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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Gordon Berman
Rollins 2107
Our lab attempts to reveal new insights into animal behavior through developing novel theoretical and computational techniques. We have a particular emphasis on data-driven approaches, pursuing quantitative understanding into entire repertoires of behaviors and aiming to make connections to the genetics, neurobiology, and evolutionary histories that underlie them. View Profile.
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.
Anita Devineni
Rollins 1107
Our lab is interested in how neural circuits integrate external cues from the world with internal signals, such as state or experience, to generate flexible behavior. We address this question in the Drosophila taste system, and we combine a wide range of approaches- from molecular studies to optogenetics, functional imaging, connectomics, behavioral analysis, and computational modeling.  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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Malavika Murugan
Rollins 2101
Social behavior is arguably one of the most essential sets of behaviors of all mammals (including humans). In our lab we are interested in understanding how the brain represents social sensory information and how this information is transformed to enable appropriate social interactions. By incorporating a wide range of techniques- cellular resolution imaging, electrophysiology, optogenetics, advanced analytical methods, and novel rodent behavioral paradigms - we aim to provide a comprehensive and mechanistic understanding of neural circuits underlying social behaviors. View Profile.
Ilya Nemenman
Math & Science Center N240
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.
Chris Rodgers
Our lab studies how sensory and motor neural circuits work together to control the body, learn about the world, and overcome brain disorders. To do this, we use computational analysis and modeling to ask how freely moving mice explore and perceive the world, and how this changes during disease. We also use large-scale electrophysiology and optogenetics to reveal the distributed neural computations that enable active sensing. 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, Emerita
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
Dr. Stokes retired in 2014.
My laboratory has focused on structural, biochemical, and biophysical studies of insect and crustacean muscles. View Profile.

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