UA Integrative Systems Neuroscience

Leong Lab

We study the structural and functional connections between brain circuits that enable emotions to influence perception (input) and choice (output).

Evans Lab

We study how animal nervous systems are  wired during development. Using the embryonic insect nervous system as a model, we study the genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms that specify patterns of neuronal connectivity.

Shew Lab

We study the brain in action, focusing on the dynamics of large networks of neurons in sensory and motor cortex of rodents.

Zabelina Lab

The lab focuses on understanding creative cognition and imagination, and how these processes are linked with attention and executive functions.

Westerman Lab

We integrate whole organism behavioral research with genomics, development, and neurobiology in our study of the mechanisms driving behavioral and morphological diversity.

Nakanishi Lab

We employ comparative molecular genetics to find evolutionarily conserved mechanisms of how nervous systems develop and function in animals – sea anemones and jellyfish in particular

Shields Lab

We study the effects of stress and related factors on cognitive processes, with a focus on understanding the neural, hormonal, and immunological mechanisms through which those effects occur.

Kuenzel Lab

We study the neural regulation of early sexual maturation and reproductive behavior and stress in chickens

Ceballos Lab

We study virus-host interactions with focus on the impacts of viral infection on neuronal function using techniques from cell and molecular biology and biochemistry.

Lamm Lab

We study the neural correlates of how development and emotion impact self-regulation using primarily EEG, but also fMRI.  

Stenken Lab

We study the inflammatory response caused by macrophages to implanted foreign materials in the brain and other in vivo tissues using microdialysis sampling and chromatographic, immunochemical, and spectroscopic analysis methods.

  • Sep 3 2020 Shannon Servoss from Chemical Engineering
  • Apr 2 2020 Yan Huang from Animal Sciences 
  • Mar 17 2020 Christian Lemon from University of Oklahoma
  • Feb 6 2020 Michael Ceballos from Biological Sciences to speak about “Investigating the Potential Role of Human Herpesvirus-6 infection in Epileptogenesis: Moving from Correlation to Causation
  • Nov 21 2019 Douglas Kelley from University of Rochester to speak about “Essential fluid flow in the brain: new insights on the glymphatic system
  • Jun 6 2019 11-11:30am SCEN 604 Arianna N. Tamvacakis from the Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University, will give a short talk entitled “Behavioral variation correlates with differences in single neuron serotonin receptor expression within and across species”.
  • May 2 2019 ENGR 307 12:30 pm RJ Elbin from Health, Human Performance and Recreation speaks on “New Empirical Findings for the Clinical Assessment, Management, and Treatment of Sport-Related Concussion.”
  • Apr 12 2019 MEMH 318 1 pm Nathan Fox from U Maryland speaks on “The Effects of Early Adversity on Brain and Behavioral Development: Lessons from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project
  • Ceballos LabBiological Sciences -  Cell and molecular biology and biochemistry of virus-host interactions impacting neuronal function. 
  • Evans Lab Biological Sciences – Genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms that specify patterns of neuronal connectivity.
  • Kuenzel Lab Poultry Science - Neural regulation of early sexual maturation and reproductive behavior and stress
  • Lamm LabPsychological Sciences - Neural correlates of how development and emotion impact self-regulation EEG and fMRI.
  • Leong LabPsychological Sciences – structural and functional connectivity underlying emotions, perception, and choice 
  • Nakanishi LabBiological Sciences – Comparative molecular genetics and evolutionarily conserved mechanisms of how nervous systems develop and function.
  • Shew LabPhysics – Ongoing dynamics, sensory function, and motor output of large networks of neurons in cerebral cortex.
  • Shields LabPsychological Sciences  Neural, hormonal, and immunological mechanisms of stress and cognitive processes
  • Stenken LabChemistry & Biochemistry - Inflammatory response in the brain using microdialysis sampling and chromatographic, immunochemical, and spectroscopic analysis methods
  • Westerman LabBiological Sciences - Whole organism behavior, genomics, development, and neurobiology of the mechanisms driving behavioral and morphological diversity.
  • Zabelina LabPsychological Sciences - Creative cognition and imagination, and how these processes are linked with attention and executive functions.

What is our mission?

Today’s scientific revolution is happening in neuroscience.  The brain is both the greatest unsolved scientific mystery and one of the most important challenges in medicine.  The U of A Integrative Systems Neuroscience group tackles this challenge by integrating across multiple different levels of study from genes to molecules,  to synapses, to neurons, to networks, and finally to behavior and cognition.  We combine diverse experimental techniques, computation, and theory.  This integrated, systems approach is required to truly advance our knowledge of the brain.  The expertise and labs that make up the Integrative Systems Neuroscience group span multiple disciplines, departments, and colleges at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.      

How can you get involved?

If you would like to help fund or contribute to growing brain research at U of A, contact [ this part is not done yet, check back soon ]. 

Prospective students are encouraged to contact one of the labs listed above (click on their names to get more information).  PhD and MS degree options are available.