Neuroscience Program

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Core Faculty

     
GHG      Dr. Gretchen Hanson Gotthard
     Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
     B.S., University of North Dakota
     Ph.D., Kent State University

     Core courses taught: Brain and Behavior (NSC 310);
     Advanced Seminar in Neuroscience (NSC 401)
 
     
     
Jordanna Sprayberry      Dr. Jordanna H. Sprayberry
     Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
     B.S., University of Rhode Island
     Ph.D., University of Washington
     Postdoctoral fellow, University of Washington
     Postdoctoral fellow, University of Arizona

     Core courses taught: Neurons and Networks (NSC 311);
     Advanced Seminar in Neuroscience (NSC 401)
 
     
     
Jeremy Teissere      Dr. Jeremy Alden Teissere
     Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
     Director, Neuroscience Program
     B.A., Willamette University
     Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison
     Postdoctoral fellow, Emory University

     Core courses taught: Mind and Brain (NSC 201);
     Neurons and Networks (NSC 311); Advanced
     Seminar in Neuroscience (NSC 401)
 
     
     
Patrick Williams      Dr. Patrick E. Williams
     Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
     B.S., Carnegie Mellon University
     Ph.D., New York University
     Postdoctoral fellow, University of Arizona

     Core courses taught: Brain and Behavior (NSC 310); 
     Neurons and Networks (NSC 311); Advanced Seminar in
     Neuroscience (NSC 401)
 
     

Affiliate Faculty

Mary Constant Byrne, Lecturer in Biology; Director, Brain Camp
Laura Edelman, Professor of Psychology
Kathleen Harring, Professor of Psychology; Associate Dean for Institutional
      Assessment

Elizabeth R. McCain, Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Biology
Paul T. Meier, Associate Professor of Biology
Jeffrey Rudski, Professor of Psychology
Theodore W. Schick, Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Department of
      Philosophy
Bruce C. Wightman, Professor of Biology
Connie Wolfe, Associate Professor of Psychology


Faculty Research

Faculty in the Neuroscience Program are highly engaged in scholarly research and committed to undergraduate research collaborations. Many students elect to carry out independent research alongside a faculty member. The results of student-faculty collaborations are presented in on-campus poster sessions and at annual professional meetings, such as the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) Annual Meeting and the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (LVSFN) Annual Conference. Many students have co-authored and published research articles with faculty mentors. The Program has specific research and teaching strengths in:

• molecular neuroscience (Teissere, Wightman)
• cellular and sensory neuroscience (Sprayberry, Williams)
• computational modeling of neural signals and circuits (Sprayberry, Williams)
• behavioral neuroscience (Gotthard, Meier, Rudski)
• cognitive neuroscience (Edelman)
• developmental neuroscience
(McCain, Wightman)
• neuropharmacology (Rudski, Teissere)
• neuroanatomy and neuroscience of movement (Byrne)
• mind and consciousness (Schick, Teissere)

If you are interested in performing research, you should seek out faculty members who would be appropriate mentors for your project at least a half-semester before you want to do research. Faculty often fill their available summer research positions by February or March. You don't need to know exactly what project you want to work on, just some basic ideas of what kind of research interests you. Choose a faculty member with research interests that parallel your own. Your project may be suggested by your faculty member, emerge through conversations with him/her, or develop independently from participation in lab journal clubs. We encourage all students interested in research to read the research descriptions on individual faculty pages in order to find the most appropriate match.