ECCFSN Faculty Research Interests
Department of Anatomy and Cell biology (The Brody School of Medicine)
Qun Lu, Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (The Brody School of Medicine)
Phillip H. Pekala, Ph.D.
Ruth Schwalbe, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (School of Allied Health Sciences)
Sherri M. Jones, PhD
Timothy A. Jones, Ph.D.
Joseph Kalinowski, PhD
Andrew Stuart, Ph.D., CCC-A, Aud(C)
Early Infant Hearing Screening, Electrophysiology, Pediatric Audiology, Psychoacoustics, Altered Auditory Feedback and Stuttering.
Department of Emergency Medicine (The Brody School of Medicine)
Kori L. Brewer, Ph.D.
My research focuses on consequences of spinal cord injury, including secondary cell death and the development of altered sensory syndromes post-injury. The primary mechanisms being studied are injury-induced changes in gene and protein expression in the spinal cord and brain. Recently, the lab has begun to explore the neurological consequences of environmental exposures, specifically pesticide-induced neuropathies and encephalopathies. Most projects in the lab involve everything from behavioral testing of animals to histological and molecular analysis of tissues.
Department of Exercise and Sport Science (College of Health and Human Performance)
Tibor Hortobagyi, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology (The Brody School of Medicine)
Mark Mannie, Ph.D.
Our research interests primarily focus on inflammatory or autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system with particular emphasis on the human demyelinating disease multiple sclerosis.
Department of Pediatrics (The Brody School of Medicine)
Charles E Boklage
Behavioral and developmental genetics // reproductive epidemiology and developmental biology of infant mortality, twinning, chimerism, fusion malformations, aneuploidy and intrauterine growth retardation // mechanisms and consequences of annual and sub-annual rhythms in human conception rates, birth anomalies and infant mortality // embryogenesis of brain function asymmetry // sex differences in physical and behavioral development // multivariate statistical methodology for analysis of structural development // human systems biology // evolution of religion
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology (The Brody School of Medicine)
Abdel A. Abdel-Rahman, Ph.D.
M. Saeed Dar, Ph.D.
Tatyana T. Ivanova-Nikolova, Ph.D.,
Mona M. McConnaughey, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
Major interests are characterization of receptors in disease states, racial differences in lipolysis and possible toxicities of artificial sweeteners.
Brian A. McMillen, Ph.D.
Prof. McMillen has a research focus on alcohol and drugs of abuse and development of drugs as therapeutic interventions. A genetic line of rats that consume large amounts of alcohol is one of the experimental models that is used. Another model in use is the effect on adult rat behaviors and biochemistry after the exposure of rats to small doses of nicotine during puberty. Details and representative publications are available at www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/pharmacology/mcmillen.cfm.
Ken Soderstrom, Ph.D.
We’re interested in understanding the significance of cannabinoid signaling in the vertebrate brain. We’re particularly interested in how this signaling is involved in CNS development, especially that which occurs around the time of adolescence. Results of experiment done by us and others suggest that adolescence is a period of distinct vulnerability to abused drugs. We believe that processes of endogenous cannabinoid signaling may play a significant role in this vulnerability. Research currently underway will determine the extent to which this hypothesis is correct.
David A. Taylor, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology (The Brody School of Medicine)
Alexander K. Murashov, M.D., Ph.D.
Stem Cells, RNA interference, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Jian Ding (Dean), Ph.D.
Department of Psychology (College of Arts and Sciences)
D. Erik Everhart, Ph.D.
Tuan Tran, Ph.D.
Specialization: Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Psychobiology
My interests are examining the consequences of developmental alcohol exposure in rodents, modeling fetal alcohol-related effects (FAE’s) or fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in humans. These interests can be explained in more detail on my website (http://core.ecu.edu/psyc/trant/tran.html).