Program Faculty + Staff

Anna Abraham

Creativity & Gifted Education Professor,  Director, Torrance Center for Creativity & Talent Development

Research Interests: Creativity and the human imagination, mental time travel, mental state reasoning, self-referential cognition, social cognition, consciousness, aesthetic engagement

Studio Portrait of Deborah Barany.
Deborah Barany

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and AU/UGA Medical Partnership

Research Interests: Neural mechanisms of goal-directed movement, functional neuroimaging, non-invasive brain stimulation, neurorehabilitation

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

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Adriana Copley

NSURE Program Assistant

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

Nick Filipov

Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology

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

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Lohitash Karumbaiah

Associate Professor of Regenerative Medicine, Regenerative Bioscience Center, Animal and 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

James Lauderdale


Research Interests: Cells and disease, cells in development

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Sheba MohanKumar

Associate Professor, Veterinary Biosciences and Diagnostic Imaging

Research Interests: Neuroendocrine immune interactions in the context of reproduction and stress, prenatal stress and programming of obesity, environmental exposures and their impact on stress and reproduction, biomarker development for various human diseases

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

Assaf Oshri

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science

Research Interests: Children and youth well-being and resilience, understanding youth development using multi-method (observation, surveys, neuroimaging, stress physiology) and multi-level research (e.g., individual cognition,  personality, family, peer, and neighborhood environments), mechanisms that underlie the link between early life stress in childhood (e.g., child maltreatment, poverty, cultural stress) and adolescent behavioral risk (e.g. substance use and sexual risk behaviors) and resilience


Ramana Pidaparti

Professor, Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow

Research Interests: design engineering and innovation, computational mechanics, drug delivery devices, STEM education

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.

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.

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Jing Xu

Associate Professor, Cognition and Dexterity (CoDex) Lab

Research Interests: Understanding how humans learn complex motor skills, how skills are maintained across age, how to restore them after neuromuscular injuries; identifying behavioral, cognitive, and neural components essential for hand dexterous function; deriving learning and control principles that support the acquisition and production of dexterous movement; exploring factors that influence rehabilitation; long-term goal is designing effective therapies to help patients regain their motor skills

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