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Neuroscience Advisors

The following faculty, organized by department with their most recent publications listed, serve as advisors to the Neuroscience major--click on person's name to send an email. 


Lori DriscollLori Driscoll

Neurotoxicology: effects of prenatal and/or early postnatal exposure to environmental pollutants or other neurotoxins on cognitive and affective processes; Nutritional supplementation as a means to prevent or lessen neurotoxin-induced cognitive dysfunction; Psychopharmacology of higher cognitive functions.

Selected publications

Bushnell, P. J. & Driscoll, L. L. (2015). Cognitive function. In M. Caplan, Reference Module in Biomedical Research. Elsevier, Inc. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-801238-3.02206-6  pdf

Driscoll, L. L., Kaplan, J., Bucuvalas, E., Allen, H., Kraut, J., & Fitzpatrick, J. (2012). Acute postnatal exposure to the pentaBDE commercial mixture DE-71 at doses of 5 or 15 mg/kg/day does not produce learning or attention deficits in rats. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 34, 20-26. pdf

Driscoll, L. L., Gibson, A. M., & Hieb, A. (2009). Chronic postnatal DE-71 exposure: Effects on learning, attention and thyroxine levels. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 31, 76-84. pdf

Moon, J., Ota, K. T., Driscoll, L. L., Levitsky, D. A., & Strupp, B. J. (2008). A mouse model of Fragile X syndrome exhibits heightened arousal and/or emotion following errors or reversal of contingencies. Developmental Psychobiology, 50, 473-485. pdf

Moon, J., Beaudin, A. E., Verosky, S., Driscoll, L. L., Weiskopf, M., Levitsky, D. A., Crnic, L. S., & Strupp, B. J. (2006). Attentional dysfunction, impulsivity, and resistance to change in a mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome. Behavioral Neuroscience, 120, 1367-1379. pdf

Dufault, C., Poles, G., & Driscoll, L. L. (2005). Brief postnatal PBDE exposure alters learning and the cholinergic modulation of attention in rats. Toxicological Sciences, 88, 172-180. pdf

Driscoll, L. L., Carroll, J. C., Moon, J., Crnic, L. S., Levitsky, D. A., & Strupp, B. J. (2004). Impaired sustained attention and error-induced stereotypy in the aged Ts65Dn mouse, a mouse model of Down syndrome and Alzheimer disease. Behavioral Neuroscience, 118, 1196-1205. pdf

Morgan, R.E., Garavan, H., Smith, E.G., Driscoll, L.L., Levitsky, D.A., & Strupp, B.J. (2001). Early lead exposure produces lasting changes in sustained attention, response initiation, and reactivity to errors. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 23, 519-531.

Kristi ErdalKristi Erdal

Depression and anxiety in Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders, malingering of neuropsychological impairment, sport psychology.

Selected publications

Riciputi, S. and Erdal, K. (2017). The effect of stereotype threat on student-athlete math performance. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 32, 54-57.

Kelly, K. and Erdal, K. (2016). Diagnostic terminology, athlete status, and history of concussion affect return to play expectations and anticipated symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury.  Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 39(6), 587-595. 

Pfeffer, C. and Erdal, K. (2015). Perceptions of former child soldiers and LRA victims with post-traumatic stress among health professionals and lay people in Northern Uganda.  International Perspectives in Psychology:  Research, Practice, Consultation, 4(2), 128-141.

Draganich, C. and Erdal, K. (2014). Placebo sleep affects cognitive functioning. Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory and Cognition, 40(3), 857-864.

Erdal, K. (2012). Neuropsychological testing for sports-related concussion:  How athletes can sandbag their baseline testing without detection.  Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 27(5), 473-479

Erdal, K., Singh, N., & Tardif, A. (2011). Attitudes about depression and its treatment among mental health professionals, lay persons and immigrants and refugees in Norway. Journal of Affective Disorders, 133, 481-488.doi:10.1016/j.jad.2011.04.038

Erdal, K. (2009). Why one fakes a head injury affects how one fakes a head injury. Applied Neuropsychology, 16, 42-48.

Erdal, K. (2004). The effects of motivation, coaching, and knowledge of neuropsychology on the simulated malingering of head injury. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 19(1), 73-88.

Erdal, K. (2001). Depressive symptom patterns in patients with Parkinson's disease and other older adults. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57, 1559-1569.

Erdal, K. (2001). Depression and anxiety in Parkinson’s disease patients with and without “on-off” phenomena. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 8, 293-299.

Johnstone, B. and Erdal, K. (1995). The relationship between the WMS-R Attention Index and putative measures of attention. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 2, 195-204.

Youngjohn, J., Burrows, L., & Erdal, K. (1995). Brain damage or compensation neurosis?  The controversial post-concussion syndrome. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 9, 112-123.


John HornerJohn Horner

Animal Learning and Adaptation; Neural Networks; Human Memory; Meaning and Categorization.

Selected publications

Horner, J. M., & Tung, S. K.  (2011).  Playing cards with Thomas Kuhn: A critical reexamination of the Bruner and Postman (1949) experiment.  Review of General Psychology, 15, 175-185.

Horner, J. M. (2008). The end of psychology: What can we expect at the limits of inquiry? In N. K. Innis (Ed.) Reflections on Adaptive Behavior: Essays in Honor of J. E. R. Staddon. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Horner, J. M., & Comstock, S. P. (2005). What are the important visual features for coin discrimination? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 19,1211-1218.

Horner, J. M. (2002) Information in the behavior stream. Behavioural Processes, 58, 133-147.

Horner, J. M., Staddon, J. E. R. & Lozano, K. K. (1997). Integration of reinforcement effects over time. Animal Learning & Behavior, 25, 84-98.

Horner, J. M. (1996). If the eye were an animal… The problem of representation in understanding, meaning and intelligence. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 3, 127-38.


Bob JacobsBob Jacobs

Neuroscience; Comparative Neuroanatomy; Cognitive Neuroethology; Language Acquisition; Non-Human Animal Communication;  Evolutionary Neurobiology; Neuromorphology. 

Selected publications

Jacobs, B., Garcia, M.E., Shea-Shumsky, N.B., Tennison, M.E., Schall, M., Saviano, M.S., Tummino, T. A., Bull, A.J., Driscoll, L.L., Raghanti, M.A., Lewandowski, A.H., Wicinski, B., Chui, H.K., Bertelsen, M.F. Walsh, T., Bhagwandin, A., Spocter, M.A., Hof, P.R., Sherwood, C.C., & Manger, P.R.  (in press).  Comparative morphology of gigantopyramidal neurons in primary motor cortex across mammals.  Journal of Comparative Neurology, 526, 496-536.  doi: 10.1002/cne.24349 pdf

Jacobs, B.  (2017).  Arnold Bernard Scheibel, M.D. (1923-2017).  Journal of Comparative Neurology, 525, 2459-2464.  doi: 10.1002/cne.24231  pdf

Johnson, C.B., Schall, M., Tennison, M.E., Garcia, M.E., Shea-Shumsky, N.B., Raghanti, M.A., Lewandowski, A., Bertelsen, M.F., Waller, L.C., Walsh, T., Roberts, J.F., Hof, P.R., Sherwood, C.C., Manger, P.R., & Jacobs, B. (2016). Neocortical neuronal morphology in the Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) and the clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa). Journal of Comparative Neurology.  doi: 10.1002/cne.24022  pdf

Reyes, L.D., Harland, T., Reep, R.L., Jacobs, B., & Sherwood, C.C. (2016). Golgi analysis of neuron morphology in the presumptive somatosensory cortex and visual cortex of the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris). Brain, Behavior, and Evolution, 87, 105-116. doi: 10.1159/000445495  pdf

Jacobs, B., Lee, L., Schall, M., Raghanti, M.A., Lewandowski, A., Kottwitz, J.J., Roberts, J.F., Hof, P.R., & Sherwood, C.C. (2015). Neocortical neuronal morphology in the newborn giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tipelskirchi) and African elephant (Loxodonta africana). Journal of Comparative Neurology.    doi: 10.1002/cne.23841  pdf

