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Interdisciplinary questions are at the core of neuroscience. Psychologists, biologists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians, philosophers and others are investigating important and complex questions such as how language develops, the causes of neurodegenerative diseases, and the processes underlying learning. Neuroscience serves as an excellent framework for engaging students in the exciting inquiry that is made possible by asking interdisciplinary questions. The training of the faculty in the neuroscience program reflects the different fields of study that contribute to the inquiry in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience.

Core Faculty

Dr. Christopher Barney Professor of Biology
Leah Chase

Dr. Leah Chase
Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry (on sabbatical leave Fall 2014)

Greg Fraley Dr. Greg Fraley
Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Thomas Ludwig (Director)
Professor of Psychology

Dr. Nicholas Perovich
Professor of Philosophy
trent brown Dr. Gwenda Schmidt
Assistant Professor of Biology

Faculty Who Teach Flagged Courses

Maria Hledin

Dr. Maria Burnatowska-Hledin
Professor of Biology and Chemistry

Paulette Chaponniere

Dr. Donna Garrett
Associate Professor of Nursing


Dr. Lorna Hernandez-Jarvis
Professor of Psychology

Ms. Hwang

Dr. Yooyeun Hwang
Associate Professor of Education

Katie Polasek

Dr. Katherine Polasek
Assistant Professor of Engineering

Dr. Patricia Roehling
Professor of Psychology

Lindsay Root-Luna

Dr. Lindsey Root Luna
Assistant Professor of Psychology


Dr. Sonja Trent Brown
Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kathy Winnett-Murray
Professor of Biology

Patricia Walter

Ms. Patricia Walter
Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Charolette vanOyen Witvliet
Professor of Psychology