Affiliated Faculty

This list of affiliated investigators can help you identify potential research mentors at the University of Pittsburgh. PSTP students can, and do, work with mentors not on this list, but the investigators featured below have expressed interest in hosting PSTP students in their laboratories.

Elias Aizenman, PhD
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Cellular and Molecular Basis of Neurodegeneration

Aaron Batista, PhD
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Neurophysiology of sensory-motor coordination, brain-machine interfaces

Charleen Chu, MD, PhD
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Redox signaling & autophagy in neuroprotection and neurodegeneration; Mitochondrial phosphoproteomics; Genetic & toxin models of Parkinson’s disease

Paula Clemens, MD
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Models of muscle disease causing muscular dystrophy and muscle atrophy; Translational research for treatment of muscle disease

Brian Davis, PhD
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Cellular and molecular mechanisms of central and peripheral nervous system development and plasticity

Donald DeFranco, PhD
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Steroid hormone action in neural stem cells and cancer

Chris Donnelly, PhD
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The molecular pathogenesis of neurodegeneration and aging

Fabio Ferrarelli, MD, PhD
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The neurobiology of schizophrenia and neurophysiological abnormalities during wakefulness and sleep in early course psychosis

Kenneth N. Fish, PhD
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Functional consequences of altered connectivity in schizophrenia; The early secretory pathway’s role in neurodevelopment and synaptogenesis

Zach Freyberg, MD, PhD
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Dopaminergic signal transduction in the central nervous system, dopamine role in regulating peripheral pancreatic insulin secretion

Anthony Grace, PhD
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Neurophysiology of basal ganglia system related to psychiatric disorders

Teresa Hastings, PhD
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Oxidative mechanisms associated with neurodegeneration

Jon Johnson, PhD
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The Johnson lab studies the physiology, biophysics, structure, pharmacology, and regulation of glutamate receptors

David Lewis, MD
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Functional architecture of the prefrontal cortex and schizophrenia

Beatriz Luna, PhD
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Brain basis of cognitive maturation through adolescence to adulthood

Colleen Mcclung, PhD
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We are interested in the molecular mechanisms of psychiatric disorders with a particular focus on the role of the circadian clock in these disorders.

Stephen D. Meriney, PhD
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Focuses on mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the neuromuscular system in both normal and disease conditions

Mary Phillips, MD
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Identification of neural correlates that underlie the symptoms of specific abnormalities in emotion processing in people with mood disorders

Sarah Ross, PhD
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Understanding the functional organization of spinal microcircuits using molecular genetic, electrophysiological, optogenetic & behavioral approaches

Maria Rubio, MD, PhD
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Understanding the functional organization of spinal microcircuits using molecular genetic, electrophysiological, optogenetic & behavioral approaches

Alexander Sorkin, PhD
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Mechanisms and functional role of endocytic trafficking of EGF receptor in cancer cells and the dopamine transporter in the brain

Peter Strick, PhD
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The control of voluntary movement by the cerebral cortex; The functional organization of the basal ganglia and cerebellum; Unraveling the circuitry of the central nervous system

Alan Sved, PhD
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Central neural control of the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular function; neurobiology of nicotine pharmacology

Robert Sweet, MD
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Loss and altered plasticity of auditory cortex synapses in schizophrenia; Mediators of vulnerability to psychosis in Alzheimer disease

Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD
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We study synaptic mechanisms and their role during normal and pathological sensory processing (tinnitus).

Yan Xu, PhD
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Designed receptors as therapeutic targets for pain; Mechanisms of low-affinity drug action; Mapping of unconscious brain; Stem cell therapy for stroke