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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




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. 


Phone: 404-727-1317



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





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 (NBB 190) on Brain Enhancement, Curiosities of Neurology and Neuroscience, and Neuroethics as well as Perspectives in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB 401 SWR), Biology of Movement Control (NBB 370), Neuroscience Research Methods (NBB 221), Functional Neuroanatomy (NBB 470), and Topics in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB 270).  He is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the NBB Program


Phone: 404-727-4589


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


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.

Deboleena Roy




Deboleena Roy


Phone: 404-727-0096


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


Alan Weinstein

Main: 404-727-4958

Office: 404-727-4929


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.


Nadia Brown

Phone: 404-712-9485


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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