CNIR Faculty

come from basic science and clinical departments at Georgetown University

Gerard Ahern, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, GUMC. Plasticity of neurons in response to pain signaling, focusing on capsaicin and voltage dependant sodium channels.

Mark Burns, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, GUMC
Traumatic brain injury and dementia, focusing on amyloid beta pathways after brain trauma and the development of new therapeutic strategies.

Katherine Conant, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, GUMC
Matrix metalloproteinases and synaptic plasticity.

Maria Donoghue, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology, GU
Molecular basis of cerebral cortical development.

Guinevere Eden, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, GUMC
The neural basis of reading and related cognitive skills after injury (stroke) and developmental disorders (dyslexia). The research uses extensive imaging capabilities including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and functional MRI (fMRI).

Patrick Forcelli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, GUMC
Neural circuitry, behavioral neuroscience & pharmacolgy, and epilepsy.

Rhonda B. Friedman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neurology, GUMC
Research on brain plasticity to enhance the recovery of language and reading in patients with acquired aphasia or alexia following stroke or traumatic brain injury.

Brent Harris, M.D, Ph.D., Director of Neuropathology, Departments of Neurology and Pathology, GUMC
Glial-neuronal interactions in neurodegenerative diseases and CNS neoplasia.

Jeffrey Huang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, GU
Oligodendrocyte-axon interactions in adult CNS and in regeneration especially in the context of multiple sclerosis.

Xiong Jiang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, GUMC
Functional imaging of neurological disorders.

Jagmeet Kanwal, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience, GUMC
The study of adaptive neural systems and plasticity of the amygdala in the formation of fear conditioned memories.

Kathleen Maguire-Zeiss, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neuroscience GUMC
Role of -synuclein in Parkinson's disease, with particular focus on the interplay of oxidative stress, inflammation and environmental toxins in dopaminergic cell death.

Ludise Malkova, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, GUMC
Neural plasticity and recovery of cognitive function and socioemotional behavior after brain damage in non-human primates.

Italo Mocchetti, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience, GUMC
Molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal cell death in AIDS dementia, and the neuroprotective properties of two families of neurotrophic factors, the neurotrophins and basic fibroblast growth factor.

Charbel Moussa, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurolgoy, GU
Therapeutic approaches to neurodegenerative disorders, focused on Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Parkinson's disease, ALS, and AD.

Nate Neckel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, GUMC
Recovery following spinal cord injury with a focus on robotic training and behavioral outcome measures.

Daniel Pak, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, GUMC
Molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in neurodegenerative disease.

Josef P. Rauschecker, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience, GUMC
Organization, neurophysiology and plasticity of the auditory cortex of humans and nonhuman primates.

G. William Rebeck, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience, GUMC
Role of apolipoprotein E (apoE) in synaptic loss and neurodegeneration caused by Alzheimer's disease.

Maximilian Riesenhuber , Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience, GUMC
Plasticity of neural representations underlying reading and visual object categorization in typically developing and autistic individuals through computational modeling.

Michael T. Ullman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience, GUMC
The processing of linguistic information in patients with neural injury and therapeutic measures to take advantage of compensation by the intact memory system. He studies diverse neurodegenerative and developmental disorders such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, Tourette's syndrome, schizophrenia, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and amnesia, in addition to those with aphasia and Specific Language Impairment.

Jeffrey Urbach, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Physics, GU
Focuses on using advanced materials fabrication and live cell imaging technologies to elucidate the role of mechanical and structural cues on axon outgrowth and guidance, with the goal of developing novel strategies to engineer nerve regeneration after injury.

John VanMeter, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, GUMC
Focuses on the use of neuroimaging (fMRI, blood flow, DTI, MRS) to study normal and abnormal brain development in neurological disorders.

Stefano Vicini, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmacology, GUMC
Studies excitatory and inhibitory amino acid synapses using electrophysiological, immunocytochemical, and pharmacological techniques to identify mechanisms of long-term plasticity and changes in synaptic strength in response to therapeutic drugs.

Sonia Villapol, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, GUMC
Traumatic brain injury with a focus on molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and inflammation.

Jean R. Wrathall, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Department of Neuroscience, GUMC
Mechanisms involved in secondary injury after trauma and in the functional recovery that can occur after spinal cord injury (SCI) with focus on the role of endogenous progenitor and stem cells.

Jian-young Wu, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience, GUMC
Studies cortical wave dynamics and neuronal activity and the changes in brain plasticity in response to brain injury.