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Dr. William E. Cullinan, PT ‘81, is dean of the College of Health Sciences and director of the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center.
Cullinan received his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Marquette in 1981 and earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Virginia in 1991. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan’s Mental Health Research Institute (1991-1995) before joining the Marquette faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in 1995.
His research laboratory, which has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, focuses on stimulatory and inhibitory brain circuits that regulate neuroendocrine responses to stress and whose dysfunction leads to neuropsychiatric illness. He has authored numerous research articles and book chapters on functional neuroanatomy, stress neurobiology, and neuro-endocrinology.
Cullinan teaches courses in anatomy, neuroanatomy and neuroscience to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to medical and dental students and medical residents. He received the university’s John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in 2002 and the John P. Raynor, S.J., Professorship in 2006. He also established and directs a unique annual neuro-anatomical dissection and neuroscience review course that draws a large national audience to Marquette each summer.