Development, Plasticity, and Repair

The faculty in this area focus on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that pattern the nervous system during development. Many complex processes are involved in the differentiation of specific neuronal and glial cell types and the formation of axon pathways and neural connections. In Neuroscience Training Program, students use cutting edge genetic techniques in model systems such as Drosophila, zebrafish, and mice to understand how individual molecules function in a variety of processes important for neural development. One main focus of investigation is understanding the mechanisms of neuronal and glial differentiation. Faculty are exploring questions such as how cell lineage is determined, how cells choose neuronal or glial fates, and what determines the type of neurotransmitter synthesized. Another strong concentration is the analysis of axon pathfinding mechanisms with live imaging of growing axons either in vivo or in cell cultures. Other faculty are investigating mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus and in the neural control of respiration. The Program also has a major strength in high-profile stem cell research. These investigators are pioneering methods of growing and controlling the differentiation of embryonic and neural stem cells; work that is crucial both for understanding normal neuronal differentiation mechanisms, and to replace neurons and restore circuits after brain injury or disease.

Randolph Ashton

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

(608) 316-4312

Tracy L. Baker

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

(608) 890-2964

Anita Bhattacharyya

Assistant Professor, Cell and Regenerative Biology

(608) 265-6142

Seth S. Blair

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology

(608) 262-1345

Michael Cahill

Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

Robert Dempsey

Manucher J. Javid Professor; Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery; Director, Multidisciplinary Stroke Program

(608) 263-1410

Erik W. Dent

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 265-7884

Timothy M. Gomez

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 263-4554

Mary C. Halloran

Professor, Departments of Integrative Biology & Neuroscience

(608) 263-7875

Zhen Huang

Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology & Neuroscience

(608) 263-2469

Robert J Lipinski

Assistant Professor of Veterinary Developmental Anatomy

(608) 265-4043

Ruth Litovsky

Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

(608) 262-5045

Darcie L. Moore

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 265-7836

Vivek Prabhakaran

Associate Professor, Department of Radiology

(608) 265-5269

Subhojit Roy

Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Pathology

(608) 263-1227

Jayshree Samanta

Assistant Professor of Comparative Biosciences

(608) 262-4686

Eric Shusta

Howard Curler Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

(608) 265-5103

Michael Taylor

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy

(608) 262-1939

Ei Terasawa

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

(608) 263-3579

Raghu Vemuganti

Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

(608) 263-4055

Xinyu Zhao

Jenni and Kyle Professor, Waisman Center, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 263-9906