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BRI Members

Director, Brain Research Institute: Christopher J. Evans, Ph.D. 
Associate Director for Research: J. David Jentsch, Ph.D. 
Associate Director for Education: Michael S. Levine, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Neuroscience Outreach: Ellen M. Carpenter, Ph.D.

The BRI membership consists of nearly 300 faculty members from 27 academic departments. These include members from traditional medical school departments, as well as members interested in the brain from the Schools of Engineering, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health, and the College of Letters and Science.

All members of the Institute must be members of academic departments and devote their main research effort to programs advancing the knowledge of the function and structure of the brain and its relation to behavior. The following list of BRI members attests to the broad depth and interdisciplinary nature of the Institute, its members, and their research endeavors.

· Emeritus Members
· Corresponding Members

Name Title Research Interest
Jeffry R. Alger, Ph.D. Professor of Neurology, and Radiological Sciences Magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy of neurological disorders such as brain tumor and stroke
Lori L. Altshuler, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program Mood disorders
Anne M. Andrews, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, and Chemistry & Biochemistry Role of serotonin in anxiety and mood disorders; human gene variants and serotonin transporter function; voltammetry; microdialysis; nanobiosensors
Liana G. Apostolova, M.D. Associate Professor of Neurology Neuroimaging research in Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, and other neurodegenerative disorders
Arthur P. Arnold, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology; Director, Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, Brain Research Institute Sexual differentiation of the brain, sex chromosome effects on neural development
Utpal Banerjee, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology; Professor of Biological Chemistry Developmental biology
Mark Barad, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Learning and memory; extinction of conditioned fear; mouse models of human anxiety disorders
Jorge R. Barrio, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology In-vivo probes for gene expression, dopaminergic mechanisms and Alzheimer's disease
George Bartzokis, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences Brain imaging, development and degeneration
Michele A. Basso, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences Cognitive neuroscience and movement disorders
Ulrich Batzdorf, M.D. Professor of Neurosurgery; Director of Spine Surgery Syringomyelia, Chiari malformation
Carrie E. Bearden, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Psychology Neurodevelopmental disorders; cognition, neuroimaging and genetics of mood disorders and psychosis
Marvin Bergsneider, M.D. Professor of Neurosurgery Study of cerebral metabolism following traumatic brain injury using PET, intracranial pressure modeling
Suraj P. Bhat, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Regulation of gene expression in the developing vertebrate visual system
Robert M. Bilder, Ph.D. Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Professor of Psychology Neuropsychology and neuroimaging; schizophrenia
James W. Bisley, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, and Psychology Neural mechanisms underlying visual perception, visual attention and visual memory
Gal Bitan, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurology Structural biology and rational drug design for neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer's disease
Douglas L. Black, Ph.D. Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Regulation of mRNA metabolism in mammalian cells, with an emphasis on the control of pre-mRNA splicing in neurons
H. Tad Blair, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) Neurophysiological and behavioral studies of learning, memory, and motivation
Aaron P. Blaisdell, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology Learning and behavior, animal cognition, and comparative psychology
Gene D. Block, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Integrative Biology & Physiology; Chancellor, UCLA Circadian rhythms and aging
Dean Bok, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology, and Dolly Green Professor of Ophthalmology Retinal cell biology
Susan Y. Bookheimer, Ph.D. Joaquin Fuster Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience; Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Functional magnetic resonance imaging, language, memory
Yvette M. Bordelon, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurology Movement disorders therapeutics
Anatol Bragin, Ph.D. Professional Research Neurologist Basic mechanisms of epilepsy
Joel T. Braslow, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and History; Director, Neuroscience History Archives History of 20th century American psychiatry
Nicholas C. Brecha, Ph.D. Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Department of Neurobiology; Professor of Medicine Retinal circuitry and transmitter function and expression in mediating vision
Arthur L. Brody, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Addiction; tobacco; brain imaging
Jeff M. Bronstein, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Neurology, and Molecular Toxicology; Director, UCLA Movement Disorders Program Molecular cell biology of Parkinson’s disease and tetraspan proteins in ligodendrocytes
