CBN faculty members carry out laboratory research that is focused on high-impact biomedical topics utilizing cutting-edge technologies. Research active faculty members operate within three major cluster areas: Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, as well as Organismal Behavior and Physiology. Many of these faculty members offer training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows.

The research interests of the CBN faculty span a wide variety of important and cutting-edge areas of neuroscience in neurological disorders, spinal cord injury, stem cell research, immunology, cancer pathogenesis, gene expression and much more. Research is being conducted in humans, mice, zebrafish, fruit flies, nematodes, yeast, and bacteria.

Members of the faculty receive competitive research grants from Federal institutes including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense, as well as the State of New Jersey and private foundations.

Media Name Position Research Interests Research Website
Victoria Abraira Assistant Professor

The Neurons and Circuits of the Somatosensory System

Research Website - Victoria Abraira
Joanna Burger Distinguished Professor

Animal behavior, avian ecology, behavioral toxicology, ecological evaluations and risk

Research Website - Joanna Burger
Qian Cai Associate Professor

Autophagy-Lysosomal Regulation in Neurodevelopment and Neurodegeneration

Lori Covey Dean of Life Sciences, Professor


Research Website - Lori Covey
Gabriella D'Arcangelo Professor, Vice Chair and Undergraduate Director

Molecular mechanisms of mammalian brain development, injury, and neurological disorders

Wei Dai Associate Professor

Structural biology of neurodegenerative diseases by cryo-electron tomography

Research Website - Wei Dai
Brian Daniels Assistant Professor

Infection and inflammation in the central nervous system

Research Website - Brian Daniels
Robin Davis Professor

Sensory signaling and ontogeny, as related to molecular mechanisms that regulate auditory function

Bonnie Firestein Professor

Dendrite patterning and synaptogenesis

Research Website - Bonnie Firestein
Dunne Fong Associate Professor

Molecular cell biology of cancer and parasitic protozoa

Martin Grumet Professor

Neural stem cells in development & neurological disorders

Research Website - Martin Grumet
Ronald Hart Professor

Stem cells to study neurogenesis and neural disease

Research Website - Ronald Hart
Shu Chan Hsu Associate Professor
Rafiq Huda Assistant Professor

Neural circuits for adaptive decisions and their dysfunction in alcohol use disorders

Research Website - Rafiq Huda
Arnold Hyndman Professor
Peng Jiang Associate Professor

Human pluripotent stem cells as a model for brain development and diseases; Stem cell regenerative medicine for neural repair.

Research Website - Peng Jiang
Megerditch Kiledjian Distinguished Professor and Chair

RNA Decay in the regulation of Gene Expression and Genetic Disorders

Research Website - Megerditch Kiledjian
Kelvin Kwan Associate Professor

Molecular basis of spiral ganglion neuron regeneration

Research Website - Kelvin Kwan
Alice Y.-C. Liu Professor

Stress response, cell aging

David Margolis Associate Professor

In vivo imaging of neural circuit plasticity

Research Website - David Margolis
Gary F. Merrill Professor

Mammalian cardiovascular system

Natasha O'Brown Assistant Professor

Molecular and Cellular Regulators of the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB)

Mark R. Plummer Professor

Regulation of synaptic transmission

Melitta Schachner Distinguished Professor

Formation of the appropriate connections among nerve cells

Kathleen Scott Professor
Max Tischfield Assistant Professor

Mouse models of human development and disease

Research Website - Max Tischfield
Ping Xie Associate Professor

Molecular mechanisms of immune regulation and cancer pathogenesis

Research Website - Ping Xie
Wise Young Richard H. Shindell Chair in Neuroscience