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.
Paper on the control of olfaction by selective attention online now in Current Biology. Congrats Kaitlin!
Jose Pena-Bravo from Antonieta Lavin's lab at the Medical University of South Carolina joined the lab as a postdoc. Welcome Jose!
Katherine Wright from Mohamed Kabbaj's lab at Florida State University joined the lab as a postdoc. Welcome Katherine!
Hillary Cansler from Julian Meek's lab at UT Southwestern joined the lab as a postdoc. Welcome Hillary!
New preprint in bioRxiv by Katie White and collaborators in the lab's of Minghong Ma and Fuqiang Xu on cortical input to the olfactory tubercle.