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  • Bieber, Allan J., Ph.D. (Rochester)*

    • Associate Professor of Neurology
    • bieber.allan@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery
      • Deep brain stimulation
      • Parkinson's disease
      • Neuropsychiatric disease
      • Neural engineering
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  • Brimijoin, W. Stephen, Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Professor of Pharmacology
    • brimijoi@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Gene transfer of proteins engineered for treatment of drug addiction
      • Novel functions of cholinesterases in the central nervous system
      • Developmental neurotoxicology
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  • Bu, Guojun, Ph.D. (Florida)

    • Professor of Neuroscience
    • bu.guojun@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Neurobiology of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia in humans and animal models
      • Synaptic biology and memory in aging and neurodegenerative diseases
      • Human cell reprogramming using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology to study disease mechanisms and therapy
      • Drug discovery targeting Alzheimer's disease genes including ApoE and TREM2
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  • Chang, Su-Youne, Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Physiology
    • chang.suyoune@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Parkinson's disease
      • Essential tremor
      • Neurodegenerative disorders
      • Neurochemical balance (dopamine, adenosine and glutamate)
      • Electrophysiology and electrochemistry (fast-scan cyclic voltammetry)
      • Neuromodulation technique (deep brain stimulation and optogenetics)
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  • Choi, Doo-Sup, Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry
    • choids@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Neurobiology of alcoholism and drug addiction
      • Neuron-glia interaction and addictive behaviors
      • Biomarker discovery in alcoholism and bipolar disorders
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  • Clark, Karl J., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • clark.karl@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Gene and environment interactions
      • Behavioral genetics
      • Genetic modifiers of the neuroendocrine stress response and hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis
      • Endocannabinoid signaling
      • Genome engineering and transgenesis
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  • Das, Pritam, Ph.D. (Florida)

  • Dickson, Dennis W., M.D. (Florida)

    • Professor of Pathology
    • dickson.dennis@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Neuropathology of aging and dementia in humans and animal models
      • Neuropathology and Biochemistry of Parkinson's disease and related disorders
      • Brain banking for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and tauopathies
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  • Ekker, Stephen C., Ph.D. (Rochester)

  • Fryer, John D., Ph.D. (Florida)*

    • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
    • fryer.john@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis in animal models
      • Behavioral and biochemical consequences of neuroinflammation
      • Role of the gut microbiome on brain function
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  • Hedin, Karen E., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Associate Professor of Immunology
    • hedin.karen@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Multiple sclerosis
      • Neuroblastoma
      • Neuroinflammatory mechanisms
      • Chemokine regulation of autoimmunity
      • CXCR4 signaling mechanisms in neuronal and immune cells
      • Autoimmune regulation by phospholipase C beta 3
      • CXCR4 regulation of T lymphocyte immune activation
      • Role of CXCR4 in acute myeloid leukemia
      • Mechanisms of bone marrow metastasis and cancer cell survival in the bone marrow
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  • Henley, John R., Ph.D. (Rochester)*

    • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Physiology
    • henley.john@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Cellular migration in neural development, brain tumor invasion and neuroregeneration
      • Molecular analysis of guidance receptors and signal transduction mechanisms
      • Vesicle trafficking and functional regulation of cell adhesion molecules
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  • Howe, Charles L., Ph.D. (Rochester)

  • Isaya, Grazia, M.D., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Professor of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Pediatrics
    • isaya.grazia@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Mitochondrial biogenesis
      • Mitochondrial iron homeostasis and oxidative damage
      • Mitochondrial disease
      • Friedreich ataxia
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  • Jack Jr., Clifford R., M.D. (Rochester)

