Neuroscience Graduate Program
Prefrontal and somatosensory cortex; pyramidal neurons; synaptic
transmission; excitatory neurotransmitters; the role of
dendrites in synaptic integration; and dopaminergic modulation
of dendritic excitability.
Multiple Sclerosis, signaling mechanisms that regulate
development, myelination, demyelination and remyelination in
transgenic mouse models and in tissue culture.
Cellular and molecular biology of glia and neurons and their
role in multiple sclerosis and autism.
Neurons responsible for transmitting sensory
information to the central nervous system; the primary
Behavioral neuroscience: psychoacoustics.
RNA trafficking in eucaryotic cells.
Stem cells; glia; metalloproteinases; cytokines; development;
pathology; tissue culture.
Pituitary; peptides; trafficking; enzymes; tissue culture;
molecular interactions; neurons.
Gustatory neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, behavior and disorders;
processing of chemosensory information by the nervous system;
clinical testing of oral chemosensory function in humans.
Duck O. Kim
Neurobiology and biophysics of the auditory system;
computational neuroscience of single neurons and neural systems;
experimental otolaryngology (otoacoustic emissions); biomedical
Neurophysiology and anatomy of mammalian auditory system,
principles of binaural signal processing.
Synaptic physiology and plasticity, roles of nerve growth
factors and endogenous cannabinoids in hippocampus and cortex.
Mechanisms underlying normal and
abnormal development of the central nervous system; stem cell
Stem cells; neural development and degeneration.
Morphological determinants of cell physiology; image-based
computational models of cellular biology; spatial variations of
cell membrane electrophysiology; new optical methods for probing
Synaptogenesis and spine plasticity in hippocampal neurons;
estrogen hormones, cocaine, stress and synaptic plasticity.
Pituitary; peptides; vesicles; enzymes; substance abuse,
neuronal cultures, behavior.
Basic mechanisms involved in cerebral ischemia.
Chemical genetic approaches in corneal angiogenesis, fibrosis
and retinal gliosis.
Synaptic organization; parallel information processing in the
central nervous system; Ionic currents and channel expression
and their role in information processing; neurocytology,
morphology, and cellular physiology of CNS sensory systems;
biology of hearing and deafness.
Mechanisms regulating pathogenesis of CNS
Development of novel therapies for experimental advanced,
imminently lethal malignant brain tumors in rats and mice; Use
of gold nanoparticles to develop a new form of radiation therapy
(gold-enhanced radiation therapy) and novel approaches to both
tumor and vascular imaging.
Neurophysiology; oculomotor system; modeling of CNS.
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release;
potassium and calcium channel function; Synaptic localization of
Optical imaging technology;
regulation mechanisms in dendritic RNA translation; cytoskeletal
Cellular and molecular aspects of CNS development; primate
cerebral cortex; microglia; multiple sclerosis.