Zubair Ahmed

Molecular and genetic basis of Usher syndrome and oculocutaneous albinism

Erica Glasper

Interactions among rewarding experiences, hippocampal structural plasticity, and hippocampal function

Jeff Lidz

Relation between comparative syntax-semantics and language acquisition and the role of extra-linguistic cognition in language processing and acquisition

Samira Anderson

Neural processing of auditory input across the life span

Ken Grant

Central auditory processing disorders and "Hidden Hearing Loss"

Kate MacLeod

Cellular neurophysiology in auditory brainstem

Ricardo Araneda

Neuromodulation of olfactory circuits and behaviors

Kristen Hamilton

Psychological and neurobiological mechanisms by which impulsivity confers risk for substance abuse and other harmful behaviors in adolescents and adults

Rochelle Newman

Speech perception and language acquisition

Harry Burgess

Neuronal basis of behavioral choice in larval stage zebrafish

Jens Herberholz

Neural basis of animal behavior

Colin Phillips

Psycholinguistics, language science

Shawn Burgess

High-throughput testing of gene function in vivo, using zebrafish as a vertebrate model system

Mark Histed

Building blocks of computation in neural circuits using sensory-guided behaviors in mice as a model

Nan Ratner

Typical and disordered child speech/language development, and fluency disorder across the lifespan

Dan Butts

Development of larger theories of system-level function in the visual and other sensory sytems

Yi Ting Huang

Intersection of language, cognitive, and social development in children

Tracy Riggins

Understanding of memory development by examining changes in neural substrates

Melissa Caras

Auditory processing and learning

Nobuyuki Ishibashi

How congenital heart disease and subsequent cardiac surgery affect the rapidly developing brain

Jae Shim

Neural and mechanical mechanisms of locomotion and hand and digit actions

Mike Dougherty

Investigation of memory, attention, and decision processes

Scott Juntti

Neuroendocrinology, neurogenetics of behavior

Josh Singer

Cellular neurophysiology of retinal and retino-recipient circuits

Naomi Feldman

Speech representation and statistical learning

Stefanie Kuchinsky

Sensory and attention systems that support language understanding in adverse conditions

Carson Smith

How exercise and physical activity affect human brain function and mental health

Doug Fields

Nervous system plasticity

Ellen Lau

Models of language processing and the neural mechanisms underlying it

Alec Solway

Understanding information processing in human learning, decision making, and episodic memory, and how it is disrupted in psychiatric disorders

Rodolphe Gentili

Brain processes underlying human motor behavior

Anna Li

Examining neural mechanisms of drug addiction

Susan Wray

Cell lineage, neuronal migration, and axonal targeting; mechanisms underlying neuronal activity


Wei Li

Biology of retina

Kareem Zaghloul

Understanding neural correlates of human cognitive function using intracranial recordings captured during epilepsy surgery and deep brain stimulation surgery


The graduate advisor is a mentor for all aspects of the scientific and professional education of the student. This implies frequent, substantive interaction with the student. The student is expected, through his/her scholarship, to contribute to the mission of the advisor's laboratory, research group, and department.  However, the philosophy of the NACS program is that the advisor serves the student, not vice versa.

The advisor must be a Full Member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park and a NACS faculty member.  Students who want to conduct research with a NACS adjunct faculty member will have co-advisors: The adjunct faculty member acts as the research advisor and the UMD faculty member acts as academic advisor.

Only applicants in whom faculty members have expressed interest in will be considered for admission. Applicants should contact faculty with whom they would like to work prior to submitting their applications. It is best to send a relatively short email (2-3 paragraphs) to the faculty member whose research interests fit with yours.  In the email describe your research interests, background, and goals, and attach your resume. It is fine to ask if the faculty member is taking new students in the coming year (not all faculty take students every year). Initiating steps to network and build collaborative professional relationships is part of being a scientist.

Additional information about the mentor can be found in the NACS Graduate Handbook.

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