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Affiliated Faculty

Cell and Molecular Neuroscience 
Edward Dubrovsky, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Hormonal regulation of development using fruit fly model, examines how two signaling systems interact with each other as they initiate diverse responses in different tissues during metamorphosis.

Eduardo Gallo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, The neural basis of motivated behavior; dissect the role of distinct neuronal populations and neural circuits of the basal ganglia in reward and motivated behavior.

Marija Kundakovic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Environmental effects of the brain epigenome; development of epigenetic biomarkers to predict psychiatric risk; epigenomic profiling in psychiatric disorders. 

Patricio Meneses, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, The basic processes that are necessary to establish HPV infection.

William Thornhill, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Molecular biology of ion channels and ion channel disorder mechanisms (e.g. Episodic Ataxia I, SCA 13); Membrane protein biology in normal and disease state.

Yevgeniya Alkayeva, Ph.D., Laboratory Coordinator, the innovative synthesis of picolinic and nicotinic acids. Picolinic acid is an antagonist to the neurotoxic properties quinolinic acid in the central nervous system. Nicotinic Acid interferes with the neurotoxic effects of heavy metals involved in Parkinson’s Disease.

Mark L. Botton, Ph.D. Professor of Biology, Department of Natural Science, the effects of Heavy Metal Toxicity on Limulus embryos by examining the levels of two SuperOxide Dismutase (SOD)s.

Mary G. Hamilton, Ph.D., Emerita Professor of Chemistry and Coordinator for undergraduate research, Department of Natural Science, the effects of Heavy Metal Toxicity on Limulus embryos by examining the levels of two SuperOxide Dismutase (SOD)s.

Deborah C. Luckett, Lecturer in Biology, Department of Natural Science, Research involved in premature aging disorders.

Robert C. Madden, Ph.D., Lecturer in Biology, Department of Natural Science, the effects of magnetic fields on Cryptochromone-mediated Circadian response by Drosophila.

Joan Roberts, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Department of Natural Science, positive and negative effects of light on the human eye.

Stephen Keeley, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Interface of machine learning and neuroscience.

Ipsita Banerjee, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, building supramolecular assemblies as smart materials for a variety of biological and biomedical applications. 

Martin Di Grandi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Using medicinal chemistry to improve the biological activity of natural products for the treatment of viral infections and cancer; the total synthesis of natural products.

Marie Thomas, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemistry. 

Cognitive Neuroscience
Elissa Aminoff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, The effect of experience and context on visual perception; use of neuroimaging techniques, computational models, and cognitive theory to examine this relationship.

Peggy Andover, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI); attempted suicide; NSSI and suicide treatment development; pain perception.

Sarah Grey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, neurocognition of adult second language acquisition (SLA) and bilingualism using behavioral and electrophysiological techniques to study adult language learning and bilingual language processing as well as the effects of cognitive, social, and biological individual differences on learning/processing.

Mark Mattson, Ph.D., Asspciate Professor of Psychology, Implications of speech and action errors for action planning, execution, and conscious control; Connectionist models of cognitive process; Functions of autobiographical memory; History of psychology at Fordham memory.

Monica Rivera-Mindt, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, Neurocognitive and functional consequences of HIV/AIDS and health disparities among U.S. Latinos.

Molly Zimmerman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, The impact of various life experiences, such as the aging process, sleep, stress, and traumatic brain injury, on our cognitive abilities; use of neuroimaging techniques to examine the underlying neural mechanisms that support these relationships.

Systems and Computational Neuroscience
Xiaoxu (Henry) Han, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Bioinformatics, Data mining and machine learning.

Damian Lyons, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science, Cognitive Robotics; Computational models of reaching and grasping; vision and depth sensing.

Gary Weiss, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science, Machine learning and data mining, the use of computational methods to improve performance over time (i.e., learning) or to acquire extra knowledge from data (i.e., data mining).

Ruhul Amin, Ph.D., Assistant Processor, Department of Computer and Information Science, Computational methods to solve cutting edge problems in the area of public health, bioinformatics, natural language processing, computational social science, and accessibility.