Developmental Neuroscience

Researchers are exploring developmental mechanisms underlying neural functioning that can lead to more targeted treatments for a host of brain disorders and diseases


Neuroscience laboratories at Johns Hopkins focus on both vertebrate and invertebrate systems, using sophisticated genetic, biochemical and cellular tools to study neural development. Our interdisciplinary research focus includes investigation into an array of areas, including stem cell biology; cell proliferation and migration; differentiation of neurons and glia; cell survival and apoptosis; mechanisms of axon and dendrite growth and guidance; and synapse formation and elimination.

Recent discoveries in developmental neuroscience in our labs include identifying novel ligand-receptor complexes that control axon guidance, molecular mechanisms underlying central nervous system synapse formation, and the molecular basis of motor neuron differentiation.

These advances provide exciting opportunities for treatment of developmental disorders and may ultimately have potential to repair injuries in the nervous system.

 

  • Dwight Bergles, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience and Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Seth Blackshaw, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Mary Blue, PhD Position: Associate Professor of Neurology Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Michael Caterina, MD, PhD Position: Professor of Biological Chemistry Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Angelika Doetzlhofer, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Gul Dolen, MD, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Brain Science Institute, Wendy Klag Center, Director of Diversity Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Elisabeth Glowatzki, PhD Position: Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Loyal Goff, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Marnie E. Halpern, PhD Position: Carnegie Institution for Science Staff Member Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Ahmet Hoke, MD, PhD Position: Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Director of Neuromuscular Division Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Richard Huganir, PhD Position: Professor and Director Department of Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Alfredo Kirkwood, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Alex Kolodkin, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Rejji Kuruvilla, PhD Position: Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Tom Lloyd, MD, PhD Position: Associate Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Brady Maher, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Mark P. Mattson, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Guo-Li Ming, MD, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Ulrich Mueller, PhD Position: Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Biology Areas of research: Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Jeff Mumm, PhD Position: Associate Professor of Ocular Molecular Biology Areas of research: Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD Position: Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Pankaj Jay Pasricha, MD Position: Dir., Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology, Prof. of Medicine and Neurosciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Prof. of Innovation Management, Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Ronald Schnaar, PhD Position: Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Shanthini Sockanathan, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Hongjun Song, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Charlotte Sumner, MD Position: Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Don Zack, MD, PhD Position: Professor of Ophthalmology Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Feng-Quan Zhou, PhD Position: Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease