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 

Associate 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

Michael A. Collins

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

Ed Campbell

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

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

Eileen Foecking

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics 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

Rocco Gogliotti

Assistant Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics webpage
PhD in Biomedical Research, Nortwestern University, 2012
Neurogenetics of autism and autism-associated disorders and the neuropharmacology of novel treatment strategies

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

Kelley Langert

Assistant Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics webpage
PhD in Neuroscience, Loyola University Chicago, 2012
Targeted drug delivery to the inflamed peripheral nerve, identifying novel therapeutic targets at the blood-nerve barrier and the leukocyte-endothelial interface, elucidating the physiological and pathophysiological roles of monomeric GTPases in endothelial cells

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 webpagePhD in Microbiology, West Virginia University, 1977
Stress and immunity, psychoneuroimmunology, natural killer cell function; breast and prostate cancer

Toni Pak

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, mood disorders 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

Emeritus 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 Opthalmology 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.