neuroscience of Olfactory system function and motivated behaviors
at the University of Florida
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.
Our collaborative paper with the labs of Dr. Minghong Ma and Fuqiang Xu (White, Zhang, Zhang et al) on cortical modulation of olfactory tubercle D1 and D2 neurons is accepted for publication in Journal of Neuroscience.
Together with our collaborators Drs. Mariella De Biasi and Minghong Ma we are fortunate to have received a NIDA R01 for an exciting project on the reinforcing properties of e-Cigarette flavorants.
Dr. Sang Eun Ryu joins the lab as a postdoctoral researcher from Dr. Chiel Moon's lab at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology's Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. Welcome Sang Eun!
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!