Faculty and Staff

Full-time Faculty

Lei Lei

Lei Lei

Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

(207) 602-2353

llei@une.edu

Morgane Hall
008

I am a molecular biologist with an interest in the regulation of gene expression and its role in development and diseases. I teach several undergraduate courses including Cell Biology (BIO 106 and BIO 370), Developmental Biology (BIO 407), and Developmental Neurobiology (BIO 450). My research currently focuses on the roles of the transcription factor Sox11 in sensory neuron development, neuropathic pain, and forebrain neurogenesis. Read More

Expertise

developmental biology

molecular biology

Neurobiology

sensory neuron

neural stem cell

Ian Meng

Professor, Physiology

Director, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function

(207) 602-2195

imeng@une.edu

Stella Maris
203

Dr. Ian Meng received his ScB and PhD in Neuroscience at Brown University.  Following completion of his PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Howard Fields in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), studying the brain circuits mediating the analgesic properties of cannabinoids.  Dr. Meng joined the University of New England (UNE) in 2003 where he is currently a professor of Biomedical Sciences, Director of the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences (CEN),... Read More

Expertise

ocular pain

headache

cannabinoids

chronic pain

acute pain

Amy Deveau

Assistant Chair

Associate Professor, Chemistry

(207) 602-2813

adeveau@une.edu

Morgane Hall
14

Dr. Deveau, named “Dr. D” by her students, is an energetic professor who primarily teaches organic chemistry. She also teaches courses in general chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and NMR spectroscopy.  Dr. D is passionate about undergraduate education and mentoring students in research, serving as a Chemistry Councilor for the Council of Undergraduate Research.   Also a member of UNE’s Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, Dr. D’s laboratory focuses on the discovery of organic small molecules with therapeutic potential, across the areas... Read More

Expertise

Organic and medicinal chemistry; small molecule synthesis; nitrogen heterocycles; marine natural products; organic structure elucidation; molecular modeling; green chemistry; chemistry pedagogy

Mike Burman

Associate Professor

Chair, College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Assembly

(207) 602-2301

mburman@une.edu

Decary Hall
328

I am broadly interested in studying negative emotionality and pain using behavioral neuroscience techniques using a developmental lens.  I enjoy teaching at both the introductory and upper levels.

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Expertise

Behavioral neuroscience

animal behavior

learning and memory

anxiety

development

brain development

Brain Research relating to behavior

Ling Cao

Ling Cao

M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Immunology

(207) 602-2213

lcao@une.edu

Pickus Center
207

Expertise

immunotoxicology

neuroimmunology

Jim Cavanaugh

Jim Cavanaugh

PT, Ph.D

Neurologic Clinical Specialist Emeritus

Professor

(207) 221-4595

jcavanaugh@une.edu

Proctor Hall
215

Dr. Cavanaugh joined the PT faculty in 2007 in large part for its student-focused, community-oriented culture.   He is an active member of the university faculty, with special interest in interprofessional education. He received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 and completed his physical therapy training with a MS degree from Duke University in 1987. From 1996-2016, he was a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. In 2004, he earned a Ph.D in... Read More

Expertise

Physical therapy; neuropathology and neuromuscular disorders; physical rehabilitation; geriatrics; mobility and balance problems; dizziness and inner ear dysfunction; physical activity; ambulatory activity monitoring; fall prevention.

Geoff Ganter

Professor of Biology

(207) 602-2126

gganter@une.edu

Morgane Hall
009

Expertise

neuroscience

Neurogenetics

Neurobiology

molecular biology

Cell biology

Drosophila

Genetics

Behavior

Steroids

Nociception

Pain sensitization

Karen Houseknecht

Karen L. Houseknecht

B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology

Associate Provost for Research and Scholarship

(207) 602-2872

khouseknecht@une.edu

Pickus Center
105

Dr. Houseknecht's career, which has spanned academic and corporate research environments, has focused on her unwavering passion around the discovery and development of novel therapeutics, including pharmaceutical, biologic and nutritional therapies for the treatment of metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity.  

