Christine M. Gall, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor and Chair

Cellular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity

Primary Appointees

Anne Calof, Ph.D.


Systems Biology of Neural Stem Cells

Lulu Y. Chen, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Synapse Development and
Maintenance in Neuropsychiatric Disorders

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Javier Diaz-Alonso, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Molecular organization of the synapse

Robert F. Hunt, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Disorders of brain development and injury

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Kei M. Igarashi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Circuit mechanism of memory and
Alzheimer's disease

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Kwang Mook Jung, Ph.D.

Associate Adjunct Professor

CNS disorders associated with
abnormal lipid regulations

Julie C. Lauterborn, Ph.D.


Learning and memory, Intellectual disorders

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David C. Lyon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Vice-Chair

Organization and function of the visual system

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Daniele Piomelli, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor,
Louise Turner Arnold Chair in the Neurosciences
Director, UCI Center for the Study of Cannabis

Pain, drug addiction, inflammation and obesity

David J. Reinkensmeyer, Ph.D.


Movement recovery after stroke, spinal cord injury

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Oswald Steward, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor
Reeve-Irvine Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research
Director, Reeve-Irvine Research Center

Spinal cord injury, Neurodegenerative disorders

Momoko Watanabe, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Stem cells, organoid

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Jamie Wikenheiser, Ph.D.

Associate Adjunct Professor

Medical education, Pediatric cardiology

Xiangmin Xu, Ph.D.


Learning and memory disorders, Epilepsy, and Schizophrenia

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Joint Appointees

Yama Akbari, MD, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Coma, Consciousness, and Cardiac Arrest

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Aileen Anderson, Ph.D.

Director, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Center

Spinal cord injury

Tallie Z. Baram, M.D., Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor
Danette “Dee Dee” Shepard Chair in Neurological Studies
Director, Epilepsy Research Center
Director, Conte Center

Stress, epilepsy, development

Brian J. Cummings, Ph.D.


Neurotrauma, spinal cord injury,
traumatic brain injury, neural stem cells,
clinical translation

Frederick J. Ehlert, Ph.D.


Muscarinic receptors, drug receptor interactions

Mark J. Fisher, M.D.


Stroke and cerebrovascular disorders

Lisa A. Flanagan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Neural stem cells, Bioengineering

Alan L. Goldin, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Epilepsy, Myotonia, Periodic Paralysis

Ranjan Gupta, M.D.


Nerve entrapment, Carpal tunnel syndrome

Gary Lynch, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor

Disorders of learning and memory

Andre Obenaus, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor
Director, Preclinical and Translational Imaging Center

Neuroimaging, traumatic brain injury, stroke, stem cells

Diane K. O’Dowd, Ph.D

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor,
Vice Provost, Academic Personnel

Neuronal plasticity underlying learning and memory

Steven S. Schreiber, M.D.


Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease

Magdalene J. Seiler, PhD

Associate Professor in Residence

Retinal degeneration, stem cells,
transplantation, trophic factors

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John H. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D.


Alzheimer’s Disease, ALS, Stroke, Epilepsy

Fan-Gang Zeng, Ph.D.


Human communication disorders

Professor Emeritus

James H. Fallon, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Adult stem cells, Chemical neuroanatomy and circuitry,
Higher brain functions, Brain Imaging

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Charles Ribak, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Electron microscopy, immunocytochemistry, hippocampus, neocortex,
GABAergic neurons, epilepsy, newborn neurons in adults, microglia

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Richard Robertson, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Cell surface molecules that identify certain classes of cells

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