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Core Faculty

Participating NSB Program faculty are actively involved in research on the nervous system and/or behavior in laboratory or natural settings. The largest number of participating NSB Program faculty (80%) reside in the Biology or Psychology departments.

In addition, several other departments, including Computer Science, Chemistry, Kinesiology, Biochemistry, and Veterinary and Animal Sciences have participating faculty members who train graduate students through the NSB Program.

Select a research area to see an alphabetical list of faculty and their specialized research interests.

  • Annaliese Beery

    Assistant Professor

    Departments of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Biology

    Smith College

    Website

    abeery@smith.edu

    Research Areas: Animal Behavior and Learning; Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience; Neuroendocrinology

    Research Interests: Study of the neurobiology of group-living rodents to understand pathways supporting affiliative social behavior between peers. A second focus is the study of epigenetic mechanisms (among others) by which experience changes the brain and behavior.

  • Joseph Bergan

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

    Website

    jbergan@mcb.harvard.edu

    Research Areas: Animal Behavior and Learning; Neural and Behavioral Development; Neuroendocrinology; Sensorimotor, Cognitive, and Computational Neuroscience

    Research Interests: We seek to understand the principles of how social and defensive stimuli are encoded in the activity of neurons, and how this process can be modulated by behavior state, experience, and neuromodulation.

  • Kyle R. Cave

    Professor

    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

    Website

    kcave@psych.umass.edu

    413-545-2787

    Research Areas: Animal Behavior and Learning; Sensorimotor, Cognitive, and Computational Neuroscience

    Research Interests: The various aspects of visual cognition, including visual attention, visual imagery, and object recognition.

  • Elizabeth M. Jakob

    Professor

    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

    Website

    ejakob@psych.umass.edu

    413-577-0707

    Research Areas: Animal Behavior and Learning

    Research Interests: Jumping spiders have different types of eyes: the principal eyes act like tiny telephoto lenses, while the secondary eyes have a wider range of view and are thought to be specialized in detecting motion.

  • Agn├Ęs Lacreuse

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

    Website

    alacreuse@psych.umass.edu

    413-545-2183

    Research Areas: Animal Behavior and Learning; Neuroendocrinology; Sensorimotor, Cognitive, and Computational Neuroscience

    Research Interests: Understand how sex steroid hormones modulate cognition and emotion across the lifespan of primates.

  • David E. Moorman

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

    Website

    moorman@cns.umass.edu

    Research Areas: Animal Behavior and Learning; Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience; Sensorimotor, Cognitive, and Computational Neuroscience

    Research Interests: Cellular and network mechanisms of motivation, learning, and executive functions (e.g., decision-making). Neural function in animal models of addiction, ADHD, obesity, and depression. Neurotechnology and neural computation.

  • Melinda Novak

    Professor

    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

    Website

    mnovak@psych.umass.edu

    413-545-2387

    Research Areas: Animal Behavior and Learning

  • Mariana Pereira

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

    Website

    pereiram@psych.umass.edu

    Research Areas: Animal Behavior and Learning; Neuroendocrinology; Sensorimotor, Cognitive, and Computational Neuroscience

    Research Interests: Exploring the basis of cognitive, motivational and affective mechanisms of parenting at the behavioral, neural and neurochemical levels, both under healthy conditions and in the context of maternal neuropsychiatric disorders; emphasis on limbic-cortical-striatal interactions, mesocorticolimbic dopamine system and animal models of depression and drug addiction.

  • Jeffrey E. Podos

    Professor

    Department of Biology

    Website

    jpodos@bio.umass.edu

    413-545-0847

    Research Areas: Animal Behavior and Learning

    Research Interests: Interface of animal behavior, organismal biology, and evolutionary biology.

  • Luke Remage-Healey

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

    Website

    healey@cns.umass.edu

    413-545-0772

    Research Areas: Animal Behavior and Learning; Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience; Neuroendocrinology

    Research Interests: Study of behavioral physiology, specifically the non-traditional regulation of brain function and behavior by steroid hormones.

  • Heather N. Richardson

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

    Website

    hrichardson@cns.umass.edu

    413-545-0166

    Research Areas: Animal Behavior and Learning; Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience; Neural and Behavioral Development; Neuroendocrinology

    Research Interests: The focus of the Stress and Addiction Lab is to determine the neurobiological mechanisms underlying stress-related disorders using rodent models.

  • Hava T. Siegelmann

    Professor

    Department of Computer Science

    Website

    hava@cs.umass.edu

    413-577-4282

    Research Areas: Animal Behavior and Learning; Sensorimotor, Cognitive, and Computational Neuroscience

    Research Interests: Characterizing computation and information processing in brain. Theories for brain-like computation: adaptive, analog, and its correlation with memory reconsolidation, cognition, and adaptive perception, Brain inspired computation for use in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, algorithms and technologies. Dynamical systems in time-based brain computation, in brain disease and health.