Neuroscience Graduate Program Faculty

Neuroscience graduate faculty members have primary appointments in various departments of the Health Sciences Division of Loyola’s Graduate School.  Interested applicants may contact them directly for more information on their research program.

Joanna C. Bakowska 

Assistant Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics webpage
PhD in Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1998
Genetic, behavioral, and cellular mechanisms that underlie spastic paraplegias

George Battaglia

Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics webpage
PhD in Pharmacology, University of Toronto, 1983
Effects of drugs of abuse and anti-depressants on serotonin function during development

Michael A. Collins

Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics webpage
PhD in Chemistry, Purdue, 1968
Mechanisms of ethanol-induced neurodegeneration and neuroprotection

Ed Campbell

Assistant Professor Microbiology and Immunology webpage
PhD in Microbiology and Immunology University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004 
Understanding the mechanisms of cellular invasion by amyloid protein aggregates associated with neurodegenerative disease and the cellular dysfunction induced by such invasion 

Lydia L. DonCarlos

Professor of Cell and Molecular Physiology webpage
PhD in Neurobiology, Kent State University, 1985
The impact of gonadal steroids on neural development and neuroprotection

Ellen Foecking

Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery webpage
PhD in Neurobiology and Physiology, Northwestern University, 2006
Mechanisms of peripheral nerve injury and repair with focus on therapeutic and surgical techniques to enhance regeneration

Saverio Gentile

Assistant Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics webpage
PhD in Neurophysiology, Universita degli Studi della Calabria and Stazione Zoologica, Napoli, Italy, 2003.
Hormonal-dependent regulation of ion channels in physiological and pathological conditions

Linda Janusek

Professor, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing webpage
PhD in Physiology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1978
Understanding the consequences of psychosocial stress on emotional reactivity, behavior, and neuroendocrine-immune function

Simon Kaja

Dr. John P. and Therese E. Mulcahy Endowed Professor in Ophthalmology
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics webpage
Identification of pathophysiological mechanisms underlying human ophthalmic, neurological and neurodegenerative disorders

Gwendolyn Kartje

Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics webpage
PhD in Anatomy, Loyola University Chicago, 1984; M.D., Loyola University Chicago, 1988
Effects of binge alcohol on neurogenesis and functional recovery following traumatic brain injury, use of immunotherapy to facilitate functional recovery from ischemic stroke, use of neuroprotective drugs to reduce damage from ischemic stroke

Virginie Mansuy-Aubert

Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Physiology webpage
PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology , Besancon University, France, 2006          
Mechanisms by which the central and peripheral nervous systems sense lipids to modulate body weight, energy expenditure, glucose homeostasis and sensitivity (Obesity and Diabetes Models)

Herb L. Mathews

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology webpage
PhD in Microbiology, West Virginia University, 1977
Stress and immunity, psychoneuroimmunology, natural killer cell function; breast and prostate cancer

Toni Pak

Associate Professor of Cell and Molecular Physiology webpage
PhD in Neuroscience, University of Colorado (Boulder), 2002
Neuroendocrine regulation of puberty; molecular mechanisms of nuclear steroid receptor function

Erika Piedras-Renteria

Associate Professor of Cell and Molecular Physiology webpage
PhD in Physiology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1996
Molecular mechanisms of neuronal P/Q calcium channel function in normal and diseased states, including spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6)

Karie Scrogin

Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics webpage
PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health Sciences University, 1992
Anxiety and depression and neural control of circulation in heart disease

Monsheel Sodhi

Assistant Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics webpage
PhD in Biochemistry, Kings of College London, U.K. 2000
Post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression (RNA editing, alternative splicing, microRNAs) in mood disorders, psychosis and after exposure to stress

William H. Simmons

Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics webpage
PhD in Physiology, University of Illinois, 1979
The identification and purification of peptidases involved in neuropeptide metabolism in brain.

Evan B. Stubbs, Jr.

Professor of Ophthalmology webpage
PhD in Biochemistry, University of Missouri, 1987
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Metabolic and Acquired Neuropathies, including diabetic neuropathy, glaucomatous neuropathy, and acquired inflammatory demyelinating neuropathies such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome.