Our mission is to create a world-class infrastructure and collaborative community that facilitates interdisciplinary research of neurological disease and injury, to build bridges between innovative translational neuroscience research and clinical implementation, and to foster educational and professional development opportunities for junior investigators in the field.

The Neuroscience Research Institute (NRI) was created to enhance the quality and breadth of neurological-related research at Ohio State by providing an infrastructure with an emphasis on translating research discoveries into clinical interventions. Comprehensive resources include an integrative brain bank and biorepository, mentorship and career development opportunities for junior investigators, and world-class educational symposiums. Another goal of the NRI is to foster cross-campus interdisciplinary collaborations with an emphasis in animal model, high-throughput assay and experimental therapeutic development. 

Our Leaders

Brain Bank & Biorepository

Center for Neurobiology of Aging and Resiliency (CNAR)

Neuroscience Research Institute Annual Retreat

2023 NRI Neuroimmunology Symposium

2023 NRI Neuroimmunology Symposium

2022 NRI Neuroimaging Symposium

NRI Collaboration Tool

NRI Collaboration Tool

Funding Opportunities

Research Faculty


Billur Akkaya, MD, DPhil

  • Autoimmunity, Immunoregulation, Immuno-Oncology, and Multiple Sclerosis

Candice Askwith, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Ion Channels, Neuronal Excitability, Ischemia, Stroke, Neuroprotection, GPCRs
Krystof Bankiewicz, MD, PhD

Krystof Bankiewicz, MD, PhD

  • Department of Neurosurgery Gene therapy, Neurodegeneration, Parkinson's Disease, AADC Deficiency, Drug delivery

Ruth M. Barrientos, PhD

  • Department of Psychiatry Aging, Neuroinflammation, Cognition View lab

Tracy Bedrosian, PhD

  • Department of Pediatrics Neurodevelopment, Epilepsy, Somatic Mosaicism, Translational Neuroscience
Bogdan Beirowski, MD, PhD

Bogdan Beirowski, MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

Thomas Boyd, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Nicotinic receptors, acetylcholine, zebrafish, nicotine

Anthony Brown, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Axon, cytoskeleton, axonal transport View lab

Hamdy Elsayed-Awad, MD

  • Department of Anesthesiology Ischemic spinal cord injury and paralysis after aortic surgery

Andy Fischer, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Retina, muller glia, neuronal regeneration View lab

Harry Fu, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Alzheimer's disease, TBI, tau pathology, neurotrama, ER stress, Glial pathology
Jie Gao, PhD

Jie Gao, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Alzheimer's disease, ApoE, Microglia, Lipids

Jonathan Godbout, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Neurotrauma Neuroimmunology and behavior, Microglia, Macrophages, Aging, Stress, TBI View lab

Bin Gu, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Epilepsy, SUDEP, Collaborative cross, Systems genetics

Martin Haesemeyer, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Behavior, circuits, somatosensation, computation, zebrafish

Paco Herson, PhD

  • Department of Neurosurgery Associate Dean for Research Innovation, Professor

James Jontes, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Development, cell adhesion, synaptogenesis, protocadherins View lab

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD

  • Department of Psychiatry Psychoneuroimmunology, behavioral immunology View lab

Nagaraj Kerur, PhD

  • Associate Professor
    Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Olga Kokiko-Cochran, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Traumatic brain injury, sleep, stress, inflammation, Alzheimer's View lab

Stephen Kolb, MD, PhD

  • Department of Neurology Motor neuron disease, Neurodegeneration, Neurogenetics, RNA processing, Gene therapy View lab

Glenn Lin, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer's disease, Drug discover and development, Glutamate transporters, Glutamatergic synapses
Magana Setty, MD

Setty M. Magana, MD

  • Department of Neurology CNS inflammation, Pediatric, Extracellular vesicles, noncoding RNA

Dana McTigue, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Spinal cord injury, metabolic disease, myelination, fatty liver disease

Kirk Mykytyn, PhD

  • Department of Biochemistry Channels, stroke, ischemia, toxicity, electrophysiology

Karl Obrietan, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Circadian timing, cognition, calcium, synapse, Alzheimer's disease

Jose Otero, MD, PhD

  • Department of Pathology Neuropathology, neoplastic disorders of the CNS
Ilaria Palmisano

Ilaria Palmisano, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Phillip Popovich, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Neuroimmunology, Pathophysiology of spinal cord injury

Leah Pyter, PhD

  • Department of Psychiatry
    Cancer, mental health, inflammation, cognition, integrative biology

Andrew Sas, MD, PhD

  • Department of Neurology Neuroimmunology, neuroinflammation, neurotrauma

Jan Schwab, MD, PhD

  • Department of Neurology Spinal cord injury, Inflammation in the lesioned CNS, CNS on the immune system, Disease modifying factor hindering neurological recovery View lab

Wenjing Sun, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Myelination, oligodendrocyte precursor cell, neurotrama, neuronal plasticity

Andrea Tedeschi, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Neurotrama, stroke, axon groth and regeneration View lab

Kristy Townsend, PhD

  • Department of Neurosurgery Neural plasticity, energy balance, neuropathy, diabetes/metabolism, stem cells View lab

Cole Vonder Haar, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience TBI, Behavior, Psychiatric, Rat

Jacy Wagnon, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Epilepsy, genetics, sodium channels, gene expression, MicroRNA

Jason Wester, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Cortex, Development, Circuits, Synaptic physiology

Marshall V. Williams, PhD

  • Department of Genetics Herpesviruses, dUTPase, dementia

Min Zhou, MD, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Astrocyte, gap junction, potassium channels, syncytial isopotentiality, stroke
Research Centers

Research Centers

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