Research/Facilities

Two female students in white coats work in a U N E neuroscience lab

As a Neuroscience major, you have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Westbrook College of Health Professions, and the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences. At UNE, you have the benefit of big university research opportunities in a small college setting. 

For more information about the research opportunities available to you, contact Glenn Stevensen, program coordinator for the Neuroscience major at gstevensen@une.edu or (207) 602-2285.

Neuroscience Labs

Our faculty members with expertise in the neurosciences from three different UNE colleges have labs dedicated to research. The following are some of the research interests in which they are engaged: 

  • Learning and memory, cognition and development, limbic system function.
  • Neurobiology of social behavior.
  • Migraine headache; medication overuse headache; transformation of migraine headache to chronic daily headache.
  • Development of reliable and predictive preclinical assays of chronic pain; preclinical evaluation of pharmacotherapeutics for the treatment of chronic pain and drug abuse.
  • Drug development for neurological disorders including pain and addiction; mechanisms of opioid receptor regulation in health and disease.
  • Mechanisms of pain and mechanisms of visceral imbalance caused by inflammation of nerves.
  • Neuroimmune mechanisms in nerve-injury-induced neuropathic pain, particularly the roles of infiltrating T lymphocytes and resident microglia.
  • Neuroimmune mechanisms in murine AIDS viral infection induced peripheral neuropathy. Effects of psychological stress on infectious diseases.
  • The juxtaposition of chemistry and biology, specifically in the area of medicinal chemistry. The synthesis of biologically interesting heterocycles that contain nitrogen (i.e. amino acids, opioids, etc).
  • Development of transgenic mouse models for neurological diseases; identifying the genetic network that control differentiation of nociceptive neurons (sensing temperature and noxious stimuli); neural stem cells in embryonic and adult brains.
  • The effects of prenatal protein malnutrition on brain development, particularly to limbic system; effects of drugs of abuse such as morphine, methamphetamine, MDMA and LSD on the brain dopamine and serotonin systems; the prefrontal cortex of the adolescent brain compared to the adult brain.
  • Cell/cell interactions at the neurovascular unit. In particular the role of astrocytes in modulating the integrity of the blood-brain barrier; intracellular signaling mechanisms which regulate tight and adherens junctional proteins resulting in modulation of blood-brain barrier integrity.
  • Eye movements, visual perception, peripheral and central pain mechanisms, reflex motor control, postural reflexes.
  • Mechanisms of nociception in Drosophila.

The Center for Excellence
in the Neurosciences

The Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences sponsors research opportunities for Neuroscience majors.

The Center organizes a Neuroscience Summer Scholars Program, supporting Neuroscience majors with their summer research projects. Summer scholars attend the summer seminar series, which brings in researchers from around the world, and present their experimental results at a research fair held at the conclusion of the summer. Learn more

UNE College of
Osteopathic Medicine

We are fortunate to have the resources of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and its faculty working with us to deliver the Neuroscience major.  Learn more

The Human Nature Project

The Human Nature Project is a UNE initiative to foster research and education into the interdisciplinary nexus of cognitive science and evolutionary studies.

Cognitive science studies the mind and its processes. Evolutionary psychology aims to understand the human mind and behavior in the context of its biological origins. The Human Nature Project provides a platform for sustained dialog between these disciplines. Learn more