Members

Principal Faculty

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Alfonso Apicella, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Email: alfonso.apiecella@utsa.edu
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Dr. Apicella is interested in understanding how cortical circuits process sensory information to drive behavior. He turns neurons 'ON' and 'OFF' using optogenetic and pharmacogenetic approaches in awake behavior mice.

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Bernard Arulanandam, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Professor

Email: bernard.arulanandam@utsa.edu
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Dr. Arulanandam’s lab studies the basic mechanisms of immune defenses at mucosal sites. Mucosal surfaces form the major interface between the host and the environment and constitute the first line of defense against bacterial pathogens which is important for brain health.

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Edwin J. Barea-Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: edwin.barea@utsa.edu
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Dr. Barea-Rodriguez’s research interest focuses on investigating and applying the best teaching practices in STEM education, including the use of pedagogy, which is defined as the method and practice of teaching.


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Eric Brey, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: eric.brey@utsa.edu
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Dr. Brey’s research uses cutting-edge biomedical engineering approaches to advance tissue regeneration. He uses biomaterials as scaffolds for promoting vascularization.


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Astrid E. Cardona, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: astrid.cardona@utsa.edu
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Dr. Cardona studies the crosstalk between the nervous and immune system. She is interested in the regulation of autoimmune disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis and diabetes.


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Thomas G. Forsthuber, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Email: thomas.forsthuber@utsa.edu
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Dr. Forsthuber’s lab studies immune mechanisms in the nervous system using animal models of Multiple Sclerosis. His research is aimed towards developing novel drugs and biomarkers for autoimmune diseases.

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Doug E. Frantz, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: doug.frantz@utsa.edu
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Dr. Frantz uses medicinal chemistry to understand the nervous system in normal and diseased states. His lab is developing new drugs and small molecules to prevent and treat neuropathic pain and other brain disorders.


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Gary Gaufo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: gary.gaufo@utsa.edu
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Dr. Gaufo’s lab studies early developmental patterning in vertebrate embryos. By applying developmental principles, his lab hopes to enhance strategies to promote brain regeneration. 


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Edward Golob, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: edward.golob@utsa.edu
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Dr. Golob’s lab explores fundamental brain processes in the auditory system that support spatial cognition, attention and working memory, and perception and action. His lab also studies normal aging and age-related cognitive disorders.


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Teja Guda, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Email: teja.guda@utsa.edu
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Dr. Guda’s lab is focused on developing regenerative strategies for tissue engineering. The lab uses biomaterials for controlled drug delivery applications, 3D printing and bioreactors and studies matrix mechanics to develop tissue regenerative strategies.


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Brian P. Hermann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: brian.hermann@utsa.edu
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Dr. Hermann’s laboratory studies the biology of adult stem cells. His lab uses cutting-edge genomics techniques to study mechanisms of spermatogonial stem cell development which could be applied to address male infertility.


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Jenny Hsieh, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: jenny.hsieh@utsa.edu
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Dr. Hsieh’s lab focuses on mechanisms that regulate neurogenesis in the mammalian brain. The lab studies health conditions by using human induced pluripotent stem cells and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology as approaches to understand mechanisms underlying brain disorders.


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Yufei Huang, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: Yufei.Huang@utsa.edu
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Dr. Huang uses computational tools and statistical methods to perform high throughput analysis of the genome. His lab also develops brain machine interface approaches to help characterize the function of the brain.


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Chiung-Yu Hung, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: chiungyu.hung@utsa.edu
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Dr. Hung’s lab studies host immunity to fungal infections which can cause nervous system damage. Her research can lead to the developmental of new antifungal therapy.


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David B. Jaffe, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: david.jaffe@utsa.edu
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Dr. Jaffe's lab focuses on how individual neurons and neuronal networks process information. His work focuses on two areas of the nervous system. First, on the hippocampal formation, a region of the brain important for the acquisition and consolidation of declarative information (i.e. facts and events) and one that is impacted early in Alzheimer’s disease. Second, his lab is interested in the transmission of pain information through the dorsal root ganglion into the spinal cord.


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Karl E. Klose, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: karl.klose@utsa.edu
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Dr. Klose’s lab is interested in how bacteria cause disease. He works extensively with Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium that causes cholera, and Francisella tularensis, which causes tularemia.  His lab has broad interest in microbial impacts on human health, including brain health and other disorders.


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Daijin Ko, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: daijin.ko@utsa.edu
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Professor Ko’s research uses mathematical modeling approaches and machine learning methods to detect and analyze neural activity patterns.  


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Richard LeBaron, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: richard.lebaron@utsa.edu
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Dr. LeBaron’s research is focused on extracellular matrix molecules which is important in tissue development and regeneration. His research can be applied to cancer, diabetes, stem cell biology and brain health.  


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Hyoung-gon Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: hyoung-gon.lee@utsa.edu
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Dr. Lee’s research is focused on the understanding of the pathological mechanisms underlying the selective neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. Current research in his lab focuses on the pathological role of neuronal cell cycle re-entry and energy metabolism in AD and peripheral neuropathy. 


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Annie Lin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: annie.lin@utsa.edu
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Dr. Lin’s research is focused on stem cell and cancer biology. Her lab studies how neural stem cells proliferate and differentiate to generate functional neurons in brain health and disease.


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Aimin Liu, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: aimin.liu@utsa.edu
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Dr. Liu’s lab uses chemical biology techniques to study mechanisms of oxygen which is important in cellular metabolism and brain health.


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Jose L. Lopez-Ribot, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Email: jose.lopezribot@utsa.edu
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Dr. Lopez-Ribot’s lab studies the biology of microbial biofilms and uses animal models to better understand virulence and host responses during infection. His research aims at developing new anti-virulence drugs for the treatment of fungal infections.


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Lindsey Macpherson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Email: lindsey.macpherson@utsa.edu
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The Macpherson lab uses calcium imaging and optogenetic tools to monitor and manipulate the function of specific chemosensory circuits.


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Asif Mirza Maroof, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Email: asif.maroof@utsa.edu
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Dr. Maroof's lab studies the molecular and physiological aspects of cellular dysfunction that occur in the brain with aging, injury, or disease. His lab uses human induced pluripotent stem cells from patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and other neurodegenerative disorders.


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John R. McCarrey, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: john.mccarrey@utsa.edu
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Research in Dr. McCarrey’s lab is centered on the development, differentiation, and epigenetic regulation of mammalian germ cells and stem cells. The lab uses epigenomics approaches such as genome-wide methylation and transcriptome analysis. 


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Stan McHardy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Research

Email: stanton.mchardy@utsa.edu
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The McHardy lab specializes in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery research across a number of therapeutic areas, including cancer, neuroscience/pain, infectious disease and diabetes. The lab executes custom synthesis of small molecules, medicinal chemistry and natural product synthesis research for small molecule drug discovery projects.

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Isabel A. Muzzio, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: isabel.muzzio@utsa.edu
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Dr. Muzzio’s research focuses on the variables that affect spatial navigation and episodic memory - events occurring in specific contexts at particular times. Specifically, her lab investigates the effects of emotion on memory processes, the impact of sleep deprivation on learning, and the neural and cognitive changes associated with aging and navigation.


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Christopher Navara, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Research

Email: christopher.navara@utsa.edu

The Navara lab specializes in disease in a dish modeling of human disease using human and non-human primate pluripotent stem cells with a particular focus on neurodegenerative diseases.


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Anson Ong, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: anson.ong@utsa.edu
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Dr. Ong's primary research focus on the modification and characterization of biomaterial surfaces for tissue regenerative applications. In combination with biological molecules and cells, his lab uses novel tissue engineered scaffolds and biomaterials to optimize cellular and tissue responses for the regeneration of functional tissues in order to maintain and repair damaged tissues and/or organs.


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Carlos A. Paladini, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: carlos.paladini@utsa.edu
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The Paladini lab investigates the cellular, synaptic, and circuit mechanisms by which inputs to dopamine neurons influence their activity, and how they are changed in various disease states, such as in drug addiction, psychiatric diseases, and Parkinson’s disease. His lab uses light-sensitive opsins to selectively manipulate brain circuits.


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George Perry, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: george.perry@utsa.edu
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Dr. Perry’s lab is interested in the formation and consequences of Alzheimer’s disease. The lab focuses on oxidative stress as a mechanism underlying Alzheimer’s disease.


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Christopher R. Rathbone, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Email: chris.rathbone@utsa.edu
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The Rathbone lab is interested in developing cell-based therapies for traumatic injuries. His lab specializes in stem cell-based approaches to promote tissue regeneration.


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Kay Robbins, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: kay.robbins@utsa.edu
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Dr. Robbins’s lab uses computational modeling approaches to develop algorithms and tools to automatically analyze activity patterns. Her lab is involved in data-driven research in cancer and neurobiology.


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Garry Sunter, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: garry.sunter@utsa.edu
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Dr. Sunter’s lab explores host-pathogen interactions using plant viruses. His lab is focused on mechanisms of virus gene expression and epigenetic regulation.


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Fidel Santamaria, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: fidel.santamaria@utsa.edu
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Dr. Santamaria uses theoretical and experimental approaches to understand how the cerebellum processes and stores information. He uses computational algorithms to model the function of Purkinje cells and compares them to data obtained from neurons.


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Todd W. Troyer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: todd.troyer@utsa.edu
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Research in the Troyer lab focuses on the question of how neural activity is coordinated within neural circuits to produce behavior. His lab studies songbird and mouse vocalization to understand how the brain orchestrates activity on multiple timescales to produce a complex sequence of actions.


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Gabriela Uribe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Email: gabrielaromero.uribe@utsa.edu
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The Romero lab uses biomedical engineering approaches to understand the function of the brain in normal and disease states. She uses magnetic nanoparticles to non-invasively turn ‘ON’ or ‘OFF’ specific neurons which can be applied to the nervous system in health and disease.


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Matthew Wanat, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Email: matthew.wanat@utsa.edu
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Dr. Wanat's research focuses on the neural circuits that control reward-seeking actions as well as the avoidance of aversive outcomes. The lab employs a diverse array of experimental techniques, including fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, optogenetics, chemogenetics, and fiber photometry.


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Yufeng Wang, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: yufeng.wang@utsa.edu
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Dr. Wang uses computational biology and bioinformatics approaches. The lab performs next-generation sequencing and pathway analyses to understand gene network regulation. 


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Nicole Y. Wicha, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: nicole.wicha@utsa.edu
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Dr. Wicha studies the neurobiology of human language. Her research covers a wide age range from children to older adults. Her current research focuses on the neural mechanisms supporting the bilingual brain, including language comprehension and math cognition. 


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Charles J. Wilson, Ph.D.

Professor

Email: charles.wilson@utsa.edu
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Dr. Wilson’s lab studies the circuitry and neurons of the basal ganglia, a structure that becomes dysfunctional in Parkinson’s Disease. His lab uses intracellular recording, fluorescence microscopy, and computer simulations to study basal ganglia neurons.


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Floyd L. Wormley Jr., Ph.D.

Professor

Email: floyd.wormley@utsa.edu
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Dr. Wormley uses molecular and immunological techniques to study fungal infections related to brain health and other disorders. The lab studies immune mechanisms to advance vaccine development.



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