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Please note that due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program many faculty are from outside of Arizona State University (ASU); therefore, they are not physically located on any of the ASU campuses. The program’s faculty consist of people from various schools and departments at ASU, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), and University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix.

  • Department: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
  • Research Interests: Neural Systems
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Professor Abbas' projects and professional interests at the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems apply neural engineering techniques... More »

  • Department: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
  • Research Interests: Respiratory
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Dynamics of Respiratory Neural Networks
"We propose that serotonergic mechanisms that co-localize with Serotonin... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Organismal, Integrative and Systems Biology
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My research group uses the advanced eusocial honey bee as a model system to study the origins of social life-histories. We want to... More »

  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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My research program combines aspects of cellular, synaptic and network neuroscience by using advanced tools in cellular physiology,... More »

  • Department: School of Speech & Hearing Science
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Aging, Memory and Language
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In the Aging, Memory, and Language lab, we pursue two main lines of research. The first line is basic language and memory research in... More »

  • Department: School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
  • Research Interests: Applied Mathematics
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Dr. Baer received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His thesis research was on the bifurcation... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Neuropsychology
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Dr. Leslie Baxter uses neuroimaging and neurocognitive techniques to study the effect of neurological disease on brain functioning. She... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Neuropsychology
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One of the primary goals of neuroscience is to understand how cells of the nervous system interact to produce global behavioral... More »

  • Department: Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Immunology, Memory, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology
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Sara Brownell is a neuroscientist turned full-time education researcher, who teaches undergraduate biology while studying biology... More »

  • Department: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Motor Control, Neurophysiology
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  • Department: School of Speech & Hearing Science
  • Research Interests: Neural Systems
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"Dr. Chandler's laboratory is concerned with sperm-egg interaction during fertilization in both vertebrates and invertebrates. Eggs of... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Biophysics

The brain is different from other organs in the body by its special ability of information processing. This is mainly achieved by... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: School of Psychology
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Behavioral Neuroscience
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The ultimate goal of my research program is to investigate the mechanisms by which stress influences brain plasticity and resilience.... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: Neuropathology

Dr. Stephen Coons' principal research interest is in translating the results from basic research in the molecular genetics of brain... More »

  • Department: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Bioengineering
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My Ph.D. is from the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine. The emphasis of my research was primarily in neuroscience. In particular... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Sensory Systems

Dr. Craig is a functional neuroanatomist interested in the representation of feelings from the body, which affects theories of emotion... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Biomechanics

Dr. Neil Crawford specializes in research on stability of the spine. He works closely with Barrow staff neurosurgeons, residents, and... More »

  • Department: School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Applied Mathematics
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One of the major challenges in neuroscience is to understand the biophysical mechanisms and algorithms underlying neural computation. In... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: Neuroimaging

Dr. Debbins is a researcher at the Keller Center for Imaging Innovation. His clinical interests include developing advanced pulse... More »

  • Department: Biodesign and School of Life Sciences
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Research Interests: Organismal, Integrative & Systems Biology
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"Research in our laboratory focuses on the neuroendocrine mechanisms that control reproductive physiology and behavior in seasonally... More »

  • Department: School of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Cochlear Implants
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Our laboratory investigates many aspects of speech, voice and music perception by patients fit with cochlear implants and by normal-... More »

  • Department: School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
  • Research Interests: Neurologic/Psychiatric Disease
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In the Motor Control Lab, we believe that control of human movements takes advantage of biomechanical properties of the human limbs.... More »

  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Research Interests: Depression, Addiction, Mood Disorders, Epigenetics, Molecular Genetics and Gene Expression Regulation
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Epigenetic factors may play a key role in unraveling the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of several neuropsychiatric... More »

  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Research Interests: Organismal, Integrative & Systems Biology
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"Dr. Fewell's area of research is the behavioral ecology and evolution of social insects. She is interested in how task organization... More »

  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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My research contributes to our understanding of genetic basis and architecture of speciation, species differences and adaptation. I am... More »

  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Psychiatric Illnesses
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Psychiatric illnesses are caused by both genetic and environmental factors. However, almost nothing is known about how these factors... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Neurobiology

"Dr. Gibson received his PhD from New York University in 1973. Dr. Michael Gazzaniga, who is famous for his studies of the split-brain... More »

  • Department: Psychology
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Physiology

My research is in the area of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular physiology. I am particularly interested in the physiology and... More »

