Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Neuroscience  

Research


Neuroscience

Neuroscience encompasses the study of the nervous system. At Cornell, scientists use many different model organisms to study a wide variety of questions in neuroscience. For example: What are the genes that determine how the brain develops? What are the signaling molecules and channels that determine how neurons within the brain communicate with one another? How does the brain interpret sensory signals from the periphery? How does the brain control muscle movements and organ function? And how does the brain react to changes in an organism's environment? At Cornell, scientists use molecular, cellular, and organismal approaches to study these and other questions in order to understand how the nervous system is able to accomplish its many functions. 

Faculty research area(s) Graduate Field Membership (Biological & Biomedical Sciences Fields in bold)
Gregory M. Acland
Gregory M. Acland
canine hereditary disorders of the eye Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Klaus W. Beyenbach
Klaus W. Beyenbach
mechanism and regulation of electrolyte transport across epithelia, from genotype to genotype Comparative Biomedical Sciences;
Molecular & Integrative Physiology;
Environmental Toxicology
Richard A. Cerione
Richard A. Cerione
signal transduction growth factor receptors; protein structure; drug design and chemical biology; signaling cues that direct cell proliferation, differentiation and development Comparative Biomedical Sciences;
Pharmacology;
Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology; Chemistry & Chemical Biology;
Biophysics
chappie
Josh Chappie

Structural biology, biophysics, protein biochemistry, bacterial pathogenesis and defense systems, infection/agent, intracellular trafficking, nucleotide-driven molecular machines, molecular membrane remodeling, protein-nucleic acid interactions

Pharmacology;
Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology; Biophysics

 

cheetham
Jonathan Cheetham
Regenerative Medicine; Peripheral Nerve Injury and Repair; Laryngeal Function. Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Ruth Collins
Ruth Collins
pharmacology; cancer cell biology; small GTPase regulation of intracellular traffic and cellular growth control Comparative Biomedical Sciences;
Microbiology;
Pharmacology
;
Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology;
Genomics;
Neurobiology & Behavior
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Bethany Cummings
Obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes pathogenesis and treatment; Development and study of rodent models of bariatric surgery

Comparative Biomedical Sciences;                  Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Robin L. Davisson
Robin L. Davisson
molecular mechanisms of determining normal cardiovascular function and pathogenesis of certain cardiovascular diseases; central neural control of blood pressure and autonomic function; molecular determinants of cardiac disease; molecular pathophysiology of preeclampsia Molecular & Integrative Physiology;
Pharmacology;
Environmental Toxicology
David Deitcher
David Deitcher
molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release; molecular neurobiology and neurogenetics; mechanisms of neurotransmitter and neuropeptide release; synaptic development Genetics, Genomics and Development;
Neurobiology & Behavior
Matthew DeLisa
Matthew DeLisa
molecular biotechnology; protein biogenesis and folding pathways; protein engineering Comparative Biomedical Sciences;
Microbiology;
Biomedical Engineering;
Chemical Engineering
Norm G. Ducharme
Norm G. Ducharme
equine sports medicine; upper respiratory tract Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Joseph Fetcho
Joseph Fetcho
motor control with a focus on hindbrain and spinal cord; optical and genetic approaches for studying neuronal structure and function; regeneration Pharmacology;
Neurobiology & Behavior
Ron Harris-Warrick
Ron Harris-Warrick
neurobiology and behavior; neuromodulation of neural networks in lobster and mouse spinal cord; molecular manipulation of ion channels in neurons Cognitive Science;
Neurobiology & Behavior
Toshi Kawate
Toshi Kawate
structures and mechanisms of membrane proteins that regulate extracellular signaling Pharmacology
libert
Sergiy Libert
Mice; molecular biology of aging, age-associated diseases, cancer, neurodegeneration; anorexia, energy metabolism

Comparative Biomedical Sciences;
Molecular & Integrative Physiology

David Lin
David Lin
axon guidance and target selection during development of mouse olfactory systems using genetics in vitro and genomic approaches; developmental biology; olfaction; axon guidance Comparative Biomedical Sciences;
Molecular & Integrative Physiology;
Pharmacology;
Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology;
Genetics, Genomics and Development;
Genomics;
Neurobiology & Behavior
Manfred Lindau
Manfred Lindau
cellular and molecular biophysics; mechanisms of exocytosis and endocystosis in cell biology; electrochemistry; membrane fusion; fluorescence microscopy; image processing Pharmacology;
Applied Physics;
Biomedical Engineering;
Biophysics;
Neurobiology & Behavior
Linder
Maurine Linder
regulation of cell signaling by protein lipidation Pharmacology
Ellis Loew
Ellis Loew
physiology of vision; sensory biophysics; sensory ecology and nutritional ophthalmology Molecular & Integrative Physiology;
Neurobiology & Behavior
Linda Nowak
Linda Nowak
neurosciences; cellular physiology; receptor pharmacology; membrane biophysics Comparative Biomedical Sciences;
Molecular & Integrative Physiology;
Pharmacology;
Neurobiology & Behavior
Kimberly O'Brien
Kimberly O'Brien
calcium metabolism and bone health; control of maternal/fetal nutrient; partitioning and cellular mineral transport; micronutrient status in international settings; development of mass spectrometric methodology; pediatric bone health; pregnancy and mineral metabolism in adolescents Molecular & Integrative Physiology;
Nutrition
Robert E. Oswald
Robert E. Oswald
ion channel receptor/ligand interactions; NMR and molecular dynamics; molecular neurobiology and biophysics; neurotransmitter receptors and signal transduction Comparative Biomedical Sciences;
Pharmacology;
Biophysics;
Neurobiology & Behavior
Chris B. Schaffer
Chris B. Schaffer
advanced optical techniques used to observe and manipulate in vivo biological systems with the goal of developing microscopic scale understanding of normal and disease-state physiological processes Molecular & Integrative Physiology;
Biomedical Engineering;
Neurobiology & Behavior
Carolyn Sevier
Carolyn Sevier
signalling of cellular oxidative stress; molecular mechanisms used by cellular pathways that sense and signal redox imbalances within the cell Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Pharmacology
Holger Sondermann
Holger Sondermann
structural biology; cell signaling; biochemistry; biophysics Pharmacology;
Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology;
Biophysics
Gary R. Whittaker
Gary R. Whittaker

Pathogenesis of influenza viruses, coronaviruses and arenaviruses. Host range and receptors, activation of membrane fusion, macrophage- and neuro-tropism, anti-viral therapeutics, diagnostic tests, virus-bacteria co-infections

Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Immunology & Infectious Disease; Microbiology; Pharmacology; Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology