A key component of this program is the integration of neuroscience faculty at the Miller School of Medicine with those in the College of Arts & Sciences.

BY DEPARTMENT:
Department of Anesthesiology Department of Biology  Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department of Biomedical Engineering Department of Cell Biology Department of Human Genetics
Department of Marine Biology and Fisheries Department of Medicine Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Department of Neurology Department of Ophthalmology Department of Otolaryngology
Department of Philosophy Department of Physiology and Biophysics Department of Psychology
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Miami Project to Cure Paralysis  
 

BY LAST NAME:

Michael Alessandri, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor, Psychology; Executive Director, UM Center for Autism & Related Disabilities

Email
305-284-6558


Coleen Atkins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery 

Email
305-243-4698


Nagi Ayad, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences 

Email
305-243-7695


James Baker, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor; Imaging Core Facility Manager

Email
305-284-9055


Glen N. Barber, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Cell Biology Department; Associate Director for Basic Research, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Email
305-243-5914


Ellen Barrett, Ph.D.
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics 

Email
305-243-6825


John Barrett, Ph.D.
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics 

Email
305-243-6357


Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Neurology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

Email
305-243-8683


Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Ophthalmology 

Email
305-482-4103


Laura Bianchi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Physiology and Biophysics 

Email
305-243-1887


Roberta Brambilla, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Email
305-243-7131


Helen Bramlett, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurological Surgery
Director of Undergraduate Neuroscience Program

Email
305-243-8926


Jennifer Britton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Child Division

Email
305-284-4943


Berit (Brit) Brogaard, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

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M. Ross Bullock, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Neurological Surgery; Director, Clinical Neurotrauma 

Email
305-243-4456


Alejandro Caicedo, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor, Medicine 

Email
305-243-6025


Nirupa Chaudhari, Ph.D.
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics 

Email
305-243-3427


Akira Chiba, Ph.D.
Professor, Biology 

Email
305-284-3510


Kevin Collins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology

Email
305-284-6566


Gerhard Dahl, M.D.
Professor, Physiology and Biophyics 

Email
305-243-5776


Julia Dallman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology 

Email
305-284-3954


Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm. D.
Professor; Lucille P. Markey Chair

Email
305-243-4005


Kunjan R. Dave, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor, Neurology

Email
305-243-1745


Gavriel David, Ph.D./M.D.
Associate Professor, Physiology and Biophysics 

Email
305-243-6270


W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, The Miami Project; Senior Associate Dean for Discovery Science; Professor, Neurological Surgery, Neurology and Cell Biology 

Email
305-243-2297


Jennifer Durocher, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Child Division

Email
305-284-6557


Mohammad Faghihi, Ph.D./M.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Neuroscience Program Affiliated Faculty Member; Full Member, Center on Aging; Member, Hussman Institute for Human Genomics; Founding Member, Center for Therapeutic Innovations 

Email
305-243-7953


Lynne A. Fieber, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Marine Biology and Fisheries 

Email
305-421-4906


Eugene S. Fu, M.D.
Associate Professor, Clinical Anesthesiology

Email
305-243-4000


John Gilbert, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Genome Technology, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics; Professor, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics

Email
305-243-2282


Bradley J. Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology; Investigator, Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI)

Email
305-243-3564


James D. Guest, Ph.D./M.D.
Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery 

Email
305-243-6946


Abigail S. Hackam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Ophthalmology and Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology 

Email
305-243-9270


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Shuanglin Hao, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology; Neuroscience Program Affiliated Faculty Member 

Email
305-243-6420


Aaron S. Heller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Gillian A Hotz, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery 

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George Inana, Ph.D./M.D.
Professor, Ophthalmology and Physiology & Biophysics 

Email
305-326-6509


Sari Izenwasser, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences 

Email
305-243-2032


Amishi Jha, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Health Division

Email
305-284-1931


Richard S. Jope, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences 

Email
305-243-0262


Robert W. Keane, Ph.D.
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics 

Email
305-243-5726


Michael Kim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

Email
305-243-1690


H. Peter Larsson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Physiology and Biophysics

Email
305-243-1021


Jae Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery

Email
305-243-2646


Richard Lee, Ph.D./M.D.
Associate Professor, Ophthalmology and Cell Biology

Email
305-547-3686


Vance Lemmon, Ph.D.
Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair, Developmental Neuroscience

Email
305-243-8184


Roy C. Levitt, M.D.
Director, Translational Research and Academic Affairs; Professor, Anesthesiology

Email
305-243-1992


Wei Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, Microbiology & Immunology, and Cell Biology

Email
305-326-6445


Daniel Liebl, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurological Surgery

Email
305-243-7143


Kristin M. Lindahl, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology

Email
305-284-5222


Elizabeth Losin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Email
305-284-2814


Zhongmin (John) Lu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology

Email
305-284-6813


Charles Luetje, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman, Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology

Email
305-243-5874


Karl Magleby, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman, Physiology and Biophysics

Email
305-243-5953


Phil McCabe, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Psychology

Email
305-284-5507


Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurology and Cell Biology

Email
305-243-5858


Paula V. Monje, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Email
305-243-8259


Kenneth Muller, Ph.D.
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics

Email
305-243-5963


Amanda Myers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Neuroscience, Department of Human Genetics and Genomics

Email
305-243-3522


Brian R. Noga, Ph.D
Research Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery

Email
305-243-6155


Wolfgang Nonner, M.D.
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics

Email
305-243-5536


Martin Oudega, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Neurological surgery

Email
305-243-6001


Ozcan Ozdamar, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman, Biomedical Engineering

Email
305-284-2136


Kevin Park, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Email
305-243-2493


Damien Pearse, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurological Surgery

Email
305-243-7139


Monica Perez, P.T., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Email
305-689-5808


Miguel A. Perez-Pinzon, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurology, Director, Cerebral Vascular Disease Research Center

Email
305-243-5830


Vittorio Porciatti, D.Sc
Research Professor, Ophthalmology, Director and Vice Chair of Research

Email
305-326-6050


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Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Email
305-284-5434


Ami Raval, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Neurology

Email
305-243-1745


Juan Pablo De Rivero Vaccari, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Email
305-243-7113


Stephen D Roper, Ph.D.
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics

Email
305-243-6769


Richard L. Rotundo, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell Biology, Physiology and Biophysics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Member of Neurosciences Program

Email
305-243-6945


Patrice Saab, Ph.D.
Professor, Health Division

Email
305-284-5472


Jacqueline Sagen, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurological Surgery

Email
305-243-5618


Michael S. Schmale, Ph.D.
Professor, Marine Biology and Fisheries

Email
305-421-4140


Thomas Sick, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurology and Physiology & Biophysics

Email
305-243-3858


Vladlen Z. Slepak, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Program Director, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

Email
305-243-3430


Pantelis Tsoulfas, M.D.
Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery and Cell Biology

Email
305-243-3433


Lucina Uddin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Email
305-284-2814


Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics

Email
305-243-2283


Claes R. Wahlestedt, M.D, Ph.D.
Director, Genomic Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Innovation Center (G-ITIC)

Email
305-243-7698


Katherina Walz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, Hussman Institute for Human Genomics; Neuroscience Program Affiliated Faculty Member

Email
305-243-1116


Rong Wen, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Opthamology

Email
305-482-4874


Eva Widerstrom-Noga, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery, and Rehabilitation Medicine

Email
305-243-7125


Athula Wikramanayake, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Biology

Email
305-284-4134


Juan Young, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, Hussman Institute for Human Genomics; Neuroscience Program Affiliated Faculty Member

Email
305-243-1027


R. Grace Zhai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

Email
305-243-6316


Stephan Züchner, M.D.
Chair and Professor, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and Director, Center for Human Molecular Genomics, Hussman Institute for Human Genomics

Email
305-243-6177


  Fatta B. Nahab, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, Director, Movement Disorders Research
Research Summary
Human functional neuroimaging of neurodegenerative disorders, especially neurological tremor disorders.
 
 
305-243-3876 (ph)
1120 NW 14th Street, Suite 1347 (C215)
email 
  Brian R. Noga, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
Research Summary
"My research interests are focussed on the brain and spinal cord mechanisms controlling walking, with particular emphasis on identifying the neurotransmitters involved in the control of spinal locomotor neurons."
 
(305) 243-6155 (ph)
Lois Pope LIFE Center 4-15
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  Wolfgang Nonner, M.D.
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics
Research Summary
"My research concerns the physical mechanisms by which biological ion channels control their selectivity and ion flow. We use computational tools to address these questions at the atomic level."
 
305-243-5536 (ph)
305-243-5931 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Science Building 4058
email 
  Ozcan Ozdamar, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman, Biomedical Engineering
Research Summary
My Neurosensory Laboratory focuses on the exploration of the auditory and visual neural processes using physiological  tools and develops new methods and devices for diagnostic and research purposes.
 
