Studies in neurobiology in the Division of Biological Sciences share a common interest in the early development and later function of the nervous system with an emphasis on the neural control of behavior. This central theme is approached from diverse perspectives, including sensory physiology, sensory-motor integration and regeneration, neuroethology, developmental neurobiology, molecular neurobiology, and neurogenetics. Areas of interest include the neural basis of communication, neuroendocrine control of sexual differentiation and behavior, and neural pathways that control movement.
Faculty & Research Interests
Mechanisms regulating neuronal development and physiology in vertebrates
Molecular and cellular control of nerve development and disease
Stem cell biology and therapies for neurodegeneration and brain tumors
Spinal cord injury and neural networks that control locomotor behavior
Biophysics and neurophysiology of voltage gated ion channels; neuronal firing mechanisms; neurobiology of respiration
Molecular physiology and biophysics of voltage-gated ion channels
Evolution and neuroethology of acoustic communication systems in insects and amphibians
Neural network plasticity as a result of injury and disease
Mechanisms of learning and memory in fruit fly
Genetic dissection of synaptic plasticity, neural circuitry, and behavior in fruit flies
George Wallace, Ph.D.
Vice President, Oceans & Islands Division, American Bird Conservancy
“At MU, all of us in John Faaborg's lab were working at the interface between research and conservation, where the science of ecology was driving our thinking about how to conserve birds, especially birds that migrate between the US and Canada and the Tropics. For many of us, preparation at MU allowed us to choose paths in academia, government, or the private sector where we continue to apply and build on what we learned to conserve birds.”