Don C Rojas
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Chair, Department of Psychology
The main focus of my research endeavors is sensory and motor processing in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and childhood onset schizophrenia. A major theme in my work has been the identification of heritable biomarkers in autism, using non-invasive neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques in first-degree relatives. Recent work has focused on auditory temporal processing and gamma-band timing deficits as well as magnetic resonance spectroscopy of amino acid neurotransmitter systems associated with gamma-band oscillations. I am also affiliated with the Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Laboratory and Brain Imaging Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and have expertise in several brain-imaging methods, primarily MEG, but also including structural MRI, fMRI and MR spectroscopy. Current research at CSU involves EEG and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to examine the coupling of electrophysiology and hemodynamics in sensory and motor systems.