About us

This group consists of investigators at NC State who conduct studies on neurons and glia at the cellular and molecular level. Particular focus is on genetic, molecular, and cellular basis of neuronal and glial functions in various disciplines of biology in the developing, adult, and aging nervous system. Research approaches span a diverse spectrum from genetic and molecular signalling in the nervous system, electrophysiologic dissection of functions and behaviors, to neuroendocrinological and other systems level regulations in the nervous system. Techniques used range from molecular and biochemical, state-of-the-art imaging, single-cell recording and behavioural studies to large-scale neural circuit manipulations.


Projects

Current research
There are four research areas, spanning across experimental and clinical neuroscience. We aim to inspire and cultivate researchers and educators at NC State. View the most current and exciting research today.

MARCKS Protein

NC State Researcher Finds MARCKS Protein
May Help Protect Brain Cells from Age Damage

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Faculty

Patricia Estes

Patricia A Estes

Research Associate Professor
Biological Sciences
Office: Thomas Hall 3560
Phone: 919-513-2718
Email: pat_estes@ncsu.edu
Website: Faculty web page
Research Interests: Neural control of energy balance and the development of the central nervous system

Troy Ghashghaei, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Neurobiology
Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences
Office: College of Veterinary Medicine
Phone: 919-513-6174
Email: troy_ghashghaei@ncsu.edu
Website: Faculty web page

Albert Keung

Albert Keung

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Office: Engineering Building I (EB1) 2088F
Email: ajkeung@ncsu.edu
Website: Faculty web page
Research Interests: Cerebral organoids, chromatin engineering

Laurianne Van Landeghem

Laurianne Van Landeghem, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurogastroenterology
Molecular Biomedical Sciences
Office: D329 in CVM Main
Phone: 919-513-6801
Email: lcvanlan@ncsu.edu
Website: Faculty web page (coming soon)
Research Interests: Enteric Nervous System Biology, Enteric Glial Cell Biology, Colorectal Cancer, Tumor Microenvironment, Colon Cancer Stem Cells, Intestinal Stem Cells, GI Physiology, GI Pathophysiology, Metabolism & Nutrition

Dr B. Duncan X. Lascelles

Professor Small Animal Surgery and Pain Management
Department of Clinical Sciences
Office: Terry Companion Vet Med Center – 2556
Phone: 919-513-6762
Email: duncan_lascelles@ncsu.edu
Website: Lab web page
Research Interests: Pain; Central plasticity; Neurobiology of naturally occurring painful disease

Elizabeth Lucas, PhD

Elizabeth Lucas, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences
Office: Research Building 344
Phone: 919-513-1885
Email: elizabeth_lucas@ncsu.edu
Website: Lab web page
Research Interests: Behavioral Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Neuroendocrinology, Learning & Memory

Kurt Marsden

Kurt Marsden

Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
Office: David Clark Labs 146
Phone: 919-515-2589
Email: kcmarsde@ncsu.edu
Website: coming soon
Research Interests: Behavioral genetics, neural circuit development and plasticity, mental illness

John Meitzen, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
Office: David Clark Labs 144
Phone: 919-515-4496
Email: jemeitze@ncsu.edu
Website: Faculty web page

Santosh Mishra, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Dept Molecular Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience
Office: CVM Research Building 242
Phone: 919-515-2152
Email: skmishra@unity.ncsu.edu
Website: Faculty web page

Dr Freya Margarete Mowat

Assistant Professor
Dept of Clinical Sciences
Office: CVM Main Building C284D
Phone: 919-513-6140
Email: fmmowat@ncsu.edu
Website: Faculty web page
Research Interests: Visual neuroscience, inherited retinal disorders, retinal electrophysiology, photoreceptor dysfunction

Dr. Jun Ninomiya-Tsuji

Dr. Jun Ninomiya-Tsuji

Professor
Biological Sciences
Office: Toxicology Building 2224, Box 7633
Phone: 919-513-1586
Email: jun_tsuji@ncsu.edu
Website: Faculty web page

Dr Emilie Francesca Rissman

Professor
Biological Sciences
Office: Thomas Hall 3510
Email: e_rissman@ncsu.edu
Research Interests: Endocrine disruptors, sex differences, mental illness & obesity

Sabrina Robertson, Ph.D

Teaching Asst Professor
Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences
Office: Jordan Hall 6104
Email: sedought@ncsu.edu
Website: Bio Technology web page
Research Interests: Neuroscience education, development of neuronal diversity, norepinephrine system

Adriana San-Miguel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Office: 2010 Engineering Building I
Email: asanmiguel@ncsu.edu
Website: Faculty web page
Research Interests: Neuronal aging, synaptic patterning and plasticity

Leslie Sombers

Leslie Sombers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Analytical Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering
Office: Cox Hall 411B
Phone: 919-515-0320
Email: leslie_sombers@ncsu.edu
Website: Faculty web page
Research Interests: Drug abuse and addiction, vesicular fusion, exocytosis & novel microelectrode technologies and implementation strategies

Debra Tokarz

Debra Ann Tokarz, Ph.D.

Comparative Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist
Phone: 919-513-6097
Email: datokarz@ncsu.edu
Website: Faculty web page
Research Interests: Neurodegenerative diseases, neuroinflammatory diseases

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