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GSBS Research Topics: BEHAVIOR

Kevin D. Beck, Ph.D. * - Newark - The program focuses on stress-induced changes in behavior (specifically sensory reactivity and learning/memory). Areas of interest include identifying the neural mechanisms for sex-differences in stress responding and modeling unexplained illness through associative learning of interoceptive stressors.

John DeLuca, Ph.D. * - Newark - Directs the Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Laboratory and conducts research in human memory and information processing in patients following brain damage or disease. Techniques include neuropsychological assessment and measurement, functional neuroimaging, and applying principles from cognitive neuroscience to rehabilitation following brain damage.

Scott R. Diehl, Ph.D. * - Newark - Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) are analyzed to understand molecular causes of disease and individual differences in drug responses. High-throughput bioinformatics and complex statistical genetic methods are used for current research on oral cancer, periodontal disease, orofacial clefting; pharmacogenomics of pain and drug responses.

Isaac Edery, Ph.D. * - Piscataway - We use Drosophila melanogaster as a model system to understand the molecular underpinnings governing circadian rhythms. Our main goals are to understand how a circadian oscillator is assembled and how it responds to environmental cues, most notably visible light and ambient temperature.

Ronald Ellis, Ph.D. * - Stratford - Control of Germ Cell Fate: Animals must produce sperm or eggs to reproduce. Although these cell types differ dramatically, they are produced from similar progenitors. Understanding how this process is controlled could revolutionize our ability to treat reproductive disorders and infertility in humans. Evolution of Hermaphroditism: Sexual traits are among the most rapidly changing features of each species. To learn how these changes take place, and how developmental pathways constrain which ones occur, we are studying the evolution of mating systems in nematodes. Email: ellisre@umdnj.edu

Jonathan Foulds, Ph.D. - Piscataway - Tobacco addiction, smoking cessation, health effects of tobacco, tobacco dependence treatment, psychological and behavioural effects of nicotine and nicotine withdrawal.

Eldo, V. Kuzhikandathil, Ph.D. * - Newark - We are interested in the molecular analysis of dopamine receptor signaling mechanisms and their role in neurological diseases.Current research projects include structure-function analysis of dopamine receptors and the developmental regulation of dopamine receptor signaling pathways.

Barry E. Levin, M.D. * - Newark - How the brain senses, integrates and regulates metabolic systems controlling energy homeostasis in obesity and in diabetes. Emphasis on diet-induced obesity, neural glucosensing, hypoglycemia-induced brain damage. Utilize behavioral, neurochemical, molecular and physiologic techniques.

Paul Manowitz, Ph.D. * - Piscataway - Identification of genes predisposing to substance abuse and other human diseases of behavior. This research includes studies of tissue culture and animal models as well as humans to elucidate the genetic, molecular biological,and biochemical bases of these diseases.

Joseph Martin, Ph.D. * - Stratford - We study how thyroid hormones (TH) influence the adult mammalian brain through nongenomic mechanisms. THs modulate GABAa receptor binding and protein phosphorylation in nerve terminal fractions without cell nuclei. Currently, temporal patterns of TH release from brain tissue are measured in relation to the subsequent cellular TH response and EEG. Email: jomartin@camden.rutgers.edu

John, E. Ottenweller, Ph.D. * - Newark - Long-term Effects of Stress on Health and Disease, Multiple Hormone Systems, Physiological Regulation and Behavior. Neuroendocrine Function in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Gulf War Syndrome focusing on Adrenal Axis Hormones, but including thyroid hormones and reproductive hormones.

Christopher Rongo, Ph.D. * - Piscataway - We study how different neurotransmitter receptor types are sorted to the appropriate synapses in a neuron and how synapses in the central nervous system change in the growing animal. By using genetic screens, behavioral analysis, and molecular and cell biological techniques in C. elegans, we hope to identify the proteins that build and regulate synapses.

Richard J. Servatius, Ph.D. * - Newark - Effects of environmental factors -- especially stress -- on learning and memory. Understanding adaptation through behavioral neuroscience techniques in humans and nonhuman mammals.

Allan Siegel, Ph.D. * - Newark - Our research is directed at understanding the neurobiology of feline aggression. We utilize brain stimulation, behavioral analysis, neuroanatomical and neuropharmacological methods to identify the neural circuitry and receptor-neurotransmitter properties of the neurons which mediate aggression.

Jill M. Williams, M.D. - Piscataway - Dr. Williams is the recipient of a NIDA K23 award, Nicotine Dependence Treatment in Psychiatric Comorbidity. Dr. Williams currently conducts research to study treatments to help patients with schizophrenia quit smoking and is recruiting subjects for a high dose nicotine patch trial.

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