Department of Biology

The neuroscientists in the Department of Biology use primarily electrophysiological approaches to study a wide range of functional questions in vertebrate and invertebrate nervous systems.  A particular strength of the Neuroscience area in the department derives from the application of computational methods to the analysis of neural systems and the construction of detailed biophysical computer models of neurons and neural circuits. Additionally other faculty members are working on nervous system development.

Faculty working in this area of research:

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Ronald Calabrese, Senior Associate Dean for Research
Rollins 2113
We are interested in how rhythmic motor patterns are generated and modulated by the central nervous system. We study the heartbeat network of medicinal leeches as a model because the interneurons and motor neurons that control the hearts have been identified and are experimentally accessible for electrophysiological analyses, and the quantitative data generated lends itself to computational modeling and hybrid-systems analyses. View Profile.
Dieter Jaeger
Rollins 2129
We study detailed realistic single cell models in conjunction with slice and in vivo electrophysiology to examine computational properties of cerebellar and basal ganglia networks. View Profile.
Robert Liu
Rollins 2131

Winship Distinguished Research Professor (2014-2017)
We study how neurons in the brain are activated by communication sounds. We are particularly interested in the changes that occur when individuals learn the behavioral significance of these sounds.

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Ilya Nemenman
Math & Science Center 240
My group is applying methods of theoretical physics and information theory to understand how biological systems, such as molecular circuits, entire cellular networks, single neurons, whole brains, and entire populations learn from their surrounding environment and respond to it. View Profile.
Astrid Prinz
Rollins 2105
We combine experimental and computational methods to study pattern generation, synchronization, and homeostasis in small neuronal networks. Our work relies on the collaboration of researchers from diverse backgrounds, including biologists, neuroscientists, physicists, engineers, computer scientists, and mathematicians. View Profile.
Iain Shepherd
Rollins 1131
My lab studies the genetic basis of the development of the enteric nervous system (ENS) - the nervous system of the intestine. We use genetic, cell biological, and embryological experimental techniques in our studies. These studies are clinically important. Hirschsprung's disease is a pediatric ENS condition that affects 1 in 5000 live births, the cause of which is only partly understood. View Profile.
Melody Siegler, Emeritus
Our research concerns the developmental events that give rise to the mature nervous system, specifically the interplay of lineage and extrinsic influences in the formation of neural circuits. View Profile.
Sam Sober
Rollins 2103
Work in my lab uses the songbird vocal control system to investigate how the brain controls vocal behavior and learns from experience. View Profile.
Darrell Stokes, Emeritus
Rollins 2127
My laboratory has focused on structural, biochemical, and biophysical studies of insect and crustacean muscles. View Profile.

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