Neuroscience

The field of Neuroscience seeks to understand the organization and function of nerve cells and nervous systems, as well as the organismal behaviors they produce, including human cognition.

Stephen Nowicki, Ph.D.

Stephen Nowicki, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

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 model system, but we also have worked with insects, spiders... Full Profile »

Nina Sherwood, Ph.D.

Nina Sherwood, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of the Practice of Biology

We use Drosophila melanogaster as a model to understand nervous system development and function. A genetic screen for molecules important to these processes identified the fly ortholog of the spastin gene, which when mutated in humans leads to a progressive neurodegenerative disease called... Full Profile »

Pelin Volkan, Ph.D.

Pelin Volkan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 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, functionally mature, remodel in developmental and evolutionary time... Full Profile »