Montana State University

Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173148
Bozeman, MT 59717-3148

Tel: (406) 994-5120
Fax: (406) 994-7077
E-mail: cellbio.msu@gmail.com
Location: 510 Leon Johnson Hall

Department Chair

Frances Lefcort, Ph.D.

 

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Faculty, Affiliates & Staff

The scientific research interests in our department cover a wide range of topics, with special emphasis on cell biology, neurobiology, developmental biology, physiology, anatomy, biophysics, and neuroinformatics. Together, faculty and students in our department study biological process which span the continuum from single cells to the entire human body.


 

Faculty


 

   
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Roger Bradley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
522 Leon Johnson Hall
(406) 994-7680
rbradley@montana.edu

Developmental Neuroscience

Our lab studies the roles of cell-cell adhesion molecules in the formation of the vertebrate nervous system. Read more

 


 

   
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Cassie Cusick, Ph.D.

Professor
WWAMI medical education program
508 Leon Johnson Hall
(406) 994-3993
ccusick@montana.edu

 

 

 


 

   
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Steven Eiger, Ph.D.

Professor
WWAMI medical education program
507 Leon Johnson Hall
(406) 994-5612
eiger@montana.edu

 

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Lynn George, Ph.D.

Research Professor
(406) 223-7638
lgeorge@montana.edu

 

 

 

 


 

   
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Charles Gray, Ph.D.

Professor
08 Lewis Hall
(406) 994-7338
cmgray@cns.montana.edu

Neurophysiology of Visual Perception and Cognition

In my laboratory, we study the neural processes that underlie visual perception and cognition. Read more

 


 

   
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Thom Hughes, Ph.D.

Professor
Office: 227 Cooley Lab
Lab: 129 Cooley Lab
(406) 219 1016
thughes@montana.edu

Biophysics

Our laboratory creates new, genetically encoded fluorescent biosensors to solve fundamental problems in neuroscience. Read more

Molecular Motion Lab

 


 

   
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Susy Kohout, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office: 01 Lewis Hall
(406) 994-7334
Lab: 325 Cooley Lab
kohout.sc@gmail.com

Voltage Dependent Signaling

Signaling cascades are the basis for cell life. From single cells to multi-cell organisms, cells must respond to and communicate with their local environment. Read more

 


 


 

   
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Frances Lefcort, Ph.D.

Department Head
Professor
WWAMI Medical Education Program
Office: 225 Cooley Lab
Lab: 228 Cooley Lab
lefcort@montana.edu
(406) 994-5656

Molecular and Cellular Neural Development

Our lab is interested in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive the formation of the nervous system and how those steps can go awry to cause neural developmental disorders. Read more

 


 

   
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Christa Merzdorf, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
527 Leon Johnson Hall
(406) 994-5645
merzdorf@montana.edu

Developmental Neurobiology

We study molecular mechanisms that underlie patterning of the vertebrate nervous system during embryonic development. Read more

Molecular BioSciences website

 


 

   
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John P. Miller, Ph.D.

Professor
2C Lewis Hall
(406) 994-7332
jpm@cns.montana.edu

Director, Center for Computational Biology
Letters and Science Distinguished Professor

Neurophysiology

My recent experimental and theoretical studies have been focused on an analysis of the "codes" with which nerve cells in sensory systems represent information about external stimuli, the neural mechanisms through which that information is processed within subsequent stages of the nervous system, and the extent to which the nervous system may have become optimized through evolution. Read more

 


 

   
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Behrad Noudoost, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office: 19A Lewis Hall
bnoudoost@montana.edu
(406) 994-8494

Top-Down Control of Visual Signals: Neuronal Basis and Neuromodulators

A major challenge in studying the cognitive functions of the nervous system is to understand the neuronal basis and the circuitry underlying these complex operations. Deficits in many cognitive functions such as attention and working memory are observed in mental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, and schizophrenia. Our research is focused precisely on understanding the neural circuits and biological mechanisms that are necessary and sufficient to drive fundamental cognitive functions.

