Faculty

The faculty of the Volen Center have appointments in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Psychology. This diverse group of researches is united by a common interest in the brain and intelligence. Approaches run the gamut from gene and protein structure to in vivo and in silico computation.

Director of the Volen Center for Complex Systems

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Leslie Griffith
Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Neuroscience
Director of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems
781-736-3125 Shapiro Science Center 2-06B

Expertise: Biochemistry of synaptic plasticity (lab website)

Biochemistry

Dorothee Kern
Dorothee Kern
Professor of Biochemistry
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
781-736-2354 Volen National Center for Complex Systems, 444

Expertise: Dynamics of enzymes. Magnetic resonance methods (lab website)

Dan Oprian
Daniel Oprian
Louis and Bessie Rosenfield Professor of Biochemistry
Chair, Biochemistry
781-736-2322 Volen National Center for Complex Systems, 407

Expertise: Structure-function studies of visual pigments and other cell surface receptors.

Biology

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Susan J. Birren
Zalman Abraham Kekst Professor in Neuroscience
781-736-2680 Shapiro Science Center 1-06A

Expertise: Developmental neurobiology (lab website)

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Paul Garrity
Professor of Biology
781-736-3127 Shapiro Science Center 2-16

Expertise: Neural development and behavior (lab website)

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Sebastian Kadener
Associate Professor of Biology
781-736-4915 Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center 332

Expertise: Molecular Neurobiology and RNA metabolism (lab website)

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Eve Marder
University Professor
Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Biology
781-736-3140 Volen National Center for Complex Systems 314

Expertise: Modulation of Neural Networks (lab website)

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Paul Miller
Associate Professor of Biology
781-736-2890 Volen National Center for Complex Systems 317

Expertise: Computational and theoretical neuroscience

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Sacha Nelson
Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Life Science
781-736-3181 Carl J. Shapiro Science Center 1-21

Expertise: Physiological genomics of the mammalian neocortex (lab website)

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Suzanne Paradis
Associate Professor of Biology
781-736-5305 Shapiro Science Center 1-08A

Expertise: Molecular mechanisms of synaptic development (lab website)

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Avital Rodal
Associate Professor of Biology
781-736-2459 Rosenstiel 528

Expertise: Endosomal membrane traffic in neurons (lab website)

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Michael Rosbash
Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, Professor of Biology,
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
781-736-3160 Shapiro Science Center 2-24B

Expertise: Circadian rhythms, behavior, and gene expression (lab website)

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Piali Sengupta
Harold and Bernice Davis Chair in Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease
Professor of Biology
781-736-2686 Carl J. Shapiro Science Center 2-08A

Expertise: Behavioral and neuronal development in C. elegans (lab website)

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Gina Turrigiano
Joseph Levitan Professor of Vision Science
781-736-2684 Carl J. Shapiro Science Center 1-28

Expertise: Activity-dependent regulation of neuronal properties (lab website)

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Stephen Van Hooser
Associate Professor of Biology
781-736-2721 Bassine Biology Building 326

Expertise: Development and function of cortical circuits (lab website)

Chemistry

Irving Epstein
Irving Epstein
University Professor
Henry F. Fischbach Professor of Chemistry and HHMI Professor
781-736-2503 Shapiro Science Center 3-09

Expertise: Oscillating chemical reactions and pattern formation in reaction-diffusion systems. Mathematical modeling of biochemical kinetics and neural systems

Computer Science

Richard Alterman
Richard Alterman
Professor, Computer Science
781-736-2703  Volen 212

Expertise: Computer-supported communication, cooperation, and collaboration, learning and technology, cognitive engineering and modeling, human computer interaction, communication and discourse, internet and society.

Mitch Cherniack
Mitch Cherniack
Associate Professor, Computer Science
781-736-2738 Volen 259

Expertise: Databases and Systems supporting the management of "Big Data", software engineering.

Tim Hickey
Tim Hickey
Professor and Chair, Computer Science
781-736-2706 Volen 138

Expertise: Educational Technology, Computer Science Education, 3D Game Design, Interval Arithmetic, Scientific Visualization, Computer Supported Learning, Groupware and Collaborative Editing, Constraint Logic Programming.

Pengyu Hong
Pengyu Hong
Professor, Computer Science
Affiliation: International Business School
781-736-2729 Volen 135

Expertise: Computer science, FinTech, machine learning, image processing, bioinformatics, biomedical informatics, intelligent education.

