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Neuroscience Program Faculty

Learn more about the Neuroscience Program faculty at Kent State University. All of our faculty members have extensive educational backgrounds that enable them to be great sources of industry information and insights. Feel free to contact any of our Neuroscience Program faculty listed below by clicking on the link to their e-mail address.

Jianxin Bao

Ph.D., University of Florida.  Aging, Auditory Neuroscience, Gene Therapy, Stem Cell Therapy, Presbycusis, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, Tinnitus. 

James L. Blank

Ph.D., Indiana University. Neuroendocrine regulation of gonadal function, environmental regulation of seasonal breeding cycles, behavioral endocrinology. More on Blank

Heather Caldwell

Ph.D., Georgia State University. Neuropeptide regulation of social behaviors and neuropyschiatric disorders.More on Caldwell

Richard Carroll

Ph.D., University of Toledo. Neurodevelopment, neurodegenerative diseases, Autism, Alzheimers, inflammation and recovery. More on Carroll

Gemma Casadesus-Smith

Ph.D., Tufts University.  Neurobiology and neuroendocrinology of learning and memory in aging and Alzheimer's disease.  More on Casadesus-Smith

Wen-Hai Chou

Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Protein kinase C in stroke-reperfusion injuries. More on Chou

Wilson Chung

Ph.D., University of Amsterdam. Neuroendocrine brain, androgens, fibroblast growth factor signaling. More on Chung

Robert Clements

Ph.D., Kent State University.  More on Clements

Christine Crish

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Glaucoma, neurodegeneration, and bone loss in Alzheimer's disease.  More on Crish

Samuel Crish

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago. Glaucoma, axonal transport, structures and functions. More on Crish

Derek Damron

Ph.D., Kent State University. Cardiac myocytes, signal transduction, protein kinases, contractility, anesthetic agents, calcium, cardiovascular disease. More on Damron

Altaf Darvesh

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati. Development of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory strategies for neoplastic an neurodegenerative diseases, as well as psychiatric disorders. More on Darvesh

Robert V. Dorman

Ph.D., The Ohio State University. CNS membranes, nervous system trauma and recovery, biochemistry of multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases. More on Dorman

Stephen B. Fountain

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Neural and psychological basis of learning, memory and cognition; neurobehavioral toxicology. More on Fountain

Ernest J. Freeman

Ph.D., Kent State University. Mechanisms of neurodegeneration, multiple sclerosis, mitochondrial function, glutamate, GABA and neuronal energy. More on Freeman

Alexander V. Galazyuk

Ph.D., A.A. Bogomoletz Inst. Physiol. Neuroscience of hearing, critical role of timing in sound processing. More on Galazyuk

Werner J. Geldenhuys

Ph.D., North-West University, Potchefstroom. Drug discovery, neurodegenerative disorders, proteomics, bioinformatics. More on Geldenhuys

Rebecca German

Ph.D. Harvard University. Neurophysiology and biomechanics.  Regulation of feeding and pathophysiology of dysphagia.  More on German

J. David Glass

Ph.D. Wesleyan University.  More on Glass

Jasmine Grimsley

Ph.D. MRC Institute of Hearing Research.  Vocal communication, the neuroscience of hearing, and the underlying mechanisms of communication disorders.  More on Grimsley

Denise Inman

Ph.D., University of Virginia. Neurodegeneration in glaucoma, gliosis, neural-glial interactions.  More on Inman

Aaron Jasnow

Ph.D., Georgia State University.  More on Jasnow

John D. Johnson

Ph.D., University of Colorado. Neural-immune interactions, brain cytokines, mood, behavior, stress and immunity. More on Johnson

John Lovell

Ph.D., Kent State University. Spinal processing of acute and chronic pain states - effects of age and gender. More on Lovell

Yong Lu

Ph.D., Univ. Missouri-Columbia. Neurotransmitter systems, GABA, glutamate, audition. More on Lu

William P. Lynch

Ph.D., Cornell University. Mechanisms of neurodegeneration, CNS gene therapy, RNA tumor virus pathogenesis, microglia development. More on Lynch

Jennifer A. McDonough

Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University.  Regenerative medicine, mitochondrial dysfunction and epigenetic mechanisms in multiple sclerosis.  More on McDonough

Alexander Mdzinarishvili

Ph.D., Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. Neurodegeneration in brain stroke (ischemia, edema), neural stem cells (regeneration and self-repair). More on Mdzinarishvili

Eric M. Mintz

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz. Behavioral neurobiology, circadian rhythms, feeding, and social behavior, sex differences in biological rhythms. More on Mintz

Kyle Nakamoto

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine.  More on Nakamoto

Colleen Novak

Ph.D., Michigan State University. Neural and endocrine mechanisms of thermogenesis in obesity, photic and nonphotic influences on the circadian clock. More on Novak

Moses Oyewumi

Ph.D., University of Kentucky. Drug delivery, nanotechnology, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases.  More on Oyewumi

Mary Ann Raghanti

Ph.D., Kent State University. Comparative neurobiology, evolution, cognition, behavior. More on Raghanti

Angela Ridgel

Ph.D., Marshall University.  More on Ridgel

Merri J. Rosen

Ph.D., Duke University. Neural correlates of auditory perception: effects of hearing loss and experience during development. More on Rosen

Brett R. Schofield

Ph.D., Duke University. Functional anatomy of auditory pathways. More on Schofield

Shobhana Sivaramakrishnan

Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin. Ion channels, synaptic transmission and neural networks. More on Sivramakrishnan

Sean L. Veney

Ph.D., University of Virginia. Behavioral neuroendocrinology, sexual differentiation of the brain, syrinx anatomy, neuroethology of birdsong. More on Veney

Kristy Welshhans

Ph.D., Georgia State University. Neural development, axon growth and guidance, local translation, Down syndrome. More on Welshhans

Jeffrey J. Wenstrup

Ph.D., Indiana University. Neural mechanisms of hearing and acoustic communication, including emotional responses to sound. More on Wenstrup