Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
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Neuroscience

Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Joe Casto
Joe Casto

Physiology of host-parasite interactions, Development of sex differences in brain and behavior, and Neural mechanisms of motivated social behaviors.
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Joe Casto's publications

Paul Garris
Paul Garris

Effects of abused drugs and denervation of dopamine neurons (e.g., Parkinson's disease) on dopamine signaling. Development of instrumentation supporting chemical microsensors.
Paul Garris' publications

Alysia Vrailas Mortimer
Alysia Vrailas Mortimer

Aging and environmental factors in meurological disorders and muscular dystrophies using the Drosophila melanogaster model system
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David Rubin
David Rubin

Bone development/growth pathways involving PTH-related protein (Pthlh) and sox9; bone disease osteoporosis; function of Pthlh during craniofacial, retinal, and cardiovascular development; hypothalamic expression and regulation of the PTH2 ligand; evolution of the PTH2 gene family; function of PTH2 during development
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David Rubin's publications

Wolfgang Stein
Wolfgang Stein

Mechanisms of sensorimotor Processing, Motor Pattern Generation and Neuromodulation of Neuronal Networks. We combine optical imaging with in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology.
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Wolfgang Stein's publications

Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea
Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea

Neurogenetic bases of locomotion and natural behavior using the nematode C. elegans.
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Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea's publications

Joint Appointments

Faculty Research Interests
John Baur
John Baur

Chemical nanosensors and microsensors
John Baur's publications

Byron Heidenreich
Byron Heidenreich

Behavioral neuroscience, Neuropsychopharmacology of monoamine Neurotransmitters, Neuropharmacology of drugs of abuse and psychotherapeutic medications.
Byron Heidenriech's publications

Epaminondas Rosa
Epaminondas Rosa, Jr.

Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, computer modeling of neurons.
Epaminondas Rosa's publications