Studies in neurobiology in the Division of Biological Sciences share a common interest in the early development and later function of the nervous system with an emphasis on the neural control of behavior. This central theme is approached from diverse perspectives, including sensory physiology, sensory-motor integration and regeneration, neuroethology, developmental neurobiology, molecular neurobiology, and neurogenetics. Areas of interest include the neural basis of communication, neuroendocrine control of sexual differentiation and behavior, and neural pathways that control movement.
Faculty & Research Interests
Mechanisms regulating neuronal development and physiology in vertebrates
Molecular and cellular control of nerve development and disease
Biophysics and neurophysiology of voltage gated ion channels; neuronal firing mechanisms; neurobiology of respiration
Molecular physiology and biophysics of voltage-gated ion channels
Evolution and neuroethology of acoustic communication systems in insects and amphibians
Neural network plasticity as a result of injury and disease
Mechanisms of learning and memory in fruit fly
Genetic dissection of synaptic plasticity, neural circuitry, and behavior in fruit flies
Kate Hertweck, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
“My graduate career at MU provided access to the resources necessary for me to experience a breadth of experimental and theoretical approaches. Interactions with a variety of scientists from different departments and topic areas allowed me to embrace cutting-edge research, and equipped me well to land my dream postdoc at an evolutionary biology synthesis center.”