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School of Medicine Columbia

Our Faculty

Our faculty are actively engaged in cutting-edge research in all aspects of neuroscience, pharmacology and physiology. They also are committed to providing high-quality education for our graduate and medical students. 

Our Chair


Our Faculty 

Marlene Wilson, Ph.D.

Jim Fadel, Ph.D.

Dr. Fadel's research focuses on the processes of aging under both normal and pathological conditions. He also is the course director for Medical Neuroscience. 

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Daniel Foster, Ph.D.

Dr. Foster’s lab focuses on brain circuits that are dysregulated in mental disorders and finding novel therapeutic strategies to target these circuits.

Norma Frizzell, Ph.D.

Norma Frizzell, Ph.D.

Dr. Frizzell's research focuses on metabolic processes and protein modifications that result from mitochondrial metabolites. 

Fiona Hollis, Ph.D.

Fiona Hollis, Ph.D.

Dr. Hollis studies the role of brain mitochondrial function in neurodevelopment and psychiatric diseases.

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Aaron Jasnow, Ph.D.

Dr. Jasnow is interested in the neural mechanisms that regulate learning, especially aversive memories like fear.

Alex McDonald

Alex McDonald, Ph.D.

Dr. McDonald is interested in the neuroanatomy of the amygdala and its connections with other brain regions. 

Joe McQuail

Joe McQuail, Ph.D.

Dr. McQuail studies the interactions between stress and age-related cognitive dysfunction. 

David Mott

David Mott, Ph.D.

Dr. Mott's lab studies the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and the interaction between neurotransmitters systems that alter brain function under both normal and pathological conditions. 

Ana Pocivavsek

Ana Pocivavsek, Ph.D.

Dr. Pocivavsek examines the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for the interaction between sleep and cognitive function. 

Lawrence Reagan

Lawrence Reagan, Ph.D.

Dr. Reagan's lab examines the pathways by which both emotional and metabolic stress impacts the function of the brain. He also is the course director for Medical Pharmacology. 

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Ken Walsh, Ph.D.

Dr. Walsh is interested in the development of new approaches to discover ion channel modulations.

Britt Wilson

Britt Wilson, Ph.D.

Dr. Wilson's research focuses on neural control of the circulation. He also is the course director for Medical Physiology. 

Susan Wood

Susan Wood, Ph.D.

Dr. Wood's lab examines the mechanisms that regulate the impact of stress on the body and how individuals differ in their responses to stress. 


Our Clinical/Research Faculty 


Our Adjunct Faculty

Sandra Kelly, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Jeff Twiss, Ph.D. Chair of Biological Sciences, SmartState Chair of Childhood Neurotherapeutics
Stinson, M. Shawn, MD Clinical Associate Professor, Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience

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