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College of Arts & Sciences
The Neuroscience Minor Program

Neuroscience Faculty: Possible Independent Study Mentors

USC encourages all undergraduates to participate in Independent Study activities outside the formal class room. Independent Study offers students the opportunity to experience hands on learning and to develop personal relationships with a deeper core of the University than they can through classes alone. To encourage this experience, the Neuroscience Minor requires that students gain Independent Study research experience in neuroscience. Below is a list of Neuroscience researchers in the many disciplines that contribute to our understanding of the nervous system.  In order to conduct research, a student should arrange to do an independent study course with a suitable neuroscience mentor.  You sign up for the course by filling out an independent study form   with your mentor, getting the required signatures and bring the form to the Registrar's Office. Your advisor will have to sign the form and can help you with the process.  


College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Shannon Davis Developmental Neurobiology
Robert Friedman         
Bioinformatics, evolutionary biology
Sofia Lizarraga  Neuronal morphogenesis and development
Fabienne Poulain Neurodevelopment and neurogenerative disorders
Deanna Smith  Migration and cellular trafficking in the adult nervous system
Daniel Speiser  Structure, function and evolution of visual systems
Jeff Twiss   Neuron growth and injury responses
Department of Philosophy
Anne Bezhuidenhout  Philosophy of Mind
Tom Burke  Philosophy of logic and cognitive science
Department of Psychology
Amit Almor      Psycholinguistics, memory and attention in mind and brain
Rose Booze   Behavioral and molecular neuroscience
Scott Decker   Neuropsychological assessment of children
Jessica Green    Neural mechanisms of human attention and perception
Steven Harrod  Nicotine-induced sex differences in adult rats
Sandra Kelly  Consciousness, meditation and the brain
Charlie Mactutus  Behavioral Neuroscience
Melanie Palomares  Cognitive neuroscience and vision
John Richards  Developmental cognitive neuroscience
Jane Roberts   Biological mechanisms underlying developmental disorders
Chris Rorden  Brain injury, stroke and behavioral changes
Jeff Schatz  Cognitive neuroscience
Svetlana Shinkareva  Development and application of quantitative methods to neuroimaging data
Jennifer Vendemia  Understanding how cognitive and personality variables moderate pain perception

College of Computer Science and Engineering

Melissa Moss  Protein aggregation in Alzeimer's Disease
John Rose  Computational neuroscience and machine intelligence
Song Wang  Computational neuroscience

 College of Pharmacy

Sajish Mathew  NAD+ metabolism and signaling in Neurobiology
Jill Turner    Nicotine Addiction
Jun Zhu  Mechanisms underlying dysfunction of the human dopamine transporter

 Arnold School of Public Health

Roozbeh Behroozmand  Neuroscience of Speech Production and Motor Control
Jim Carson  Neuromuscular function in wasting diseases and functional disuse
Dirk Den Ouden   Neurolinguistics
Julius Fridriksson  Aphasia recover after stroke using MRI techniques
Troy Herter  Motor rehabilitation
Davis Moore  Concussion and functional outcomes
Roger Newman-Norlund  Motor control and rehabilitation lab
Jill Stewart  Neural control of movement

USC School of Medicine

Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience

Jim Fadel   Anatomy and function of forebrain dopamine and acetylcholine systems
Janet Fisher Functional properties of the GABA receptor and its role in epilepsy
Norma Frizzell Mitochondrial metabolism in neurodegenerative/neurodevelopmental disorders
Michy Kelly Molecular mechanisms of memory and social deficits
Alex McDonald Anatomy of cholinergic circuitry in the amygdala
David Mott Alterations of hippocampal neurons/synapse in epilepsy
Pavel Ortinski Neuronal correlates of addictive behaviors
Larry Reagan Stress, metabolic disorders, and hippocampal neuroplasticity
Marlene Wilson Neuropharmacology of anxiety and stress
Susan Wood Depression, stress and the brain