Neuroscience faculty have a wide range of interests and expertise and receive over $12,000,000 in external funding annually.

The department head is Timothy J. Ebner, M.D., Ph.D., and the associate head is Paul Mermelstein, Ph.D.

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.  

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.


Research labs

Mechanisms of neurodegenerative disordersSilvain Lesne Lab

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 and seizures

Esther Krook-MagnusonDr. 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

Eric Newman Lab

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.