Faculty

Faculty Available for Rotations/Mentorship 2015/16

Charles N. Allen, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Services
Research Interests: Circadian rhythm, suprachiasmatic nucleus, calcium, signal transduction, synaptic transmission

Kari J. Buck, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Neuroscience. Genetic predisposition to alcohol and drug self-administration, learning and reward, dependence and withdrawal

Matthew P. Butler, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Research Interests:  Sleep research, circadian systems, melatonin

Lucia Carbone, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Chromosome evolution, particularly centromere repositioning and chromosomal rearrangements

John C. Crabbe, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Senior Research Career Scientist, Research Service, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Director, Portland Alcohol Research Center
Research Interests: Mouse behavior genetics, alcohol and drug abuse, genetic animal models, drug dependence, drug tolerance

Christopher L. Cunningham, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Brain mechanisms of drug reward, animal models of alcohol and drug addiction, conditioned place preference and aversion, conditioned taste aversion, drug self-administration, behavioral pharmacology, Pavlovian conditioning, learning and motivation, behavioral genetics

Verginia Cuzon Carlson, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Research Interests: Electrophysiology, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, alcohol abuse, basal ganglia, brain development, synaptic plasticity

Stephen David, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Oregon Hearing Research Center
Research Interests: Auditory system, cortex, computational neuroscience, systems neuroscience, behavior

Damien Fair, PA-C, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Assistant Scientist, Advanced Imaging Research Center
Research Interests: MRI, development, human models, animal models

Matthew M. Ford, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Staff Scientist II, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Research Interests: Behavioral pharmacology, neuroendocrinology, addiction, drug reinforcement and motivation, drug discrimination, drug self-administration, animal models on alcohol, nicotine or methamphetamine abuse

Robert Hitzemann, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Behavioral genetics, drug abuse, neuroimaging, psychopharmacology

William F. Hoffman, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry, OHSU
Research Interests: Effects of methamphetamine on cognition and decision-making

Fay Horak, Ph.D.
Professor, Parkinson Center of Oregon
Research Interests: Human motor control, balance and gait disorders, Parkinson's disease mobility disorders, role of the basal ganglia, cerebellum and cortex in posture, role of proprioception, vision and vestibular systems in postural control, balance rehabilitation for Parkinson's disease and vestibular disorders

Aaron Janowsky, Ph.D.
Director, The Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
VA Research Career Scientist
Research Interests: Brain, neurotransmitter transporter function and regulation, G-protein coupled receptors, receptor regulation, signal transduction systems, neuropsychiatric disorders, schizophrenia, addiction, methamphetamine, cocaine, pharmacotherapy development, behavioral

Christopher Kroenke, Ph.D.
Associate Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Associate Scientist, OHSU Advanced Imaging Research Center
Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Research in the Kroenke lab utilizes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to characterize cellular-scale anatomy

Garet Lahvis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Social motivation, eye-gaze, facial expression, imitation, story coherence, responses to social stimuli, vocalizations, prosody, empathy, autism, rodent models, children

K. Matthew Lattal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Learning, memory, behavior, mouse, hippocampus, neuroscience, molecular mechanisms

Miranda M. Lim, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, OHSU
Research Interests: Traumatic brain injury, sleep, arousal, EEG, cognition, dietary therapy, social behavior, translational studies

Jodi McBride, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Assistant Professor, Neurology
Research Interests: Gene therapy, neuroscience, neurodegeneration, Huntington's disease, RNA interference, viral vectors

Claudio Mello, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Neuroethology, molecular neuroscience, comparative genomics, functional neurogenomics, vocal communication, vocal learning, central auditory processing, learning and memory, neuronal and synaptic plasticity

Suzanne Mitchell, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Impulsivity, risk taking, learning, decision-making, drug abuse

Bonnie J. Nagel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry, OHSU
Research Interests: Developmental cognitive neuroscience, adolescent brain development, neuroimaging, pediatric neuropsychology, alcoholism

Kim Neve, Ph.D.
Research Pharmacology, Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Dopamine receptors, signal transduction, cellular and molecular biology of G protein-coupled receptors, structure-function analysis of dopamine receptors, behavioral

Joel T. Nigg, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychiatry, OHSU
Research Interests: Developmental psychopathology and temperament, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and externalizing behavior problems, neuropsychological and cognitive mechanisms in child psychopathology, genetics and epigenetic effects of ADHD, role of diet and nutrition

Barry S. Oken, M.D., M.S.
Professor, Departments of Neurology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Oregon Center for Complementary & Alternative in Neurological Disorders
Research Interests: Cognitive neuroscience, attention, stress, human neurophysiology, EEG/ERP, mind-body medicine, cognitive changes with aging and neurodegenerative diseases

Angela R. Ozburn, Ph.D.
Instructor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Circadian gene regulation of mood- and alcohol use disorders, testing and characterizing therapies for reducing alcohol and drug intake in animal models

Tamara J. Phillips, Ph.D.
Senior Research Career Scientist, VA Medical Center
Professor & Vice-Chair, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Advisory Council Member, ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research
Research Interests: Behavioral genetics, quantitative genetics, alcohol, methamphetamine, addiction, neuroscience, stress

Jacob Raber, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience and Neurology
Affiliate Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Professor of Radiation Medicine
Research Interests: Aging, Alzheimer's disease, androgen receptor, sex differences, histamine, apoE, methamphetamine, irradiation, neurogenesis, cognitive function, behavioral, circadian, high fat diet-induced cognitive impairments

William D. Rooney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Senior Scientist, Advanced Imaging Research Center
Research Interests: Research in Rooney's group is focused on the development and application of quantitative magnetic resonance techniques to characterize tissue structure and function

Andrey E. Ryabinin, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Alcoholism, drug addiction, neuropeptides, stress, social neuroscience

Eliot R. Spindel, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Associate Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Research Interests: Lung cancer, lung development, nicotine acetylcholine, nicotinic receptors, muscarinic receptors, smoking, smoking and pregnancy, addiction, e-cigarettes, epigenetics

Henryk F. Urbanski, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Research Interests: Circadian rhythms, neuroendocrinology, aging, cognition, reproductive neuroendocrine axis

Academic Graduate Faculty

Charles N. Allen, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Services
Research Interests: Circadian rhythm, suprachiasmatic nucleus, calcium, signal transduction, synaptic transmission

W. Kent Anger, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and Associate Director for Applied Research, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Research Interests:  Behavior, training, intervention, TWH, BARS, cTRAIN, neurotox, human, Total Worker Health

John Belknap, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Career Scientist, Research Service, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Research Interests: Genetics, alcohol and drug abuse, statistics, microarray analysis, QTL analysis mouse models, behavioral

Kari J. Buck, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Neuroscience. Genetic predisposition to alcohol and drug self-administration, learning and reward, dependence and withdrawal

Matthew P. Butler, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Research Interests:  Sleep research, circadian systems, melatonin

Lucia Carbone, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Chromosome evolution, particularly centromere repositioning and chromosomal rearrangements

John C. Crabbe, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Senior Research Career Scientist, Research Service, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Director, Portland Alcohol Research Center
Research Interests: Mouse behavior genetics, alcohol and drug abuse, genetic animal models, drug dependence, drug tolerance

Christopher L. Cunningham, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Brain mechanisms of drug reward, animal models of alcohol and drug addiction, conditioned place preference and aversion, conditioned taste aversion, drug self-administration, behavioral pharmacology, Pavlovian conditioning, learning and motivation, behavioral genetics

Verginia Cuzon Carlson, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Research Interests: Electrophysiology, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, alcohol abuse, basal ganglia, brain development, synaptic plasticity

Stephen David, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Oregon Hearing Research Center
Research Interests: Auditory system, cortex, computational neuroscience, systems neuroscience, behavior

