Faculty

The overall research program in this laboratory is directed toward understanding the basic mechanisms by which chemicals adversely affect the nervous system. This should lead to a better assessment of acute and chronic neurotoxicities and...
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Adcock received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Emory University and her MD and PhD in Neurobiology from Yale University. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at UC-San...
Department of Neurobiology
We study neural coding and computation from a theoretical perspective with particular emphasis on probabilistic reasoning and decision making under uncertainty, complex behavioral modeling, computational models of cortical circuits and...
Department of Biology
THE GOAL: A major goal in neuroscience is to understand how neural circuits represent sensory information or guide behavior. Because of the complexity of our nervous system it is often difficult to pinpoint the neurons that participate in...
I am a gut-brain neuroscientist. Though my initial studies focused on GI physiology and nutrition, my expertise evolved to include neuroscience following the many personal stories, which have carefully sharpened my career vision along the...
Department of Neurobiology
We use theoretical models of brain systems to investigate how they process and learn information from their inputs. Our current work focuses on the mechanisms of learning and memory, from the synapse to the network level, in collaboration...
Department of Cell Biology
Studies of the mechanisms of action and regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters at the cellular and molecular levels constitute the main goals our of research activities. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) mediate the actions of...
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Neurobiology
My laboratory studies how the retina processes visual scenes and transmits this information to the brain. We use multi-electrode arrays to record the activity of hundreds of retina neurons simultaneously in conjunction with transgenic...
Owen Flanagan was born and raised in Westchester County New York. He received his Ph.D. in 1978 from Boston University. He taught for sixteen years (1978-1993) at Wellesley College as Class of 1919 Professor of Philosophy. In 1993 he came...
Kevin Franks
Department of Neurobiology
Lindsey Glickfeld
Department of Neurobiology
That a picture can be worth a thousand words relies on the power of the visual system. In order to divide the labor of this task, the visual cortex is organized into specialized modules that process distinct features. My lab uses the mouse...
Department of Biomedical Engineering
We're interested in understanding brain function using the combination of genetically encoded sensors and optical techniques. Using genetically encoded tools, we can target specific neuron types or specific projection pathways for...
Jorg Grandl, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology
Ion channels can be activated (gated) by various stimuli such as chemicals, voltage, pressure and temperature. We develop novel biophysical techniques to identify mechanisms of ion channel function.
After working in nonlinear dynamics and nonequilibrium pattern formation for many years, my research group has begun studying problems in theoretical neurobiology in collaboration with Professor Richard Mooney's experimental group on...
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Our research employs engineering approaches to understand and control neural function. We work on fundamental questions and applied development in electrical stimulation of the nervous system to restore function to individuals with...
Department of Neurobiology, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Research in my laboratory concerns how sensory and motor systems work together, and how neural representations play a combined role in sensorimotor and cognitive processing (embodied cognition). Most of our work concerns the interactions...
My clinical areas of expertise include spinal surgery, especially cervical spine surgery where I have performed over 5,400 cervical spine procedures and recently was ranked the top cervical spine surgeon in the country by MPIRICA (an...
Department of Statistical Science
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Research in my laboratory investigates the brain mechanisms underlying economic and social decision making; collectively, this research falls into the field of “decision neuroscience” or "neuroeconomics". My laboratory uses fMRI to probe...
Court Hull
Department of Neurobiology
We study neural circuits in the rodent cerebellum involved with motor timing, coordination, and learning. Our approaches include high-speed multiphoton imaging from cerebellar neurons in vivo during behavior, extracellular and...
Department of Anesthesiology
Chronic pain is a major health problem in the US, affecting 100 million Americans. The long-term goal of the lab is to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie the genesis of chronic pain and, furthermore, to develop novel...
Department of Pediatrics
The research in Jiang’s lab is directed at understanding genetic and epigenetic basis of human diseases with a focus on genomic imprinting disorders of Angelman and Prader-Willi syndrome as well as autism spectrum disorders. Angelman...
Boris Kantor
Department of Neurobiology
Kantor Lab, the Duke University Viral Vector Core, facilitates the use of virus-mediated tools for gene transfer by investigators across diverse fields of study such as systems neuroscience, stem cell biology, metabolism, aging, cancer...
Department of Neurobiology, Department of Ophthalmology
We study how neural circuits devoted to specific visual processing tasks arise during development of the retina, and the consequences for circuit function when development goes wrong. The tools of mouse genetics are central to our approach...
Department of Cell Biology
We are interested in the regulation of postnatal/adult neural stem cells and how they modify brain homeostasis in health and disease. Throughout embryonic and postnatal development, neural stem cells give rise to differentiated neurons,...
Al La Spada, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Neurology
Our laboratory uses molecular biology, cell culture, and animal modeling techniques to examine the CNS response to acute injury. In particular, our laboratory examines the role of microglial activation and the endogenous CNS inflammatory...
Department of Neurology
Research Interests in the Liedtke-Lab: Pain/ nociception Sensory transduction and -transmission TRP ion channels Water and salt equilibrium regulated by the central nervous system To visit the lab's website, to download papers and Dr...
Department of Neurobiology
We investigate how the brain learns motor skills, and how we use what we see to guide how we move. Our approaches involve studies of eye movements using behavior, neural recordings, and computational analysis. Our work is done on behaving...
