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Andrew Bass Andrew Bass

Neurobiology and Behavior
Animal communication; evolution of vertebrate nervous system; hormones, brains, and behavior; comparative neuroanatomy; sexual differentiation of the brain; hormonal control of development, teleost fish

Nicolas Buchon Nicolas Buchon

Entomology
We study host microbe interactions (immunology, microbiology), as well as intestinal physiology. We focus on how gut microbes (either invading pathogens or the indigenous gut microbiota) alter stem cell behavior in the gut.

Jonathan Cheetham Jonathan Cheetham

Clinical Sciences
Peripheral nerve repair. Specifically, understanding the relationship between the immune response to nerve injury and recovery and modulating the immune response to improve functional outcome after injury. Restoring laryngeal function in humans, dogs and horses using regenerative medicine techniques combined with reinnervation.

Morten Christiansen Morten Christiansen

Psychology / Cognitive Science
Our research focuses on the interaction of biological and environmental constraints in the evolution, acquisition and processing of language. We employ a variety of methodologies, including computational modeling, corpus analyses, artificial language learning, psycholinguistic experiments, and neuroimaging.

Thomas Cleland Thomas Cleland

Psychology
Olfactory perception as a complex system; coordinating behavioral; physiological, pharmacological, and computational studies of sensory sampling; learning and memory; biological neural networks.

Itai Cohen Itai Cohen

Physics
We are working to elucidate the neural circuits governing flight stability in Drosophila.

Robin Dando Robin Dando

Food Science
The mammalian taste system consists of many complex interactions which take a simple receptor activation at the taste bud, to a rich and emotional response such as that elicited by our favorite foods. As yet little is known about the true nature or depth of these interactions.

David Deitcher David Deitcher

Neurobiology and Behavior
My lab examines the genetic and molecular basis of epilepsy using Drosophila as a model system.  In addition, we also probe the trafficking of neuropeptides using genetics, RNAi, and imaging.

Timothy DeVoogd Timothy DeVoogd

Psychology
Animal communication; neuroanatomical plasticity, quantitative neurobiology; neurobiology of avian caching; hormonal influences on brain structure; avian song system, neural basis for female song discrimination, interplay between the hippocampus and other brain areas in spatial memory, evolution of these behaviors

Joseph Fetcho Joseph Fetcho

Neurobiology and Behavior
Our lab studies how movements are produced by the brain and spinal cord of vertebrates. We use zebrafish as a model system because they allow us to combine genetic and optical methods with more conventional physiological approaches to study the neural circuits.

Cole Gilbert

Entomology
The current project focusses on laboratory behavior and physiology of a predatory bug that paralyses its insect prey by injecting neurotoxic saliva.

Michael Goldstein Michael Goldstein

Psychology
We study the development and evolution of communication and social learning. The lab takes a comparative approach, investigating vocal communication and social development in human infants and songbirds. Our studies span neural, endocrine, behavioral, and social levels of organization.

Chun Han Chun Han

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We are interested in understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of dendrite morphogenesis and dendrite degeneration, especially from the perspective of dendrite-environment interaction. Dendrite morphogenesis is a fundamental aspect of neural development and lies at the foundation of neural circuit formation.

Ronald Harris-Warrick Ronald Harris-Warrick

Neurobiology and Behavior
Roles of identified neurons in behavioral neural networks. Roles of ionic currents in shaping intrinsic properties of neurons. Consequences of spinal cord injury for locomotor-related interneurons in the mouse spinal cord.

Carl D. Hopkins Carl Hopkins

Neurobiology and Behavior AND CornellUniv.Museum of Vertebrates
The goal of this research is to publish formal taxonomic descriptions of 15 new species of electric fishes (Mormyridae, Actinopterygii) from Lower Guinea in West-Central Africa based on preserved specimens in the collections at the CUMV (Cornell Univ.

Ronald Hoy Ronald Hoy

Neurobiology and Behavior
Animal communication; behavior genetics of inbertebrates; regeneration and development in invertebrate nervous systems. Categorical perception of sound frequency by crickets.

Fenghua Hu Fenghua Hu

Molecular Biology and Genetics / Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration

Toshi Kawate Toshi Kawate

Molecular Medicine
Architecture and molecular mechanisms of membrane proteins that mediate extracellular signaling. Students will be doing an assortment of tasks, from making reagents to carrying out their own projects, depending on their analytical skills and class loads.

Christiane Linster Christiane Linster

Neurobiology and Behavior
Neuromodulation, computation, olfaction, behavioral neuroscience.

Motoko Mukai Motoko Mukai

Food Science
Research in my laboratory focuses on studying the effects of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) on human and animal health using zebrafish as a model organism. EDCs are chemical compounds, which bind to and/or modulate the endocrine system and can cause abnormalities in behavior, cognition, reproduction, development and metabolism.

Linda Nowak Linda Nowak

Molecular Medicine / Neuropharmacology
Members of my laboratory study GluA, GluK and GluN glutamate receptors using a combination of biochemical and electrophysiology techniques.

Alexander Ophir Alexander Ophir

Psychology
Proximate & ultimate influences on social behavior: including individual variation in genes, brain and behavior; monogamy and social attachment; alternative reproductive tactics; parental care; early life social influence on development; social & spatial memory; mate choice; animal communication.

Robert Oswald Robert Oswald

Vet Molecular Medicine
Molecular neurobiology and biophysics; neurotransmitter receptors and signal transduction.

Ned Place Ned Place

Vet Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Female reproduction aging, endocrinology, life history trade-offs.

Shu-Bing Qian Shu-Bing Qian

Nutritional Sciences
Most of the research work in Dr. Qian's laboratory is broadly interdisciplinary, with a primary emphasis on the nutrient signaling pathway, stress response, protein synthesis, and their implications in human diseases.

Robert Raguso Robert Raguso

Neurobiology and Behavior
Chemical ecology, pollination biology, signal evolution, mutualism, multimodal communication, mimicry theory, convergent evolution, learning, sensory ecology, olfactory physiology, plant volatile biosynthesis: plant behavior!

Valerie Reyna Valerie Reyna

Human Development
Judgement and Decision Making; Risk and Rationality, Memory

Chris Schaffer Chris Schaffer

Biomedical Engineering
My lab develops and uses advanced optical techniques to observe and manipulate in vivo biological systems, with the goal of constructing a microscopic-scale understanding of normal and disease-state physiological processes in the central nervous system.

Jeff Scott Jeff Scott

Entomology
Our research is characterized by the five major areas: Insecticide resistance and evolutionary biology. Insect genetics and molecular biology are active areas of research in our laboratory. Insecticide toxicology and metabolism studies. Studies have involved neurophysiological investigations into insecticide action.

Paul Soloway Paul Soloway

Biomedical Sciences and Nutritional Sciences
Chromatin in the nucleus of cells consists of the DNA, and proteins intimately associated with the DNA. The proteins are primarily histones that are assembled into nucleosomes. Both the DNA and histones are chemically modified, and nucleosome positioning is highly regulated.

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