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
Tatiana Arias, Ph.D.
BIOS, Colombia's Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
“I owe MU for my formation as a scientist. I developed a passion for studying plant genomes while working in Chris Pires’ lab. Today, I’m implementing all the knowledge and experience I have acquired during my years at MU to help to do great science in my home country of Colombia. I will be forever grateful to all the professors and peers I met and interacted with in the Division of Biological Sciences during my years at MU. ”