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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
Amar Kar Neurodegeneration
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
Jessica Bradshaw Early identification and intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Scott Decker  Neuropsychological assessment of children
Rutvik Desai Language and meaning in the brain
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
Doug Wedell Judgment and decision making

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

Yangmei Li Development drugs for pain management 
Sajish Mathew NAD+ metabolism and signaling in Neurobiology
Misha Shtutman Functional gemonmics
Jun Zhu Mechanisms underlying dysfunction of the human dopamine transporter

Arnold School of Public Health

Roozbeh Behroozmand Neuroscience of Speech Production and Motor Control
Dirk Den Ouden Neurolinguistics
Daniel Fogerty Speech perception
Julius Fridriksson Aphasia recover after stroke using MRI techniques
Troy Herter Motor rehabilitation
Jessica Klusek Autism and fragile X syndrome
William Matchin Neurolinguistics
Davis Moore Concussion and functional outcomes
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
Fiona Hollis  
Michy Kelly Molecular mechanisms of memory and social deficits
Alex McDonald Anatomy of cholinergic circuitry in the amygdala
Joseph McQuail Brain aging, chronic stress and memory loss
David Mott Alterations of hippocampal neurons/synapse in epilepsy
Ana Pocivavsek Molecular mechanisms of sleep and cognitive dysfunction
Larry Reagan Stress, metabolic disorders, and hippocampal neuroplasticity
Marlene Wilson Neuropharmacology of anxiety and stress
Susan Wood Depression, stress and the brain