Laboratory for Human Neurobiology

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The Laboratory for Human Neurobiology studies psychological and neurological processes. Our lab focuses on the processes which underlie cognition and learning in the human brain, and how those processes are altered in disease. Our current work in Human Neurobiology includes:

  • The development and preclinical validation of instruments for the clinical investigation of the effects of interventions on disease states.
  • Implementation of these instruments in clinical drug and intervention trials in collaboration with major pharmaceutical companies.
  • Exploration of the micro-anatomical structure of neurons and glia in neocortex via electron microscopy, and methods to connect these data to macro-anatomical methods such as MRI and light microscopy.
  • Educational research into the use of systems theory to improve educational outcomes in pre-college students via collaborations with local high schools.
  • Applied research in the emergency management space, merging theoretical systems in neuroscience and psychology with real-world applications in disaster relief and crisis prevention.

During the summer of 2017 the lab hosted two students from the Summer Program in Neuroscience (SPIN). This innovative program gives high-achieving undergraduate students from colleges and universities around the country a head start in several areas of neuroscience. The SPIN program offers these students experiences that they would not normally get until they entered graduate school. Lelia Rosenkrans and Brian Rezendes joined the Laboratory for Human Neurobiology at the beginning of their SPIN experience and worked on annotating data gathered in a study on Parkinson’s Disease. The experience was rewarding for both the lab and the students, who continue to work on the project from off-campus locations as they complete their undergraduate education.

Read more about the SPIN program here.

Principal Investigator

thomas_kipKevin “Kip” Thomas, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor
Director of the Master of Science in HEM Program

Dr. Thomas’s research focuses on the study of human neurobiology, cognition, and behavior at the individual and group level to study societal dynamics in complex adaptive environments.