MSU Attention Lab

 


 

   
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Dana Rashid, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
520 Leon Johnson Hall
(406) 994-6525
danarashid5@gmail.com

 

 

 


 

   
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Rodrigo F. Salazar, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
Lewis Hall 1
(406) 994-7190
Fax: (406) 994-7438
rsalazar@cns.montana.edu

Working memory and the fronto-parietal network

Understanding the neuronal dynamics underlying cognition has been my focus in neuroscience.

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Steve Stowers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
516 Leon Johnson Hall
(406) 994-5672
sstowers@montana.edu

Genetic analysis of neural circuits

My lab studies somatosensory neural circuit organization and information processing in Drosophila using optogenetic approaches. Read more

Gateway MultiSite Vector Database


 

Adjunct Instructors

 

 

   
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Sam McColley, M.S.

Adjunct Instructor
240 Leon Johnson Hall
(406) 994-2953
samuelmccolley@gmail.com

 

 

 


 

   
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Marc Mergy, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor
Leon Johnson Hall
marc.mergy@gmail.com

 

 

 

 


 

   
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Scott Taylor, M.S.

Adjunct Instructor
509 Leon Johnson Hall
(406) 994-2953
scott.taylor@montana.edu

 

 

 

 

 


 

Research Associates

 

 

   
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Lauren Barnett

Research Associate
227 Cooley Lab
lmb9681@gmail.com

 

 

 

 


 

   
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Martha Chaverra, M.S.

Research Associate
228 Cooley Lab
(406) 994-7680
mchaverra@montana.edu

 

 

 

 



 

Affiliates

 

Michael Babcock, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology, Montana State University
Affiliate Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University
http://www.montana.edu/wwwpy/babcock/babcockgroup/index.htm

 


 

John R. Bermingham, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, McLaughlin Research Institute
Adjunct Associate Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University
http://mclaughlinresearch.org/research-scientists/faculty/john-bermingham/

 


 

Deborah Cabin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, McLaughlin Research Institute
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University
http://mclaughlinresearch.org/research-scientists/faculty/deborah-cabin/

 

 

George Carlson, Ph.D.

Director and Professor, McLaughlin Research Institute
Adjunct Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience. Montana State University
http://mclaughlinresearch.org/research-scientists/faculty/george-carlson/

 

 

Teresa M. Gunn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, McLaughlin Research Institute
Adjunct Associate Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University
http://mclaughlinresearch.org/research-scientists/faculty/teresa-gunn/

 


 

John A. Mercer, Ph.D.

Professor, McLaughlin Research Institute
Adjunct Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University
http://mclaughlinresearch.org/research-scientists/faculty/john-mercer/ 

 


 

Emeritus

 


 

Jim McMillan, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

 


 

   
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Charles Paden, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Neural plasticity and repair; Neuroendocrinology

My principle research area is the neural response to brain injury, with an emphasis on axonal sprouting in neuroendocrine systems. Read more

 

 

 

 


 

   
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Dwight Phillips, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Anatomy and Developmental Neuropathology

 

Dr. Phillips retired in July 2004 and continues to work part-time teaching in some courses. Before retirement, his research focused on studies of the effects of alcohol on brain development in an animal model of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome -- with particular emphasis on myelin and glial cell development. Read more

 


 

Staff

 

 

   
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Cori Huttinga

Accounting Analyst
513 Leon Johnson Hall
(406) 994-5097
chuttinga@montana.edu

 

 

 


 

   
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Lisa Musgrave

Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
510 Leon Johnson Hall
(406) 994-5120
cellbio.msu@gmail.com

 

 

 


 

   
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Tom Woods

Lab Coordinator
106A Leon Johnson Hall
(406) 994-5777
tomwoodsbiolabs@gmail.com