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Neuroscience Advisors

The following faculty, organized by department with their most recent publications listed, serve as advisors to the Neuroscience major--click on person's name to send an email. 

PSYCHOLOGY


Lori DriscollLori Driscoll

Neurotoxicology: effects of prenatal and/or early postnatal exposure to environmental pollutants or other neurotoxins on cognitive and affective processes; Nutritional supplementation as a means to prevent or lessen neurotoxin-induced cognitive dysfunction; Psychopharmacology of higher cognitive functions.

Most recent publications

Driscoll, L. L., Kaplan, J., Bucuvalas, E., Allen, H., Kraut, J., & Fitzpatrick, J. (2012). Acute postnatal exposure to the pentaBDE commercial mixture DE-71 at doses of 5 or 15 mg/kg/day does not produce learning or attention deficits in rats. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 34, 20-26. pdf

Driscoll, L. L., Gibson, A. M., & Hieb, A. (2009). Chronic postnatal DE-71 exposure: Effects on learning, attention and thyroxine levels. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 31, 76-84. pdf

Moon, J., Ota, K. T., Driscoll, L. L., Levitsky, D. A., & Strupp, B. J. (2008). A mouse model of Fragile X syndrome exhibits heightened arousal and/or emotion following errors or reversal of contingencies. Developmental Psychobiology, 50, 473-485. pdf

Moon, J., Beaudin, A. E., Verosky, S., Driscoll, L. L., Weiskopf, M., Levitsky, D. A., Crnic, L. S., & Strupp, B. J. (2006). Attentional dysfunction, impulsivity, and resistance to change in a mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome. Behavioral Neuroscience, 120, 1367-1379. pdf

Dufault, C., Poles, G., & Driscoll, L. L. (2005). Brief postnatal PBDE exposure alters learning and the cholinergic modulation of attention in rats. Toxicological Sciences, 88, 172-180. pdf

Driscoll, L. L., Carroll, J. C., Moon, J., Crnic, L. S., Levitsky, D. A., & Strupp, B. J. (2004). Impaired sustained attention and error-induced stereotypy in the aged Ts65Dn mouse, a mouse model of Down syndrome and Alzheimer disease. Behavioral Neuroscience, 118, 1196-1205. pdf

Morgan, R.E., Garavan, H., Smith, E.G., Driscoll, L.L., Levitsky, D.A., & Strupp, B.J. (2001). Early lead exposure produces lasting changes in sustained attention, response initiation, and reactivity to errors. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 23, 519-531.


Kristi ErdalKristi Erdal

Depression and anxiety in Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders, malingering of neuropsychological impairment, sport psychology.

Most recent publications

Draganich, C. and Erdal, K. (2014). Placebo sleep affects cognitive functioning. Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory and Cognition, 40(3), 857-864.

Erdal, K. (2012). Neuropsychological testing for sports-related concussion:  How athletes can sandbag their baseline testing without detection.  Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 27(5), 473-479

Erdal, K., Singh, N., & Tardif, A. (2011). Attitudes about depression and its treatment among mental health professionals, lay persons and immigrants and refugees in Norway. Journal of Affective Disorders, 133, 481-488.doi:10.1016/j.jad.2011.04.038

Erdal, K. (2009). Why one fakes a head injury affects how one fakes a head injury. Applied Neuropsychology, 16, 42-48.

Erdal, K. (2004). The effects of motivation, coaching, and knowledge of neuropsychology on the simulated malingering of head injury. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 19(1), 73-88.

Erdal, K. (2001). Depressive symptom patterns in patients with Parkinson's disease and other older adults. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57, 1559-1569.

Erdal, K. (2001). Depression and anxiety in Parkinson’s disease patients with and without “on-off” phenomena. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 8, 293-299.

Johnstone, B. and Erdal, K. (1995). The relationship between the WMS-R Attention Index and putative measures of attention. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 2, 195-204.

Youngjohn, J., Burrows, L., & Erdal, K. (1995). Brain damage or compensation neurosis?  The controversial post-concussion syndrome. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 9, 112-123.



John HornerJohn Horner

Animal Learning and Adaptation; Neural Networks; Human Memory; Meaning and Categorization.

Most recent publications

Horner, J. M., & Tung, S. K.  (2011).  Playing cards with Thomas Kuhn: A critical reexamination of the Bruner and Postman (1949) experiment.  Review of General Psychology, 15, 175-185.

Horner, J. M. (2008). The end of psychology: What can we expect at the limits of inquiry? In N. K. Innis (Ed.) Reflections on Adaptive Behavior: Essays in Honor of J. E. R. Staddon. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Horner, J. M., & Comstock, S. P. (2005). What are the important visual features for coin discrimination? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 19,1211-1218.

Horner, J. M. (2002) Information in the behavior stream. Behavioural Processes, 58, 133-147.

Horner, J. M., Staddon, J. E. R. & Lozano, K. K. (1997). Integration of reinforcement effects over time. Animal Learning & Behavior, 25, 84-98.