  • Department: School of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Research Interests: Child Language
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Research in the Child Language and Literacy Lab (CHILLL) http://chilll.asu.edu focuses on early... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Neurobiology

"Dr. Hamm is a research scientist in the Division of Neurobiology at Barrow Neurological Institute. His laboratory conducts basic... More »

  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Behavioral Neuroscience

Cellular and molecular basis of behavior; neural adaptation in response to chronic stress exposure; brain mechanisms of schizophrenia.... More »

  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Research Interests: Neuroendocrine

Research Goals: Steroid hormone receptors and their role in organizing sex differences in neuroendocrine function. Molecular mechanisms... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Organismal, Integrative & Systems Biology
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Dr. Harrisons research centers on the physiological mechanisms of insects in the context of environmental stress and evolutionary theory... More »

  • Department: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Bioengineering, Neuroprosthetics
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Dr. He's primary research and teaching interests include the application of advanced control theory to the analysis and control of... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Neuroprosthetics
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My research activities have spanned motor control, learning, and sensorimotor integration, and throughout my career have focused on... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Research Interests: Physiology
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  • Department: School Psychology
  • Research Interests: Cognition, Action & Perception
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Current research interests: Visual perception of linguistic and form stimuli; retrieval and decision processes in long- and short-term... More »

  • Department: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: T-Gen
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Neurogenomics

Dr. Huentelman is an Investigator in the Neurogenomics Division where his research interests center around the investigation of the “-... More »

  • Department: School of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Research Interests: Child Language
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The Child Language Research lab conducts research on how young children acquire language across linguistic contexts. This research... More »

  • Department: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
  • Research Interests: Epileptogenesis
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Dr. Iasemidis is recognized as an expert in the dynamics of epileptic seizures, and his research, one hundred peer-reviewed publications... More »

  • Department: T-Gen
  • Research Interests: Neurodegenerative Diseases

Dr. Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen is interested in neurodegenerative diseases and diseases that are characterized by abnormal synaptic... More »

  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: School of Psychology
  • Research Interests: Behavioral Neuroscience
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Current research: Tobacco abuse; ADHD; Mathematical models of perception, learning and choice; behavioral economics.

  • Department: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Contact: email
  • Department: Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Research Interests: Developmental Neurogenetics, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Neurogenomics
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The Kruer lab studies crucial cellular neuroprotective mechanisms that lead to childhood neurological disorders when they... More »

  • Department: School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Evolution and Bioinformatics
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  • Department: Department of Psychology
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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Developmental behavior genetic approach; Individual differences in appropriate and inappropriate emotional responding-including... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Research Interests: Organismal, Integrative & Systems Biology
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The center of my research is the evolution and maintenance of sociality, especially the form that is prevalent in all ants, termites,... More »

  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: School of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Research Interests: Motor Speech Disorders
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The availability of plants overexpressing acetylcholinesterase prompted us to investigate the intriguing possibility of the presence in... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Neurochemistry

"Dr. Lukas received a B.S. degree in physics from the State University of New York College at Cortland and was a National Science... More »

  • Department: Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Neuropsychology

"Dr. Macknik is the Director of the Laboratory of Behavioral Neurophysiology at Barrow. He studies the neural underpinnings of visual... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Neural Systems

"Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde is a laboratory director at the Barrow Neurological Institute. The Nobel laureate, David Hubel, at Harvard... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: School of Psychology
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Cognition, Action & Perception
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Three kinds of pitch perception: Baseball, music, and spatial orientation (each with the central theme of modeling perceptual principles... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Research Interests: Organismal, Integrative & Systems Biology
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We use field and laboratory studies to identify the mechanisms and functions of colorful ornaments in birds. These colors often serve as... More »

  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: Neuro-oncology, Neurodevelopment
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Aberrations in the regulatory network controlling fate choice decisions of stem/progenitor cells during development have been the... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Research Interests: Biomedicine, Biotechnology
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Currently, the major thrust areas in Dr. Mor's laboratory are 1) with the sponsorship of DARPA, the evaluation of transgenic plants as a... More »

  • Department: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Micro-Electromechanical Systems
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My research interests are in the areas of Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for Neural communication, and plasticity in the central... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: Developmental Neurogenetics

Dr. Narayanan has a special interest in the genetic basis of neurological disorders. In collaboration with Dr. Kirk Aleck (Pediatric... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Organismal, Integrative & Systems Biology
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My research investigates the neural mechanisms that are involved in drug dependence, primarily focusing on cocaine and nicotine. One of... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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My research is focused on the biochemical and cellular mechanisms that direct the formation of the brain and spinal cord. We rely upon a... More »

