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Many themes of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) are woven into the department’s research contributions in neurobiology. Faculty in BMB study the molecular processes that underlie the development of the nervous system, as well as how these processes can go awry due to genetic variations or infectious diseases. Faculty research in neurobiology reaches from human clinical studies to model organisms and cell-based studies, using methods that include molecular, genetic, biochemical, and computational methods to advance neurobiology research at Penn State.

Professor of Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Psychiatry

Dr. Lüscher's Research Interest:  Molecular and cellular

mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders as well

as mechanisms of antidepressant drug therapies.   

Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Chair of the Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences Graduate Program

Dr. Rolls' Research Interest:  The Rolls lab aims to understand

how neurons generate axons and dendrites with different

microtubule organization, and how neurons respond to injury.

Current projects focus on mechanisms that control microtubule

polarity and dynamics and mechanisms that promote neuronal


Dr. Selleck's Research Interest:  Nervous system development

and molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders.   

Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Szpara's Research Interest:  Understanding the consequences

of HSV latency for the neurons that harbor the HSV pathogen

and the search for improved therapeutics using a combination

of virology, neurobiology,  next generation sequencing

technologies, and bioinformatics.    

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology