Faculty Research

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.

Victoria Abraira
Assistant Professor
The Neurons and Circuits of the Somatosensory System

Joanna Burger
Distinguished Professor
Animal behavior, avian ecology, behavioral toxicology, ecological evaluations and risk

Qian Cai
Associate Professor
Autophagy-Lysosomal Regulation in Neurodevelopment and Neurodegeneration

Lori Covey
Dean of Life Sciences, Professor

Gabriella D’Arcangelo
Professor, Vice Chair and Undergraduate Director
Molecular mechanisms of mammalian brain development, injury, and neurological disorders

Wei Dai
Assistant Professor
Structural biology of neurodegenerative diseases by cryo-electron tomography

Brian Daniels
Assistant Professor
Infection and inflammation in the central nervous system

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

Bonnie Firestein
Dendrite patterning and synaptogenesis

Dunne Fong
Associate Professor
Molecular cell biology of proteinases and parasitic protozoa

Martin Grumet
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) as Anti-inflammatory Therapies

Ron Hart
Stem cells to study neurogenesis and neural disease.
Current projects include the study of genetic variants associated with alcohol use disorders and toxicants contributing to Alzheimer's disease.

Shu Chan Hsu
Associate Professor
Molecular mechanisms of vesicle trafficking underlying synaptic development and function

Rafiq Huda
Assistant Professor
Neural circuits for adaptive decisions and their dysfunction in alcohol use disorders

Arnold Hyndman
Neural development, the role of transferrin in the development of the chick retina

Peng Jiang
Assistant Professor
Stem cells as a model of brain development and disease, stem cell regenerative medicine for neural repair

Megerditch Kiledjian
Distinguished Professor and Chair
Regulation of eukaryotic gene expression, RNA decay in genetic disorders

Kelvin Kwan
Associate Professor
Molecular basis of spiral ganglion neuron regeneration

Alice Y.-C. Liu
Stress response, cell aging

David Margolis
Associate Professor
In vivo imaging of neural circuit plasticity

Gary F. Merrill
Mammalian cardiovascular system

Mark R. Plummer
Regulation of synaptic transmission

Melitta Schachner
Distinguished Professor
Cell adhesion molecules in development, regeneration after injury and synaptic plasticity

Kathleen Scott
Mammalogy, vertebrate paleontology, functional morphology

Max Tischfield
Assistant Professor
Mouse models of human development and disease

Ping Xie
Associate Professor
Molecular mechanisms of immune regulation and cancer pathogenesis

Wise Young
Richard H. Shindell Chair in Neuroscience
Spinal cord injury