Dean V. Buonomano, Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiology, and Psychology Neural basis of learning, and temporal processing
Samantha J. Butler, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Developmental neurogenetics; neural regeneration
Joseph Caprioli, M.D. Frances and Ray Stark Professor of Ophthalmology; Chief, Glaucoma Division, Jules Stein Eye Institute Detection of early glaucoma damage, neuroprotection as treatment for glaucoma, visual function in glaucoma, surgical outcomes
S. Thomas Carmichael, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Neurology The cellular and molecular mechanisms of neural repair, such as axonal sprouting and neurogenesis, after stroke and brain injury
Ellen M. Carpenter, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Associate Director for Outreach, Brain Research Institute; Chair, Interdepartmental Undergraduate Program for Neuroscience Genetic mechanisms of central nervous system patterning
Scott H. Chandler, Ph.D. Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology Brainstem mechanisms controlling jaw movements
Andrew C. Charles, M.D. Professor of Neurology; Director, Residency Training Program Investigation of cellular neurophysiology and neuropharmacology with imaging and electrophysiological techniques
Marie-Françoise Chesselet, M.D., Ph.D. Charles H. Markham Professor of Neurology; Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology Molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and neural repair in the basal ganglia
Francesco Chiappelli, Ph.D. Professor of Dentistry (Oral Biology & Medicine) Evidence-based research in medicine and dentistry; psychoneuroendocrine-immune interactionos (allostasis and T-cell-mediated immune surveillance)
Steven G. Clarke, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Elizabeth and Thomas Plott Chair in Gerontology Biochemistry of aging
Timothy F. Cloughesy, M.D. Professor of Neurology; Director, Neuro-Oncology Program; Co-Director, Henry Singleton Brain Cancer Research Program Human brain tumors
Mark S. Cohen, Ph.D. Professor of Neurology Development of methods and applications of brain mapping, including functional MRI and EEG applied to the study of human cognition and disease
John Colicelli, Ph.D. Professor of Biological Chemistry RAS signaling in neurobiology and cancer
Christopher S. Colwell, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Circadian rhythms, neural control of behavior
Ian A. Cook, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Neural systems approach in mood and cognitive disorders, and translational work on biomarkers of treatment response in depression
Edwin L. Cooper, Ph.D., Sc.D. Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology Evolution of neuroimmune systems
Giovanni Coppola, M.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Neurology Neurogenetics
Eain M. Cornford, Ph.D. Professor of Neurology; Chief, Neuropharmacology Laboratory, VAMC, West Los Angeles Blood-brain barrier function
Mirella Dapretto, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Neuroimaging of language and developmental disorders
Antonio A.F. De Salles, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Neurosurgery, and Radiation Oncology Functional Neurosurgery: Clinical aspects of Parkinson's disease after pallidotomy and basic research in Parkinsonism MPTP model including cell transplantation and growth factor injections in basal ganglia; Radiosurgery: Clinical research on application of radiosurgery for brain tumors, epilepsy, and chronic pain, and basic research on effects of ionizing radiation to cerebral vasculature and neuronal firing
Jean S. de Vellis, Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiology, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center Genetic and epigenetic molecular mechanisms of glial and neuronal developmental and pathophysiology from embryonic to adult central nervous system in animal models
Andrew C. Dean, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Neuropsychology of methamphetamine dependence
Antonio V. Delgado-Escueta, M.D. Professor of Neurology; Director, Epilepsy Center of Excellence, GLAVA Healthcare System Epilepsy genetics and neurobiology of human epilepsy genes
Joseph L. Demer, M.D., Ph.D. Leonard Apt Professor of Ophthalmology; Professor of Neurology Ocular motor physiology
Patricia I. Dickson, M.D. Associate Professor (in Residence) of Pediatrics Therapy for pediatric neurodegenerative diseases
Joseph J. DiStefano, III, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering Computational systems biology; biocybernetics
Bruce H. Dobkin, M.D. Professor of Neurology; Medical Director, Neurologic Rehabilitation and Research Unit Functional imaging and physiological and behavioral assessments of neurorehabilitation interventions for motor control
Lars Dreier, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Molecular mechanisms of synapse formation and function in C. elegans
V. Reggie Edgerton, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology, Neurobiology, and Neurosurgery Investigations focus on how the spinal cord controls posture and locomotion and the potential and mechanisms of the plasticity of the spinal cord and muscles following spinal cord injury
Benjamin M. Ellingson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor in Residence of Radiological Sciences Neuro-oncology neuroimaging; MR and PET physics, epilepsy, imaging biomarkers
Jerome Engel, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. Jonathan Sinay Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Neurobiology, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, UCLA Seizure Disorder Center Epilepsy
Christopher J. Evans, Ph.D. Director, Brain Research Institute; Stefan Hatos Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Neurobiology of drugs of abuse and neuroimmune interactions
Gordon L. Fain, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Physiology, Ophthalmology, and Neuroscience Cellular physiology of vertebrate retina
Guoping Fan, Ph.D. Professor of Human Genetics Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying neural development
Michael S. Fanselow, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Neurobiology of learning, memory and emotion
Debora B. Farber, Ph.D., D.Ph.h.c. Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology Animal models of retinal degeneration; biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetcis of retinal degenerations; gene regulation and therapy, retinitis pigmentosa and allied human diseases, and ocular albinism
Kym F. Faull, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, Pasarow Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Mass spectrometry and the characterization of biologically important molecules
Jack L. Feldman, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology Systems neurobiology
Jamie D. Feusner, M.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Visual and emotional information processing in body dysmorphic disorder and anxiety disorders
L. Jaime Fitten, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Attentional dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease and its implications for motor vehicle operation
Brent L. Fogel, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurology Cerebellar ataxia, molecular pathogenesis of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disease
Nelson B. Freimer, M.D. Maggie G. Gilbert Endowed Chair in Bipolar Disorders, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics; Associate Director, Research Programs, Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior The genetic basis of neurobehavioral traits, development of research tools to facilitate the genetic investigation of complex traits
Itzhak Fried, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Neurosurgery; Director, Epilepsy Surgery; Co-Director, Seizure Disorder Center Neuronal basis of cognitive processing in the human brain
Mark A. Frye, Ph.D. Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology, and Neurobiology Multisensory fusion, sensory-motor integration
Denson G. Fujikawa, M.D. Clinical Professor of Neurology Neuronal death
Andrew J. Fuligni, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Psychology Adolescent development, neural and biological mechanisms of the impact of social and cultural experience on health and development
Adriana Galván, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology (Developmental Area) Adolescent brain development
Richard A. Gatti, M.D. Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Human Genetics Molecular genetics of ataxia-telangiectasia
Daniel H. Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D. Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics; Professor of Neurology, and Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, Neurogenetics Program; Director, UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment Developmental neurogenetics
Christopher C. Giza, M.D. Professor of Neurosurgery, and Pediatrics (Pediatric Neurology) Developmental brain injury and neuroplasticity
David L. Glanzman, Ph.D. Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology, and Neurobiology Neurobiology of learning and memory in Aplysia
Vay Liang W. Go, M.D. Distinguished Professor of Medicine (Digestive Diseases) Brain-pancreas interaction in metabolic regulation and cancer prevention
Peyman Golshani, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurology GABAergic network function in awake behaving mice; GABAergic network dysfunction in models of autism and developmental epilepsy
Fernando Gómez-Pinilla, Ph.D. Professor of Neurosurgery, and Integrative Biology & Physiology Mechanisms of brain plasticity and repair
Michael B. Gorin, M.D., Ph.D. Harold and Pauline Price Professor of Ophthalmology; Professor of Human Genetics Ophthalmic genetics, neurobiology of ocular pain
Robert J. Greenberg, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Electrical stimulation of the retina with the goal of creating a retinal prosthesis for patients blind from outer retinal degenerations

Carlos V. Grijalva, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology; Associate Dean, Graduate Division Behavioral neuroscience
Alan D. Grinnell, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Physiology, and Integrative Biology & Physiology; Director, Ahmanson Laboratory of Neurobiology; Associate Dean of Life Sciences Synaptic mechanisms
William Grisham, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Psychology Birdsong and sex differences in the brain
Warren S. Grundfest, M.D., FACS Professor of Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, and Surgery Biomedical sensors, optics, and lasers
Cameron B. Gundersen, Ph.D. Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Presynaptic structure and function
Ming Guo, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurology, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases
Zhefeng Guo, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurology Structural biology of amyloid-related neurodegenerative diseases
Karen H. Gylys, Ph.D., R.N. Associate Professor, School of Nursing Alzheimer’s disease and early cellular events
