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The Isakson Center for Neurological Disease Research is a state-of-the-art facility made up of an innovative, interdisciplinary network of renowned researchers that are leading the front for deciphering underlying mechanisms, developing early diagnostic biomarkers, and novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s Disease related dementia.

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Distinguished Professors bring a wealth of experience and hope for new advancements to their roles with CVM

What makes a professor distinguished? In the College of Veterinary Medicine, it’s a clinician who sees the need for 24/7 emergency care for animals and builds a program to provide just that. And it’s researchers who dive deep into the mechanisms of well-known but little understood diseases in hopes of […]

Isakson Initiative gives $1.4M to UGA Vet Med

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents on Nov. 14 approved the creation of two endowed distinguished professorships, made possible by a gift of $1.4 million from the Isakson Initiative to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Mark Richt raises funds for Parkinson’s research

Led by former University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, the Chick-fil-A Dawg Bowl raised more than $758,000 for Parkinson’s disease and Crohn’s disease research at UGA.

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Isakson Center for Neurological Disease Research Faculty

Core Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

  • Karin Allenspach, DVM, PhD Professor, Pathology; Clinical Medicine, gastroenterology and Immunology
  • Deborah Barany, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
  • Michael Bartlett, Ph.D. Professor, Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences; Neuroscience
  • Haini Cai, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Cellular Biology; Neuroscience
  • Brett A Clementz, Ph.D. Professor, Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience, Director, BioImaging Research Center
  • Julie Coffield, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology; Toxicology; Neuroscience
  • David Crich, Ph.D. Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, Affiliate Member, Center for Molecular Medicine.
  • Claire De La Serre, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences
  • Art Edison, Ph.D. GRA Eminent Scholar, CCRC, Professor of BMB/Genetics/IOB
  • Jonathan Eggenschwiler, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Genetics; Neuroscience
  • Travis Glenn, Ph.D. Professor, Bioinformatics; Toxicology
  • Tai L. Guo, Ph.D. Professor, Toxicology; Neuroscience
  • Robert Haltiwanger, Ph.D. Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience GRA Eminent Scholar in Biomedical Glycosciences
  • Billy Hammond, Ph.D. Professor, Neuroscience
  • Gerald Hart, Ph.D. Professor and GRA Eminent Scholar, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Member, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
  • Shelley Hooks, Ph.D. Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Interim Associate Department Head for Research and Faculty Development, Associate Vice President, Office of the VPR
  • Jesse Hostetter, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of Pathology
  • Phil V Holmes, Ph.D. Professor, Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program, Dept of Psychology, Medical Partnership Faculty
  • Natalia Ivanova, Ph.D. Professor, Dept. of Genetics, Associate Member, Center for Molecular Medicine.
  • Daichi Kamiyama, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Cellular Biology; Neuroscience
  • Natarajan Kannan, Ph.D. Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Professor of the Institute of Bioinformatics
  • Lohitash Karumbaiah, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Animal and Diary Science, member Regenerative Bioscience Center.
  • Eileen Kennedy, Ph.D. Dr. Samuel C. Benedict Professor, Interim Associate Department Head, Dept. of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
  • James Lauderdale, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Cellular Biology; Neuroscience Program Chair
  • Dexi Liu, Ph.D. Professor, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences; Neuroscience
  • Tianming Liu, Ph.D. Professor, Bioinformatics; Neuroscience
  • Jennifer McDowell, Ph.D. Professor, Neuroscience
  • L. Stephen Miller, Ph.D. Director of Bio-imaging Research Center, Professor; Neuroscience
  • Jon Mochel, DVM. Ph.D. Professor, Pathology; Pharmacology and Neuroscience
  • Puliyur MohanKumar, Ph.D. Meigs Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
  • Sheba MohanKumar, Ph.D. Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
  • Emily Noble, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences
  • Karen Norris, Ph.D. Professor, Center for Vaccines and Immunology, Department of Infectious Diseases, GRA Eminent Scholar in Immunology/Translational Biomedicine
  • Assaf Oshri, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Neuroscience
  • Lisa M. Renzi-Hammond, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Co-director of Cognitive Aging Research and Education (CARE) Center
  • Arthur Roberts, Ph.D. Professor, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences; Toxicology
  • Jayshree Samanta, MBBS/PhD, Associate professor, Biomedical Sciences, Myelin disorders
  • Fabio Santori, Ph.D. Associate Research Scientist, Center for Molecular Medicine.
  • Walter K. Schmidt Jr., Ph.D. Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar Biochemistry & molecular Biology; Neuroscience
  • Ping Shen, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Cellular Biology; Neuroscience
  • Steven Stice, Ph.D. Professor, GRA Eminent Scholar, Dept. of Animal and Dairy Science, Director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center
  • Anne Summers, Ph.D. Professor, Microbiology; Toxicology
  • Michael Tiemeyer, Ph.D. Distinguished Research Professor, Co-director, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, Interim Director, Center of Molecular Medicine
  • Lance Wells, Ph.D. Distinguished Research Professor and GRA Distinguished Investigator, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Director of Integrated Life Sciences, Member of Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
  • Franklin West, Ph.D. Professor, Animal and Diary Science, Co-Chair, Regenerative Bioscience Center,
  • Catherine White, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences; Toxicology
  • Yao Yao, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Animal and Dairy Science, Member of the Regenerative Bioscience Center
  • Nadja Zeltner, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Cellular Biology and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Associate Member, Center for Molecular Medicine

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