Dr. Houseknecht's current research is focused on 1) identifying mechanisms underlying endocrine and metabolic side effects of antipsychotic medications and the implications of off-label prescribing of these medications to vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly; 2)... Read More

Expertise

pharmacology

Diabetes and Metabolic Disease

Psychiatric Drug Pharmacology and Toxicology

Endocrinology

Drug discovery

development and regulatory

Medication induced disease

Physiology/pathophysiology

Tamara King

Associate Professor, Physiology

(207) 602-2981

tking6@une.edu

Stella Maris
308A

Research interests center around mechanistic analysis of pain, with a specific focus on cancer-induced bone pain, osteoarthritis induced joint pain and chronic pain induced by nerve injury (neuropathic pain). An important aspect of my research is using approaches that allow for mechanistic evaluation of affective/motivational aspects of pain and pain relief in the preclinical setting. Such an approach will lead to the discovery of molecules that can effectively ameliorate ongoing pain across various preclinical models of pain, including cancer induced bone... Read More

Expertise

chronic pain

Robert Lenox

Professor of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience; President, RHL Consulting, LLC, Biopharmaceutical CNS Drug Discovery and Development

(207) 602-2336

rlenox@une.edu

Off-Campus
Stella Maris 331

Dr. Lenox has had a distinguished academic research and teaching career for over 25 years as a respected psychiatrist and neuroscientist with continuous NIH grant funding and more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, as well as reviews and book chapters, in the fields of molecular neuropharmacology and clinical psychopharmacology. He is also the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honors that recognize his contributions to medicine, including the NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award, Editor-in-Chief of Neuropsychopharmacology, Life Fellow of the American College... Read More

Expertise

CNS drug discovery and development for both psychiatric and neurological disorders; molecular neuropharmacology and clinical psychopharmacology

David J. Mokler, Ph.D.

Interim Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Professor of Pharmacology

(207) 602-2210

dmokler@une.edu

Pickus Center
205

Dr. Mokler joined the faculty at UNE in 1986.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1974 and his dual Doctorate in Pharmacology/Toxicology and Neurosciences from Michigan State University in 1984.  He teaches in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Westbrook College of Health Professions and the College of Dental Medicine.  He has a passion for Intraprofessional Education at UNE, being one of the first faculty at UNE to attend the IPEC national... Read More

Expertise

neuropharmacology

Psychopharmacology

substance abuse

drug abuse

brain development

dopamine

serotonin

animal behavior

limbic system

Derek Molliver

Associate Professor

(207) 602-2221

dmolliver@une.edu

Stella Maris
203

Derek Molliver received his B.A. from Williams College in 1988 and went on to complete his PhD in Neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis in 1997, studying the role of neurotrophic factors in the development of peripheral sensory neuron identity with Dr. William Snider. He then took a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Ed McCleskey at the Vollum Institute of Oregon Health and Science University, examining the function of purinergic G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in adult nociceptive sensory neurons. After two... Read More

Expertise

neuroscience

cell and molecular biology

Neurobiology of acute and pathological pain including neuropathic pain

G protein coupled receptors

Proteomics

John Rosene

John M Rosene

DPE, ATC, CSCS, ACSM EP-C

Associate Clinical Professor

Department of Exercise and Sport Performance

(207) 602-2068

jrosene@une.edu

Harold Alfond Forum 253

EDUCATION

Dr. Rosene is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Exercise and Sport Performance Department located in the Harold Alfond Forum. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an Athletic Training option from Keene State College, a Master of Science in Human Performance from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Doctor of Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College. He holds certifications as an athletic trainer (ATC), a certified strength and conditioning specialist... Read More

Katy Randolph

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

WCHP Research Faculty - Physical Therapy

Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory

(207) 221-4113

krudolph@une.edu

Linnell Hall
210

Dr. Katherine (Katy) Rudolph is physical therapist and researcher in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Westbrook College of Health Professions at UNE.  She earned an MSPT Boston University in 1989 and a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware (UD) in 1998.   After post-doctoral training in the Center for Biodynamics at Boston Universitiy she accepted a faculty position at UD where she remained from September, 1999 thru August, 2011.  She joined the UNE family in September, 2011.  

