Program Details - Neuroscience

The research opportunities available to neuroscience students are abundant – and required to earn your degree. You’ll work in a lab rotation, assisting with research such as developing medicines for mental illness. You’ll also study analysis of brain activity, the psychology of touch and music and learn about brain-computer interfaces, or using the mind to control machines. At Northern, you won’t just be cleaning beakers, you’ll be working right alongside faculty as they break new ground.

At Northern, you’ll have access to high end optical imaging systems, which allow functional brain imaging to be done while patients perform tasks, rather than sitting still in a machine. You’ll also have access to confocal laser scanning microscopes, Skinner boxes, and other equipment.

Fantastic Faculty

The NMU faculty you’ll interact with every day have a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on. With a plethora offaculty in a number of departments, you can be sure you’ll find a research niche to suit your specific interests.

Robert Belton
Assistant Professor
Biology Department

  • Research Director for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center
  • Research interests: the role of stem cells in wound repair and tumor recurrence in teh brain, the role of neurological diseases and the therapeutic use of genomic editing to treat diseases of the central nervous system.

Joshua M. Carlson
Assistant Professor
Psychology Department

  • Cognitive and Affective Behavior and Integrative Neuroscience (CABIN) lab director
  • Research interests: emotion, attention, affective neuroscience, individual differences using behavioral and neuroimaging methods

Valerie Hedges
Assistant Professor
Biology Department

  • Research interests: sexual behavior, experiential plasticity within brain reward systems and how gonadal hormones can affect neuroplasticity.

Helen J. Kahn
Professor
School of Clinical Sciences

  • Research interests: memory and aging, cognitive neuroscience.

Erich Ottem
Associate Professor
Biology Department

  • Runs a laboratory focused on the interaction between neurotrophic factors and excitatory neural signaling in the spinal cord to maintain the structure and function of motorneurons and neuromuscular junctions

Adam Prus
Professor
Psychology Department

  • Research interests: neuropsychopharmacology
  • Publication(s): An Introduction to Drugs and the Neuroscience of Behavior

Harry Whitaker
Professor
Psychology Department

  • Research interests: neuropsychology, neurolinguistics, history of neuroscience
Robert Winn
Professor & Associate Dean
Biology Department
  • Co-founder of the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center. 
  • Research interests: chemotherapy resistance in brain tumors, the role of tumor initiating cells in tumor recurrence and the influence of brain tumors on immune function.

Mounia Ziat
Associate Professor
Psychology Department

  • Neuroscience program head
  • Research interests: haptic device design, human perception, multisensory integration, cognitive neuroscience