Neuroscience faculty have a wide range of interests and expertise and receive over $22,000,000 in external funding annually. The department is consistently ranked in the top 10 of Neuroscience departments in NIH funding by the Blue Ridge Medical Institute.

Research investigations range from molecular to systems neuroscience and are detailed in the Faculty Research section of this website. Each faculty member is profiled, with a summary of research interests, publications, and contact information.

The faculty have offices and laboratories located in Jackson Hall, Nils Hasselmo Hall, Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) building, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR), Lions Research Building/McGuire Translational Research Building (LRB/MTRF), Wallin Medical Sciences Building (WMBB), and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.  

Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disorders

Dr. Sylvain Lesné’s laboratory aims to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms triggered by proteins abnormally aggregating in cerebral brain tissues during the course of neurodegenerative disorders, with a specific focus on Alzheimer’s disease.

Brain Circuits & Seizures

Dr. Esther Krook-Magnuson's work aims to help scientists and physicians better understand brain circuits so that they can develop targeted therapies to help stop seizures.

Glial Cells in the Central nervous system

Research in Dr. Eric Newman's laboratory focuses on the physiology of glial cells and on interactions between glia, neurons and blood vessels in the central nervous system.