis on biogas-powered cooling, global service learning

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Peter Kner

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Improving imaging at the nanoscale in biomedicine and engineering; optics and biophotonics

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James Lauderdale

Associate Professor, Cellular Biology; Graduate Coordinator, Neuroscience

Research Interests: Cells and disease, cells in development

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Nicole Lazar

Professor, Statistics

Research Interests: Likelihood theory (with an emphasis on empirical likelihood), applications in social and behavioral science, model selection and interpretation, the history of statistics, analysis of functional neuroimaging data, the role of statistics in society

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Rebecca Marshall 

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education

Research Interests: Aphasia, attention, meditation, cognition, and integrative medicine

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Jennifer McDowell

Professor & Chair, Behavior and Brain Science Program (Psychology); BioImaging Research Center

Research Interests: Schizophrenia, psychosis, cognitive control, plasticity, saccades, ocular motor system, exercise, f/MRI, DTI

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Richard Meagher

Distinguished Research Professor, Genetics

Research Interests: Molecular genetics and evolution of Arabidopsis gene expression, engineering plants for phytoremediation of ionic- and methyl-mercury

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L. Stephen Miller

Professor & Director of Bio-imaging Research Center, Neuroscience

Research Interests: Aspects of working memory, executive function,
and older adult cognition using structural and functional neuroimaging and neuropsychological tools

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Jae-Kyung Lee

Assistant Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology

Research Interests: Determining key molecules and their intrinsic mechanisms
in neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative diseases

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Dexi Liu

Panoz Professor of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Research Interests: Gene therapy, obesity, drug delivery, gene drug discovery

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Hongxiang Liu

Assistant Professor, Animal & Dairy Science

Research Interests: See website

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Tianming Liu

Distinguished Research Professor, Computer Science

Research Interests: Brain Imaging, computational neuroscience, cognitive computing, and deep neural learning

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Puliyur S. MohanKumar

Professor, Veterinary Biosciences and Diagnostic Imaging

Research Interests: Neuroendocrinology reproductive aging, stress axis and metabolic function, neuroendocrine-immune interactions, prenatal programming and its neuroendocrine consequences, neuroendocrine effects of exposure to environmentally relevant chemicals

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Sheba M.J. MohanKumar

Associate Professor, Veterinary Biosciences and Diagnostic Imaging

Research Interests: Neuroendocrine immune interactions in the context of reproduction and stress, prenatal stress and programming of obesity, environmental exposures and their impact on stress and reproduction, biomarker development for various human diseases

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Luke Mortensen

Assistant Professor, Regenerative Medicine and Engineering

Research Interests: Multiphoton microscopy, cellular therapeutics, optical imaging, Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)

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Patrick J. Oconnor

Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Research Interests: Feelings of energy and fatigue, pain, anxiety, cognition (executive function, sustained attention)

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Assaf Oshri

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science

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Simon Platt

Professor, Neurology and Neurosurgery

Research Interests: Ischemic disease of the CNS (canine stroke), canine brain tumors, epilepsy

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    Rachel Roberts-Galbraith

    Assistant Professor, Cellular Biology

    Research Interests: Regeneration using planarians as a model, central nervous system, regeneration of neurons

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    Dean Sabatinelli

    Associate Professor, Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program, Neuroscience

    Research Interests: Emotional stimulus processing, emotional perception and imagery, functional magnetic resonance imaging, dense-array electroencephalography, peripheral psychophysiological recording

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    Jesse Schank

    Assistant Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology

    Research Interests: Drug and alcohol abuse, stress and anxiety, neuropeptides, neuropharmacology

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    Walter Schmidt

    Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Integrated Life Sciences Graduate Coordinator

    Research Interests: Post-translational modifications in regards to the function of CaaX-type proteins, enzymology/metalloenzyme chemistry, cancer/signal transduction

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    Ping Shen

    Professor, Cellular Biology

    Research Interests: Cells and disease, cell development, cell structure and function

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    Tarkeshwar Singh

    Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

    Research Interests: Sensorimotor control, biomechanics, eye-tracking, robotics, electrophysiology, computational modeling

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    Heather Steet

    Associate Research Scientist, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Research Interests: Development/ stem cell biology, disease mechanisms/medical biochemistry/infectious disease, enzymology/metalloenzyme chemistry, glycobiology

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    Steve Stice

    Professor, Animal & Dairy Science; Sr. Research Scientist and Eminent Scholar

    Research Interests: Animal cloning and genetic engineering in cattle and pigs for biomedicine and agriculture, embryonic stem cells and their role in the treatment from neurodegenerative and vascular diseases

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    Gregory Strauss

    Assistant Professor, Psychology

    Research Interests: Schizophrenia, psychosis risk, anhedonia, reward, emotion, social cognition

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    Lawrence Sweet

    Gary R. Sperduto Professor, Clinical Psychology

    Research Interests: Brain-behavior relationships, neuroimaging data analysis, neuropsychological assessment

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    Michael Tiemeyer

    Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Associate Director of the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

    Research Interests: Development/stem cell biology, glycobiology

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    John Wagner 

    Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology

    Research Interests: Neurophysiology of the hippocampus, cellular mechanisms of learning & memory, neuropharmacology of drugs of abuse

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    Franklin D. West

    Associate Professor, Animal & Dairy Science

    Research Interests: Germ cell development, stem cells

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    Kojo Mensa Wilmot

    Professor, Department Head, Cellular Biology

    Research Interests: Cells in infection and immunity, cell structure and function

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    Adrian Wolstenholme

    Professor, Infectious Diseases

    Research Interests: Molecular helminthology, molecular basis of drug resistance

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    Yao Yao

    Assistant Professor

    Research Interests: Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) Integrity, stroke (hemorrhage and ischemia), neurodegeneration/neuroregeneration, laminin/basement membrane biology, stem cell therapy, muscular dystrophy, drug screening / discovery

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    Nadja Zeltner

    Assistant Professor, Member of the Center for Molecular Medicine

    Research Interests: Utilizing stem cells, hPSCs, to generate cell types affected in disorders of the peripheral nervous system

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    Qun Zhao

    Associate Professor, Physics

    Research Interests: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) physics, both experimental and computational, MR applications in biomedicine