Butti, C., Janeway, C.M., Townshend, C., Ridgway, S.H., Sherwood, C.C., Hof, P.R., & Jacobs, B. (2014).  The neocortex of cetartiodactyls. I.  A comparative Golgi analysis of neuronal morphology in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), and the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Brain Structure and Function, 220, 3339-3368. doi:  10.1007/s00429-014-0860-3  pdf

Jacobs, B., Harland, T., Kennedy, D., Schall, M., Wicinski, B., Butti, C., Hof, P.R., Sherwood, C.C., & Manger, P.R. (2014).  The neocortex of cetartiodactyls. II.  Neuronal morphology of the visual and motor cortices in the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis).  Brain Structure and Function, 220, 2851-2872. doi: 10.1007/s00429-014-0830-9  pdf

Jacobs, B., Johnson, N., Wahl, D., Schall, M., Maseko, B.C., Lewandowski, A., Raghanti, M.A., Wicinski, B., Butti, C., Hipkins, W. D., Bertelsen, M.F., Reep, R. L., Hof, P.R., Sherwood, C.C., & Manger, P.R. (2014).  Comparative neuronal morphology of cerebellar cortex in afrotherians (African elephant, Florida manatee), primates (human, common chimpanzee), cetartiodactyls (humpback whale, giraffe), and carnivores (Siberian tiger, clouded leopard).  Frontiers Neuroanatomy, 8:24. doi: 10.3389/fnana.2014.00024  pdf

Bianchi, S. Stimpson, C.D., Duka, T., Larsen, M.D., Janssen, W.G., Collins, Z., Bauernfeind, A.L., Schapiro, S.J., Baze, W.B., McArthur, M.J., Hopkins W.D., Wildman, D.E., Lipovich, L., Kuzawa, C.W., Jacobs, B., Hof, P.R. & Sherwood, C.C. (2013). Synaptogenesis and development of pyramidal neuron dendritic morphology in the chimpanzee neocortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110, 10395-10401. Doi: 10.1073/pnas.1301224110  pdf

Jacobs, B., Lubs, J., Hannan, M., Anderson, K., Butti, C., Sherwood, C.C., Hof, P.R., & Manger, P.R. (2011). Neuronal morphology in the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) neocortex. Brain Structure and Function, 215, 273-298. doi: 10.1007/s00429-010-0288-3. pdf  Science announcement

Anderson, K., Yamamoto, E., Kaplan, J., Hannan, M., & Jacobs, B. (2010). Neurolucida lucivid versus Neurolucida camera: A quantitative and qualitative comparison of three-dimensional neuronal reconstructions. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 186, 209-214. doi:10.1016/ j.jneumeth.2009.11.024. pdf

Anderson, K., Bones, B., Robinson, B., Hass, C. Lee, H., Ford, K., Roberts T-A., & Jacobs, B . (2009). The morphology of supragranular pyramidal neurons in the human insular cortex: A quantitative Golgi study. Cerebral Cortex, 19 ,2131-2144. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhn234. pdf

Travis, K., Ford, K., & Jacobs, B. (2005). Regional dendritic variation in neonatal human cortex: A quantitative Golgi study. Developmental Neuroscience, 27, 277-287. pdf

Jacobs, B., & Scheibel, A.B. (2002). Regional dendritic variation in primate cortical pyramidal cells. In A. Schüz & R. Miller, Cortical areas: Unity and diversity (Conceptual advances in brain research series; pp. 111-131). London: Taylor & Francis.  pdf

Jacobs, B., Schall, M., Prather, M., Kapler, L., Driscoll, L., Baca, S., Jacobs, J., Ford, K., Wainwright, M. & Treml, M. (2001). Regional dendritic and spine variation in human cerebral cortex: A quantitative Golgi study. Cerebral Cortex, 11, 558-571. pdf



Ralph BertrandRalpn Bertrand

Population and developmental genetics; mutagenesis for the identification of genes involved in maize leaf development; STR and Alu DNA analysis to study human population genetics.

