Guenter Gross Ph.D.

Position Department / Business Unit
Regents Professor of Neuroscience
Institution Disciplines
University of North Texas Nanobiology
City State / Provence
Denton TX
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(940) 565-4136

Dr. Gross was the founder of the UNT Center for Network Neuroscience in 1987 and has been the director of the CNNS since that time. Since 1990, the CNNS has trained 38 researchers from the US, England, Germany, Japan, and Spain.

Dr. Gross was born in Germany and immigrated to the US in 1953 at the age of 13. He completed his undergraduate training in engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1962. After five years as a pilot with the United States Air Force, which included one year in Vietnam as a Forward Air Controller, he entered graduate training at Florida State University and received the Ph.D. in biophysics and neurophysiology in 1973. Postdoctoral training followed at the Experimental Neuropathology Section of the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich. After a brief period as a visiting scientist with the Sandoz Corporation in Basel, Dr. Gross moved to Texas. From 1978 to 1965 he was an assistant, and then associate, professor with the Department of Biology at the Texas Woman's University. In August of 1985 he joined the Department of Biological Sciences at UNT.

He was promoted to Professor of Biology with the specialty in neuroscience in Sept. of 1988, and to Regents Professor in 1996. Since receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Gross has been interested in information processing in biological systems with emphasis on pattern processing in small nerve cell networks. For the past 15 years, his research has focused on the self-organization and internal dynamics of networks in cell cultures derived from the mammalian central nervous system. Dr. Gross has pioneered the development of substrate integrated thin film microelectrode arrays for use in cell culture and has systematically applied this technique to the simultaneous, long-term monitoring of neuronal activity in cultured networks and to the design and fabrication of new life-support systems for long-term maintenance of cultures during recording and optical monitoring. He has shown that neuronal monolayers in culture are pharmacologically histiotypic and even retain characteristics of the parent tissue after many months in culture. These efforts have led to new applications in the areas of toxicology, drug development, and tissue-based biosensors. His most recent effort is the development of an 8-network platform for parallel recording, with automated data analysis.

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Dr. Gross has published 106 research articles and presented a total of 93 invited seminars.

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