Constantine Lignos
Constantine Lignos
Assistant Professor of Computational Linguistics
781-736-2807 Volen 139

Expertise: Computational linguistics, natural language processing, language acquisition and change, and psycholinguistics.

Harry Mairson
Harry Mairson
Professor, Computer Science
781-736-2724 Volen 257

Expertise: Logic in computer science, Lambda calculus, functional programming. 

Sophia Malamud
Sophia Malamud
Associate Professor, Linguistics
781-736-2225 Volen 215

Expertise: Formal semantics and pragmatics, corpus linguistics, speech acts, game and decision theory, reference and information structure, modality, impersonals and passives, heritage language acquisition.

Olga Papaemmanouil
Olga Papaemmanouil
Associate Professor
Vice Chair, Computer Science
781-736-2716 Volen 214

Expertise: Data management, distributed systems, data science, machine learning, and cloud computing.

Jordan Pollack
Jordan Pollack
Professor, Computer Science
781-736-2713 Volen 213

Expertise: Artificial intelligence, neural networks, machine learning, evolutionary computation and artificial life. 

James Pustejovsky
James Pustejovsky
TJX Feldberg Professor of Computer Science
781-736-2709 Volen 258

Expertise: Theoretical and computational linguistics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, corpus linguistics and annotation, lexical semantics, temporal and spatial reasoning. 

Liuba Shrira
Liuba Shrira
Professor, Computer Science
781-736-2704 Volen 260

Expertise: Distributed Systems, reliable and scalable storage systems. 

Nianwen Bert Xue
Nianwen Bert Xue
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Director of Graduate Studies, Computer Science
781-736-2728  Volen 253

Expertise: Computational linguistics, Chinese language processing, Semantic role labeling, machine translation and linguistic annotation, including Chinese Treebank, Chinese Proposition Bank, OntoNotes.

Mathematics

Thomas Fai
Thomas Fai
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
781-736-3064 Goldsmith 208

Expertise: Scientific computing, fluid dynamics, and mathematical biology

Jonathan Touboul
Jonathan Touboul
Associate Professor of Mathematics
781-736-3080 Goldsmith 303

Expertise: Mathematical neuroscience

John Wilmes
John Wilmes
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
781-736-3077 Goldsmith 313

Expertise: Algorithms and combinatorics

Psychology

Anne Berry, Psychology
Anne Berry
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Volen Center for Complex Systems
781-736-3278 Lemberg Hall, 101

Expertise: Cognitive neuroscience, executive function, neuromodulator systems (dopamine, acetylcholine), aging

Paul DiZio
Paul DiZio
Associate Professor of Psychology
781-736-2043 Rabb Graduate Center, 5

Expertise: Human spatial orientation and motor control

Angela Gutchess
Angela Gutchess
Professor of Psychology
781-736-3247 Lemberg Hall, 106

Expertise: Cognitive and social neuroscience; influence of age and culture on memory. (lab website)

Jennifer Gutsell
Jennifer Gutsell
Associate Professor Psychology and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems
781-736-3308 Volen National Center for Complex Systems, 220

Expertise: Self-control; empathy and environmentalism. (lab website)

James Howard
James Howard
Assistant Professor of Psychology
781-736-3252 Brown Social Science Center, 89-108

Expertise: Cognitive neuroscience, reward, learning, decision-making, chemosensation

Shantanu Jadhav
Shantanu Jadhav
Assistant Professor of Psychology and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems
781-736-3147 Bassine Science Building, 301

Expertise: Neural mechanisms of learning and memory-guided behavior in the mammalian brain

Donald Katz
Donald Katz
Professor of Neuroscience and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems
781-736-3268 Bassine Science Building, 345

Expertise: Neural dynamics of gustatory perception and learning

James Lackner
James Lackner
Meshulam and Judith Riklis Professor of Physiology
781-736-2033 Rabb Graduate Center, 4

Expertise: Spatial orientation. Human movement control. Adaptation to spaceflight and autonomous vehicles.

Robert Sekuler
Robert Sekuler
Louis and Frances Salvage Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
781-736-3277 Volen National Center for Complex Systems, 244

Expertise: Visual perception. Cognitive processes.

Hannah Snyder
Hannah Snyder
Assistant Professor of Psychology
781-736-3272 Lemberg Hall, 102

Expertise: Executive function

Arthur Wingfield
Arthur Wingfield
Professor Emeritus of Psychology
781-736-3270 Volen National Center for Complex Systems, 363

Expertise: Human memory