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Paul Lennard
Dr. Paul R. Lennard
NBB Director

 

Phone: 404-727-4958

 



Dr. Paul Lennard has been the Director of the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program of Emory College since its establishment in 1997. He has previously served as the Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and as the the Associate Director of the Emory University Graduate Program in Neuroscience.

Phone: 404-727-4743

E-Mail: keaster@learnlink.emory.edu

 

 


Teaching Interests:  Dr. Easterling teaches an NBB core seminar course for seniors (NBB 401), and coordinates the NBB 482: Frontiers in Neuroscience seminar.  He also regularly teaches the NBB electives NBB 424: Medical Neuropathology and NBB 426: Drug Development (also IBS 566: Drug Development).  He offers first year seminars devoted to topics such as Anesthesia Awareness and the Neuroscience of Health Behaviors.

Research Interests: General interests include opioids, stimulants, and club drugs, particularly their involvement in addiction and disease. The mechanisms of the initial stages of drug addiction and early-life determinants of adult drug dependence risk are of special interest. Neurotransmitter receptors mediate drug actions in the brain and they are targets for a variety of drugs that might be used to treat addiction. Studies focus on the regulation of receptors, the effects of early-life stress on later drug use, and the epidemiology of prescription drug abuse. 

frenzel

Phone: 404-727-1317

E-Mail: kfrenze@emory.edu

 


Dr. Frenzel joined the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology program in July of 2006. Her  interests lie in understanding how neurons communicate at a molecular and cellular level and in a molecular understanding of various neurological diseases. Dr. Frenzel has taught a variety of courses centered around these topics including Introduction to Neurobiology (NBB 301), Molecular Mechanisms of Neurological Disorders (NBB 470S), Freshman Seminar-Neuroscience in the News Media (NBB 190S) and Perspectives in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB 401 SWR). In addition, Dr. Frenzel has been a driving force in organizing a laboratory course in which students gain valuable hands-on experience in molecular, cellular and imaging techniques while contributing to on-going research projects of NBB faculty.

Phone: 404-727-5011

E-Mail: mcrutch@emory.edu

 

 

 

Dr. Crutcher joined the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology program in August of 2008.  He received his Ph.D. in Physiology from Johns Hopkins University in 1982 and became a faculty member of the department of Neurology and of the Neuroscience Ph.D. program at Emory in 1991.  He previously served on the executive committee and as Director of Graduate Studies for the Neuroscience Ph.D. program at Emory.  His research focused on the neural mechanisms of visually guided reaching movements in monkeys.  Courses he has taught or is teaching since joining the NBB program include freshman seminar courses on Brain Enhancement (NBB 190) and Neuroethics (NBB 190) as well as Perspectives in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB 401 SWR), Biology of Movement Control (NBB 370) and Neuroscience Research Methods (NBB 221).

                

Phone: 404-727-4589

E-Mail: leah.roesch@emory.edu

Leah Anderson Roesch earned her PhD from Emory’s Neuroscience program in 2007.  Dr. Roesch’s graduate work on the molecular basis of neurodegnerative disease lead her to a collaboration with her dissertation advisor Allan Levey and his colleagues in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Her work focused on characterizing candidate genes originally identified in the Icelandic population that may be linked to Parkinson’s disease susceptibility.  In addition to her research interests in the molecular basis of neurodegnerative disease, Dr. Roesch is driven to improve science education and literacy.  She uses student-centered, active-learning teaching methods and supports students in inquiry-based exploration of the topics. 

 

 

Bob Wyttenbach

  

Phone:     404-727-7054

E-Mail: rwytten@emory.edu

Bob Wyttenbach joined the Emory NBB program in 2013. He completed his PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University in 1995 and then stayed on to continue his research in insect hearing and to develop teaching materials with support from the NSF. He has written or coauthored resources such as Crawdad (neurophysiology lab manual), PsyCog (experiments in perception and cognition), and GameBug (evolutionary game theory tutorial) and has given many faculty neurophysiology teaching workshops with others on the Cornell team. He is developing a neurophysiology lab course at Emory and also teaches freshman and senior seminars.

