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 and Department Head

510 Leon Johnson Hall
(406) 994-5120

cellbio.msu@gmail.com

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.

ProfessorWWAMI medical education program

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Steven Eiger, Ph.D.

ProfessorWWAMI medical education program

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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.eduNeurophysiology 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
227 Cooley Lab
(406) 219 1016
thughes@montana.eduBiophysics 
Our laboratory creates new, genetically encoded fluorescent biosensors to solve fundamental problems in neuroscience. Read moreMolecular Motion Lab

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Susy Kohout, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
01 Lewis Hall
(406) 994-7334
Lab: 325 Cooley Lab 
skohout@montana.eduVoltage 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.

ProfessorWWAMI Medical Education Program

225 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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James Mazer, Ph. D.

Associate Professor

2B Lewis Hall
james.mazer@montana.edu
(406) 994-5947

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.


 

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Christa Merzdorf, Ph.D.

Associate 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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Behrad Noudoost, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
19A Lewis Hall
bnoudoost@montana.edu
(406) 994-6494Top-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
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Steve Stowers, Ph.D.

Associate 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


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Matthew Byerly, M.D.

Professor

319A Leon Johnson Hall
(406) 994-1601
mattbyerly@montana.edu

Director of Montana State University's Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery   


Adjunct Instructors


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Sam McColley, M.S.

Adjunct Instructor

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 Marc Mergy, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor

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 Scott Taylor, M.S.

Adjunct Instructor
 

Lab Coordinator

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Haley Dunkel

Haley Dunkel, Ph.D.

Lab Coordinator

 Research Associates



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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


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John P. Miller, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

jpm@cns.montana.edu

Letters and Science Distinguished Professor

Neurophysiology
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


 Staff


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 Cori Huttinga

Accounting Analyst

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 Lisa Musgrave

Undergraduate Advising Coordinator