Neuroscience Departmental Faculty

Comprehending the full function of the brain, in health and disease, requires the understanding of sub-cellular processes in single neurons, signal integration by the brain and cognitive function. Neuroscience faculty members are tackling many of the cutting edge questions in neuroscience through the integration of multiple disciplines, different model systems and a broad spectrum of technologies. The Integrative Biology Ph.D. Program of FAU has teamed up with the Max Planck Florida Institute (MPFI) to create a Program in Integrative Biology and Neuroscience (IBNS). The IBNS program is a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Neuroscience offering a broad range of training by faculty members and practical workshops in advanced methods offered by staff of excellent core facilities. The Department also offers Masters degrees. The Department of Biological Sciences, in a joint program with FAU’s Department of Psychology, also offers a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior. Research opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students are offered with select faculty from MPFI, FAU and Scripps Florida


NameArea of Emphasis
Claiborne, Brenda J.Neuronal development in human hippocampal formation and learning in aged individuals
Dawson-Scully, Ken Neurobiology of cellular stress and neuroprotection using live cell imaging, electrophysiology and behavior genetics
Godenschwege, TanjaMolecular and cellular neuroscience, neurodevelopment, cellular basis of neurological disorders and drug discovery
Jia, KailiangMolecular regulation of aging
Keene, AlexNeurogenetics and the evolution of behavior
Macleod, GregMitochondrial support of neurotransmission, pH influences on synaptic plasticity, neurotransmission and aging
Milton, Sarah L.Vertebrate anoxia tolerance, marine turtle physiology
Murphey, RodDevelopment and degeneration of synapses

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