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School of Medicine

Our Faculty

Our faculty are actively engaged in cutting-edge research in all aspects of neuroscience, pharmacology and physiology.  They are also committed to providing high-quality education for our graduate and medical students.

Our Chair 


Our Faculty

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Jim Fadel, Ph.D.

Dr. Fadel's research focuses on the processes of aging under both normal and pathological conditions.  He is also the course director for Medical Neuroscience.

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Janet Fisher, Ph.D.

Dr. Fisher's lab studies the functional and pharmacological properties of ligand-gated channels, which serve as ionotropic receptors for neurotransmitters.   

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Norma Frizzell, Ph.D.

Dr. Frizzell's research focuses on metabolic processes and protein modifications that result from mitochondrial metabolites.

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Fiona Hollis, Ph.D.

Dr. Hollis studies the role of brain mitochondrial funtion in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric diseases

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Michy Kelly, Ph.D.

Dr. Kelly's lab explores how cyclic nucleotide signaling controls social behavior and the formation of social memories.

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Alex McDonald, Ph.D.

 Dr. McDonald is interested in the neuronatomy of the amygadala, and its connections with other brain regions.

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Joe McQuail, Ph.D.

Dr. McQuail studies the interactions between stress and age-related cognitive dysfunction

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David Mott, Ph.D.

 Dr. Mott's lab studies the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, and the interactions between neurotransmitter systems that alter brain function under both normal and pathological conditions.  

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Ana Pocivavsek, Ph.D.

 Dr. Pocivavsek examines the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for the interaction between sleep and cognitive function.


Lawrence Reagan, Ph.D.

 Dr. Reagan's lab examines the pathways by which both emotional and metabolic stress impacts the function of the brain.  He is also the course director for Medical Pharmacology.

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Ken Walsh, Ph.D.

 Dr. Walsh is interested in the development of new approaches to discover ion channel modulators.


Britt Wilson, Ph.D.

Dr. Wilson's research focuses on neural control of the circulation.  He is also the course director for Medical Physiology.

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Susan Wood, Ph.D.

 Dr. Wood's lab examines the mechanisms that regulate the impact of stress on the body, and how individuals differ in their responses to stress.


Our Clinical/Research Faculty



Our Adjunct Faculty




Jack Ginsberg, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist, Dorn VA Medical Center
Sandra Kelly, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Jeff Twiss, Ph.D. Chair of Biological Sciences, SmartState Chair of Childhood Neurotherapeutics
Kristi Williams, CRNA, MNA Clinical Assistant Professor of Nurse Anesthesia





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