 

 

 

Howard Kushner

 

Phone: 404-727-9523

E-Mail :hkushner@emory.edu

Howard I. Kushner is the Nat C. Robertson Distinguished Professor of Science & Society at Emory University where he holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education in Rollins School of Public Health and in the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program of Arts and Sciences. Kushner, a historian of medicine, is author of four books, including American Suicide: A Psychocultural Exploration (1991) and A Cursing Brain? The Histories of Tourette Syndrome (1999) and numerous articles on medical history in journals including Lancet, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Perspectives in Biology& Medicine, Journal of the History of Medicine, Journal of Pediatric Infectious Disease, and Pediatric Cardiology.  Kushner’s current research has included a collaborative study of Kawasaki Disease, with colleagues from the University of California, San Diego, funded by a series of grants including the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, and the Kawasaki Disease Foundation.  Recently Kushner has published a series of articles on addiction and its relationship to self-medication. Supported by a grant from the Engelhard Foundation, Kushner was a co-convener of the “Conference on Addiction, the Brain, and Culture” held at Emory in February 2009, and co-editor of a special issue of BioSocieties, 5 (March 2010) entitled “Drugs, addiction and society.”  Kushner’s current research focuses on the possible connections between handedness, laterality, and learning disorders. His first of two articles recently appeared in The Lancet; a second on laterality and stuttering will be published in The Lancet in April, 2011

Deboleena Roy

 

 

 

Deboleena Roy

 

Phone: 404-727-0096

E-Mail: droy2@emory.edu

Deboleena Roy is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University.  She received her Ph.D. in reproductive neuroendocrinology and molecular biology in 2001 from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. In her doctoral work, she examined the effects of estrogen and melatonin on the gene expression and cell signaling mechanisms in gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons of the hypothalamus.  Her areas of interest include feminist science and technology studies, philosophy of science, critical disability studies, postcolonial studies, sexuality studies, neuroscience, molecular and synthetic biology, and reproductive health and justice movements.  Her research and scholarship attempts to make a shift from feminist critiques of science to the creation of feminist practices that can contribute to scientific inquiry in the lab. 

She has published her work in journals such as Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy; American Journal of Bioethics; Neuroethics; Australian Feminist Studies; Rhizomes: Cultural Studies of Emerging Knowledge; Endocrinology; Neuroendocrinology; and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.  She has contributed chapters to the anthologies Handbook for Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis (2011) and Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science (2012).  Roy was a faculty research fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University from September 2008 – June 2009.  While at the institute, she developed a project in feminist neuroethics and is currently working on a manuscript entitled “Mapping Gender, Hormones, and Neurons: Feminist Configurations in the Neurosciences.”  In 2010, she received a grant from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) for her project entitled “Developing a Benchside Ethics and Community-Based Participatory Research Training Program in Synthetic Biology.”  This interdisciplinary training program brought together graduate students in biology, bioengineering, philosophy and women’s studies to discuss the ethical and social implications of synthetic biology research.

Staff in the NBB Office

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Alan Weinstein

Main: 404-727-4958

Office: 404-727-4929

E-Mail: aweinst@emory.edu

Alan is the Academic Department Administrator for NBB. He is originally from Rochester, New York. Alan attended SUNY at Fredonia and graduated with his Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration. He has worked with the Procurement and Material Services division of Emory beginning in 1993. Dr Lennard hired Alan in 2005 to administer and manage the NBB Program, he is also responsible for any questions with classroom and equipment issues. Please call or e-mail him with any questions you may have related to any part of the NBB Program, whether a prospective or current student.

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Nadia Brown

Phone: 404-712-9485

E-Mail: nadia.brown@emory.edu

Nadia G. Brown serves as the NBB Academic Degree Program Coordinator. With over 16 years of experience as a Social Worker and support in Administration, Nadia enjoys the NBB student interaction. Her position encompasses, Student support, Degree Applications, Course clarification, Declaration of Majors, Student information, St. Andrews University Liaison, as well as administrative student support.

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Please stop by for information or to declare the major. If you wish to make an appointment call or email the Academic Degree Program Coordinator at: nadia.brown@emory.edu. Emory students are invited to check the "NBB" conference on LearnLink for an interactive Q&A forum as well as announcements of seminars, new courses, job openings and research opportunities.

 

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