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.
The Neurons and Circuits of the Somatosensory System
Animal behavior, avian ecology, behavioral toxicology, ecological evaluations and risk
Autophagy-Lysosomal Regulation in Neurodevelopment and Neurodegeneration
Dean of Life Sciences, Professor
Professor, Vice Chair and Undergraduate Director
Molecular mechanisms of mammalian brain development, injury, and neurological disorders
Structural biology of neurodegenerative diseases by cryo-electron tomography
Infection and inflammation in the central nervous system
Sensory signaling and ontogeny, as related to molecular mechanisms that regulate auditory function
Dendrite patterning and synaptogenesis
Molecular cell biology of proteinases and parasitic protozoa
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) as Anti-inflammatory Therapies
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
Molecular mechanisms of vesicle trafficking underlying synaptic development and function
Neural circuits for adaptive decisions and their dysfunction in alcohol use disorders
Neural development, the role of transferrin in the development of the chick retina
Stem cells as a model of brain development and disease, stem cell regenerative medicine for neural repair
Distinguished Professor and Chair
Regulation of eukaryotic gene expression, RNA decay in genetic disorders
Molecular basis of spiral ganglion neuron regeneration
Alice Y.-C. Liu
Stress response, cell aging
In vivo imaging of neural circuit plasticity
Gary F. Merrill
Mammalian cardiovascular system
Mark R. Plummer
Regulation of synaptic transmission
Cell adhesion molecules in development, regeneration after injury and synaptic plasticity
Mammalogy, vertebrate paleontology, functional morphology
Mouse models of human development and disease
Molecular mechanisms of immune regulation and cancer pathogenesis
Richard H. Shindell Chair in Neuroscience
Spinal cord injury