Department of Neurobiology
Dr. Lo's laboratory focuses on the translation of basic neuroscience research into the identification new drug candidates and targets for neuropsychiatric diseases including Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, stroke, and glaucoma...
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
We are interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying chemosensation (taste and smell) in mammals. The receptors that detect odorants, pheromones, and many tastants including bitter and sweet chemicals are G-protein coupled receptors (...
We ask how the embryo works. Prior to morphogenesis the embryo specifies each cell through transcriptional regulation and signaling. Our research builds gene regulatory networks to understand how that early specification works. We then ask...
Stuart J. McKinnon, MD, PhD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and cataract. His areas of expertise include open and closed angle glaucomas, neovascular and other secondary glaucomas, and juvenile glaucoma. He is...
Department of Neurobiology
The goal of this laboratory is to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying epileptogenesis, the process by which a normal brain becomes epileptic. The epilepsies constitute a group of common, serious neurological...
Kate Meyer
Department of Biochemistry
Mohamad A. Mikati M.D., is the Wilburt C. Davison Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Neurobiology, and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurology. Dr. Mikati’s clinical research has centered on characterization and therapy of...
Department of Neurobiology
Our broad research goal is to understand the neural mechanisms by which experience guides learning, behavior, and perception. Our group explores the structure and function of sensorimotor circuits important to learned vocal communication...
Department of Neurobiology
Miguel Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D., is the Duke School of Medicine Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Duke University Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering and Psychology and Neuroscience, and founder of Duke's Center for...
Our lab studies animal communication and sexual selection from an integrative perspective that includes a wide range of behavioral ecological, neuroethological, developmental, genetic, and evolutionary approaches. Birds are our most common...
My research interests are understanding the mechanisms underlying induction of cell death induced by a severe form of cellular stress. I am particularly interested in the role of the endoplasmic reticulum in the pathological process...
Department of Neurobiology
The Purves Laboratory is continuing to study visual perception and its neurobiological underpinnings. Ongoing investigations include understanding the perception of brightness, color, orientation, motion, and depth. The unifying theme of...
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Our laboratory studies embryonic brain development, focusing on the process of neurogenesis. During neurogenesis of the cerebral cortex, neural progenitors produce neurons. This process helps dictate the size, structure, and function of...
Extension of long axons is essential for the formation of connections in the developing nervous system, and for effective regeneration of pathways interrupted by traumatic injury, stroke, or other insults in the adult CNS. This laboratory...
We study the interaction of drugs, hormones and environmental factors with the developing organism, with particular emphasis on the fetal and neonatal nervous system. The role of biochemical factors mediating development of nerve cells and...
Department of Biomedical Engineering
We study circuits for cognition. Using a combination of neurophysiology and biomedical engineering, we focus on the interaction between brain areas during visual perception, decision-making, and motor planning. Specific projects include...
Department of Radiology
The research in our lab is concerned with advancing structural and functional MRI methodologies (e.g. fast and high-resolution imaging techniques) for human brain imaging. We also aim to improve our understanding of functional brain...
Department of Neurobiology, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Viventi’s research uses flexible electronics to create new technology for interfacing with the brain at high resolution over large areas. These new tools can help diagnose and treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, and help...
Department of Biology
The long-term goal in the lab is to understand the developmental processes that establish the basic organizational and functional principles of the neuronal circuits in the brain. We investigate how the neuronal circuits assemble,...
Department of Neurobiology
My lab studies neural circuit basis of sensory perception and motor action. Specifically we are interested in determining functions as well as mapping the meso-scale connectivity of neural circuits involved in (1) voluntary movements; (2)...
Humans may sustain a variety of forms of acute central nervous system injury including ischemia, trauma, vasospasm, and perinatal hypoxemia. The Multidisciplinary Neuroprotection Laboratories is dedicated to examining the pathophysiology...
Anne West
Department of Neurobiology
The long term goal of our laboratory is to understand at a cellular/molecular level how neuronal activity regulates the formation and maturation of synapses during brain development, and ultimately to use genetic model systems to...
RESEARCH INTERESTS Last Updated: 31 December 1997 My laboratory uses genetically-modified mice to study the roles that certain genes and gene products play in the expression of abnormal neuroendocrine, neurological, and psychiatric...
Functional architecture of the visual cortex; role of sensory experience in development One important goal of neuroscience is to understand the fundamental principles that shape the developing brain. To achieve this goal, it is necessary...
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Woldorff's main research interest is in the cognitive neuroscience of attention. At each and every moment of our lives, we are bombarded by a welter of sensory information coming at us from a myriad of directions and through our...
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
I am interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying neural circuit formation during development and degeneration in aging. In my lab, We use a free-living tiny roundworm, called Caenorhabditis elegans, as a model. The...
Department of Neurobiology
Our lab is interested in understanding the neural basis of simple decision-making processes. We use Drosophila egg-laying site selection as our model system. To understand how the Drosophila brain assesses and ranks the values of egg-...
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
I am interested in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying goal-directed actions. For the first time in history, advances in psychology and neurobiology have made it feasible to pursue the detailed neural mechanisms underlying goal-...