Interdisciplinary Neuroscience: Faculty and Staff

Executive Committee

Name Department Contact
Dr. John Jeka, Program Director Kinesiology & Applied Physiology jjeka@udel.edu
Dr. Mark Stanton, Graduate Director Psychological & Brain Sciences stanton@udel.edu
Burciu, Roxana Kinesiology & Applied Physiology rgburciu@udel.edu
Chow, Ho Ming Communication Sciences & Disorders hmc@udel.edu
Hestvik, Arild Linguistics & Cognitive Science hestvik@udel.edu
Johnson, Curtis Biomedical Engineering clj@udel.edu
Kim, Hyosub Physical Therapy hyosub@udel.edu
Klintsova, Anna Psychological & Brain Sciences klintsov@udel.edu
Schneider, Keith Psychological & Brain Sciences keithas@udel.edu
Shao, Lisha Biological Sciences shaol@udle.edu

Our Faculty

Understanding the functions of cells and cellular components and the molecular mechanisms that underlie neurogenetic disorders and brain development.

UD Faculty

Name/Profile Email Department Research Focus
Deni Galileo dgalileo@udel.edu BISC Molecular mechanisms that control human glioblastoma cell behavior during tumor formation and invasion using a novel xenograft chick embryo brain tumor model system. In vitro and in vivo approaches are used.
Lisha Shao shaol@udel.edu BISC We study the genetic and neural mechanisms of reward, the interaction of different reward-driven behaviors, and the regulation of reward-driven behaviours by internal state and environmental stress.
Jessica Tanis jtanis@udel.edu BISC We study biogenesis and cargo sorting mechanisms for extracellular vesicles released from C. elegans sensory neurons
Ho Ming Chow hmc@udel.edu CSCD Understand how mutations in genes involved in lysosomal enzyme trafficking lead to developmental stuttering
Amanda Hernan ahernan@udel.edu   neural dynamics underpinning behavioral impairment in pediatric epilepsy
Dayan Knox dayank@udel.edu PBS stress, central arousal systems, learning & memory
Tania Roth troth@udel.edu PBS We are a behavioral epigenetics lab that studies the capacity of early environments and experiences to physically interact and link with our biology, with the goal of understanding the influence of this interaction on the development of behavior.
Kathleen Brewer-Smyth, PhD, RN, CRRN, FAAN kbsmyth@udel.edu NURS Biobehavioral outcomes for adult survivors of adverse childhood experiences, and the neurobiology of trauma, resilience and healing throughout the life course
Jaclyn Schwarz jschwarz@udel.edu PBS We examine the impact of the immune system and the hormonal system on the development of the brain and behavior, with an interest in the cellular (microglia, neurons and astrocytes) and molecular (cytokines, chemokines and hormones) mechanisms of these processes. We also investigate sex differences in the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Other Institutions

Name/Profile Email Department/External Organization
Robert Akins Robert.Akins@nemours.org Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory (TERM)/Nemours
Harbinder Dhillon hsdhillon@desu.edu Molecular Biology/Delaware State University

We study the development of brain, physiology and behaviour in humans and animal models across diverse topics including language development, immune and endocrine effects, behavioral epigenetics, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, learning and cognition, and interventions for long-term effects of childhood adversity, of developmental delays, and autism.