Amy J. Eshleman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Research Interests: neurotransmitter transporters, dopamine receptors, protein trafficking, therapeutics for drug and alcohol abuse, Parkinsons

Damien Fair, PA-C, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Assistant Scientist, Advanced Imaging Research Center
Research Interests: MRI, development, human models, animal models

Deborah A. Finn, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Pharmacologist, Research Service, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Research Interests: 1. GABAergic neurosteroid modulation of ethanol drinking and ethanol withdrawal 2. The influence of steroid levels on brain function and behavior, with behavioral assessments using animal models of anxiety, depression, and seizure susceptibility 3. Neurochemical substrates underlying binge drinking and interaction with stress with a focus on sex differences 4. Use of genetic animal models to examine alcohol-related behaviors

Matthew M. Ford, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Staff Scientist II, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Research Interests: Behavioral pharmacology, neuroendocrinology, addiction, drug reinforcement and motivation, drug discrimination, drug self-administration, animal models on alcohol, nicotine or methamphetamine abuse

Matthew Frerking, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Neuroscience, electrophysiology, synaptic transmission

Kathleen A. Grant, Ph.D.
Chief and Senior Scientist, Division of Neuroscience, ONPRC
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Animal models of alcohol, abuse and alcoholism, Sex differences in risk for and consequences of alcohol consumption, Behavioral Pharmacology of alcohol, In vivo imaging of alcohol effects on brain development of non human primates, Genetic and behavioral datasets related to alcohol abuse and alcoholism, alcohol,alcoholism,primates,behavioral

Marina Guizzetti, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Glia, Astrocytes, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, FASD, neuronal development, neurite outgrowth, extracellular matrix, chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans, sulfates enzymes, arylsulfatase B, epigenetics, DNA methylation, histone acetylation, histone deacetylase (HDAC), DNA methyl transferase (DNMT)  

Mary M. Heinricher, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice-Chair for Research, Neurological Surgery
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Pain, Pain modulation, Descending control, Analgesia, Hyperalgesia, Circuitry, Brainstem, Autonomic control, Inflammation, Cytokines, Inflammatory mediators , Neuromodulation Systems

Robert Hitzemann, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Behavioral genetics, drug abuse, neuroimaging, psychopharmacology

William F. Hoffman, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry, OHSU
Research Interests: Effects of methamphetamine on cognition and decision-making

Fay Horak, Ph.D.
Professor, Parkinson Center of Oregon
Research Interests: Human motor control, balance and gait disorders, Parkinson's disease mobility disorders, role of the basal ganglia, cerebellum and cortex in posture, role of proprioception, vision and vestibular systems in postural control, balance rehabilitation for Parkinson's disease and vestibular disorders

Aaron Janowsky, Ph.D.
Director, The Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
VA Research Career Scientist
Research Interests: Brain, neurotransmitter transporter function and regulation, G-protein coupled receptors, receptor regulation, signal transduction systems, neuropsychiatric disorders, schizophrenia, addiction, methamphetamine, cocaine, pharmacotherapy development, behavioral

Christopher Kroenke, Ph.D.
Associate Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Associate Scientist, OHSU Advanced Imaging Research Center
Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Research in the Kroenke lab utilizes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to characterize cellular-scale anatomy

Garet Lahvis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Social motivation, eye-gaze, facial expression, imitation, story coherence, responses to social stimuli, vocalizations, prosody, empathy, autism, rodent models, children

K. Matthew Lattal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Learning, memory, behavior, mouse, hippocampus, neuroscience, molecular mechanisms

Miranda M. Lim, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, OHSU
Research Interests: Traumatic brain injury, sleep, arousal, EEG, cognition, dietary therapy, social behavior, translational studies

Jodi McBride, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Assistant Professor, Neurology
Research Interests: Gene therapy, neuroscience, neurodegeneration, Huntington's disease, RNA interference, viral vectors

Claudio Mello, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Neuroethology, molecular neuroscience, comparative genomics, functional neurogenomics, vocal communication, vocal learning, central auditory processing, learning and memory, neuronal and synaptic plasticity

Charles K. Meshul, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience and Pathology
Research Biologist and Director, Electron Microscopy Facility, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Research Interests: Parkinson's disease, drugs of abuse, electron/light microscopy, immunocytochemistry, in vivo microdialysis, synaptic plasticity, neuroleptic drugs, treadmill exercise, neuroanatomy, cellular

Suzanne Mitchell, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Impulsivity, risk taking, learning, decision-making, drug abuse

Bonnie J. Nagel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry, OHSU
Research Interests: Developmental cognitive neuroscience, adolescent brain development, neuroimaging, pediatric neuropsychology, alcoholism

Kim Neve, Ph.D.
Research Pharmacology, Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Research Interests: Dopamine receptors, signal transduction, cellular and molecular biology of G protein-coupled receptors, structure-function analysis of dopamine receptors, behavioral

Joel T. Nigg, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychiatry, OHSU
Research Interests: Developmental psychopathology and temperament, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and externalizing behavior problems, neuropsychological and cognitive mechanisms in child psychopathology, genetics and epigenetic effects of ADHD, role of diet and nutrition

Barry S. Oken, M.D., M.S.
Professor, Departments of Neurology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Oregon Center for Complementary & Alternative in Neurological Disorders
Research Interests: Cognitive neuroscience, attention, stress, human neurophysiology, EEG/ERP, mind-body medicine, cognitive changes with aging and neurodegenerative diseases

Angela R. Ozburn, Ph.D.
Instructor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Circadian gene regulation of mood- and alcohol use disorders, testing and characterizing therapies for reducing alcohol and drug intake in animal models

Tamara J. Phillips, Ph.D.
Senior Research Career Scientist, VA Medical Center
Professor & Vice-Chair, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Advisory Council Member, ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research
Research Interests: Behavioral genetics, quantitative genetics, alcohol, methamphetamine, addiction, neuroscience, stress

Jacob Raber, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience and Neurology
Affiliate Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Professor of Radiation Medicine
Research Interests: Aging, Alzheimer's disease, androgen receptor, sex differences, histamine, apoE, methamphetamine, irradiation, neurogenesis, cognitive function, behavioral, circadian, high fat diet-induced cognitive impairments

William D. Rooney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Senior Scientist, Advanced Imaging Research Center
Research Interests: Research in Rooney's group is focused on the development and application of quantitative magnetic resonance techniques to characterize tissue structure and function

Andrey E. Ryabinin, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Alcoholism, drug addiction, neuropeptides, stress, social neuroscience

Nathan R. Selden, M.D., Ph.D.
Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Director, Residency Program, Neurological Surgery
Vice-Chairman, Education, Neurological Surgery
Research Interests: pain, pain modulation, analgesia, hyperalgesia, neuromodulation, stem cells

Eliot R. Spindel, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Associate Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Research Interests: Lung cancer, lung development, nicotine acetylcholine, nicotinic receptors, muscarinic receptors, smoking, smoking and pregnancy, addiction, e-cigarettes, epigenetics

Henryk F. Urbanski, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Research Interests: Circadian rhythms, neuroendocrinology, aging, cognition, reproductive neuroendocrine axis

Affiliate Graduate Faculty

Bill Griesar, Ph.D.
Instructor, Psychology, Portland State University
Instructor, Psychology & Neuroscience, WSU-Vancouver
Affiliate Graduate Faculty, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU

David Rossi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience
Washington State University

Todd D. Watson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Lewis & Clark College

Yueping Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Lewis & Clark College

Emeritus Faculty

Joseph D. Matarazzo, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU

Ruth G. Matarazzo, Ph.D., ABPP, ABCN
Professor Emerita
Department of Behavioral Neuroscience and Department of Psychiatry

Arthur N. Wiens, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU

 

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