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INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY – NEUROSCIENCE (IBNS)


The FAU Integrative Biology – Neuroscience (IBNS) PhD program is a joint program of the Colleges of Science and Medicine with the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), the first U.S. institute of the world-renowned Max Planck Society. IBNS students may also pursue doctoral study with faculty at The Scripps Research Institute. The IBNS Ph.D. program offers students a curriculum, research resources and mentors suited to the study of molecular, cell and systems neuroscience. IBNS students explore cutting-edge questions in neuroscience through the use of multidisciplinary approaches, the use of leading invertebrate and vertebrate model systems, and with access to a suite of cuttingedge molecular, optical and physiological recording technologies. Learn more at: biology.fau.edu/academics/graduate/phd-biology-degree-programs-ibn.php

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FACULTY MENTORSAREA OF EMPHASIS
Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D. Synaptic Genetics, Neurochemistry and Pharmacology; Animal Models of Neuropsychiatric Disorders; Transporter Proteins and Psychoactive Drugs
M. McLean Bolton, Ph.D Disorders of neural circuit function
Lucia Carvelli, Ph.D. Explores novel ion channels as targets for amphetamines and the ability of psychostimulants to exert multi-generational effects.
Jason Christie, Ph.D Mechanisms of synaptic signaling and computation
Brenda J. Claiborne, Ph.D. Neuronal development in human hippocampal formation and learning in aged individuals
Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D. Molecular and cellular basis for learning; diseases that affect learning and memory
Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D. Neurobiology of cellular stress and neuroprotection using live cell imaging, electrophysiology and behavior genetics
Erik Duboué, Ph.D. Effects of early stress on brain circuitry and function and the etiology of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Gregg B. Fields, Ph.D. Extracellular matrix biochemistry, synthetic protein design and construction
David Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. Functional organization and development of neural circuits in the cerebral cortex, neural basis of visual perception
Tanja Godenschwege, Ph.D. Molecular and cellular neuroscience, neurodevelopment, cellular basis of neurological disorders and drug discovery
Brock Grill, Ph.D. Molecular mechanisms of nervous system development
Kathleen Guthrie, Ph.D. Neural stem cells, adult neurogenesis and factors that affect survival and integration of new neurons; Activity-dependent remodeling of olfactory-limbic circuits; Neurotrophic factor effects on neuron morphology
Ceylan Isgor, Ph.D. Neuromorphological, behavioral and molecular consequences of chronic, variable stress during peripubertal-juvenile period in rats
William Ja, Ph.D. Molecular genetics of aging, behavior and disease
Kailiang Jia, Ph.D. Molecular regulation of aging
Alex Keene, Ph.D. Neurogenetics and the evolution of behavior
Hyungbae Kwon, Ph.D. Understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms of experience-dependent neural circuit modification using a mouse model
Gregory Macleod, Ph.D. Mitochondrial support of neurotransmission, pH influences on synaptic plasticity, neurotransmission and aging
Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D. Striatal signaling and drug addiction, G protein signal transduction pathways, molecular mechanisms of vision
Courtney Miller, Ph.D. Neurobiological underpinnings of memory disorders, with the goal of developing novel therapeutics
Sarah L. Milton, Ph.D. Vertebrate anoxia tolerance, marine turtle physiology
Rodney Murphey, Ph.D. Development and degeneration of synapses
Sathyanarayanan Puthanveettil, Ph.D. Molecular and cellular basis of long-term memory storage and its disorders
Gavin Rumbaugh, Ph.D. How synaptic proteins actively contribute to memory formation and storage
Bert Sakmann, Ph.D. Digital neuroanatomy
James Schummers, Ph.D. Cortical circuits
Wen Shen, Ph.D. Neurophysiology, receptor pharmacology, synapsis, glutamate toxicity
Robert Stackman,Ph.D. Behavioral Neuroscience, Learning and memory
Hiroki Taniguchi, Ph.D. Development and function of inhibitory neural circuits
Rui Tao, D.V.M., Ph.D. Neural circuits affected by drug abuse, Psychostimulant-induced hallucinations, Environmental factor-dependent effects of psychostimulants
Seth Tomchik, Ph.D. Neuromodulation of memory circuits, neuronal circuits and behavior, imaging brain function in health and disease
Robert Vertes, Ph.D. Behavioral neuroscience, functional organization of the brainstem and its role in controlling the activity of the forebrain and neurophysiology of sleep
Jianning Wei, Ph.D. Neurodegenerative disorders
Herbert Weissbach, Ph.D. Effect of oxidative stress on normal and cancer cells
Jang-Yen Wu, Ph.D. Neurotransmission and brain disorders
Baoji Xu, Ph.D. How neural circuits are formed, modified, and maintained in the brain
Ryohei Yasuda, Ph.D. Neuronal signal transduction


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diagram Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology Ph.D. in Integrative Biology Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences


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5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458
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phone: 561.799.8100



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777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
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