  • Jang, Mi-Hyeon, Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Assistant Professor of Neurologic Surgery and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • jang.mihyeon@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Stem cell therapy
      • Neural stem cell biology
      • Neural circuit mechanisms of adult neurogenesis
      • Development of effective therapy
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  • Jenkins, Robert B., M.D., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
    • rjenkins@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Acquired genetics of gliomas
      • Germline predisposition to development of gliomas
      • Interaction of germline and acquired genetic alterations in gliomas
      • Functional studies of glioma genes
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  • Johnson, Aaron J., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Associate Professor of Immunology
    • johnson.aaron2@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Neuroimmunology of CD8 T cell responses against CNS pathogens and tumors
      • Blood-brain barrier (BBB) biology
      • Glioblastoma multiforme
      • Angiogenesis of CNS tumors
      • Immunotherapy against CNS tumors
      • Multiple sclerosis
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  • Kantarci, Kejal, M.D. (Rochester)

    • Professor of Radiology
    • kantarci.kejal@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Pathologic basis of imaging findings in aging and dementia
      • Imaging markers of dementia with Lewy bodies
      • Effects of hormone therapy on cognitive health in postmenopausal women
      • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy and diffusion tensor imaging in aging and dementia
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  • Kim, Jungsu, Ph.D. (Florida)

    • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
    • kim.jungsu@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Lipid-regulating proteins (ApoE and LDL receptor) in Alzheimer's disease
      • Noncoding RNAs (microRNAs and lncRNAs) in neurodegenerative disorders and epigenetics
      • Identification and development of noncoding RNA biomarkers for neurodegenerative disorders
      • Systems biology approach for microRNAs and lncRNAs
  • Lee, Kendall H., M.D., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Physiology
    • lee.kendall@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, tremor, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and epilepsy
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  • Leissring, Malcolm A., Ph.D. (Florida)

    • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
    • leissring.malcolm@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Elucidating the molecular pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease
      • Other age-related neurodegenerative disorders
      • Fundamental mechanisms underlying aging itself
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  • Lennon, Vanda A., M.D., Ph.D. (Rochester)

  • Maher, L. James III, Ph.D. (Rochester)

  • Mantilla, Carlos B., M.D., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology
    • mantilla.carlos@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Understanding mechanisms that enhance recovery of breathing function following spinal cord injury
      • Unraveling the increased risk of respiratory complications in old age
      • Exploring the therapeutic role of growth factors to improve function in neuromuscular disorders
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  • McLean, Pamela J., Ph.D. (Florida)*

  • McNiven, Mark A., Ph.D. (Rochester)

  • Melrose, Heather L., Ph.D. (Florida)

    • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
    • melrose.heather@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Parkinson's disease
      • Animal models of neurodegeneration
      • Dopamine
  • Petrucelli, Leonard, Ph.D. (Florida)

  • Pirko, Istvan, M.D. (Rochester)

    • Associate Professor of Neurology
    • pirko@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Demyelinating diseases, multiple sclerosis, neuroimmunology
      • Advanced MRI techniques in multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases, murine multiple sclerosis models and ex vivo samples
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  • Poduslo, Joseph F., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Professor of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Professor of Neurology
    • poduslo.joseph@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Delivery of therapeutic/diagnostic proteins across the blood-brain barrier
      • Targeting of Alzheimer's plaques for magnetic resonance imaging
      • Passive immunization in Alzheimer's disease
      • Antioxidant enzyme therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
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  • Port, John D., M.D., Ph.D. (Rochester)

  • Prakash, Y. S., M.D., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology
    • prakash.ys@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Lung disease: Adult and neonatal asthma, COPD, pulmonary hypertension
      • Neural control of airways: Airway irritability, neurogenic asthma, neurogenic hypertension
      • Growth factors in the lung
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  • Rademakers, Rosa, Ph.D. (Florida)

  • Richelson, Elliott, M.D. (Florida)

    • Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
    • richel@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Development of novel drugs to treat schizophrenia
      • Development of novel drugs to treat Parkinson's disease
      • Development of novel drugs to treat depression
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  • Robb, Richard A., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Professor of Biophysics and Computer Science
    • robb.richard@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Biomedical image processing, display and analysis
      • Image-guided navigation and localization in minimally invasive procedures
      • Advanced visualization and virtual reality applications in medicine
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  • Rodriguez, Moses, M.D. (Rochester)

