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    Barry D. Waterhouse, Ph.D., Professor & Chair, Cell Biology & Neuroscience

    • Role of the central monominergic systems in brain function & behavior.

    Rowan Medicine Building, Suite 2200: 856-566-6407
    Science Center, 226: 856-566-6039

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    Carl E. Hock, Ph.D., Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Research & GSBS

    • Effect of humoral mediators and inflammatory cells in the pathophysiology of ischemic states
    • Effects of dietary lipids on cardiovascular function
    • Response of the young and aging heart to ischemia and reperfusion

    RowanMedicine Building, Suite 2200: 856-566-6073

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    Michael Anikin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Mechanisms of transcription
    • RNA polymerase structure and function; mitochondrial transcription

    Science Center, 207B: 856-566-6326

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    Neda Bajalo, DVM, MSc, Assistant Professor and Attending Veterinarian


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    Sergei Borukhov, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    • Molecular mechanisms of transcription and its regulation
    • Structure and function of bacterial transcription factors GreA, GreB, Gfh1 and DksA that modulate the catalytic activities of RNA polymerase

    Science Center, 108B: 856-566-6271

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    Rocco V. Carsia, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    • Regulation of adrenocortical function in lizards and birds
    • Mechanisms of adrenocortical remodeling with stress and endocrine alterations

    Rowan Medicine Building, Office 3910: 856-566-6811

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    Daniel J. Chandler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Organizational & functional properties of the central monoaminergic projection systems.
    • How central monoaminergic projection systems adapt in response to stress.

    Science Center, 217: 856-566-6054

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    Howard Chang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Host-Microbes interaction
    • Gut-Nervous system signaling
    • Neurodegenerative disease modeling

     Science Center, B220: 856-566-6081 

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    David Devilbiss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Role of neuromodulators in shaping the neural dynamics of cognitive and behavioral flexibility.
    • Electrophysiological signatures of cognitive dysfunction and therapeutics.
    • Mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction following concussion and mild traumatic brain injury.

    Science Center, 220: 856-566-6813

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    Jeremy Francis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Pathogenic mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases in an effort to identify avenues of therapeutic intervention
    • Gene and cell-based therapies in animal models of disease to create a foundation for possible clinical application

    Science Center, 253: 856-566-6905

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    François D. H. Gould, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Neurological and musculoskeletal mechanisms of swallowing problems in Parkinson’s disease
    • Effects of preterm birth on swallowing and respiration

    Science Center, 206: 856-566-6433

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    Hristo Houbaviy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Functions of microRNA and other related short RNAs in embryonic stem cells during early embryogenesis in the mouse

    UEC Building, Office 1107: 856-566-6847

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    Archana Kumari, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Defining gene expression and regulation in tongue epithelium.
    • To illustrate mechanisms that underlie taste disruptions in patients receiving Hedgehog pathway inhibitor drugs​.
    • Identification of signaling alterations that causes pharmaceutical drug-induced taste disturbances

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    Paola Leone, Ph.D., Professor

    • Pathophysiology of Canavan Disease and Metachromatic leukodystrophy
    • Gene therapy of neurodegenerative diseases

    Science Center, 250: 856-566-6334

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    Jessica A. Loweth, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Effects of chronic stress exposure on relapse vulnerability in an animal model of craving and relapse
    • Identifying neuroadaptations that promote resilience and reduce vulnerability to stress- and cue-induced craving and relapse

    Science Center, 290A: 856-566-7130

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    Daniel Manvich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Behavioral pharmacology of psychostimulants, opioids, and other drugs of abuse.
    • Neurobiological mechanisms underlying stress-induced relapse to drug use.

    Science Center, 204A: 856-566-6424 

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    Dmitriy Markov, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Factors that regulation yeast mitochondrial transcription in response to stress.
    • Mitochondrial metabolism and migration in neural tissue.
    • Regulation of catecholamine storage in response to neurostimulants.

    Science Center, 203B: 856-566-6915

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    Sean Michael McBride, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Molecular Mechanisms and Circuitry of Memory.
    • Drug Discovery for the treatment of cognitive disorders and autism spectrum disorders.
    • Animal models of genetic disorders associated with intellectual disability and autism  
    • Neurodegenerative Disorders including Alzheimer’s Disease and tauopathies.

    Science Center, 211A: 856-566-6847

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    Rachel Navarra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor     

    • Effects of catecholamine neurotransmission on electrophysiological indices of sensory signal processing.
    • Effects of performance enhancing drugs on behavior in preclinical rodent models of cognition and complex decision-making.
    • The impact of repetitive mild traumatic brain injuries on dimensions of executive function and potential therapeutic strategies. 

    Science Center, 226: 856-566-6829

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    Dimitri Pestov, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    • Ribosomal RNA processing and ribosome assembly
    • Role of ribosome biogenesis alterations in cancer
    • Oxidative stress-induced ribosome damage

    Science Center, 104B: 856-566-6904

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    Deborah Podolin, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Vice Chair of Education

    • Course Director of Medical Physiology.
    • Teaches Endocrine Pharmacology.
    • Lecturer in the Graduate School in Exercise Physiology, Pharmacology and Fundamentals of Systems Biology.

    Rowan Medicine Building, Suite 2200A: 856-566-6361

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    Benjamin Rood, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Behavioral Neurobiology
    • Monoamine Transmitter Systems
    • Stress & Anxiety

    Science Center, 206A: 856-566-6918 

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    Natalia Shcherbik, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Investigation of ribosome surveillance pathways and ribosome degradation mechanisms
    • Dissection of co-translational and post-translational protein quality control mechanisms
    • Investigation of cap-independent translation initiation controlled by 5'-UTRs (untranslated regions) 

    Science Center, 145A: 856-566-6914

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    Bernd W. Spur, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    • Synthesis and biological activities of lipid mediators of inflammation: Isoprostanes, Neuroprostanes, Phytoprostanes, Leukotrienes and Prostaglandins
    • Synthesis of lipid mediators of resolution: Lipoxins, Resolvins, Neuroprotectins and Maresins
    • Clinical studies in areas of inflammation including Autism, Asthma and Alzheimer's disease.

    Science Center, 102A: 856-566-7016

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    Venkat Venkataraman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    • Cell communication – how cells receive signals and decipher them to respond in an appropriate fashion
    • Communication in neuronal cells – both central and peripheral

    Science Center, 205: 856-566-6418

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    Elizabeth West, Ph.D., Assistant Professor     

    • Identifying the neurobiological mechanisms mediating decision-making related to natural and drug rewards
    • Characterizing the effects of disease-states, including a history of drugs of abuse or chronic stress, on neural circuitry mediating decision-making

    Science Center, 210: 856-566-6051 

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    James White, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Rowan Medicine Building, Suite 2200: 856-566-6231

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    Kingsley Yin, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    • Inflammation resolution in sepsis.
    • Beneficial effects of Lipoxin A4 in resolving inflammation during sepsis. 

    Science Center, 203B: 856-566-6978   


Secondary Appointment

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    James M. Holaska, Ph. D., Associate Professor

    • Molecular mechanisms underlying how the nuclear envelope regulates some of these fundamental cellular processes, including genomic architecture, RNA transcription and cell signaling.

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