Horner, J. M. (1996). If the eye were an animal… The problem of representation in understanding, meaning and intelligence. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 3, 127-38.



Bob JacobsBob Jacobs

Neuroscience; Comparative Neuroanatomy; Cognitive Neuroethology; Language Acquisition; Non-Human Animal Communication;  Evolutionary Neurobiology; Neuromorphology. 

Most recent publications

Butti, C., Janeway, C.M., Townshend, C., Ridgway, S.H., Sherwood, C.C., Hof, P.R., & Jacobs, B. (2014).  The neocortex of cetartiodactyls. I.  A comparative Golgi analysis of neuronal morphology in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), and the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Brain Structure and Function. doi:  10.1007/s00429-014-0860-3  pdf

Jacobs, B., Harland, T., Kennedy, D., Schall, M., Wicinski, B., Butti, C., Hof,, P.R., Sherwood, C.C., & Manger, P.R. (2014).  The neocortex of cetartiodactyls. II.  Neuronal morphology of the visual and motor cortices in the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis).  Brain Structure and Function. doi: 10.1007/s00429-014-0830-9  pdf

Jacobs, B., Johnson, N., Wahl, D., Schall, M., Maseko, B.C., Lewandowski, A., Raghanti, M.A., Wicinski, B., Butti, C., Hipkins, W. D., Bertelsen, M.F., Reep, R. L., Hof,P.R., Sherwood, C.C., & Manger, P.R. (2014).  Comparative neuronal morphology of cerebellar cortex in afrotherians (African elephant, Florida manatee), primates (human, common chimpanzee), cetartiodactyls (humpback whale, giraffe), and carnivores (Siberian tiger, clouded leopard).  Frontiers Neuroanatomy, 8:24. doi: 10.3389/fnana.2014.00024  pdf

Bianchi, S. Stimpson, C.D., Duka, T., Larsen, M.D., Janssen, W.G., Collins, Z., Bauernfeind, A.L., Schapiro, S.J., Baze, W.B., McArthur, M.J., Hopkins W.D., Wildman, D.E., Lipovich, L., Kuzawa, C.W., Jacobs, B., Hof, P.R. & Sherwood, C.C. (2013). Synaptogenesis and development of pyramidal neuron dendritic morphology in the chimpanzee neocortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Doi: 10.1073/pnas.1301224110  pdf

Jacobs, B., Lubs, J., Hannan, M., Anderson, K., Butti, C., Sherwood, C.C., Hof, P.R., & Manger, P.R. (2011). Neuronal morphology in the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) neocortex. Brain Structure and Function, 215, 273-298. doi: 10.1007/s00429-010-0288-3. pdf  Science announcement

Anderson, K., Yamamoto, E., Kaplan, J., Hannan, M., & Jacobs, B. (2010). Neurolucida lucivid versus Neurolucida camera: A quantitative and qualitative comparison of three-dimensional neuronal reconstructions. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 186, 209-214. doi:10.1016/ j.jneumeth.2009.11.024. pdf

Anderson, K., Bones, B., Robinson, B., Hass, C. Lee, H., Ford, K., Roberts T-A., & Jacobs, B . (2009). The morphology of supragranular pyramidal neurons in the human insular cortex: A quantitative Golgi study. Cerebral Cortex, 19 ,2131-2144. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhn234. pdf

Travis, K., Ford, K., & Jacobs, B. (2005). Regional dendritic variation in neonatal human cortex: A quantitative Golgi study. Developmental Neuroscience, 27, 277-287. pdf

Jacobs, B., & Scheibel, A.B. (2002). Regional dendritic variation in primate cortical pyramidal cells. In A. Schüz & R. Miller, Cortical areas: Unity and diversity (Conceptual advances in brain research series; pp. 111-131). London: Taylor & Francis.  pdf

Jacobs, B., Schall, M., Prather, M., Kapler, L., Driscoll, L., Baca, S., Jacobs, J., Ford, K., Wainwright, M. & Treml, M. (2001). Regional dendritic and spine variation in human cerebral cortex: A quantitative Golgi study. Cerebral Cortex, 11, 558-571. pdf

 


BIOLOGY


Ralph BertrandRalpn Bertrand

Population and developmental genetics; mutagenesis for the identification of genes involved in maize leaf development; STR and Alu DNA analysis to study human population genetics.

Most recent publications

Lacau, H., Gayden, T., Chennakrishnaiah, S., Bukhari, A., Regueiro, M., Arce, V., Underhill, P.A., Garcia-Bertrand, R-L.,& Rene J Herrera, R. J. (submitted).  High resolution Y-chromosome analysis of a Pathan population from Afghanistan reveals a strong South Siberian and South Central Asian influences, European J. Genetics.

Mirabal, S., K. J. Herrera, T. Gayden, M. Regueiro, P.A. Underhill, Garcia-Bertrand, R-L., & Herrera, R.J. (2012).  Increased Y-chromosome resolution of haplogroup O suggests genetic ties between the Ami aborigines from Taiwan and the Polynesian Islands of Samoa and Tonga.  Gene, 492, 339-348.