Selected publications

Regueiro, M., R. Garcia-Bertrand, K. Fadhlaoui-Zid, J. Alvarez, and R.J. Herrera 2015. From Arabia to Iberia: A Y chromosomes prospective. Gene: 564: 141-152

Fadhlaoi-Zid, K. R. Garcia-Bertrand, M.A. Alfonso-Sanchez, R. Zemni, A. Benammar-Elgaaied, and R.J. Herrera 2015. Sousse: extreme genetic heterogeneity in North Africa. J. Hum Genet, 60: 41-49

Rowold D., R. Garcia-Bertrand, S. Calderon, L. Rivera, D.P. Benedico, M.A. Alfonso Sanchez, S. Chennakrishnaiah, M. Varela, and R.J. Herrera 2014. At the southeast fringe of the Bantu expansion: Genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationships to other sub-Saharan tribes. Meta Gene, 2: 670-685

Zeng, Z., R. Garcia-Bertrand, S. Calderon, L. Li, M. Zhong, and R.J. Herrera 2014. Extreme genetic heterogeneity among nine major tribal Taiwanese island populations detected with new generation Y23 STR system. Foren. Sci. Intern.: Genet, 12: 100-106

Zeng, Z., D.J. Rowald, R. Garcia-Bertrand, S. Calderon, M. Regueiro, L. Li, M. Zhong, and R.J. Herrera 2014. Taiwanese aborigines: genetic heterogeneity and paternal contribution to Oceania. Gene, 542: 240-247.

Garcia-Bertrand, R., T. M. Simms, A. M. Cadenas, and R. J. Herrera 2013. United Arab Emirates: phylogenetic relationships and ancestral populations. Gene: 533: 411-419

Mirabal, S., K. J. Herrera, T. Gayden, M. Regueiro, P.A. Underhill, Garcia-Bertrand, R-L., & Herrera, R.J. (2012).  Increased Y-chromosome resolution of haplogroup O suggests genetic ties between the Ami aborigines from Taiwan and the Polynesian Islands of Samoa and Tonga.  Gene, 492, 339-348.

Regueiro, M., S. Mirabal, H. Lacau, J., Caeiro, R. Garcia-Bertrand,R-L., & Herrera, R.J. (2008). Austronesian genetic signature in East African Madagascar and Polynesia. J. Human Genetics, 53, 106-120.

Chow, R. A., Caeiro, J. , Chen,S-J., Garcia-Bertrand, R-L., & Herrera, R.J. (2005). On the Source of the Austroneian Expansion. J. Human Genetics, 50, 550-559.

Shepard, E. M., Chow, R. A. , Suafo’a, E., Addison, D., Perez-Miranda, A.M., Bertrand-Garcia, R-L., & Herrera, R.J.  (2005). Autosomal STR Variation in Five Austronesian Populations. Human Biology, 77, 825-851.

Sewerin, B., Cuza, F., Szmulewicz, M., Rowold, D., Bertrand-Garcia, R-L., &. Herrera, R.J. (2002). On the Genetic Uniqueness of the Ami Aborigines of Formosa.  J. of Physical Anthropology 119, 240-248.

Darrell KillianDarryl

Dendrite morphogenesis in C. elegans, cell cycle and sex determination; more information here.

Selected publications

(Note:  # mentored undergraduate students, * primary authors with equal contribution, ^ co-corresponding authors)

Schachtner LT, Sola IE, Forand D, Antonacci S, Postovit AJ, Mortimer NT, Killian DJ^, Olesnicky EC^ (2015) Drosophila Shep and C. elegans SUP-26 are RNA-binding proteins that play diverse roles in nervous system development. Development, Genes, and Evolution 225, 319-330.

Antonacci S, Forand D, Wolf M#, Tyus C#, Barney J#, Kellogg L#, Simon MA#, Kerr G#, Wells KL#, Younes S, Mortimer NT, Olesnicky EC^, Killian DJ^ (2015). Conserved RNA-Binding Proteins Required for Dendrite Morphogenesis in Caenorhabditis elegans Sensory Neurons. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 5:2, 639-653.

Wells KL#, Rowneki M#, Killian DJ (2015). A splice acceptor mutation in C. elegans daf-19/Rfx disrupts functional specialization of male-specific ciliated neurons but does not affect ciliogenesis. Gene 559, 196-202.

