Eastern Carolina Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience



ECCFSN Faculty Research Interests

Department of Anatomy and Cell biology (The Brody School of Medicine)

Qun Lu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
(The Brody School of Medicine)

Phillip H. Pekala, Ph.D.

Ruth Schwalbe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (School of Allied Health Sciences)

Sherri M. Jones, PhD
Associate Professor

Timothy A. Jones, Ph.D.

Joseph Kalinowski, PhD
Associate Professor

Andrew Stuart, Ph.D., CCC-A, Aud(C)

Research Interests:
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.
Associate Professor

Research Interests:

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.
Research Interests:

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
Research Interests:

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.
Distinguished Professor

M. Saeed Dar, Ph.D.

Tatyana T. Ivanova-Nikolova, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor

Mona M. McConnaughey, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor

Research Interests:
Major interests are characterization of receptors in disease states, racial differences in lipolysis and possible toxicities of artificial sweeteners.


Brian A. McMillen, Ph.D.

Research Interests:
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.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests:

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.
Chairman, Professor


Department of Physiology (The Brody School of Medicine)

Alexander K. Murashov, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Research interests:
Stem Cells, RNA interference, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.


Jian Ding (Dean), Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Department of Psychology (College of Arts and Sciences)

D. Erik Everhart, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Tuan Tran, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Specialization: Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Psychobiology

Research Interests:

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).