Neuroscience Core Faculty

The Neuroscience Program offers two types of faculty membership - core member and associate (non-core) member. Core members with thesis supervision status have the privilege of supervising graduate students. Core members with non-thesis supervision status may only co-supervise graduate students. Associate members may participate in all aspects of academic activities but not graduate student supervision. Core members must have their membership approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Associate membership may also apply to have non-core membership with the Faculty of Graduate Studies. At the time of application for membership in the Neuroscience Program, the individual must be active in neuroscience research and hold a primary faculty appointment, at the rank of assistant professor or higher, in a department of the University of Western Ontario or an affiliated hospital or research institute. Further information is contained in a document “Criteria for Membership in the Neuroscience Program”, approved by the Program at its 2002 Annual Meeting.

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  • Ansari, Daniel - Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience of Number Processing
  • Archibald, Lisa - Language and Working Memory, Developmental Relationships
  • Bai, Donglin - Functional Study of Gap Junction Channels
  • Brown, Arthur - Neural development and axonal guidance
  • Cechetto, David - Forebrain Control of the Autonomic Nervous System & Stroke
  • Ciriello, John - Central Mechanisms in the Control of Blood Pressure
  • Corneil, Brian - Neural mechanisms of eye-head gaze shifts
  • Culham, Jody - fMRI of visuomotor control and perception
  • Cumming, Robert - Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, neurometabolism, and redox signaling
  • Cusack, Rhodri -
  • Dekaban, Greg - Anti-inflammatory and Gene Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury
  • Doherty, Timothy - Human neuromuscular physiology in health and disease
  • Everling, Stefan - The role of frontal cortex in decision making.
  • Finger, Elizabeth -Dementia, Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders, Psychopathology
  • Frewen, Paul - Self-referential processing; social cognition; mood @ anxiety disorders
  • Goodale, Melvyn - Neural Substrates of Visually Guided Movements
  • Grahn, Jessica - Cognitive Neuroscience of Music
  • Gribble, Paul - Human sensory-motor control; motor learning; computational models
  • Hampson, Elizabeth - Neural and Hormonal Mechanisms in Human Cognition
  • Han, Victor - Growth Factors in Neural Growth and Differentiation
  • Heath, Matthew -
  • Joanisse, Marc - Language acquisition and disorders; connectionist models
  • Jog, Mandar - Movement Disorders and Neuronal Ensemble Recordings
  • Jones, Douglas - Central Integration of Cardiovascular and Behavioral Regulation
  • Kavaliers, Martin - Neuropeptides, Animal Behavior and Environmental Factors
  • Köhler, Stefan - Human memory; cognitive neuroscience; human brain mapping
  • Lanius, Ruth - Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Laviolette, Steve - The neurobiology of emotional learning and memory in drug addiction, schizophrenia and autism
  • Leung, Stan - Epilepsy, Neural Rhythms and Neural Plasticity
  • Lomber, Stephen - Adaptive Neuroplasticity in Visual and Auditory Cortex
  • Lu, Wei-Yang  -  Systemic Inflammation and Chronic Neurodegeneration
  • Macdonald, Penny -
  • MacDougall-Shackleton, Scott - Integrative animal behaviour; seasonal changes in the brain
  • Martin, Ruth - Brain Mechanisms in Swallowing
  • McRae, Ken - Language Comprehension in the Mind and Brain
  • Meakin, Susan -
  • Menon, Ravi - Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Human Brain
  • Mirsattari, Seyed - Clinical/experimental epilepsy and simultaneous EEG-fMRI/MRS
  • Mitchell, Derek - Cognitive neuroscience of emotional dysregulation and control
  • Morton, J. Bruce - The Development of Cognitive Control and Frontal Cortex Functioning
  • Mymryk, Joe S. - Studies of viral oncogene function using yeast genetics
  • Ossenkopp, Peter - Neural Mechanisms of Behavioural Regulatory Processes
  • Owen, Adrian - Cognitive Neuroscience, Imaging and Consciousness
  • Pasternak, Stephen -
  • Peters, Terry - Image-Guided Neurosurgery
  • Poulter, Michael - Epilepsy and Depression
  • Prado, Marco - Chemical Communication, Prion Diseases
  • Prado, Vania -
  • Purcell, David - physiological & perceptual measures of auditory function; auditory feedback in speech maintenance
  • Rajakumar, Nagalingam - Dopamine neurotransmission in Basal Ganglia Disorders
  • Rushlow, Walter - Signaling mechanisms schizophrenia and antipsychotics
  • Rylett, R. Jane - Mechanisms Regulating Cholinergic Neurotransmission
  • Schmid, Susanne - Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Behaviour and Learning
  • Sherry, David - Avian Brain, Behaviour and Cognition 
  • Sims, Stephen - Control of Ionic Channels in Cell Membranes
  • Singh, Shiva M. - Molecular genetics of schizophrenia and alcoholism
  • Strong, Michael - Motor Neuron Disease, Neurofilament Metabolism, AL Neurotoxicity
  • Timney, Brian - Aspects of Binocular Vision
  • Williamson, Peter - Functional MRI in Neuropsychiatric Disorders

NOTE: The following faculty members will NOT be taking new neuroscience students for the 2015-2016 academic year, please do not contact them regarding supervision:
G. Dekaban, S. Sims, D. Jones, S. MacDougall-Shackleton, J. Culham, M. Goodale, M. Strong

The Program Committee

This committee is comprised of 6 Core Members of faculty plus the Director of the Program, and is responsible for the administration of the graduate programs in Neuroscience. Its duties include: i) the evaluation of applicants for admission and for funding by internal and external sources; ii) the evaluation of requests for transfer from the masters to the doctoral program; iii) the establishment of Advisory Committees; iv) approval of the scope of and examiners for the Ph.D. comprehensive examinations, and for thesis examinations; v) the conduct of yearly reviews of the progress of each graduate student; vi) the coordination of program requests for funds from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and from other sources; vii) the preparation of reports for reviews of the graduate programs; viii) the formulation and presentation to the Program of changes in policies and guidelines for the programs.

The members of the Program Committee are elected by mail ballot by all core members of the program. Excluding the Director, no more than 2 members of the Program Committee are drawn from one academic department at any one time. Program Committee members serve terms of three years; members terms are staggered, normally two members elected each year, so that there is continuity of membership with some new members added each academic year. A student member, elected by the students, also serves as a member of the program Committee for a one-year term.

The director of program is selected by a search committee called by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and is appointed for a term of 3 years. The Director reports to the Associate Dean (Biosciences Division) and the Vice-Provost (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies).




Contact Us

Susanne Schmid, Ph.D. Co-Director
Stefan Köhler, Ph.D. Co-Director

Program Coordinator
Susan Simpson

T (519) 661-4039

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Robarts Research Institute, RRI 3203
100 Perth Drive,
London, Ontario, CANADA N6A 5K8

Areas of Research

Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience
Computational Neuroscience
Neural Substrates of Behaviour

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