The main goal of the research in my laboratory is to understand how information is processed by the nervous system. To accomplish this broad objective, we have focused on investigating the processing of taste stimuli by the peripheral gustatory system. The identification of tastants provided by taste receptor cells is critical in order to make the correct decisions for the acceptance of required nutrients and the rejection of aversive compounds. Furthermore, this detection system is a flexible one, keeping itself tuned to the ever-changing nutritional needs of the organism.
Our research is focused on the investigation of the mechanisms the body uses to recognize nutrients & how this process is regulated by nutritional need. To accomplish these goals, we study the way nutrients including fats, carbohydrates and minerals are detected by chemosensory cells in the oral cavity and in several nutrient-sensitive, post-ingestive organs. The research in our laboratory spans from genes through behavior with expertise in molecular biology, proteomics, electrophysiology, imaging, biochemistry and analysis of behavior.
Catalog Description: Animal structure, function, and development; principles of evolution, ecology, and behavior. Three lectures and one lab. Prerequisite: BIOL 1610. (4 cr)
• Neurobiology - BIOL 5100/6100 - Spring semesters in alternate years •
Catalog Description: Physiology, organization, and development of nervous systems. Examples taken from vertebrate and invertebrate systems. Special emphasis placed on cellular and molecular substrates of electrical excitability. Prerequisites: Biol 1620 or 2420; Chem 1220; and Phyx 2120 or 2220. For graduate (6000-level) credit, additional reading, recitation, and/or writing will be required. (3 cr).