Faculty

Michael G. Agadjanyan, PhD

Research Professor Institute for Molecular Medicine (Huntington Beach) UCI MIND

Immunotherapy; neuroinflammation

Aileen J. Anderson, PhD

Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Anatomy & Neurobiology

Role of inflammation in degeneration and regeneration of injured CNS; human CNS stem cell engraftment

Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD

Professor, Pediatrics; Anatomy & Neurobiology; Neurology

Epilepsy, Fever-induced (febrile) seizures of children, Learning and memory deficits after stress and seizures

Ruth Benca, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair, Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Sleep and Brain Disease

Mathew Blurton-Jones, PhD

Assistant Researcher, Neurobiology & Behavior

Animal models; neurotrophins; stem cell biology

Jorge A. Busciglio, PhD

Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior

Axonal transport; Down syndrome; mitochondrial dysfunction; oxidative stress

Maria M. Corrada-Bravo, ScD

Associate Adjunct Professor, Neurology

Aging, dementia, oldest-old, risk and protective factors for dementia, longitudinal epidemiological studies.

Carl W. Cotman, PhD

Founding Director and Professor, Neurology; Neurobiology & Behavior

Exercise; neurotrophic support; neuroinflammation

Steven C. Cramer, MD

Professor, Neurology; Anatomy & Neurobiology

Stroke; spinal cord and brain injury

David Cribbs, PhD

Research Professor and Associate Director, UCI MIND; Neuropathology Core Co-Leader, UCI ADRC

Alzheimer’s disease; cerebral vascular pathology; immunotherapy.

Brian Cummings, PhD

Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Spinal cord injury; stem cell biology

Malcolm C. Dick, PhD

Senior Neuropsychologist, UCI MIND

Alzheimer’s disease; clinical psychology; cognitive testing; dementia; mild cognitive impairments

Karen L. Edwards, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology

Genetic epidemiology of complex diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease; gene x environment interactions; mixed methods research

Mark J. Fisher MD

Professor, Neurology

Mechanisms of stroke, vascular neurobiology, blood-brain barrier

Lisa Flanagan, PhD

Associate Professor, Neurology

Neural stem cell proliferation, differentiation, neurogenesis

Daniel L. Gillen, PhD

Professor and Chair, Statistics; Epidemiology

Biostatistics; design and analysis of clinical trials; longitudinal data analysis; group sequential methods

Charles Glabe, PhD

Professor, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Amyloid Aß; amyloid assembly; amyloid structure; Alzheimer’s pathogenesis

Kim Green, PhD

Associate Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior

Works on Alzheimer’s disease therapeutics.

Joshua D. Grill, PhD

Co-Director, UCI MIND; Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Alzheimer’s disease; clinical trials

Neal Hermanowicz, MD

Clinical Professor, Neurology

Parkinson’s disease; Huntington’s disease; movement disorders

Claudia H. Kawas, MD

Professor, Neurology; Neurobiology & Behavior

Successful aging; The 90+ Study; Oldest old, Dementia; Alzheimer’s disease.

Ronald C. Kim, MD

Clinical Professor, Pathology

Neuropathology; Alzheimer’s disease; dementia.

Frank M. LaFerla, PhD

Co-Director, UCI MIND; Dean, Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences

Alzheimer’s disease; animal models, inclusion body myositis (IBM); Lewy body dementia; pre-clinical drug development; stem cell biology

Charles Limoli, PhD

Professor, UC Irvine School of Medicine, Radiation Oncology

Oxidative stress, Neurogenesis, Stem cells, Transplantation, Chemobrain, Irradiation, Cognitive dysfunction

Ira T. Lott, MD

Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics and Neurology

Down syndrome.

Mark Mapstone, PhD

Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Neurology

Alzheimer’s disease; cognitive aging; blood biomarkers; memory; translational neuroscience; neuropsychology

Edwin S. Monuki, MD, PhD

Chair, Pathology; Developmental & Cell Biology

Choroid plexus; stem cells; Alzheimer’s disease; cortical development.

Tahseen Mozaffar, MD

Associate Professor, Neurology

ALS; neuromuscular disorders; compression neuropathy; clinical trials.

Irene Munk Pedersen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

miRNA; stem cells, blood-brain barrier defects

Diane O’Dowd, PhD

HHMI Professor, Vice Provost, Academic Personnel, Developmental and Cell Biology

Synaptic transmission, plasticity, genetics, learning and memory.

Aimee Pierce, MD

Assistant Professor, Neurology; Medical Director of the Memory Assessment Research Center

Wayne Poon, PhD

Tissue Repository Director, UCI MIND

Molecular and cell neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease

Steven S. Schreiber, MD

Professor, Neurology; Anatomy & Neurobiology

Alzheimer’s disease; clinical trials.

Stefano L Sensi MD, PhD

Associate Adjunct Professor, Neurology, Pharmacology

Alzheimer’s disease, excitotoxicity, physiology of glutamate receptors, calcium and zinc dyshomeostasis, mitochondria, metabolomics, proteomics, fMRI investigation of cognitive decline in aging and Alzheimer’s disease.

Steven L. Small, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair, Neurology

Brain and language; aphasia; network modeling; stroke.

Ana Solodkin, PhD

Associate Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Craig E. L. Stark, PhD

Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior

Brain imaging; cognitive neuroscience.

Joan S. Steffan, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior

Huntington’s disease

Andrea J. Tenner, PhD

Professor, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Innate Immunity; Inflammation; Complement; Alzheimer’s disease; Neuroprotection; Neurodegeneration.

Gaby T. Thai, MD

Associate Clinical Professor, Neurology

Dementia; Clinical trials.

Leslie M. Thompson, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior; Neurobiology & Behavior

Huntington’s disease; stem cell biology; animal models.

John H. Weiss, MD, PhD

Professor, Neurology; Anatomy & Neurobiology

ALS; Alzheimer’s disease; epilepsy; stroke.

Marcelo Wood, PhD

Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior

Epigenetics; Learning and memory.

Michael Yassa, PhD

Associate Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior

Learning and memory; Neuroimaging; Healthy Aging and Dementia