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Expertise

rehabilitation research

knee osteoarthritis

electromyography (EMG)

locomotion

motor control

chronic pain

acute and chronic pain

clinical research

electrotherapy

David Livingstone Smith

Professor

(207) 602-2237

dsmith@une.edu

Marcil Hall
311
On Sabbatical From: Fall 2017 to Spring 2018

I earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of London (Kings College) where I worked on philosophy of psychology.  My dissertation was published as Freud's Philosophy of the Unconscious (Kluwer, 1999).

I am professor of philosophy at the University of New England, where I teach courses on philosophy of psychology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, free will and determinism, philosophy of human nature, philosophy of race, and other topics.

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Expertise

philosophy of psychology

philosophy of biology

race.

dehumanization

ideology

Glenn Stevenson

Professor of Psychology

Program Coordinator, Neuroscience

(207) 602-2285

gstevenson@une.edu

Decary Hall
329

Before joining the faculty in 2005, Dr. Stevenson had two successful careers: one as a professional musician in Boston; the other working for luxury hotel brands in Washington, D.C. and Boston. Dr. Stevenson embarked on his third career by completing a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at American University and trained in the Psychopharmacology laboratory of Dr. Anthony L. Riley. Following his graduate training, he did a post-doctoral fellowship in Pharmacology in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Negus at McLean Hopspital / Harvard Medical School.... Read More

Expertise

Drug development; preclinical methods development; opioid pharmacology; pain; exercise; drug abuse; drug interactions

Christoph Straub

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences

cstraub@une.edu

Stella Maris
203

Dr. Straub received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Giessen in Germany, and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Yale University. Following a research fellowship with Dr. B. Sabatini at Harvard Medical School, he was a visiting faculty at Bowdoin College for 1.5 years, beforejoining the University of New England in 2019, where he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. His research focuses on on functional microcircuits within the brain. His lab utilizes electrophysiological and optical approaches, combined with cell biology and biochemistry, to address basic questions of cellular functions in local brain circuits. A specific emphasis is on how central microcircuits are altered by chronic pain.Read More

Expertise

Multi-photon imaging

Cell biology

Neurobiology

Basal ganglia

electrophysiology

chronic pain

Kerry Tucker

Associate Professor, Anatomy

(207) 602-2512

ktucker2@une.edu

I come from the North Shore of Massachusetts, and I studied biochemistry at Harvard College, starting my research career purifying clathrin proteins from sheep brain at Harvard Medical School. I continued my studies as a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, MA where I studied the role of DNA methylation in the development of the mouse, working in the lab of Rudolf Jaenisch. I then switched to developmental neuroscience as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory... Read More

Expertise

Histology

Embryology

Genetics

neuroscience

Macroscopic anatomy

molecular biology

Visiting Professor, Clinical Anatomy, COM; Professor, Clinical Anatomy and Rehab, Medical University, Ghent Belgium

(207) 602-2080

vleemingfam@skynet.be

Off-Campus

Dr. Andry Vleeming is working in the Department of Anatomy of the University of New England and in the rehabilitation department of the Medical University Ghent Belgium. Currently he is working as a rehabilitation professor at the Ghent University and visiting professor in Anatomy at the University of New England and the Medical Charite University Berlin Germany. 

He received his Ph.D. at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, with specialty the anatomy, biomechanics and radiology of the human pelvis... Read More

Professor, Anatomy

(207) 283-0171

fwillard@une.edu

Stella Maris
408

Expertise

Pain mechanisms; spine pain; cervical and lumbosacral spine anatomy; problem-oriented learning in the medical school curriculum.