    • Professor of Neurology and Immunology
    • rodriguez.moses@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Virus induced demyelination of the central nervous system
      • Promotion of remyelination with monoclonal antibodies
      • Mechanisms of neurologic deficits in human multiple sclerosis
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  • Rosenberry, Terrone L., Ph.D. (Florida)

    • Professor of Pharmacology
    • rosenberry@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Protein structure and function
      • Catalytic mechanisms of acetylcholinesterase and beta-secretase
      • Aggregation of amyloid A beta protein
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  • Ross, Owen A., Ph.D. (Florida)*

  • Scarisbrick, Isobel A., Ph.D. (Rochester)*

    • Associate Professor of Physiology
    • Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    • scarisbrick.isobel@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Mechanisms of CNS injury and repair (spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, glioblastoma)
      • Neurodegeneration and regeneration
      • Neural plasticity
      • Myelin development and myelin regeneration
      • Application of stem cells for CNS repair and regeneration
      • GPCR signaling mechanisms
      • Discovery of new therapeutic targets for CNS repair and clinical translation
      • CNS immunopathology
      • Astrogliosis
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  • Sieck, Gary C., Ph.D. (Rochester)

  • Sine, Steven M., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Professor of Physiology
    • sine@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Neuromuscular disorders
      • Structure-function relationships of neurotransmitter-gated ion channels
      • Kinetics of single channel state transitions
      • Molecular bases for receptor-ligand recognition
      • Ion channel structure and dynamics
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  • Somers, Virend K., M.D., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Professor of Medicine
    • somers.virend@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Neural circulatory control in health and disease
      • Cardiovascular disease mechanisms in sleep apnea
      • Neural mechanisms linking sleep to sudden cardiac death
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  • Springer, Wolfdieter, Ph.D. (Florida)

    • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
    • springer.wolfdieter@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Cell biology of Parkinson's disease, aging and neurodegeneration
      • Functional genetics — from molecular mechanisms to drug discovery
      • Phospho- and ubiquitin-signaling in mitochondrial quality control
      • Biochemistry, cell-based and in vivo models, advanced imaging
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  • Staff, Nathan P., M.D., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Assistant Professor of Neurology
    • staff.nathan@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
      • Mechanisms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
      • Neuronal differentiation from human pluripotent stem cells
      • Clinical trials of stem cell treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)
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  • Strehler, Emanuel E., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Professor of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
    • strehler.emanuel@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Calcium signaling and calcium homeostasis in health and disease
      • Plasma membrane calcium pumps and calcium sensor proteins (calmodulin, calmodulin-like proteins)
      • Protein-protein interactions in the assembly and regulation of calcium "signalosomes"
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  • Ta, Lauren E., D.D.S., Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience
    • ta.lauren@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced painful neuropathy
      • Mouse models of neuropathic pain
      • Pharmacological therapies for treatment of neuropathic pain
      • Genetic mechanisms of neuropathic pain
      • In vitro models of chemotherapy-induced neurotoxicity
  • Taner, Nilufer, M.D., Ph.D. (Florida)*

  • Trushina, Eugenia, Ph.D. (Rochester)

    • Associate Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology
    • trushina.eugenia@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Neurodegenerative disorders: Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's
      • Role of environmental toxins in sporadic Alzheimer's disease
      • Mitochondrial dynamics and function
      • Metabolomics in biomarker discovery
      • Mitochondria-targeted therapeutics
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  • Windebank, Anthony J., M.D. (Rochester)

    • Professor of Neurology
    • windebank.anthony@mayo.edu
    • Research interests:
      • Mechanisms of neuron death caused by drugs used to treat cancer, such as platinum compounds, farnesyl transferase inhibitors, microtubular agents (tissue culture, animal and patient studies)
      • Spinal cord injury and repair (tissue culture and animal studies)
      • Neuronal growth factor protection of neurons against metabolic or toxic injury, focusing on signal transduction mechanisms (predominantly tissue culture studies)
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  • Worrell, Gregory A., M.D., Ph.D. (Rochester)

  • Younkin, Steven G., M.D., Ph.D. (Florida)

  • Nov 12, 2014
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