UD Faculty

Name/Profile Email Department Research Focus
Deni Galileo dgalileo@udel.edu BISC Use of the developing chick embryo brain as a xenograft model system for analysis of human glioblastoma cell behavior.
Ho Ming Chow hmc@udel.edu CSCD Neurodevelopmental trajectories in children who stutter
Amanda Van Horne ajovh@udel.edu    
Katherine Verdolini Abbott kittie@udel.edu    
Stephanie Del Tufo sdeltufo@udel.edu CEHD Neurodevelopmental trajectories of language, learning, and literacy.
Roberta Golinkoff roberta@udel.edu CEHD We focus on the development of language and spatial skills, and the role of play and media in children's learning. We study children from birth through age 6.
Giovanna Morini gmorini@udel.edu CSCD  
Mark Stanton stanton@udel.edu PBS Development of brain and memory, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in rodent models and humans
Mary Dozier mdozier@udel.edu PBS Intervention effects on brain and behavioral development following adversity.
Anna Klintsova klintsov@udel.edu PBS  
Tania Roth troth@udel.edu PBS We are a behavioural epigenetics lab that studies the capacity of early environments and experiences to physically interact and link with our biology, with the goal of understanding the influence of this interaction on the development of behavior.
Jaclyn Schwarz jschwarz@udel.edu PBS We examine the impact of the immune system and the hormonal system on the development of the brain and behavior. We also investigate sex differences in the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders.
Rod C. Scott MD, Ph.D. Rodney.Scott@nemours.org

 

  cognition in brain disease
William Kenkel wkenkel@udel.edu PBS the neuroendocrine and neurodevelopmental consequences of common birth interventions
Arild Hestvik hestvik@udel.edu LCS behavioral and EEG measures of language development in children
Evan Usler eusler@udel.edu CSCD Understanding how the development of the speech motor system and its interactions with language and cognition
Michele Lobo malobo@udel.edu PT Understanding typical and atypical developmental processes in children to inform the development of effective interventions for children with or at risk for developmental delays. https://sites.udel.edu/move2learn/

Other Institutions

Name/Profile Email Department/ External Organization
Robert Akins Robert.Akins@nemours.org Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory (TERM)/Nemours
Thierry Morlet thierry.morlet@nemours.org Neuroscience/Nemours

Cognitive and behavioral neuroscience study the relationship between the biological processes in the brain and the mind and cognition, in humans and animals. The broad aim is to determine how the brain functions and leads to the observable behavior.

UD Faculty

Name/Profile Email Department Research Focus
Lisha Shao shaol@udel.edu BISC We study the genetic and neural mechanisms of reward, the interaction of different reward-driven behaviors, and the regulation of reward-driven behaviors by internal state and environmental stress.
Hyosub Kim hyosub@udel.edu PT Our lab combines behavioral studies and computational modeling to better understand how humans acquire, adapt, and refine complex motor skills.
Joshua Cashaback     We study sensorimotor learning and control in healthy and neurological populations using a complementary blend of behaviour and computational modelling.
Katherine Verdolini Abbott kittie@udel.edu    
Stephanie Del Tufo sdeltufo@udel.edu CEHD Individual differences in language, learning, and literacy.
Giovanna Morini gmorini@udel.edu    
Jennifer Kubota jtkubota@udel.edu PBS how we form impressions and make decisions about about people from marginalized communities
Mark Stanton stanton@udel.edu PBS Development of brain and memory, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in rodent models and humans
Jasmin Cloutier jclout@udel.edu PBS  
Amy Griffin amygriff@udel.edu PBS Neural circuitry underlying spatial working memory
Amanda Hernan ahernan@udel.edu   neural dynamics underpinning behavioral impairment in pediatric epilepsy
Dayan Knox dayank@udel.edu PBS stress and central arousal systems
Jared Medina jmedina@udel.edu PBS Impairments after brain damage and what they tell us about the mind.
Peter Mende-Siedlecki pmende@udel.edu PBS the social cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie how we dynamically perceive and learn about other people
Joshua Neunuebel jneun@udel.edu PBS neural coding of social information
Keith Schneider keithas@udel.edu PBS relationship between the architecture of the human sensory systems and the functions of attention, perception and awareness; dyslexia
Rod C. Scott MD, Ph.D. Rodney.Scott@nemours.org   cognition in brain disease
Timothy Vickery tvickery@udel.edu PBS I study human perception and cognition using behavior, psychophysics, and neuroimaging (fMRI). I am particularly interested in how incidental learning affects perception and performance, and the role of perceptual organization and objects in visual perception.
Kathleen Brewer-Smyth, PhD, RN, CRRN, FAAN kbsmyth@udel.edu NURS Adverse childhood experiences and the neurobiology of trauma, resilience and healing throughout the life course
William Kenkel wkenkel@udel.edu PBS the neuroendocrine and neurodevelopmental consequences of common birth interventions
Arild Hestvik hestvik@udel.edu LCS the nature of linguistic mental representations and processes in normal adults measured with EEG
Matthew Cohen mlcohen@udel.edu CSCD Cognitive assessment of and early intervention for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
Evan Usler eusler@udel.edu CSCD Understanding how speech, language, and cognition interact in typical and clinical populations
Michele Lobo malobo@udel.edu PT Understanding how perceptual-motor experiences and interventions can impact motor and cognitive outcomes for children. https://sites.udel.edu/move2learn/