Elissa A. Hallem, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Sensory neurobiology
Ronald M. Harper, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology Neural mechanisms underlying cardiovascular and respiratory control during sleep and waking states
Neil G. Harris, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurosurgery Brain Trauma: plasticity, blood flow & metabolism, neurogenesis, PET, MRI
Volker Hartenstein, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology Developmental neurobiology
Leif Havton, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurology Neural repair after spinal cord injury
Chih-Ming Ho, Ph.D. Ben Rich-Lockheed Martin Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; Director, Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration; Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Micro/nano technology for bio applications
Larry F. Hoffman, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Surgery (Head & Neck) Sensory neuroscience, particularly involving the vestibular system
Joshua A. Hoffs, M.D. Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Mind-brain-integration
Keith J. Holyoak, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Psychology Cognitive science and neuroscience of reasoning
Carolyn R. Houser, Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiology Morphological studies of the GABA system and epilepsy
David A. Hovda, Ph.D. Professor of Neurosurgery, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology; Director, Brain Injury Research Center Neurotrauma
Sherrel Howard, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Dopamine receptors, oligodendrocyte development, drugs of abuse
Yih-Ing Hser, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Drug abuse treatment process and outcome; life course drug use
Wayne L. Hubbell, Ph.D. Jules Stein Professor of Ophthalmology; Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Molecular basis of membrane excitation
Marco Iacoboni, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Brain imaging; neural systems for social cognition
Louis J. Ignarro, Ph.D. Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology; Jerome J. Belzer Chair—Medical Research Nitric oxide, vascular physiology, cellular proliferation
Michael R. Irwin, M.D. Norman Cousins Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, Professor of Psychology Psychoneuroimmunology, insomnia, fatigue, cancer survivors
Alicia Izquierdo, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology Brain mechanisms of optimal choices
Joanna C. Jen, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Neurology Genetic and physiological bases of neurological disorders involving balance, coordination, and eye movement control
J. David Jentsch, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Associate Director for Research, Brain Research Institute Neuropsychopharmacology of cognition and attention; behavioral functions of monoamine transmitters, with emphasis on dopamine; genetic and developmental basis of schizophrenia
Shafali Spurling Jeste, M.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Neurology Electrophysiological biomarkers in autism spectrum disorders
H. Ronald Kaback, M.D. Distinguished Professor of Physiology Structure and function of lactose permease and other MFS transporters
Bruce L. Kagan, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Neurotoxicity caused by channel forming toxins
Daniel L. Kaufman, Ph.D. Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Autoimmune disease, imaging and neurodevelopment
Pamela J. Kennedy, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology Motivation, memory and drug abuse
Baljit S. Khakh, Ph.D. Professor and Executive Vice Chair of Physiology; Professor of Neurobiology Ion channels and synapses
Barbara J. Knowlton, Ph.D. Professor and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Programs, Department of Psychology Cognitive neuroscience
Carla M. Koehler, Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Molecular basis of mitochondrial diseases
Brian J. Koos, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Vice Chair (Academic Affairs) of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fetal behavior and cardiovascular responses to hypoxia
Harley I. Kornblum, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, and Pediatrics Neural stem cells, neural repair, and brain tumors
David E. Krantz, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Joanne and George Miller and Family Endowed Chair Regulation of neurotransmitter transporters in Drosophila
Carol A. Kruse, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery Neuroimmunology, brain tumors, immunotherapy
Rajesh Kumar, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, and Radiological Sciences Examination of neural tissue integrity in breathing and cardiovascular disease conditions
Ira Kurtz, M.D. Professor of Medicine; Chief, Division of Nephrology; Factor Chair in Molecular Nephrology Acid-base transporters
Jennifer S. Labus, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Dynamics of neural networks underlying functional pain disorders and stress neurobiology
Albert Lai, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurology Epigenetic/genetic characterization of glioblastoma response to therapy
Joseph L. Lasky, III, M.D. Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology), and Neurosurgery Molecular mechanisms of, and targeted therapies for pediatric central nervous system tumors
Andrew F. Leuchter, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, Laboratory of Brain, Behavior and Pharmacology; Director, Office of Professional and Community Education Clinical neurophysiology; placebo effect
Michel F. Lévesque, M.D. Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery Molecular and cellular analysis of nervous system regeneration
Barbara A. Levey, M.D. Professor of Medicine, and Molecular & Medical Pharmacology; Assistant Vice Chancellor of Biomedical Affairs Clinical pharmacology
Michael S. Levine, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Associate Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center; Associate Director for Education, Brain Research Institute; Chair, Graduate Interdepartmental Program for Neuroscience The mechanisms underlying neuronal dysfunction in the basal ganglia and cortex in neurodegenerative disorders
Linda M. Liau, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Neurosurgery Brain tumor molecular biology, neuro-immunology and stem cells
Shuo Lin, Ph.D. Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Mechanisms involved in lineage-specific gene expression and proliferation of neuronal and neuroendocrine progenitor cells
Walter Ling, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Development and evaluation of pharmacotherapy-based and behavioral therapies for treatment of drug dependence
Xin Liu, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Molecular neurology; neuronal growth and differentiation
Zili Liu, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology Visual perception and computation
Edythe D. London, Ph.D. Thomas and Katherine Pike Professor of Addiction Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Brain imaging (PET, MRI) in studies of drug abuse
Sandra K. Loo, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Developmental neuropsychology, electrophysiology and molecular genetics
Aldons J. Lusis, Ph.D.          Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Human Genetics; Professor of Medicine, and Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics Genetic dissection of complex traits
Karen M. Lyons, Ph.D. Professor of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, and Orthopedic Surgery The roles of BMP signaling pathways in organogenesis
Paul M. Macey, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Nursing Central control of sleep and breathing, and changes in CNS with sleep-disordered breathing
Nigel T. Maidment, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Neuropharmacology of drug abuse
Kelsey C. Martin, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Chair of Biological Chemistry; Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Cell biological and molecular mechanisms of synapse formation and synaptic plasticity
Juan Carlos G. Marvizón, Ph.D. Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine (Digestive Diseases) Neurophysiology of pain and analgesia; cellular and molecular mechanisms that mediate central sensitization in the spinal cord
Sotiris C. Masmanidis, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Network-scale neural mechanisms of associative reward learning; sensors for very large-scale electrophysiology; nanotechnology
Gary W. Mathern, M.D. Professor of Neurosurgery Anatomic changes in human brain tissue removed to control epilepsy
Emeran A. Mayer, M.D. Professor of Medicine, Physiology, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, Center for Neurobiology of Stress; Associate Director, CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center Neurobiology of visceral pain, stress and brain-gut interactions
John C. Mazziotta, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology; Professor of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology, and Radiological Sciences; Director, Brain Mapping Center; Associate Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine Develop, refine, validate and distribute tools and data to measure brain structure and function in both health and disease
James T. McCracken, M.D. Joseph Campbell Professor of Child Psychiatry; Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences Pediatric psychopharmacology, pharmacogenetics, brain imaging and development
Dennis J. McGinty, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Psychology; Chief, Neurophysiology Research, Sepulveda VAMC Hypothalamic control of sleep; sleep deprivation and neurogenesis
Mayank R. Mehta, Ph.D. Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Neurology, and Neurobiology Systems neuroscience, computational neuroscience
William P. Melega, Ph.D. Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology The function of the nigrostriatal dopamine system and its alterations in pathology (methamphetamine neurotoxicity, Parkinson’s disease)
Walter Metzner, Ph.D. Professor and Vice Chair of Integrative Biology & Physiology Behavioral neuroscience (Neuroethology)
Paul E. Micevych, Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiology, and Surgery (Head & Neck Surgery) Functional plasticity of steroid sensitive CNS circuits, reproductive behavior and physiology of neurosteroids
Thomas R. Minor, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology Psychobiology of anxiety and depression
Istvan Mody, Ph.D. Tony Coelho Professor of Neurology, and Professor of Physiology Synaptic signaling in health and disease
Bartly J. Mondino, M.D. Bradley R. Straatsma Professor of Ophthalmology; Chair, Department of Ophthalmology; Director, Jules Stein Eye Institute; Chief, Cornea-External Disease Division Cornea-external disease
Martin M. Monti, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology Cognitive neuroscience
Norman S. Namerow, M.D. Clinical Professor of Neurology, and Psychiatry Chronic pain
Peter M. Narins, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Auditory physiology and behavior
Katherine L. Narr, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurology Applied neurobiological imaging in psychiatric disorders
Valeriy Nenov, Ph.D. Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, and Biomedical Engineering IDP Development of Java-based telemedical applications for remote monitoring of patients in intensive care; computational modeling of memory functions of the hippocampus
Bennett G. Novitch, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Regulation of stem and progenitor cell specification and differentiation in the vertebrate central nervous system
Erika L. Nurmi, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Neuropsychiatric genetics
Marc R. Nuwer, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Neurology Development of brain monitoring for surgery and critical care units; public policy in professional practice
Thomas J. O'Dell, Ph.D. Professor and Interim Chair of Physiology Synaptic plasticity, learning and memory
Paul H. O'Lague, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology Mathematical modeling of osmoregulation using phase transition physics to model osmoregulation in cells
Riccardo Olcese, Ph.D. Professor of Anesthesiology, and Physiology Molecular physiology and biophysics of voltage and calcium dependent ion channels
Richard W. Olsen, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, and Anesthesiology Molecular neuropharmacology
Roel A. Ophoff, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Human Genetics Human genetic studies of neuropsychiatric traits
Thomas Otis, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of Neurobiology Synaptic transmission, cerebellar circuits
Diane M. Papazian, Ph.D. Professor of Physiology Structure, function, and biogenesis of voltage-gated potassium channels
Patricia E. Phelps, Ph.D. Professor and Vice Chair of Integrative Biology & Physiology Intercellular relationships and molecules that control neuronal migration in the developing mammalian spinal cord
Natik Piri, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Molecular biology of retinal ganglion cells
Whitney B. Pope, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Radiology (Neuroradiology) Brain tumor imaging using MRI, perfusion and diffusion 
Carlos Portera-Cailliau, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurology, and Neurobiology Imaging the assembly and plasticity of cortical circuits with two-photon microscopy
Nader Pouratian, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery Brain mapping, neuromodulation, and neural prostheses
Mayumi L. Prins,, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurosurgery Traumatic brain injury
Robert M. Prins, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurosurgery T lymphocyte-mediated immune surveillance for malignant brain tumors
Javier Quintana, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Decision making, emotional processing, fMRI
Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Associate Director, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) Substance use disorder and evaluation
Lara Ray, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology (Clinical Area) Genetics of addiction
Dario L. Ringach, Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiology, and Psychology Visual electrophysiology and psychophysics, mathematical modeling of receptive field function, cortical dynamics
Jesse A. Rissman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Cognitive neuroscience of memory
Leonard H. Rome, Ph.D. Professor of Biological Chemistry The study of biogenesis and function of novel subcellular organelles called vaults
Roland R. Roy, Ph.D. Researcher, Brain Research Institute, and Integrative Biology & Physiology Neuromuscular plasticity
Fred W. Sabb, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Phenomics
Alvaro Sagasti, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology How neurons adopt their complex shapes
Alapakkam P. Sampath, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Retinal signal processing and neurophysiological mechanisms establishing visual sensitivity
Albert Sattin, M.D. Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences: Chief, Antidepressant Neuropharmacology Laboratory, West Los Angeles VAMC Mechanism of therapeutic action of lithium and valproate involving TRH receptors
Stan Schein, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Psychology Retinal circuits and color vision; retinal synapses and synaptic release processes; endocytosis and fullerene self-assembly
Barnett A. Schlinger, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of Integrative Biology & Physiology, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Steroid synthesis by the brain; hormonal control of neural development and behavior
Felix E. Schweizer, Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiology Synaptic transmission
Ladan Shams, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology Multisensory integration, visual perception, perceptual learning
Steven J. Shoptaw, Ph.D. Professor of Family Medicine, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Vice Chair for Academic Affairs Medication and behavioral therapy for methamphetamine abuse
Nancy Sicotte, M.D. Associate Professor of Neurology, Division of Brain Mapping Neuroimaging, Genetic Disorders of Brain Development
Jerome M. Siegel, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Chief, Neurobiology Research, Sepulveda VAMC Sleep, narcolepsy; evolution and function of REM sleep