  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Neural Systems

My research interest is the study of neural circuitry involved in long-term consequences of social stress; particular to examine brain... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: School of Psychology
  • Research Interests: Behavioral Neuroscience
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My research focuses on the neurobiology of drug addiction and alcoholism. The ultimate goals of the my research program are to further... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Organismal, Integrative & Systems Biology
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"We are working towards an integrated understanding of how stress alters brain function, with particular emphasis on behavioral and... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: School of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Research Interests: Pediatric Amplification
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In the Pediatric Amplification Laboratory, the effects of hearing loss on children's ability to perform auditory tasks that vary in... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Research Interests: Organismal, Integrative & Systems Biology
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I study how the complex behavior of animal societies emerges from the interactions of group members, despite the absence of any well-... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: Neurological Research and Surgery
  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: School of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Research Interests: Bilingual Language and Literacy
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Research in the Bilingual Language and Literacy Laboratory is concerned with the development of best practices in assessment and... More »

  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Human Dimensions of Biology
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Dr. Robert conducts research and teaching at the intersection of ethics and philosophy of science. His current research, funded by the... More »

  • Department: School of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Physiology and Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical
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Dr. Romanovsky’s Laboratory at St. Joseph’s Hospital (FeverLab) conducts research... More »

  • Department: School of Psychology
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Behavioral Neuroscience
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In my lab we aim at understanding fundamental and interrelated behavioral processes—learning, choosing, waiting, remembering, and timing... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: Neurological Research and Surgery

Our laboratory investigates the role of CNS progenitors in the normal human brain and in the context of CNS malignancy. In science and... More »

  • Department: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
  • Research Interests: Neural Systems
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Research in the Neural Control of Movement laboratory focuses on understanding the control of complex movements. The human hand's motor... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Brain Tumor
  • Department: School Of Social Work
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: College of Medicine
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: Behavioral Neuroscience

Dr. Jiong Shi is specialized in cognitive and behavioral neurology. His research interests include Alzheimer’s disease and other... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: No interests available.

Dr. Fu-Dong Shi directs the Neuroimmunology Laboratory and Flow Cytometry Core Facility at Barrow. He has been interested in mechanisms... More »

  • Department: School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
  • Research Interests: Neural Systems
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Approximate dynamic programming, estimation and filtering of stochastic processes, neural networks, neurophysiological basis for control... More »

  • Department: School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Endorsed to: Chair
  • Research Interests: Organismal, Integrative & Systems Biology
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My laboratory focuses on how animals learn relationships among stimuli in their environment, and, in particular, on how those stimuli... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: Neurological Research and Surgery

"Dr. Robert Spetzler is a world-renowned neurosurgeon who specializes in cerebrovascular disease and skull base tumors. He has been... More »

  • Department: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
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  • Department: Biodesign
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: Neurotrauma
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My current research includes the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries which includes... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: Epileptology, Neurophysiology

Dr. Treiman has trained a number of postdoctoral fellows in clinical epileptology and epilepsy research. He is a member of several... More »

  • Department: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
  • Research Interests: Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering
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  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: Neural Systems

Dr. Vu’s laboratory investigates the neural mechanisms mediating the learning of complex vocalizations by songbirds and their recovery... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Endorsed to: Co-chair
  • Research Interests: No interests available.
  • Department: School of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Research Interests: Infant Child Research
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The program of research at the Infant Child Research Programs (ICRP) focuses on early childhood, with a particular emphasis on families... More »

  • Department: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Research Interests: Epileptology, Neurophysiology

"Dr. Wu is an experienced electrophysiologist, with over seventeen years of research experience using a variety of electrophysiological... More »

  • Department: School of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Research Interests: Auditory Perception
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I am interested in auditory perception, especially pitch perception, spatial hearing, and modulation processing as these aspects of... More »

  • Department: School of Psychology
  • Research Interests: Clinical
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In my research team we are examining the role of stress and emotions on the capacities of people to sustain wellbeing and recover from... More »

  • Department: School of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Research Interests: Auditory perception; Neurophysiology; Spatial Hearing
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Dr. Zhou’s research (at ASU School of Speech and Hearing Science) investigates the mechanisms of neural functions underlying auditory... More »