(305) 284-2136 (ph)
McArthur Engineering Annex Building- 219 B
email 
  Kevin Park, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Research Summary
To understand the neuron’s intrinsic mechanisms that account for failure of axon regeneration in the central nervous system (CNS). Previously, we have identified several key proteins that block axon regeneration, which are present in mature CNS neurons.  We hope to further extend the findings in order to better understand the mechanisms governing axon regeneration and also to explore the potential of developing therapeutic strategies for CNS injuries. 
305-243-2493 (ph)
Lois Pope LIFE Center 4-20
email 
  Damien Pearse, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
Research Summary
"My laboratory focuses on several key aspects of CNS injury repair: 1) preventing progressive tissue damage following the initial mechanical trauma through the application of pharmacological or biological neuroprotectants, 2) overcoming the physical impediment of the injury cyst through the implantation of exogenous cells or by harnessing endogenous cellular repair mechanisms and, 3) the promotion of axon regeneration by the stimulation of intracellular signaling pathways that are important in the initiation and/or maintainence of axon growth."
 
(305) 243-7139 (ph)
Lois Pope LIFE Center 5-15
email 
  Miguel A. Perez-Pinzon, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurology, Director, Cerebral Vascular Disease Research Center
Research Summary
CNS injury: pathophysiological mechanisms of cell death and neuroprotective strategies; special emphasis on cerebral ischemia, mitochondrial physiology, and neurodegenerative diseases
 
305-243-5830 (ph)
Parkinson Building - 3017
email 
  Vittorio Porciatti, D.Sc
Research Professor, Ophthalmology, Director and Vice Chair of Research
Research Summary
Our hypothesis is that retinal neurons exposed to chronic stress/disease undergo a stage of reversible dysfunction before dying. Our goal is to characterize and model stress-function relationships and define the window of opportunity for cell repair in human and mouse models of optic nerve disease using non-invasive electrophysiology and imaging as main tools.
 
305-326-6050 x4309 (ph)
McKnight Vision Research Center - 201D
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  Stephen D Roper, Ph.D.
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics
Research Summary
"I study the molecular and cellular physiology of sensory organs. Specifically, my research focuses on signal transduction and signal processing in taste buds. I use functional imaging with voltage-, pH-, and ion-sensitive fluorescent dyes, confocal microscopy, and electrophysiology."
 
305-243-6769 (ph)
305-243-5931 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Science Building - 4065
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  Richard L. Rotundo, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell Biology, Physiology and Biophysics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Member of Neurosciences Program
Research Summary
Our research focuses on the biogenesis, folding, and trafficking of acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that terminates cholinergic neurotransmission in the central and peripheral nervous systems.
305-243-6945 (ph)
305-243-1053 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Science Building - 4168
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  Jacqueline Sagen, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurological Surgery
Research Summary
Our laboratory is exploring the potential for cell transplantation and/or gene therapy to alleviate chronic pain.
 
(305) 243-5618 (ph)
Lois Pope LIFE Center 5-14
 
  Justin Sanchez, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Research Summary
Dr. Sanchez’s research interests are in brain-machine interfaces, neural ensemble recordings, motor and limbic system electrophysiology, neural signal processing, and neural engineering.
 
305-284-2330 (ph)
MEA 203
email 
  Michael S. Schmale, Ph.D.
Professor, Marine Biology and Fisheries
Research Summary
"Development and study of aquatic animal models of disease processes, with an emphasis on cancer. Current research programs include: (1) studies of a unique virus-like agent which causes peripheral nervous system and pigment cell tumors in bicolor damselfish on Florida reefs, (2) vector design and optimization of transgenesis in zebrafish, (3) investigation of the effects of toxins from harmful agal blooms using zebrafish and (4) health and husbandry of California sea hares, Aplysia californica, used in neurobiological research."
 
305-421-4140 (ph)
305-421-4600 (fax)
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
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  Mitra Sehi, MSc, PhD, FAAO
Research Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Neuroscience Program Affiliated Faculty Member
Research Summary
Detecting the earliest signs of retinal ganglion cell dysfunction in order to intervene before ganglion cells death in glaucoma and other optic neuropathies using advanced imaging and electrophysiological measures, and mathematical modeling.
 
(561) 515-1546 (ph)
7101 Fairway Drive, Palm Beach Gardens
email 
  Thomas Sick, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurology and Physiology & Biophysics
 
305-243-3858 (ph)
Lois Pope LIFE Center 3-22
email 
  Isaac Skromne, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology
Research Summary
Development and patterning of the vertebrate central nervous system
 
305-284-6881 (ph)
Cox - 1301 Memorial Dr., Room 232
email 
  Vladlen Z. Slepak, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Program Director, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Research Summary
"Novel mechanisms of signal transduction, with a focus on heterotrimeric G proteins and Ca2+ binding proteins. Structure-function aspects and subcellular localization of signaling proteins"
 
305-243-3430 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building 6008
email 
  Christine Thomas, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurological Surgery
Research Summary
"My research explores strategies to rescue denervated muscles from degeneration; the mechanisms underlying peripheral nerve regeneration, neuromuscular fatigue, weakness and spasticity."
 
