Jason Aoto

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2009, Univ. of California, Berkeley

We are interested in dissecting the distinct functions of synaptic cell-adhesion molecules implicated in neuropsychiatric disorders and addiction in the context of disease-relevant brain circuits. Using cutting-edge multidisciplinary techniques, we are able to interrogate these molecules with cell-type and synapse-specific resolution.​


K. Ulrich Bayer

Ph.D., 1996, Heinrich-Pette-I​nstitute

Molecular mechanisms of bi-directional synaptic plasticity that underlie cognition. Strategies for restoring normal synaptic plasticity in neurological disorders.


Joshua Black

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2008, Univ. of California, Los Angeles​

Understanding how the chromatin microenvironment regulates genome stability, cancer cell heterogeneity and chemotherapeutic response.


M. Cecilia Caino

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2010, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Our group aims to understand how mitochondria reprogramming in tumors impact cellular behaviors that drive progressive and lethal cancer.  We use a broad repertoire of biochemistry, cell biology, live cell imaging and animal models to study the impact of mitochondria shape, number and subcellular distribution in metastatic dissemination.

Mair Churchill

Mair E.A. Churchill

Ph.D., 1987, Johns Hopkins Univ.

Structure and mechanism in gene regulation; biophysical and structural studies of protein-nucleic acid and protein-protein complexes in chromatin.

James Costello

James C. Costello

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2009, Indiana Univ.

Systems biology approaches to disentangle signaling pathways in cancer development; Computational modeling of how therapeutic compounds function across different genomic backgrounds; Mechanisms of chemoresistance and cancer development.

Scott Cramer

Scott D. Cramer

Ph.D., 1992, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz

The molecular dissection of signaling pathways in prostatic cells, the identification of prostate progenitor or stem cells, and understanding epithelial-stromal interactions in normal and abnormal ductal morphogenesis.

Mark Dell'Acqua

Mark L. Dell'Acqua

Professor and Vice Chairman
Ph.D., 1995, Harvard Univ.

Organization of signaling complexes by protein kinase and phosphatase anchoring proteins; mechanisms regulating neuronal second messenger signaling in synaptic plasticity.

Joaquin Espinosa

Joaquin Espinosa​

Ph.D. 1999, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Mechanisms of gene expression control and cancer biology' for 'Mechanisms of gene expression control, cancer biology, Down syndrome.

Chris Ford

Chris P. Ford

Ph.D., 2003, Univ. of Alberta

We study synaptic mechanisms by which neuromodulators like dopamine and acetylcholine are encoded in mesolimbic and nigrostriatal circuits through GPCRs.  We study the basic biology of these circuits and the alterations that occur in neurological and psychiatric diseases.

Heide Ford

Heide L. Ford

Professor and Chair
Ph.D., 1995, Univ. of Rochester

Molecular mechanisms of metastatic dissemination in breast cancers and various pediatric tumors; parallels between normal development and tumor progression with a focus on developmental transcription factors and signaling pathways;  epithelial to mesenchymal transition;  development of novel inhibitors targeting metastatic dissemination and/or outgrowth

David Jones

David N.M. Jones

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 1989, Univ. of Cambridge

Molecular mechanism of alcohols and anesthetic actions; structure and function of biomolecules; NMR spectroscopy, x-ray crystallography, biophysics and molecular biology.

Matt Kennedy

Matthew J. Kennedy

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2003, Univ. of Washington

Molecular mechanisms of activity-triggered synaptic remodeling.

Tanya Kutateladze

Tatiana G. Kutateladze

Ph.D., 1988, Moscow State Univ.

Epigenetics, phosphoinositide signaling, structural biology, NMR and crystal structures of proteins implicated in cancer, structure based drug design.

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Bruce Mandt, PhD

Assistant Professor
PhD in 2009, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Biomedical PhD and postdoctoral scholar career exploration, preparation, and transitions. Evidenced-informed mentoring practices, productive mentoring relationships, and healthy research training environments.

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Justin O'Hare, PhD

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2017, Duke University

We study how individual neurons contribute to memory formation and storage. Using pyramidal neurons in mouse hippocampal area CA1 as a model system, we leverage molecular and systems neuroscience approaches to understand (1) how a neuron’s dendrites integrate synaptic inputs from multiple brain circuits and (2) how this information is lastingly stored to form new place fields.

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Won Chan Oh​

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2013, Univ. of California, Davis

We study molecular and cellular mechanisms of activity-dependent synaptic and circuit remodeling primarily through live-imaging approaches using two-photon microscopy and photostimulation in vivo and in brain slices, combined with electrophysiology and molecular genetic manipulations.

Kate Smith

Katharine R. Smith​

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2010, University College London​​​

Molecular mechanisms of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic plasticity.

Chandra Tucker

Chandra L. Tucker

Ph.D., 1999, Univ. of Washington

Study and manipulatio​​n of protein homeostasis and signaling pathways in live cells, optogenetic tools for controlling protein interactions, synthetic biology, cytosolic protein misfolding, yeast genetics/genomics

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