Barbara Winterson

Professor

(207) 602-2215

bwinterson@une.edu

Stella Maris
232

Barbara Winterson, Ph.D. received her BS in Psychology and PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Maryland.  She received postdoctoral training in oculomotor systems and neuroscience at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.  She joined the University of New England in 1979.  She has over 30 publications in multiple areas: eyemovements, reflex control and pain, and medical education.  While at UNE she, has taught physiology and neuroscience in graduate health sciences programs using a variety of teaching techniques: lecture, problem-based... Read More

Expertise

Eye movements; vision; pain mechanisms; reflex motor control; neural plasticity; touch mechanisms; psychophysics

Medical education

Affiliated Faculty

Geoffrey Bove, DC, PhD

Geoffrey M. Bove

DC, Ph.D.

Research Professor

(207) 602-2921

gbove@une.edu

Stella Maris
102

Geoffrey Bove, DC, PhD, is a graduate of Hampshire College, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Bove's research interests broadly include the mechanisms and effects of manual therapies on painful conditions such as radiating pain, postoperative pain, and repetitive motion disorders.  A major focus is on pain due to neural inflammation, including effects on autonomic axons, with an eye towards homeostasis.  He has published manuscripts in such venues as Journal of Physiology, JAMA,... Read More

Expertise

Neurobiology

neuropathic pain

pain of endometriosis

human anatomy

neuromusculoskeletal diseases

homeostasis.

Associate Professor, Anatomy

(207) 602-2415

fdaly@une.edu

Stella Maris
428

Dr. Frank Daly has focused on vertebrate retinal biology and is currently an associate professor of biomedical science at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Daly received his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University and subsequently held a research associate position at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Boston. Dr. Daly has research interest in the developing nervous system, using immuno-histochemistry and other molecular techniques to investigate melanopsin in the retina of the Nassau Grouper, the... Read More

Expertise

Vertebrate Retina Anatomy

Physiology histology

Immunocytochemistry

In Suit Hybridization

Professional Staff

Peter Caradonna

Manager, COBRE Histology and Imaging Core

(207) 602-2643

pcaradonna@une.edu

Pickus Center
220

Peter graduated from UNE in 2013 with Bachelor of Science degrees in biochemistry and medical biology. Since that time, he has worked has a histology and microscopy specialist in  UNE's Histology and Imaging Core. He is currently manager of the Core laboratory, which provides access to specialized instrumentation, technical expertise, and training for UNE investigators and their histology and imaging needs.Read More

Expertise

Tissue embedding

Paraffin/frozen sectioning

Special staining

Immunohistochemical/immunofluorescent staining

Confocal Microscopy

Protocol Development

Brightfield/Widefield Microscopy

Image Analysis and Quantitation

Seth Davis

Research Associate/Lab Manager

My undergraduate training was at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon where I focused primarily on Psychology/Neuroscience.  I then went to Western Illinois University for my Masters degree in Experimental Psychology, where I explored attentional deficits in rats consuming high-fat diets, and potential reversible mechanisms with modern antipsychotic drugs.  I recently completed my Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Washington State University.  My main area of interest was sex differences in the analgesic and rewarding effects of morphine using a chronic inflammatory pain... Read More

Expertise

behavioral pharmacology

animal behavior

Jennifer Malon

Jennifer Malon

M.S., M.P.H.

COBRE Program Coordinator

(207) 602-2517

Jmalon@une.edu

Stella Maris
203

Jennifer received her B.A. in 2004 from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. Soon after graduation she started graduate school at the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, NH. She graduated in 2007 with her Master’s in Animal Science. After graduation she began working in UNE's microbiology department in the College of Osteopathic Medicine for Ling Cao, M.D., Ph.D., and James Vaughn, Ph.D, where she managed Dr. Cao’s lab for 7 years. In December 2014, s... Read More

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