305-243-7109 (fax)
Lois Pope LIFE Center Lois Pope LIFE Center
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  Kathryn W. Tosney, Ph.D.
Chair, Biology
Research Summary
The Tosney lab studies axon guidance and growth cone motility.
 
(305) 284-4134 (ph)
Cox Science Center - 215
email 
  Pantelis Tsoulfas, M.D.
Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery and Cell Biology
Research Summary
"Our areas of research center on the development of the nervous system, neurotrophin signaling in neural cells and repair of the CNS after spinal cord injury. For the development of nervous system we try to understand how mitogenic factors influence cell numbers and how cell fates are linked to specific transcriptional networks. We use live fluorescent imaging techniques to study neurotrophin signaling. For spinal cord injury repair strategies, we utilize modified neurotrophins and grafting of CNS derived cells. We integrate several approaches including Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics and Imaging techniques."
 
(305) 243 3433 (ph)
(305) 243 3434 (fax)
Lois Pope LIFE Center 5-13
email 
  Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics
Research Summary
Dr. Vance's primary areas of expertise are in Neurogenetics, especially in Parkinson disease and Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, and also in cardiovascular genetics, human genotyping and banking of DNA samples, and the molecular aspects of the positional cloning of human disease. His research has focused on the application of clinical, molecular, and mathematical genetic techniques to identify genes leading to human disease.
 
305-243-2283 (ph)
Room 616, Biomedical Research Building
email 
  Claes R. Wahlestedt, M.D, Ph.D.
Director, Genomic Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Innovation Center (G-ITIC)
Research Summary
Dr. Wahlestedt's research interests focus on novel drug therapies for neuropsychiatric disorders and epigenetics.
 
305-243-7694 (ph)
305-243-2396 (fax)
Room 407, Biomedical Research Building
email 
  Katherina Walz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, Neuroscience Program Affiliated Faculty Member
Research Summary
Dr. Walz's research focuses on understanding the molecular bases of human genetic conditions affecting behavior utilizing mouse models.
 
305-243-1116 (ph)
305-243-2523 (fax)
Room 418, Biomedical Research Building
email 
  Brant Watson, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurology
Research Summary
"My laboratory has been devoted to experimental stroke research. Stroke is induced by laser-driven photochemical sensitization of endothelial damage in a specific cerebral artery, yielding an occlusive thrombus composed either of platelets only, or a mixture of platelets, fibrin, and red blood cells. Both kinds of thrombi can be dissolved and circulation to the brain restored by means of ultraviolet laser irradiation, thus alleviating the stroke."
 
(305) 243-6439 (ph)
Parkinson Building - 3059
email 
  Rong Wen, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Opthamology
Research Summary
Retinal cell biology; photoreceptor degeneration; retinal vascular disorders
 
(305) 482-4874 (ph)
McKnight Vision Research Center - 506
email 
  Eva Widerstrom-Noga, D.D.S., PH.D.
Research Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery, and Rehabilitation Medicine
Research Summary
(305) 243-7125 (ph)
Lois Pope LIFE Center - 634
email 
  David Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor, Biology
Research Summary
(305) 284-6421 (ph)
(305) 284-3039 (fax)
Cox Science Center - 237
email 
  Clinton Wright, MD
Associate Professor, Neurology, Scientific Director, Evelyn McKnight Brain Institute Stroke Division
Research Summary
Role of vascular disease in cognitive aging; emphasis on structural brain imaging, neuropsychological assessment, epidemiology.
 
243-1664 (ph)
243-7081 (fax)
1120 NW 14TH STREET, SUITE 1349, MIAMI, FL 33136 - C215
email 
  Juan Young, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, Neuroscience Program Affiliated Faculty Member
Research Summary
Dr. Young's research interests include epigenetic mechanisms regulating CNS function; mouse models of neurological diseases.
 
305-243-1027 (ph)
305-243-2523 (fax)
Room 524, Biomedical Research Building
email 
  R. Grace Zhai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Research Summary
Dr. Zhai is interested in understanding the genetic and cellular basis of neural development, neurodegeneration and neuroprotection using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system.
 
305-243-6316 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, Room 6069
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  Stephan Züchner, M.D.
Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and Director, Center for Human Molecular Genomics, Hussman Institute for Human Genomics
Research Summary
Dr. Züchner is identifying and characterizing the function of genomic variation that is involved in human disease phenotypes, specifically for neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders.
 
305-243-6177 (ph)
305-243-2396 (fax)
Room 523, Biomedical Research Building
email 

Department of Psychology

  • Allessandri, Michael
  • Britton, Jennifer
  • Durocher, Jennifer
  • Jha, Amishi
  • Lindahl, Kristin
  • Losin, Elizabeth
  • McCabe, Phillip
  • Saab, Patrice
  • Uddin, Lucina

Department of Biology

Miami Project to Cure Paralysis