Neuroscience Program

Full-time Faculty


  • Giorgio Ascoli

    Giorgio Ascoli

    University Professor, Department of Bioengineering

    Molecular Neuroscience Department: Description and generation of dendritic morphology, hippocampus, human memory, neuron classification, semantic maps


  • Ernest Barreto

    Ernest Barreto

    Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

    Research interests include the study of synchronization in populations of coupled oscillators, the individual and collective dynamics of neurons in the brain, and the fundamental dynamical mechanisms that underlie normal cognitive processing and pathological conditions such as epilepsy

  • Avrama Kim Blackwell

    Avrama Kim Blackwell

    Professor, Department of Bioengineering

    Molecular Neuroscience Department: Computational and experimental approaches to the biophysical and biochemical mechanisms of long term memory storage, understanding the cellular and molecular events underlying the discrimination of spatio-temporal patterns by neurons

  • Jennifer Brielmaier

    Jennifer Brielmaier

    Assistant Professor


  • Juan Raul Cebral

    Juan Raul Cebral

    Associate Professor, Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics, Deparment of BioEngineering

    Patient-specific computational fluid dynamics modeling of blood flows in cerebral arteries and aneurysms; understanding the role of hemodynamics in the mechanisms responsible for aneurysm initiation, growth and rupture; risk assessment; and medical device modeling (flow diverters).


  • Ted Dumas

    Ted Dumas

    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Krasnow Institute

    Neural substrates of memory, neural and cognitive development, stress and behavioral control, real-time brain activity focus in a multidisciplinary setting


  • Jane M Flinn

    Jane M Flinn

    Associate Professor

    The role of metals in learning and memory, including their role in Alzheimer's disease and traumatic brain injury (TBI)

  • Karl Fryxell

    Karl Fryxell

    Associate Professor, School of Systems Biology


  • Daniel E Houser

    Daniel E Houser


    Chair of Department Experimental statistics and methods, emotion and individual differences, political economy


  • Vasiliki Ikonomidou

    Vasiliki Ikonomidou

    Assistant Professor, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • Saleet Jafri

    Saleet Jafri

    Professor, School of Systems Biology; Interim Director, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study; Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience

    Cellular signaling, calcium dynamics, cardiac excitation-contraction coupling, mitochondrial signaling and energy metabolism, high performance computing, computational modeling

  • Wilsaan Joiner

    Wilsaan Joiner

    Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering

    Sensory integration, Sensorimotor learning and control, Computational modeling, Eye – hand coordination, Visual perception


  • Nadine Kabbani

    Nadine Kabbani

    Director of the PhD Program

    Associate Professor, School of Systems Biology | Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience

    Proteomic organization, evolution of signaling networks in neurons

  • Dmitri Klimov

    Dmitri Klimov

    Professor, School of Systems Biology

    Molecular simulations of protein aggregation and interactions of proteins with cellular membranes implicated in Alzheimer’s disease

  • Frank Krueger

    Frank Krueger

    Associate Professor | Chief, Social Cognition and Interaction: Functional Imaging (SCI:FI) Lab

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience: Social Cognition & Prosocial Behaviors



  • Kevin A McCabe

    Kevin A McCabe


    Experimental Economics, Neuroeconomics, Computational Economics

  • Craig McDonald

    Craig McDonald

    Associate Professor

    Executive control, action monitoring, selective attention


  • James L Olds

    James L Olds

    University Professor of Neuroscience, Policy and Government at GMU; Head of the Biological Sciences Directorate at NSF

    Role of signal transduction in memory storage


  • Nathalia Peixoto

    Nathalia Peixoto

    Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

    The engineering of novel implantable devices and electrodes, assistive technology including methods of interfacing electronics that are under human control

  • Matthew S. Peterson

    Matthew S. Peterson

    Associate Professor

    Visual attention, eye movements, working memory, attentional control, brain plasticity, and cognitive training

  • Michael B Pritz

    Michael B Pritz

    Professor, Molecular Neuroscience Department

    Vertebrate brain evolution and development


  • Kathy C. Richards

    Kathy C. Richards

    Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean of the Doctoral Division and Research Development


  • Evelyn Sander

    Evelyn Sander

    Associate Professor, Dynamical Systems and Differential Equations, Department of Mathematical Sciences

  • Siddhartha Sikdar

    Siddhartha Sikdar

    Assistant Professor

  • Paul So

    Paul So

    Associate Professor, School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences

    Nonlinear dynamics with application to neuroscience


  • James C Thompson

    James C Thompson

    Associate Professor

    Examining how we recognize human movement and make sense of other peoples' actions and how this can be applied in specialized settings such as surveillance and in conditions in which human movement recognition may be impaired.


  • Diek Wheeler

    Diek Wheeler

    Research Assistant Professor; Center for Neural Informatics, Neural Structures, and Neural Plasticity; Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

    Neuroinformatics of neuronal types in the rodent hippocampus