Advancing Neuroscience Research at Michigan Medicine

Unlocking the complexities of the brain and reducing the impact of brain-related illnesses.


The brain regulates the body’s organ systems and helps us interact with the world. Understanding how the brain coordinates signals from inside and outside of the body and drives our health and behavior is the focus of Michigan Medicine’s world-renowned neuroscientists.

Our researchers are quickly advancing knowledge within the field, from understanding diseases of the brain, such as cancer, epilepsy and depression arise to unraveling the brain’s immense complexity.

Neuroscience Researchers
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Libak Libak Abou
Research Assistant Professor
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Wajd N. Al-Holou Wajd N Al-Holou, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Co-Director, CNS Tumor Registry
Ravi Allada Ravi Allada
Theophile Raphael M.D. Collegiate Professor of Neurosciences
Executive Director, Michigan Neuroscience Institute
Professor of Anesthesiology
James Bardwell James Bardwell
Rowena G Matthews Collegiate Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Biological Chemistry
labcoat Tiffany J Braley, MD, MS
Holtom-Garrett Family Professor of Neurology
Associate Professor of Neurology and Section Head
Multiple Sclerosis
emily-marie-briceno-abreu-phd.jpg Emily M Briceño, PhD
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Associate Professor of Neurology
labcoat Susan Brooks Herzog
Christin Carter-Su Collegiate Professor of Physiology
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Director Graduate Studies, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
burant Charles Francis Burant, MD, PhD
Dr Robert C and Veronica Atkins Professor of Metabolism
Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Director of the A Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at Michigan Medicine
Professor of Nutritional Sciences
Christian R. Burgess Christian R Burgess
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Research Assistant Professor
Michigan Neuroscience Institute
Christopher Carender Christopher N Carender, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
labcoat Thomas L Chenevert
Collegiate Professor of Basic Radiological Sciences
Professor of Radiology and Program Assistant
Lab Supervisor, Radiology
Daniel J Clauw MD Daniel J Clauw, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Director
Pain and Opioid Research
Translational Research
Department of Anesthesiology
Latest Publications
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Applications of oxetanes in drug discovery and medicinal chemistry
Huang, G, Hucek, D, Cierpicki, T, Grembecka, J, Eur J Med Chem, 2023 Dec; DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2023.115802
PMID: 37713805
Refractory generalized myasthenia gravis with myasthenic incomplete ophthalmoplegia successfully treated with eculizumab
Weidmayer, SL, Gallagher, G, Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep, 2023 Dec; DOI:10.1016/j.ajoc.2023.101925
PMID: 37711751
Optoα1AR activation in astrocytes modulates basal hippocampal synaptic excitation and inhibition in a stimulation-specific manner
Courtney, CD, Sobieski, C, Ramakrishnan, C, Ingram, RJ, Wojnowski, NM, DeFazio, RA, Deisseroth, K, Christian-Hinman, CA, Hippocampus, 2023 Dec; DOI:10.1002/hipo.23580
PMID: 37767862
Predicting Neurologically Intact Survival for Advanced Age Adults After Successful Resuscitation of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Adams, D, Nathanson, BH, White, CN, Jackson, EA, Mader, TJ, Coute, RA, CARES Surveillance Group, Array, Am J Cardiol, 2023 Nov; DOI:10.1016/j.amjcard.2023.08.108
PMID: 37757519
Neuropeptide Y signaling regulates recurrent excitation in the auditory midbrain
Silveira, MA, Drotos, AC, Pirrone, TM, Versalle, TS, Bock, A, Roberts, MT, J Neurosci, 2023 Nov; DOI:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0900-23.2023
PMID: 37704372
Magnetic resonance fingerprinting in multiple sclerosis
Ontaneda, D, Gulani, V, Deshmane, A, Shah, A, Guruprakash, DK, Jiang, Y, Ma, D, Fisher, E, Rudick, RA, Raza, P, Kilbane, M, Cohen, JA, Sakaie, K, Lowe, MJ, Griswold, MA, Nakamura, K, Mult Scler Relat Disord, 2023 Nov; DOI:10.1016/j.msard.2023.105024
PMID: 37783196
Inhibition of dopamine neurons prevents incentive value encoding of a reward cue: With revelations from deep phenotyping
Iglesias, AG, Chiu, AS, Wong, J, Campus, P, Li, F, Liu, ZN, Bhatti, JK, Patel, SA, Deisseroth, K, Akil, H, Burgess, CR, Flagel, SB, J Neurosci, 2023 Nov; DOI:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0848-23.2023
PMID: 37709540
Directed evolution unlocks oxygen reactivity for a nicotine-degrading flavoenzyme
Dulchavsky, M, Mitra, R, Wu, K, Li, J, Boer, K, Liu, X, Zhang, Z, Vasquez, C, Clark, CT, Funckes, K, Shankar, K, Bonnet-Zahedi, S, Siddiq, M, Sepulveda, Y, Suhandynata, RT, Momper, JD, Calabrese, AN, George, O, Stull, F, Bardwell, JCA, Nat Chem Biol, 2023 Nov; DOI:10.1038/s41589-023-01426-y
PMID: 37770699
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