Other Institutions

Name/Profile Email Department/External Organization
Kyoko Nagao kyoko.nagao@nemours.org Neuroscience/Nemours, Communication Sciences & Disorders/UD
Hwan Kim yhkim@desu.edu Biological Sciences/Delaware State University

UD Faculty

Name/Profile Email Department Research Focus
Hyosub Kim hyosub@udel.edu PT Our lab combines behavioral studies and computational modeling to better understand how humans acquire, adapt, and refine complex motor skills.
Joshua Cashaback joshcash@udel.edu   We study sensorimotor learning and control in healthy and neurological populations using a complementary blend of behaviour and computational modelling.
Austin Brockmeier ajbrock@udel.edu ECE/CIS Neural decoding and statistical modeling
Jan Hendrik Reimann jhrei@udel.edu   We study sensorimotor control of balance during walking, combining experimental approaches with computational modeling.
Tobin Driscoll driscoll@udel.edu    
Chad Giusti cgiusti@udel.edu    
Amanda Hernan ahernan@udel.edu   neural dynamics underpinning behavioral impairment in pediatric epilepsy
Rod C. Scott MD, Ph.D. Rodney.Scott@nemours.org   cognition in brain disease
Wei Qian weiqian@udel.edu    

Other Institutions

Name/Profile Email Department/External Organization
Hwan Kim yhkim@desu.edu Biological Sciences/Delaware State University
Robert Akins Robert.Akins@nemours.org Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory (TERM)/Nemours

UD Faculty

Name/Profile Email Department Research Focus
Hyosub Kim hyosub@udel.edu PT Our lab combines behavioral studies and computational modeling to better understand how humans acquire, adapt, and refine complex motor skills.
Curtis Johnson clj@udel.edu BME My laboratory develops neuroimaging technologies to assess brain tissue health through biomechanics, and explore applications in neuroscience, neurology, and neurosurgery
Fabrizio Sergi fabs@udel.edu   We develop robotic d for physical interaction with humans and study how robots can be of assistance or rehabilitation of motor function after injury of the central nervous system.
Ho Ming Chow hmc@udel.edu CSCD Developmental and neurogenic speech disorders
Matthew Cohen mlcohen@udel.edu CSCD Cognitive assessment of and early intervention for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
Amanda Van Horne ajovh@udel.edu CSCD Treatment approaches for children with Developmental Language Disorders
Katherine Verdolini Abbott kittie@udel.edu    
Christopher Martens cmartens@udel.edu   My laboratory is interested in vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. We study novel lifestyle and pharmacological interventions to delay or reverse age-associated memory loss in humans.
Darcy Reisman dreisman@udel.edu   The purpose of our work is to develop scientifically-based therapies to advance physical rehabilitation and recovery after stroke
Mary Dozier mdozier@udel.edu PBS Intervention effects on brain and behavioral development following adversity.
Amanda Hernan ahernan@udel.edu   neural dynamics underpinning behavioral impairment in pediatric epilepsy
Tania Roth troth@udel.edu PBS We are a behavioral epigenetics lab that studies the capacity of early environments and experiences to physically interact and link with our biology, with the goal of understanding the influence of this interaction on the development of behavior.
Naomi Samimi-Sadeh nsadeh@udel.edu PBS understanding why people engage in risky, impulsive and self-destructive behavior, with a special emphasis on elucidating how sensitivity and resiliency to life stress contributes to these harmful behaviors
Rod C. Scott MD, Ph.D. Rodney.Scott@nemours.org   cognition in brain disease
Jeffrey Spielberg jmsp@udel.edu PBS pathological anxiety (e.g., PTSD, worry) and mood (e.g., depression, bipolar)
Kathleen Brewer-Smyth, PhD, RN, CRRN, FAAN kbsmyth@udel.edu    
William Kenkel wkenkel@udel.edu PBS the neuroendocrine and neurodevelopmental consequences of common birth interventions
Frances Earle fsearle@udel.edu    
Stephanie Del Tufo sdeltufo@udel.edu CEHD The DANE laboratory studies developmental disorders (e.g., developmental dyslexia, ADHD).
John Jeka jjeka@udel.edu KAAP Our research group investigates how the nervous system uses sensory information (vision, inner ear) to estimate body dynamics and guide motor processes for upright balance control. The applied goal is to better understand patient populations with neurological disease and injury that lead to balance problems.
Thomas Buckley tbuckley@udel.edu   Dynamic Postural Control following both concussion and the lifelong effects of repetitive head trauma
Arild Hestvik hestvik@udel.edu LCS behavioral and EEG measures of language processing in children with auditory processing disorders and developmental language disorders
Anna Klintsova klintsov@udel.edu PBS  
Keith Schneider keithas@udel.edu PBS relationship between the architecture of the human sensory systems and the functions of attention, perception and awareness; dyslexia
Christopher Knight caknight@udel.edu KAAP We investigate how the nervous system controls rapid movements and how such control is affected by the normal aging process, Parkinson's disease and exercise interventions.
Evan Usler eusler@udel.edu CSCD Understanding motor speech and fluency disorders.
Susanne Morton smmorton@udel.edu PT My lab studies motor control and motor learning deficits associated with stroke, cerebellar disease, and mild cognitive impairment

Other Institutions

Name/Profile Email Department/External Organization
Kyoko Nagao kyoko.nagao@nemours.org Neuroscience/Nemours, Communication Sciences & Disorders/UD
Robert Akins Robert.Akins@nemours.org Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory (TERM)/Nemours
Thierry Morlet thierry.morlet@nemours.org Neuroscience/Nemours
Harbinder Dhillon hsdhillon@desu.edu Molecular Biology/Delaware State University

Our studies of learning and brain plasticity encompass diverse topics including motor learning and rehabilitation from motor impairment, pediatric epilepsy, interventions for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, neurobiology of multiple memory systems, stress and arousal, and computational modelling of these phenomena.