Regueiro, M., S. Mirabal, H. Lacau, J., Caeiro, R. Garcia-Bertrand,R-L., & Herrera, R.J. (2008). Austronesian genetic signature in East African Madagascar and Polynesia. J. Human Genetics, 53, 106-120.

Chow, R. A., Caeiro, J. , Chen,S-J., Garcia-Bertrand, R-L., & Herrera, R.J. (2005). On the Source of the Austroneian Expansion. J. Human Genetics, 50, 550-559.

Shepard, E. M., Chow, R. A. , Suafo’a, E., Addison, D., Perez-Miranda, A.M., Bertrand-Garcia, R-L., & Herrera, R.J.  (2005). Autosomal STR Variation in Five Austronesian Populations. Human Biology, 77, 825-851.

Sewerin, B., Cuza, F., Szmulewicz, M., Rowold, D., Bertrand-Garcia, R-L., &. Herrera, R.J. (2002). On the Genetic Uniqueness of the Ami Aborigines of Formosa.  J. of Physical Anthropology 119, 240-248.

 


Nancy HuangNancy Huang

Embryonic development of the nematode C. elegans; Translational regulation of maternally provided mRNAs; RNA inhibition (RNAi).

Most recent publications

Huang, N. N. & Hunter, C.P. (in preparation for Development). Distinct protein domains regulate stability and patterning of MEX-3 in the C. elegans embryo.

Huang, N. N., Mootz, D. E., Walhout, A. J. M., Vidal, M., and Hunter, C. P. (2002). MEX-3 interacting proteins link cell polarity to asymmetric gene expression in Caenorhabditis elegansDevelopment, 129, 747-59.  pdf

 


Darrell KillianDarryl

Dendrite morphogenesis in C. elegans, cell cycle and sex determination; more information here.

Most recent publications

Olesnicky EC, Killian DJ, Rathjen AR, Garcia E, Sola IE, Gavis ER (2014). Extensive use of RNA binding proteins in dendrite morphogenesis of Drosophila sensory neurons. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 4

Killian, D.J., Harvey, E., Johnson, P., Kim, J., Gold, C.,  & Xue, D. (in preparation).  tra-5, a novel gene, regulates her-1 to promote hermaphrodite development in C. elegans.

Killian, D.J., Harvey, E., Johnson, P., Otor,i M., Mitani, S., & Xue, D. (2008). SKR-1, a homolog of Skp1 and a member of the SCFSEL-10 complex, regulates sex-determination and LIN-12/Notch signaling in C. elegans.  Developmental Biology, 322, 322-331.

Peden, E., Killian, D.J., & Xue, D. (2008). Cell death specification in C. elegans.  Cell Cycle, 7, 2479-2484.

Voutev, R., Killian, D.J., Ahn, J.H., & Hubbard, E.J. (2006).  Alterations in ribosome biogenesis cause specific defects in C. elegans hermaphrodite gonadogenesis.  Developmental Biology, 298, 45-58.

Killian, D.J. & Hubbard, E.J.A. (2005). Caenorhabditis elegans germline patterning requires coordinated development of the somatic gonadal sheath and the germline.  Developmental Biology, 279, 322-335.




CHEMISTRY and BIOCHEMISTRY


Margaret DaughertyMargaret Daugherty

In vitro investigation (using thermodynamic and biochemical studies) of (i) issues relating to transcriptional regulation in C. elegans including investigation of MEX-3 interactions with its cognate RNA binding site; MEX-3/MEX-5 interactions; effect of MEX-5 on MEX-3 – RNA interactions, and (ii) issues relating to enzymatic utilization of cyanide as a source of metabolic nitrogen in P. fluorescens.

Most recent publications

J.E. Whittington, R.F.Degadillo, T.J. Attebury, L.K. Parkhurst, M.A. Daugherty and L.J. Parkhurst. (2008). TATA-Binding Protein Recognition and Bending of a Consensus Promoter are Protein Species Dependent. Biochemistry, 47, 7264-73.

Mason, A.B., Judson, G.L., Bravo, M.C., Edelstein, A., Byrne, S.L., James, N.G., Roush, E.D. and Fierke, C.A. and Daugherty, M.A.  (2008). Evolution reversed:  The ability to bind iron restored to the N-lobe of murine inhibitor of mouse carbonic anhydrase by strategic mutagenesis. Biochemistry, 4, 9487-95.

Ramsey, J.E., Daugherty, M.A. and Kelm, R.J. (2007). Hydrodynamic Studies on the Quaternary Structure of Recombinant Mouse Purb. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 282, 1552-1560.

Ivancic, M., Spuches, A-M, Guth,E., Daugherty, M.A. Wilcox, D and Lyons B.A. (2005). Backbone Nuclear Relaxation  Characteristics and colorimetric Investigation of the Human Grb7-SH2/erbB2 Peptide Complex. Protein Science, 14, 1556-1569.