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bergeson3Susan E. Bergeson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail: Susan.Bergeson@TTUHSC.edu
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Using behavioral, biochemical, genetic, and modern molecular "-omics" tools, the Bergeson lab studies the neurobiological mechanisms of alcohol preference and the consequences of alcohol drinking and dependence.  Dr. Bergeson serves as a genetics core provider for the SPAARC.

cohenLee M. Cohen, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology
Texas Tech University
Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail:  Lee.Cohen@TTU.edu
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The Cohen lab systematically explores the behavioral, cognitive, and physiological mechanisms that may contribute to the relationship between smoking and drinking.

henderson1George I. Henderson, Ph.D.
Professor
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
e-mail: george.henderson@ttuhsc.edu
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The Henderson lab has a focus on oxidative stress in the mechanism of apoptosis and neurodegeneration. Areas of interest include glial-neuronal interactions in maintaining neuronal redox status and regulation of phase II response systems in the brain.


kruman1Inna Kruman, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
email: inna.kruman@ttuhsc.edu
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Dr. Kruman's research involves understanding the mechanisms of alcohol-induced damage to the brain based on the key role of genomic instability conveyed by  dysfunction of homocysteine-folate metabolism.

lenin1Lenin Mahimainathan, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
e-mail: lenin.mahimainathan@ttuhsc.edu
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Our laboratory studies the role of PDCD4 in alcohol induced neurodegeneration, and significance of PDCD4 in early development.

parastoo1Parastoo Momeni, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail:  Parastoo.Momeni@TTUHSC.edu
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The Momeni lab is focused on mutation and association analyses.  Dr. Momeni provides genetics core services for the SPAARC.

Michael W. O'Boyle, Ph.D.
Professor
Human Development and Family Studies
Associate Dean for Research, College of Human Sciences
Texas Tech University
Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
e-mail:  Michael.OBoyle@TTU.edu
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My research interests involve the use a variety of neuroimaging techniques (e.g., fMRI, DTI and EEG) available through the NeuroImaging, Cognition and Engineering (NICE) Laboratory here at Texas Tech University (http://www.orgs.ttu.edu/nice/index2.html) to investigate the brain structures and neural circuitry associated with substance abuse and addiction.

lisa4R. Lisa Popp, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail:  Lisa.Popp@TTUHSC.edu
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The focus of the Popp lab is to study the molecular mechanisms of alcohol modulation of N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor function and actin cytoskeleton plasticity in the CNS.

Syapin2Peter J. Syapin, Ph.D.
Professor
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail:  Peter.Syapin@TTUHSC.edu
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Using rodent animal models and in vitro brain cell culture, the Syapin lab studies neuroinflammatory processes involved in chronic and binge alcohol-induced functional alterations and tissue injury to the adolescent and adult brain.

alice1Alice M. Young, Ph.D.
Professor
Psychology
Texas Tech University
Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail:  Alice.Young@TTUHSC.edu
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Our research focus is to translate advances in the understanding of human cognition into improved animal models of learning and memory to better understand the consequences of binge alcohol drinking.

Associate Members

wool1Robert H. Woolard, M.D., FACEP, FAAEM
Professor
Emergency Medicine
Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
e-mail: robert.woolard@ttuhsc.edu
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Dr. Woolard's research focus is in the area of prevention and using brief motivational interventions in the emergency department to change risky behaviors such as alcohol and substance misuse among patients.


Assistant Members

Madhusudhanan (Madhu) Narasimhan, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Lubbock, TX
email: Madhu.Narasimhan@ttuhsc.edu

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