UD Faculty

Name/Profile Email Department Research Focus
Hyosub Kim hyosub@udel.edu PT Our lab combines behavioral studies and computational modeling to better understand how humans acquire, adapt, and refine complex motor skills.
Lisha Shao shaol@udel.edu BISC We study the genetic and neural mechanisms of reward, the interaction of different reward-driven behaviors, and the regulation of reward-driven behaviors by internal state and environmental stress.
Joshua Cashaback joshcash@udel.edu   We study sensorimotor learning and control in healthy and neurological populations using a complementary blend of behaviour and computational modelling.
Fabrizio Sergi fabs@udel.edu   We develop robotic devices for physical interaction with humans and study how robots can be of assistance or rehabilitation of motor function after injury of the central nervous system.
Amanda Van Horne ajovh@udel.edu    
Stephanie Del Tufo sdeltufo@udel.edu CEHD Individual differences in neuroplasticity that underlie language, learning, and literacy.
Roberta Golinkoff roberta@udel.edu   We focus on the development of language and spatial skills, and the role of play and media in children's learning. We study children from birth through age 6.
Giovanna Morini gmorini@udel.edu CSCD  
Darcy Reisman dreisman@udel.edu   We study different forms of locomotor learning in persons with neurologic conditions and examine factors that impact learning
Mark Stanton stanton@udel.edu PBS Development of brain and memory, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in rodent models and humans
Amy Griffin amygriff@udel.edu PBS Neural circuitry underlying spatial working memory
Amanda Hernan ahernan@udel.edu   neural dynamics underpinning behavioral impairment in pediatric epilepsy
Dayan Knox dayank@udel.edu PBS stress and central arousal systems
Rod C. Scott MD, Ph.D. Rodney.Scott@nemours.org   cognition in brain disease
Timothy Vickery tvickery@udel.edu PBS visual perception, attention, reward, decision-making
Kathleen Brewer-Smyth, PhD, RN, CRRN, FAAN kbsmyth@udel.edu    
Arild Hestvik hestvik@udel.edu LCS neural measures of implicit vs. explicit learning of artificial grammars
Susanne Morton smmorton@udel.edu PT My lab studies mechanisms of motor learning in health and disease
Roxana Burciu rgburciu@udel.edu   Our lab combines behavioral studies and multi-modal MRI to how the brain controls voluntary movements in healthy individuals and individuals with movements disorders such as Parkinson’s disease

Other Institutions

Name/Profile Email Department/External Organization
Thierry Morlet thierry.morlet@nemours.org Neuroscience/Nemours

UD Faculty

Name/Profile Email Department Research Focus
Deni Galileo dgalileo@udel.edu BISC Imaging human glioblastoma cell behavior in vitro and in vivo. Confocal and time-lapse microscopy of glioblastoma cells in a chick embryo brain tumor xenograft model and in live brain slice cultures.
Lisha Shao shaol@udel.edu BISC We study the genetic and neural mechanisms of reward, the interaction of different reward-driven behaviors, and the regulation of reward-driven behaviors by internal state and environmental stress.
Jessica Tanis jtanis@udel.edu    
Curtis Johnson clj@udel.edu BME My laboratory develops neuroimaging technologies to assess brain tissue health through biomechanics, and explore applications in neuroscience, neurology, and neurosurgery
Ho Ming Chow hmc@udel.edu CSCD Multimodal neruoimaging data fusion techniques
Katherine Verdolini Abbott kittie@udel.edu    
Stephanie Del Tufo sdeltufo@udel.edu   Neuroimaging and electrophysiologiy techniques (MRI, diffusion, MR spectroscopy, EEG, ABR) are used as a tool to study the development and individual differences in language, learning, and literacy.
Austin Brockmeier ajbrock@udel.edu   Neural signal processing: making sense of multi-modal and multi-scale neural signals and neural imaging using machine learning and data science
Roxana Burciu rgburciu@udel.edu   Our lab combines behavioral studies and multi-modal MRI to how the brain controls voluntary movements in healthy individuals and individuals with movements disorders such as Parkinson’s disease
Christopher Martens cmartens@udel.edu   My laboratory is interested in vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. We study novel lifestyle and pharmacological interventions to delay or reverse age-associated memory loss in humans.
Jennifer Kubota jtkubota@udel.edu PBS  
Jasmin Cloutier jclout@udel.edu PBS  
Mary Dozier mdozier@udel.edu PBS Intervention effects on brain development.
Anna Klintsova klintsov@udel.edu PBS  
Dayan Knox dayank@udel.edu PBS stress and central arousal systems
Jared Medina jmedina@udel.edu PBS impairments after brain damage and what they tell us about the mind.
Peter Mende-Siedlecki pmende@udel.edu PBS the social cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie how we dynamically perceive and learn about other people
Tania Roth troth@udel.edu PBS We are a behavioral epigenetics lab that studies the capacity of early environments and experiences to physically interact and link with our biology, with the goal of understanding the influence of this interaction on the development of behavior.
Naomi Samimi-Sadeh nsadeh@udel.edu PBS understanding why people engage in risky, impulsive and self-destructive behavior, with a special emphasis on elucidating how sensitivity and resiliency to life stress contributes to these harmful behaviors
Keith Schneider keithas@udel.edu PBS relationship between the architecture of the human sensory systems and the functions of attention, perception and awareness; dyslexia; imaging techniques
Jaclyn Schwarz jschwarz@udel.edu PBS immune and endocrine systems influence on the brain and behavior
Timothy Vickery tvickery@udel.edu PBS visual perception, attention, reward, decision-making
Jeffrey Spielberg jmsp@udel.edu PBS pathological anxiety (e.g., PTSD, worry) and mood (e.g., depression, bipolar)
Dawn Elliott delliott@udel.edu    

UD Faculty

Name/Profile Email Department Research Focus
Hyosub Kim hyosub@udel.edu PT Our lab combines behavioral studies and computational modeling to better understand how humans acquire, adapt, and refine complex motor skills.
Joshua Cashaback joshcash@udel.edu   We study sensorimotor learning and control in healthy and neurological populations using a complementary blend of behaviour and computational modelling.
Fabrizio Sergi fabs@udel.edu   We develop robotic devices for physical interaction with humans and study how robots can be of assistance or rehabilitation of motor function after injury of the central nervous system.
Ho Ming Chow hmc@udel.edu CSCD Roles of auditory and sensormotor feedback in speech production
Katherine Verdolini Abbott kittie@udel.edu    
John Jeka jjeka@udel.edu KAAP Our research group investigate how the nervous system uses sensory information (vision, inner ear) to estimate body dynamics and guide motor processes for upright balance control. The applied goal is to better understand patient populations with neurological disease and injury that lead to balance problems.
Thomas Buckley tbuckley@udel.edu   Dynamic Postural Control following both concussion and the lifelong effects of repetitive head trauma
Christopher Knight caknight@udel.edu KAAP We investigate how the nervous system controls rapid movements and how such control is affected by the normal aging process, Parkinson's disease and exercise interventions.
Darcy Reisman dreisman@udel.edu   We combine clinical and behavioral studies to understand movement deficits in persons with neurological conditions
Jared Medina jmedina@udel.edu PBS impairments after brain damage and what they tell us about the mind.
Keith Schneider keithas@udel.edu PBS relationship between the architecture of the human sensory systems and the functions of attention, perception and awareness; dyslexia
Timothy Vickery tvickery@udel.edu PBS visual perception, attention, reward, decision-making
Stuart McCaughey smccaugh@udel.edu   taste sensation, feeding behavior
Arild Hestvik hestvik@udel.edu LCS neural reflexes of auditory sensation
Evan Usler eusler@udel.edu CSCD Understanding speech motor processes and its interactions with language and cognition.
Susanne Morton smmorton@udel.edu PT My lab investigates sensorimotor control for the purposes of understanding movement and enhancing rehabilitation interventions for individuals with neurological disorders
Michele Lobo malobo@udel.edu PT Development and evaluation of novel technologies and activity-based interventions to advance motor and cognitive development for children with or at risk for developmental delays and learning disabilities. https://sites.udel.edu/move2learn/

Other Institutions

Name/Profile Email Department/External Organization
Kyoko Nagao kyoko.nagao@nemours.org Neuroscience/Nemours, Communication Sciences & Disorders/UD
Thierry Morlet thierry.morlet@nemours.org Neuroscience/Nemours
Hwan Kim yhkim@desu.edu Biological Sciences/Delaware State University
Robert Akins Robert.Akins@nemours.org Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory (TERM)/Nemours