Graduate Field Faculty

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Carrie Adler

Molecular Medicine stem cells and regeneration in planarians; neural control of feeding behavior and chemotaxis; regeneration of neurons.
Andrew H. Bass NBB animal communication, especially production and encoding of vocal signals; evolution and sexual differentiation of brain and behavior
Chemistry & Chemical Biology understanding the signaling cues that direct cell proliferation, differentiation and development
Cornell Lab of Ornithology abundances and acoustic behaviors of birds, fish, elephants, and whales; evolution and function of acoustic signaling behavior in animals
Psychology olfactory perception as a complex system; coordinating behavioral; physiological, pharmacological, and computational studies of sensory sampling; learning and memory; biological neural networks
Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology examination of how the chemical reactions of biology are organized in time and space, and how this organization is harnessed by cells to generate distinct outcomes
Food Science utilizes techniques from physiology, molecular biology and behavioral science to study the neuroscience of the mammalian taste system
NBB mechanisms of neurotransmitter and neuropeptide release; synaptic development
Psychology neurobiology of avian song learning; neurobiology of avian caching; hormonal influences on brain structure; evolution of learning
NBB neuromodulation in the cortex, with a focus on the role of dopamine release in cognitive flexibility and the explore/exploit balance; optical and genetic methods for recording and stimulating neural populations in freely behaving mice and in virtual environments

learning and memory, neural circuit dynamics, large-scale cellular recordings, ontogenetic manipulations, naturalistic rodent behaviors, brain computation and theory, spatial navigation

NBB motor control with a focus on hindbrain and spinal cord; optical and genetic approaches for studying neuronal structure and function; regeneration
Entomology invertebrate neuroethology; sensory guidance; neural evolution in arthropods
NBB neural circuits for trial and error learning in songbirds and mice
Molecular Biology & Genetics dendrite development and degeneration regulated by intrinsic mechanisms and by the neuronal environment
NBB neuromodulation of neural networks in lobster and mouse spinal cord; molecular manipulation of ion channels in neurons
Andrew Hein Computational Biology how organisms generate behavior during ecological interactions -- for example, when pursuing and capturing prey, escaping from predators, or interacting socially with group-mates; computational and neural mechanisms by which these behaviors are generated; implications these behaviors have for ecosystem function and longer-term behavioral evolution
NBB animal communication; behavior genetics of invertebrates; regeneration and development in invertebrate nervous systems
Walt Koenig
NBB and CLO animal social behavior and in the behavioral ecology of oaks
Vet School cellular signaling; ion channels; genetic cell sensors; conditional gene targeting
Alex Kwan Biomedical Engineering neurobiology of drugs for treating depression, such as ketamine and psychedelics; in vivo optical imaging of dendrites and large-scale electrophysiology of cortical circuit dynamics
Vet School axon guidance and target formation during the development of the mouse olfactory system, using genetic, in vitro, and genomic approaches
Christiane Linster NBB neural coding and memory in the olfactory system; emphasis on neuromodulatory influences; combined approach using behavior, electrophysiology, and computational modeling
Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering neural activity and inflammation in neurodegenerative disease, novel optical tools for in vivo measurements
Vet School molecular and electrophysiological analysis of glutamate receptors, ion channels, and response mechanisms in synaptic transmission
Azahara Oliva NBB neural network dynamics; brain representations of animal behavior; brain wide modulation of local neural activity during different brain states (behavioral states, physiological states, network states
Vet School molecular neurobiology and biophysics; neurotransmitter receptors and signal transduction
Vet School mammalian reproductive biology with a focus on the life history trade-offs associated with hormones, behavior and aging
NBB chemically-mediated plant/animal interactions; biosynthesis, physiology and evolution of fragrance; insect olfaction, behavior and pollination ecology
NBB theoretical sociobiology; evolution of cooperation and conflict in animals and plants; behavioral ecology; plasticity in insect social behavior

mate choice; genome evolution; vision; behavioral genetics; sexual selection; visual ecology; fish


Madineh Sedigh-Sarvestani NBB neural circuits for visual processing, with a focus on the role of species-specific movements. methods include neural activity measurement in immobilized and freely moving animals and computational modeling. 
Biomedical Engineering advanced optical techniques used to observe and manipulate in vivo biological systems with the goal of developing a microscopic-scale understanding of normal and disease-state physiological processes; neurodegeneration caused by occlusion of microvessels in the brain
NBB sociobiology: physiology, ecology, and evolution of animal societies, especially the societies of insects
NBB species and speciation; behavioral genetics; sexual selection and evolution; genetic architecture of behavior (QTLs); linkage analysis and genome evolution; genetics of diverging lineages; the conceptual nature of species; molecular systematics; comparative methods; orthopteroid insects
Michael Sheehan NBB recognition systems; animal communication; evolution of social behavior; cooperation; comparative methods; genetic basis of signals and behaviors; population and comparative genomics; sensory systems; rodents; paper wasps
Psychology neural systems involved in learning and memory functions; multi-site neuronal recordings and neurochemical inactivation in behaving rodents used to identify brain circuitry involved in these functions
Weinan Sun NBB

biological and artificial intelligence, learning and memory, large-scale 2-photon calcium imaging in rodents

Psychology neural circuits for vocal communication; communicative functions of vocalizations in mice; viral genetic methods to map neurons and to monitor and manipulate neural activity during behavior
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology behavioral ecology, evolutionary endocrinology, mechanisms of behavior, stress responses, phenotypic flexibility, sexual selection and sexual signaling
NBB animal orientation and navigation; animal acoustic communication
NBB neural circuitry of reward and motivation, combining optical control of genetically and topologically defined circuit elements with monitoring and decoding of neural activity
NBB/Cornell Lab of Ornithology reproductive strategies and the evolutionary causes and consequences of variation in sexual signals, primarily using birds as a model system
Gregory Arthur Weiland Vet School molecular neurobiology and neuropharmacology; receptor and ion channel mechanisms
NBB neural circuits that regulate state dependent decision making, motivation and food intake using approaches ranging from high resolution quantitative measurements of behavior, functional imaging, neural tracing and genetics