Cellular Neuroscience

Cellular Neuroscience focuses on the behavior of whole cells in the nervous system and their role in information processing. At Utah, particular strength is found in the area of sensory neuroscience. Sensory systems provide the interface between an organism and the environment. Sensory receptors are composed of specialized cells or nerve endings which transduce internal and external stimuli into encoded neural messages which are interpreted by the central nervous system and then acted upon by the organism. At the University of Utah there are scientists interested in all aspects of sensation and strong research groups working in vision, chemoreception, sematosensation and audition. Recently, vision scientists and molecular biologists at the University identified a malfunctioning gene in the retina, which is responsible for some types of a retinal disease called macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly. Chemosensory research in our program is directed towards understanding the basic function of olfactory, vomeronasal and arterial chemosensory systems.

Faculty doing cellular research and their departmental affiliation are:

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Michael Bastiani Biology Development of neuronal connections
Sophie Caron Biology Sensory representations in the Drosophila brain
Gregory A. Clark Bioengineering Electrophysiological, cellular, and computational analyses of neuronal plasticity in simple systems (Aplysia and Hermissenda); neural information processing; bio-based neuroprostheses  
Maureen L. Condic Neurobiology & Anatomy Interactions of sensory neurons with extracellular matrix

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Michael Deans Otolaryngology Mechanisms of sensory system development and cellular morphogenesis
"Chuck" Alan Dorval Bioengineering Neuropathophysioloy, Translational Neuroscience, Neuromodulation, Neuronal Semiotic
Adam Douglass Neurobiology & Anatomy Functional anatomy of neuromodulatory circuits; learning and memory in the larval zebrafish; imaging technique development
Ed Dudek Neurosurgery Mechanisms of neuronal communication under normal developmental conditions and in models of epilepsy using electrophysiological techniques in brain slices as well as in behaving animals
Annette E. Fleckenstein School of Dentistry Neuropharmacology, neurochemistry and aminergic transporters

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Randy Jensen Neurosurgery Neurosurgical Oncology. Hypoxia and angiogenesis in brain tumors, calcium channel antagonist mediated growth inhibition of brain tumors. Brain tumor biomarker discovery. Animal models of brain tumors and imaging pseudo progression
Bryan W. Jones Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Retinal circuitry/connectomics and neural plasticity in retinal disease
Erik M. Jorgensen Biology Mechanisms of synaptic function
Yashar Kalani Neurosurgery Wnt signaling and the Neurovascular Unit, Blood Brain Barrier Biology, Stem cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Biology of Vascular Malformations, Neurogenetics, extracellular RNAs in Development and Disease
Kristen A. Keefe Pharmacology & Toxicology Pharmacology of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, including drug abuse and addiction. Normal and pathological functions of the basal ganglia
David Krizaj Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Calcium regulation and synaptic communication in the vertebrate retina
Alan R. Light Anesthesiology Neurobiology of pain and fatigue enhancement caused by injury and in Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia syndromes

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Suzanne Mansour Human Genetics Genes involved in inner ear development and function
Robert E. Marc Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Retinal Connectomics, Neural Rewiring and Gene Therapy for Neurodegenerative Disease
J. Michael McIntosh Psychiatry and Biology Molecular Pharmacology of CNS receptors and ion channels
Richard A. Normann Bioengineering Information processing in the vertebrate retina; phototransduction
Shannon J. Odelberg Internal Medicine Molecular basis of regeneration and cellular plasticity

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Sungjin Park Neurobiology & Anatomy Signal transduction mechanism in the nervous system focusing on the role of GPI-anchored proteins and their regulatory enzymes on neuron-glia communication
Richard D. Rabbitt Bioengineering Micro-electric impedance spectroscopy of auditory and vestibular hair cells
Scott W. Rogers Neurobiology & Anatomy Molecular biology and neurobiology of ligand-activated receptors

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Oleksandr (Alex) Shcheglovitov Neurobiology & Anatomy Development and function of human synapses in health and disease
Jason Shepherd Neurobiology & Anatomy Synaptic plasticity, memory encoding, experience-dependent plasticity in visual cortex and neurological disorders
Ning Tian Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Development of retinal synaptic circuitry
John A. White Bioengineering Hippocampal neurophysiology, computational neuroscience, real-time instrumentation  
Karen S. Wilcox Pharmacology & Toxicology Electrophysiological mechanisms of action of novel anticonvulsant drugs
Megan E. Williams Neurobiology & Anatomy Molecular mechanisms that regulate synapse formation and specificity of neural circuits
Doju Yoshikami Biology Cellular and molecular physiology of ion channels
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