Diseases of the Nervous System

Meredith Braskie

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Risk – Genetic and Environmental
  • Resting State Functional MRI
  • Structural MRI
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging
  • Inflammation

Michael Bienkowski

Alexandre Bonnin

Karen T Chang

  • Drosophila models for Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Mechanisms regulating synaptic vesicle endocytosis
  • Mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity
  • Mechanisms of mitochondrial trafficking
  • Mitochondrial dynamics in neurological disorders

Dion Kai Dickman

  • Synapse development, function, and plasticity in Drosophila

James M Finley

  • Locomotor adaptation and learning
  • Optimality principles underlying the control of healthy and pathological gait
  • Elucidating cortical contributions to human gait
  • Developing virtual-reality based approaches for neurorehabilitation

Ksenia Gnedeva

  • Sensory organ development and disease
  • Hearing & Balance
  • Retina
  • Cellular and molecular basis of regeneration
  • Gene therapy

S. Duke Han

  • Cognition
  • Decision Making
  • Aging
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuroimaging

Bruce E. Herring

  • Synaptic function
  • Synaptic plasticity
  • Neuropsychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Daniel P Holschneider

  • Functional brain mapping of animal behaviors
  • Behavioral and neurophysiologic characterization of animal models of neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Technology development

Mark S. Humayun

  • Electrical stimulation of the retina
  • Retinal prosthesis
  • Retinal disease
  • Instrumentation for vitreoretinal surgery

Andrei Irimia

  • traumatic brain injury in older adults
  • brain aging
  • connectomics
  • cerebral plasticity prompted by traumatic brain injury
  • neuroimaging
  • blood-brain barrier
  • cerebral microhemorrhage
  • aging in atypical populations

Neda Jahanshad

Michael W. Jakowec

  • Animal models of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Molecular mechanisms of exercise-induced neuroplasticity in the basal ganglia.
  • Interactions between dopamine and glutamate within the basal ganglia and their role in contol of motor behavior.
  • Development of new therapeutic modalities for Parkinson’s disease.

Radha Kalluri

  • cochlear mechanics, acoustics, nonlinear wave phenomena
  • otoacoustic emissions and noninvasive testing of cochlear function
  • sensory transduction in the auditory and vestibular periphery
  • biophysics of sensory neurons

Chien-Ping Ko

  • Synaptic structure, function, formation, repair, and maintenance.
  • Synapse-glia interactions at the neuromuscular junction.
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of the pathogenesis of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

Jason J Kutch

  • Neural mechanisms for muscle activation
  • Engineering of non-invasive systems to study human motor function
  • Neuromuscular disorders

Sook-Lei Liew

  • Neural plasticity and neurorehabilitation
  • Motor learning and recovery
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neuroimaging
  • Noninvasive brain stimulation
  • Neurofeedback
  • Brain computer interfaces
  • Virtual reality

David McKemy

Christian J. Pike

  • Regulation of Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis
  • The role of sex steroid hormones in Alzheimer’s disease
  • Relationships between obesity, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Signaling pathways regulating neuronal apoptosis and neuroprotection

Beth A. Smith

  • Infant Development
  • Physical Therapy
  • Neuromotor Control

Huizhong W. Tao

  • Cellular neurobiology
  • Developmental neurobiology
  • Sensory neurobiology
  • Central visual processing

Paul Matthew Thompson

  • Alzheimer’s
  • HIV
  • Development
  • Connectomics
  • ENIGMA
  • Genetics
  • Neuroimaging Methods
  • Diffusion Imaging
  • Mathematics
  • Bipolar Illness
  • Lifestyle/Save the Brain See http://igc.ini.usc.edu

Alan G. Watts

  • Systems neuroscience
  • Neural control of metabolism
  • Ingestive behaviors
  • Diabetes & Obesity

Li I Zhang

  • Synaptic circuitry mechanisms for sensory information processing
  • Technical innovations for tracing brain circuits
  • Neural circuits for innate behavior
  • Synaptic and cellular basis for development and plasticity of neural circuitry
  • Neural circuitry basis for sensory processing disorders

Zhen Zhao

  • Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia
  • Blood brain barrier and vascular-neuronal interaction
  • The role of innate immunity in CNS diseases and injuries

Berislav V. Zlokovic, MD, PhD

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Ischemia and Stroke
  • Activated Protein C System
  • Amytrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Blood-Brain Barrier
  • Cerebral microcirculation and regulation of cerebral blood flow