Alcino J. Silva, Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Psychology Molecular and cellular mechanisms of learning and memory
Daniel H.S. Silverman, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Neurological bases of memory, mood, and other aspects of cognitive function and behaviors
Dwayne D. Simmons, Ph.D. Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology; Director, Minority Access to Research Careers Program Synapse formation and sensory cell development
Elyse J. Singer, M.D. Professor of Neurology Effects of HIV-1 and related viruses on the nervous system
Gary W. Small, M.D. Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging; Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, UCLA Longevity Center, Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Division, UCLA The study of diseases of aging, with emphasis on the prevention of memory loss and the promotion of healthy aging
Desmond J. Smith, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Functional genomics of the brain
Judith L. Smith, Ph.D. Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology; Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, College of Letters and Science Neural control of stereotypic limb motions
Michael V. Sofroniew, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiology Neural injury and repair
Sophie Sokolow, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, School of Nursing Alzheimer's disease
Elizabeth R. Sowell, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurology Developmental neuroimaging
Igor Spigelman, Ph.D. Professor of Oral Biology and Medicine, School of Dentistry Neurobiology of disease; basic mechanisms of chronic pain, seizures, stroke and brain trauma
Francis F. Steen, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Communication Studies/Speech Evolved mechanisms for simulation learning
Enrico Stefani, M.D., Ph.D. John Bartley Dillon Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology; Distinguished Professor  and Director, Division of Molecular Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology;   Distinguished Professor of Physiology To visualize static and dynamic changes of macromolecular complexes regulating heart and vascular signaling in a pressure overload model of heart failure
Catia Sternini, M.D. Professor of Medicine, and Neurobiology Transmitter and receptor function in the enteric nervous system and the mechanisms that govern receptor-mediated responses to neurons
Ronald Stevens, Ph.D. Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics IMMEX Project: Computer based education; machine learning models of problem solving 
Rebecca A. Stockton, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Cerebrovascular disease, vascular medicine
Hui Sun, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Physiology, and Ophthalmology Photoreceptor biogenesis and degeneration; light and circadian control of photoreceptor function
Yi E. Sun, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Cell signaling and transcriptional regulation during neural stem cell differentiation
Yvette Taché, Ph.D. Professor of Medicine (Digestive Diseases); Co-Director Center for Neurovisceral Sciences and Women's Health Brain-gut interactions
Anna N. Taylor, Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiology; Senior Research Career Scientist, VAGLAHS Neuroendocrine-immunology
David B. Teplow, Ph.D. Professor of Neurology Structural and molecular biology of amyloid proteins
Bruce Teter, Ph.D. Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine Mechanisms of regeneration in the brain with relevance to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s, in particular the apolipoprotein (apoE) gene function and its defective isotype
James G. Tidball, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology, and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Pathophysiology of muscular dystrophy
Niranjala J.K. Tillakaratne, Ph.D. Researcher, Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology, and Brain Research Institute Neuroplasticity after spinal cord injury and rehabilitation
Seema K. Tiwari-Woodruff, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurology Molecular mechanisms involved in proliferation and migration of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells in the CNS
Ligia Toro, Ph.D. Professor and Dorothy and Leonard Straus Scholar of Anesthesiology (Molecular Medicine) and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Ion channels and tyrosine kinases in cardiovascular biology and aging
Nim Tottenham, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology Developmental affective neuroscience; human emotional development and associated neurobiology
Wallace W. Tourtellotte, M.D., Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Neurology Etiopathogenesis of multiple sclerosis
Joshua T. Trachtenberg, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurobiology Experience-dependent cortical plasticity
Robert B. Trelease, Ph.D. Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Associate Director, Instructional Design and Technology Unit, Dean’s Office, School of Medicine Anatomical informatics, artificial intelligence, modeling and simulation of complex systems
Cho-Lea Tso, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology Brain cancer stem cells (glioblastoma)
Julio L. Vergara, Ph.D. Professor of Physiology Skeletal muscle excitation-contraction coupling and synaptic transmission
Eric Vilain, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Human Genetics, Pediatrics, and Urology Genetics of sex determination and development of the human reproductive system