Olesnicky EC, Killian DJ, Rathjen AR, Garcia E, Sola IE, Gavis ER (2014). Extensive use of RNA binding proteins in dendrite morphogenesis of Drosophila sensory neurons. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 4.

Killian DJ, Harvey E#, Johnson P#, Otori M, Mitani S, Xue D (2008). SKR-1, a homolog of Skp1 and a member of the SCFSEL-10 complex, regulates sex-determination and LIN-12/Notch signaling in C. elegans.  Developmental Biology 322, 322-331.

Peden E, Killian DJ, Xue D (2008). Cell death specification in C. elegans.  Cell Cycle 7, 2479-2484.

Voutev R*, Killian DJ*, Ahn JH, Hubbard EJ (2006).  Alterations in ribosome biogenesis cause specific defects in C. elegans hermaphrodite gonadogenesis.  Developmental Biology 298, 45-58.

Killian DJ and Hubbard EJA (2005). Caenorhabditis elegans germline patterning requires coordinated development of the somatic gonadal sheath and the germline.  Developmental Biology 279, 322-335.

Maciejowski J#, Ahn J, Cipriani PG, Killian DJ, Chaudhary AL#, Lee, JI, Voutev R, Johnsen, RC, Baillie, DL, Gunsalus KC, Fitch DHA, Hubbard EJA (2005). Autosomal genes of autosomal/X-linked duplicated gene pairs and germline proliferation in C. elegansGenetics 169, 1997-2011.

Killian DJ and Hubbard EJA (2004). C. elegans pro-1 is required for soma/germline interactions that influence proliferation and differentiation in the germ line.  Development 131, 1267-1278.

Pepper A S-R, Lo T-W, Killian DJ, Hall DH, Hubbard EJA (2003). The establishment of Caenorhabditis elegans germline pattern is controlled by overlapping proximal and distal somatic gonad signals. Developmental Biology 259, 336-350.

Pepper A S-R, Killian DJ, Hubbard EJA (2003). Genetic Analysis of Caenorhabditis elegans glp-1 Mutants Suggests Receptor Interaction or Competition. Genetics 163, 115-132.

Schaeffer V, Killian D, Desplan C, Wimmer E (2000). High bicoid levels render the terminal system dispensable for Drosophila head development. Development 127, 3993-3999.

Mollereau B, Wernet M, Beaufils P, Killian D, Pichaud F, Kuhnlein R, Desplan C (2000). A green fluorescent protein enhancer trap screen in Drosophila photoreceptor cells.  Mechanisms of Development 93, 151-160.




Margaret DaughertyMargaret Daugherty

In vitro investigation (using thermodynamic and biochemical studies) of (i) issues relating to transcriptional regulation in C. elegans including investigation of MEX-3 interactions with its cognate RNA binding site; MEX-3/MEX-5 interactions; effect of MEX-5 on MEX-3 – RNA interactions, and (ii) issues relating to enzymatic utilization of cyanide as a source of metabolic nitrogen in P. fluorescens.

Selected publications

J.E. Whittington, R.F.Degadillo, T.J. Attebury, L.K. Parkhurst, M.A. Daugherty and L.J. Parkhurst. (2008). TATA-Binding Protein Recognition and Bending of a Consensus Promoter are Protein Species Dependent. Biochemistry, 47, 7264-73.

Mason, A.B., Judson, G.L., Bravo, M.C., Edelstein, A., Byrne, S.L., James, N.G., Roush, E.D. and Fierke, C.A. and Daugherty, M.A.  (2008). Evolution reversed:  The ability to bind iron restored to the N-lobe of murine inhibitor of mouse carbonic anhydrase by strategic mutagenesis. Biochemistry, 4, 9487-95.

Ramsey, J.E., Daugherty, M.A. and Kelm, R.J. (2007). Hydrodynamic Studies on the Quaternary Structure of Recombinant Mouse Purb. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 282, 1552-1560.

Ivancic, M., Spuches, A-M, Guth,E., Daugherty, M.A. Wilcox, D and Lyons B.A. (2005). Backbone Nuclear Relaxation  Characteristics and colorimetric Investigation of the Human Grb7-SH2/erbB2 Peptide Complex. Protein Science, 14, 1556-1569.