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Integrative Neuroscience

Research Includes

  • Addiction
  • Aggresome
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Amyloid
  • Amyloid Plaques
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Axonal Growth
  • Axonal Transport
  • Behavior
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Central Nervous System
  • Dopamine
  • Drug Abuse
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Ingestive Behavior
  • Lewy Bodies
  • Mental Illness
  • Mitochondria
  • Molecular Neuropharmacology
  • Molecular Psychiatry
  • Neural Development
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Neurofibrillary Tangles
  • Neurofilament
  • Neuron-glia Interactions
  • Neurons
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripherin
  • Pharmacology
  • Protein Aggregation
  • Regulatory Behavior
  • Sensory System Neurobiology (emphasis on the auditory and vestibular systems)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Substantia Nigra
  • Superoxide Dismutase
  • Synuclein
  • Tyrosine Hydroxlase

  • Training Group Mission

    Neuroscience is a truly integrative discipline as evidenced by the fact that faculty in this program are drawn from approximately 10 departments representing 5 schools at Purdue University. Both the breadth and depth of the research programs among the Purdue faculty span the nervous systems of diverse species, e.g. fruit flies, zebra fish, mice, rats, and humans. Further, the research approach among these systems spans the molecular, cellular, physiological, and behavioral levels of analysis. Students enter the program from diverse undergraduate majors, with equally diverse research interests, and consequently receive training across the levels of analysis required to effectively understand the nervous system and its function. One of the special aspects of the Neuroscience Program is that the participating faculty are drawn from departments and schools within Purdue University not typically associated with training in the life sciences. This inherent diversity in the problem areas and technical approaches taken will offer students from other training programs within PULSe this broad perspective in a way that is relevant to their own disciplines and research.

    Faculty Membership

    Faculty Research Area
    Aguilar, Ruben C Protein trafficking and membrane transport in relation to the processes of cell polarity establishment and carcinogenic transformation
    Andrisani, Ourania Mechanism(s) of liver cancer pathogenesis by the Hepatitis B Virus X protein. Signal transduction networks in neuronal development and cancer pathogenesis.
    Barker, Eric L. Molecular pharmacology of antidepressant- and cocaine-sensitive serotonin transporters; endogenous cannabinoid transport
    Bartlett, Edward L. Central auditory neurophysiology and neuroanatomy at the systems and cellular levels
    Brewster, Amy Behavorial Neuroscience
    Cannon, Jason Neurodegeneration, neurotoxicology, Parkinson's disease
    Cheng, Heng-Wei Area of Expertise: Animal Behavior and Well-Being
    Chester, Julia A. Identification of genetic, neurobiological, and environmental factors that contribute to alcohol drinking and the development of alcoholism
    Clemens, Jim Molecular mechanisms of neuron connection specificity
    Culurciello, Eugenio Biomedical instrumentation
    Drenan, Ryan Molecular Pharmacology and Neurobiology of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors
    Fekete, Donna M. Inner ear development using zebrafish and chicken embryo animal models.
    Fox, Edward A. Sensory component of the vagus nerve; development and role in regulation of food intake and body weight
    Francis, Gregory Neural network models of human behavior, human-computer interactions, cognitive psychology
    Freeman, Jennifer L. Environmental and molecular toxicology, genomics, and cytogenetics
    Heinz, Michael Neural coding in normal and impaired auditory systems
    Hélie, Sebastien Computational cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, neuroimaging
    Hockerman, Gregory Molecular pharmacology
    Hollenbeck, Peter J. Intracellular organelle transport in neurons
    Huber, Jessica E. Speech motor control in both normal individuals and individuals with motor speech disorders
    Kinzig, Kimberly P. Neural and endocrine factors involved in the control of food intake and regulation of energy balance
    Kluender, Keith Perception of complex sounds, auditory learning
    Krishnan, Ananthanarayan Auditory physiology
    Leung, Yuk Fai Disease-causing gene network and novel therapies for retinal degeneration
    Liu, Zhongming Magnetic resonance imaging
    Lucas, Jeffrey R. Use of optimality models in behavioral ecology; energy regulation and communication in birds and mammals
    Otto, Kevin J. Neuroprostheses, systems neuroscience, and neurotechnologies
    Powley, Terry L. Identification and mapping of the neural circuitry controlling feeding and drinking
    Ready, Donald F. Cellular, molecular, and genetic studies of Drosophila retinal development
    Rickus, Jenna L. NeuroEngineering / Cellular Neurobiology
    Rochet, Jean-Christophe (Chris) Protein misassembly diseases
    Rossie, Sandra S. Signal transduction and protein Ser/Thr phosphatases
    Sangha, Susan Behavioral Neuroscience
    Shah, Kavita Identification of the substrates of protein kinases, interplay between kinases and the activation and recruitment of downstream effector proteins
    Shi, Riyi Cellular and molecular underlying mechanism of nerve damage and recovery
    Smith, Anne Neurophysiological bases of speech production
    Strickland, Elizabeth A. Psychoacoustics, auditory perception by normal and hearing impaired listeners
    Suter, Daniel M. Neuronal growth cone motility and guidance, cell adhesion and migration, cytoskeletal dynamics, signal transduction, nervous system development
    Swithers, Susan E. Development of controls of ingestive behavior in rats
    Van Rijn, Richard M. G-protein coupled receptor pharmacology of addiction and neurological disorders
    Watts, Val J. Signaling of G protein-coupled receptors with an emphasis on dopamine receptors and adenylate cyclases
    Weber-Fox , Christine Event-related brain potential (ERP) and behavioral measures to characterize the neural subsystems for language processing
    Zelaznik, Howard N. Theoretical issues in movement coordination and movement timing
    Zheng, Wei Blood-brain barrier and neurotoxicology of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinsonian disorders

    Student Membership