Juan Pablo Villablanca, M.D. Associate Professor of Radiological Sciences; Chief of Neuroradiology Diagnostic Neuroradiology (Stroke)
Harry V. Vinters, M.D. Distinguished Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and Neurology; Director, Neuropathology Laboratory Molecular pathogenesis of human CNS disease, including dementia, parenchymal substrates of epilepsy, and stroke/cerebrovascular disease
Rhonda R. Voskuhl, M.D. Professor of Neurology; Director, Multiple Sclerosis Program; Jack H. Skirball Chair for Multiple Sclerosis Research Mechanisms in the immunopathogenesis of multiple sclerosis in humans using the animal model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis to develop novel therapies for disease
Roi Ann Wallis, M.D. Associate Professor of Neurology; Associate Chief of Neurology, VA GLAHS Mechanisms of neuronal injury from trauma and stroke
Martin Wallner, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology Extrasynaptic GABA receptors and tonic GABA currents as targets for alcohol and anesthetics
Danny Jiong Jiong Wang, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurology, and Radiology Functional MRI; Technical development and applications in neurodevelopment and cognitive neuroscience
James A. Waschek, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Neuropeptide actions in development, injury, brain tumors, and neural systems
Kate M. Wassum, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology Motivated behavior; in vivo electrochemistry; addiction
Claude G. Wasterlain, M.D. Distinguished Professor of Neurology; Vice Chair Neurology, West Los Angeles VAMC The neuroscience of epilepsy
Joseph B. Watson, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Associate Dean, Graduate Division, College of Letters and Science Role of reactive oxygen species in synaptic plasticity; synaptic failure related to Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease
Nancy L. Wayne, Ph.D. Professor of Physiology; Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Mechanisms regulating neuropeptide synthesis and secretion
Geraldine A. Weinmaster, Ph.D. Professor of Biological Chemistry Molecular mechanisms of ligand-induced Notch signal transduction in mammalian cells
Stephanie A. White, Ph.D. Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology How social interactions influence the brain
Julian Whitelegge, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavorial Sciences Neurodegeneration and biological mass spectrometry
Peter C. Whybrow, M.D. Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior; Judson Braun Distinguished Professor and Executive Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Physician-in-Chief, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Depression and manic-depressive disease and the effects of thyroid hormone on the brain and human behavior
Martina Wiedau-Pazos, M.D. Associate Professor of Neurology Neurodegeneration; evaluation of mouse models of dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
David S. Williams, Ph.D. Jules and Doris Stein Research to Prevent Blindness Professor of Ophthalmology, and Professor of Neurobiology Retinal cell biology
Roger P. Woods, M.D. Professor of Neurology, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Structural and functional brain imaging
Ernest M. Wright, D.Sc. Professor of Physiology, Sherman Mellinkoff Distinguisheid Professor in Medicine The molecular physiology of Na+ cotransporters including the neuronal Na+/C1-/GABA cotransporter
Allan D. Wu, M.D. Associate Professor of Neurology Parkinson's disease; transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
Benjamin M. Wu, D.D.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Bioengineering Biomaterials and tissue engineering
Hong M. Wu, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Neuronal stem cells and tumorigenesis
Cui-Wei Xie, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Cellular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, learning and memory; implications in drug abuse and Alzheimer’s dementia
Hong Yang, M.D., Ph.D. Research Physiologist, Department of Medicine (Digestive Diseases) Regulation of medullary autonomic regulatory pathways by circulating hormones
Xiangdong William Yang, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Mouse molecular genetics are used to study the pathogenesis and develop treatment for neurodegenerative diseases
Xian-Jie Yang, Ph.D. Professor of Ophthalmology Retinal development and gene therapy
William H. Yong, M.D. Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (Neuropathology) Brain tumor diagnostics; pathology informatics
Alan L. Yuille, Ph.D. Professor of Statistics, and Psychology Vision as Bayesian inference
Dahlia Zaidel, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Psychology Charting the morphology and cytoarchitecture of the left and right hippocampus in postmortem tissue from normal early development, adult and old age, and from diseases such as schizophrenia or Alzheimer’s disease, and genetic anomalies
Guido A. Zampighi, D.D.S., Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiology Structure of ion channels and transporters
Richard K. Zimmer, Ph.D. Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ecology and sensory biology of aquatic animals; chemical signals and communication
S. Lawrence Zipursky, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Biological Chemistry; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute The molecular mechanism regulating the formation of neuronal connections

 

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