Neuroscience is a diverse field that has drawn the interest of scientists from a broad range of disciplines. The faculty involved in the Neuroscience Program at Cedar Crest reflect this interdisciplinary community.
The primary faculty in Neuroscience are Kent Fitzgerald (Neuroscience Director and Associate Professor of Biology) and Audrey Ettinger (Assistant Professor of Biology). Both of us have undergraduate degrees in Psychology, and we both attended small liberal arts colleges.
Dr. Fitzgerald specializes in neurophysiology and neuropharmacology. He teaches the Introduction to Neuroscience course, Neuropharmacology, Neuroscience Methods (team-taught), and the lab for Sensation and Perception. At Cedar Crest, he has developed a research program examining the cellular actions of herbal substances in the central nervous system.
Dr. Ettinger is a molecular developmental neuroscientist. She teaches Sensation and Perception, Diseases of the Nervous System, and Neuroscience Methods (team-taught). Her research program uses cichlid fish to study how the retina develops and how behavior shapes the brain.
Diane Moyer, Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology, is the director of the Biopsychology Concentration.
Brian Misanko is Professor of Biology and is actively involved in research using brain imaging, in collaboration with the Neurosciences Program at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Judith Malitsch, Assistant Professor of Biology, teaches Anatomy and Physiology, a popular elective for Neuroscience majors, and has contributed to the Introduction to Neuroscience course.