PROGRAM FACULTY

The following faculty are recruiting students for fall 2021. If interested in a particular faculty member, please contact them directly. Thank you.

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Deborah Barany

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and AU/UGA Medical Partnership

Research Interests: Neural mechanisms of goal-directed movement, functional neuroimaging, non-invasive brain stimulation, neurorehabilitation

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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

Daichi Kamiyama

Assistant Professor, Cellular Biology

Research Interests: Identifying principles of neural circuit assembly

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Lohitash Karumbaiah

Associate Professor of Regenerative Medicine, Regenerative Bioscience Center, Animal and 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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Luke Mortensen

Assistant Professor, Regenerative Medicine and Engineering

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

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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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Emily Noble

Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition, College of Family and Consumer Science

Research Interests: Using animal models to investigate how the brain controls feeding behavior and energy balance and the mechanisms by which diet and exercise affect the brain and cognitive function

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Lisa Renzi-Hammond

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Behavior, Institute of Gerontology; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Research Interests: Aging, nutrition, cognitive function, brain health, sensory function, cognitive training, lifespan development

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Rachel Roberts-Galbraith

Assistant Professor, Cellular Biology

Research Interests: Animal models of neural regeneration, neural diversity, glial biology, stem cell biology, and animal behavior

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Franklin D. West

Associate Professor, Regenerative Bioscience Center, Animal & Dairy Science

Research Interests: Regenerative therapies to treat stroke and TBI, development of induced pluripotent stem cell derived neural stem cells (iNSCs) and extracellular vesicles as novel multimodal neuroprotective and regenerative therapeutics

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Jing Xu

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Research Interests: Understanding how humans learn complex motor skills, how skills are maintained across age, and how to restore them after neuromuscular injuries; identifying behavioral, cognitive, and neural components essential for hand dexterous function; deriving learning and control principles that support the acquisition and production of dexterous movement; exploring factors that influence rehabilitation; long-term goal is designing effective therapies to help patients regain their motor skills

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Yao Yao

Assistant Professor, Animal & Dairy Science

Research Interests: In vivo delivery shuttle for genome engineering in biomedicine and agriculture; gene regulation, neuromuscular dystrophy, neurodegenerative disease, gene therapy and drug target screen

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Yao Yao

Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

Research Interests: Using conditional knockout technique to study the functions of laminin in blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity under both physiological and pathological conditions (using stroke and Alzheimer’s disease as disease models), generating novel tools to manipulate BBB permeability to aid CNS drug delivery, developing innovative therapies for stroke and Alzheimer’s disease

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Nadja Zeltner

Associate 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