Program Faculty + Staff

Mark Brown
Mark Brown

Professor, Entomology

Research Interests: Neuro-endocrinology of development, reproduction, and metabolism in insects; evolution of peptide hormone structure and function

Abigail Butcher
Abigail Butcher

NSURE Program Coordinator

Jarrod Call

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology (Exercise Science Programs)

Research Interests: Skeletal muscle physiology, mitochondrial physiology, regenerative medicine, muscle electrophysiology

Paige Carmichael

Professor, Pathology

Research Interests: Inherited diseases, general pathology, ophthalmic pathology, digestive pathology, integumentary pathology

Ikseon Choi

Professor, Career and Information Studies

Research Interests: Case-based e-learning and real-world problem solving in higher education

Julie Coffield

Associate Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology, Toxicology

Research Interests: Toxicology, neurotoxicology, cellular mechanisms of Botulinum neurotoxins

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Adriana Copley

NSURE Program Assistant

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Krzysztof Czaja

Associate Professor, Veterinary Biosciences & Diagnostic Imaging

Research Interests: Neurology, neurogenesis, taste alterations

Gaylen Edwards

Department Head, Physiology & PharmacologyGeorgia Athletic Association Professorship in Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Neural processing of abdominal sensory information. Control of ingestive behavior and autonomic function

Jonathan Eggenschwiler

Associate Professor, Genetics

Research Interests: Genetic analysis of mouse development; cell fate specification in the embryonic central nervous system; patterning of the body plan’s left-right axis

Nik Filipov

Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology

Research Interests: Neurotoxicology; neuroimmunology; communication of the nervous systems in health and disease; basal ganglia disorders

Janette Hill

Professor and Graduate Coodinator, Career and Information Studies

Research Interests: Student-centered open learning environments

Shelly Hooks

Associate Professor, Neuroscience; Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Research Interests: G-protein coupled receptors, molecular pharmacology, signal transduction, ovarian cancer, neural stem cells

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Daichi Kamiyama

Assistant Professor, Cellular Biology; Neuroscience

Research Interests: Identifying principles of neural circuit assembly

Lohitash Karumbaiah

Assistant Professor, Animal & Dairy Science 

Research Interests: Defects in carbohydrate biosynthesis and alterations in carbohydrate composition; development of new carbohydrate-based biomaterials for spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and neural interfacing applications

Peter Kner

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Improving imaging at the nanoscale in biomedicine and engineering; optics and biophotonics

James Lauderdale

Associate Professor, Cellular Biology; Graduate Coordinator, Neuroscience

Research Interests: Cells and disease; cells in development

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Jae-Kyung “Jamise” Lee

Assistant Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology

Research Interests: Neuroinflammation, microglia biology, regulator of G-protein signaling (RGS), nurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis

Hongxiang Liu. Phot by Paul Efland.
Hongxiang Liu

Assistant Professor, Animal & Dairy Science

Research Interests: Using taste buds as a model for developmental biology and regenerative medicine studies; identification of progenitor/stem cells of taste buds in non-mammalian vertebrates

Emily Noble

Assistant Professor, Foods and Nutrition

Research Interests: Feeding behavior, physical activity, energy expenditure, mechanisms by which diet and exercise affect the brain and cognitive function

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Rachel Roberts-Galbraith

Assistant Professor, Cellular Biology 

Research Interests: Regeneration and development; understanding cellular/molecular mechanisms that underlie neural regeneration in planarians

Jesse Schank

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience; Physiology & Pharmacology

Research Interests: The role of stress and neuropeptides in drug seeking behavior using behavioral pharmacology,
neuroanatomy, and molecular neuroscience

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Walter Schmidt

Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 

Research Interests: Molecular cell biology and biochemistry of proteases associated with isoprenylated protein maturation and amyloidogenic peptide degradation; cancer; Alzheimer’s disease.

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John Wagner

Professor Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology; Toxicology

Research Interests: Neurophysiology of the hippocampus, cellular mechanisms of learning and memory, neuropharmacology of drugs of abuse and rodent models of addiction

Frank West

Associate Professor Neuroscience’ Regenerative Medicine

Research Interests: Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide. We explore the potential of neural stem cells and other regenerative therapies to recover lost and damaged brain tissue. We utilize a novel pig ischemic stroke model in conjunction with magnetic resonance imaging, cognitive, motor function testing and histology

Nadja Zeltner

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Cellular Biology

Research Interests: Effects of pathological stress on cells of the peripheral nervous system and the adrenal gland. In vitro disease modeling using human pluripotent stem cells

Zhao, Qun
Qun Zhao

Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Research Interests: Experimental, Computational MRI Physics; Magnetic resonance applications in medicine, access to the state-of-the-art MRI technology