at the University of Florida
neuroscience of Olfactory system function and motivated behaviors
Here in the Wesson Lab we explore the neural processing of sensory information in the context of behavior. This line of questioning provides an ideal platform to test specific hypotheses regarding the neural basis of sensory dysfunction in neurological disorders, including dementias and addiction, wherein sensory processing is aberrant. To accomplish these major goals, we utilize a variety of methods ranging from multi-site electrophysiological recordings from defined brain structures to cutting-edge operant behavioral assays, some of which we perform in viral/genetic models with precise neural perturbations.
Dan becomes a standing member of the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (LAM) study section.
Hillary Cansler receives a 3yr NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship from the NIH/NIDCD to study prefrontal cortex control of olfactory selective attention. Congratulations Hillary!
Dan receives the Young Investigator Award for Research in Olfaction from AChemS.
Katherine Wright receives a seed grant from the UF Center for Smell and Taste
Aishwarya Kulkarni joins the lab as a PhD student. Welcome Ash!
Paper showing absence of centrifugal innervation of the olfactory bulb from the olfactory tubercle is online now in eNeuro. Congrats Estelle, Hillary, and Heather!
Paper on the control of olfaction by selective attention online now in Current Biology. Congrats Kaitlin!