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.
Lynn George, Ph.D.
Susy Kohout, Ph.D.
Frances Lefcort, Ph.D.
Research Area: 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
James Mazer, Ph. D.
2B Lewis Hall
Research Area: Sensory Perception and Cognition
The Mazer lab studies mid- and high-level visual processing, specifically links between visual perception, eye movements and neural circuits. We use neurophysiological, psychophysical and computational approaches, combined to improve our understanding of the cortical substrates of natural visually guided behavior (‘natural vision’).
For more info see lab website.
Renee Reijo Pera
207 Montana Hall
Research Area: Stem Cell Biology
The Reijo Pera laboratory is focused on understanding how cell fate decisions are made in the human embryo, in particular how the germ cell lineage (which gives rise to eggs and sperm) is allocated from the somatic lineages (which comprise the rest of the body).
Michael Babcock, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology, Montana State University
Affiliate Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University
Deborah Cabin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, McLaughlin Research Institute
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University
Teresa M. Gunn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, McLaughlin Research Institute
Adjunct Associate Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University
Ron June, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, Montana State University
Affiliate Associate Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University
Charles Paden, Ph.D.
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
Dwight Phillips, Ph.D.
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
Jim McMillan, Ph.D.
John P. Miller, Ph.D.
My experimental and theoretical studies were 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