Steering Committee

The steering committee guides and advises the Director and Assistant Director of the Institute in the development and implementation of research, dissemination, and training activities that support our vision and mission. The committee includes senior faculty from across The Johns Hopkins University and is chaired by Director Landau.

Dr. Ed Connor

Professor, Department of Neuroscience; Director, Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine

I am interested in the human capacity for identifying, categorizing, evaluating, and interacting with objects. I aim to understand the neural algorithms that make object vision possible.

Dr. Kelly R. Fisher

Executive Director, Science of Learning Institute;  Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Cognitive Science
School of Education

Dr. Barry Gordon

Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery; Director, Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology
School of Medicine

I am interested in learning, communication, and cognition in autism, Alzheimer’s disease, head injury, pure amnesias, and other acquired and developmental brain disorders.

Dr. Richard Huganir

Professor and Director, Department of Neuroscience; Co-Director, Brain Science Institute
School of Medicine

I am interested in the regulation of neurotransmitter receptors and brain function in health and disease.

Dr. Patricia Janak

Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine

I am interested in behavioral and neural mechanisms of associative learning.

Dr. Sanjeev Khudanpur

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Whiting School of Engineering

I am interested in the application of information theoretic methods to human language technologies such as automatic speech recognition, machine translation and natural language processing.

Dr. Barbara Landau

Director, Science of Learning Institute and Dick and Lydia Todd Professor of Cognitive Science 
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

I am interested in how children and adults develop and use knowledge of the spatial world around them, how they learn language, and how their knowledge of space and language interact.

Dr. Michael Miller

Herschel & Ruth Seder Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, Center for Imaging Science
Whiting School of Engineering

I am interested in computer vision and image understanding.

Dr. Tim Moran

Paul R. McHugh Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director, Behavioral Neuroscience Lab
School of Medicine

I am interested in identifying the roles of various neural signaling pathways in the controls of food intake and body weight and how these systems go awry in obesity and eating disorders.

Dr. Amy Shelton

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Education
Center for Talented Youth, School of Education

I am interested in spatial skills, individual differences, and mechanisms of learning, couched in the broad context of understanding the characterization and needs of the individual learner.