Wesson laboratory

at the University of Florida

Wesson lab publications


Midroit M, Chalençon L, Renier N, Milton A, Thevenet M, Sacquet J, Breton M, Forest J, Noury N, Richard M, Raineteau O, Ferdenzi C, Fournel A, Wesson DW, Bensafi M, Didier A, Mandairon N. Behavioral evidence for odorants acting as natural reward and underlying circuitry. Current Biology. 2021. In Press.

Wright KN & Wesson DW. The tubular striatum and nucleus accumbens distinctly represent reward-taking and seeking. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2020. In Press. *featured by the Journal*

Kulkarni AS, Cortijo M, Roberts ER, Suggs TL, Stover HB, Pena-Bravo JI, Steiner JA, Luk KC, Brundin P, Wesson DW. α-Synuclein perturbs in vivo neural activity following seeding in the olfactory bulb. Journal of Parkinson's Disease. 2020. 10(4):1411-1427.

Roberts ER*, Dossat AM*, Cortijo M, Brundin P, Wesson DW. Alterations in odor hedonics in the 5XFAD Alzheimer's disease mouse model and the influence of sex. Behavioral Neuroscience. 2020.

Gadziola MA*, Stetzik LA*, Wright KN, Milton AJ, Arakawa, K, Cortijo M, Wesson DW. A neural system that represents the association of odors with rewarded outcomes and promotes behavioral engagement. Cell Reports. 2020. 32(3). *equal contributing authors

Johnson ME#, Bergkvist L#, Mercado G, Stetzik LA, Meyerdirk L, Wolfrum E, Madaj Z, Brundin P, Wesson DW. Deficits in olfactory sensitivity in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease revealed by plethysmography of odor-evoked sniffing. Scientific Reports. 2020. 10(1). #equal contributing authors, *shared corresponding authors.

White KA*, Zhang Y-F*, Zhang Z*, Bhattarai JP, Moberly AH, in 't Zandt E, Mi H, Jia X, Fuccillo M, Xu F, Ma M, & Wesson DW. Glutamatergic neurons in the piriform cortex influence the activity of D1- and D2-type receptor expressing olfactory tubercle neurons. Journal of Neuroscience. 2019. 39(48): 9546-9559.

In 't Zandt EE*, Cansler HL*, Denson HB, & Wesson DW. Centrifugal Innervation of the Olfactory Bulb: A Reappraisal. eNeuro.  2019. Feb 7;6(1). pii. *equal contributing authors.

Carlson KS, Gadziola MA, Dauster ES, & Wesson DW. Selective attention controls olfactory decisions and the neural encoding of odors. Current Biology.  2018. Jul 23; 28(14): 2195-2205.

Jagetia S*, Milton A*, Stetzik L*, Liu S, Pai K, Arakawa K, Mandairon N, & Wesson DW.  Inter- and intra-mouse variability in odor preferences revealed in an olfactory multiple choice test. Behavioral Neuroscience. 2018. 132(2), 66-98.  *equal contributing authors.

Carlson KS*, Whitney MS*, Gadziola MA, Deneris ES, & Wesson DW. Preservation of essential odor-guided behaviors and odor-based reversal learning after targeting adult brain serotonin synthesis. eNeuro. 2016. *equal contributing authors.

Gadziola MA, & Wesson DW. The neural representation of goal-directed actions and outcomes in the ventral striatum's olfactory tubercle. Journal of Neuroscience. 2016; 36(2), 548-560. *featured in "This Week in The Journal".

Kimball BA, Wilson DA, Wesson DW. Alterations of the volatile metabolome in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease. Scientific Reports. 2016; 6(19495).

Xia CZ, Adjei SA, Wesson DW. The coding of odor stimulus features among secondary olfactory structures. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2015; 114:1, 736-45.

Gadziola MA, Tylicki K, Christian D, Wesson DW. The olfactory tubercle encodes odor valence in behaving mice. Journal of Neuroscience. 2015; 35: 4515-4527.

Adjei, S. & Wesson DW. Laminar and spatial localization of the islands of Calleja in mice. Neuroscience. 2015; 287: 137-43.

Carlson KS, Dillione M, Wesson DW. Odor- and State-dependent olfactory tubercle local field potential dynamics in awake rats. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2014; 111:2109-23.

FitzGerald, B, Richardson, K, Wesson DW. Olfactory tubercle stimulation alters odor preference behavior and recruits forebrain reward and motivational centers. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 2014; 8.

Carlson KS*, Xia CZ*, Wesson DW. Encoding and representation of intranasal CO2 in the mouse olfactory cortex. Journal of Neuroscience. 2013; 33: 13873-81. *equal contributing authors.PDF

Adjei, S., Houck, A., Ma, L.L., & Wesson DW. Age-dependent alterations in the number, volume, and localization of islands of Calleja within the olfactory tubercle. Neurobiology of Aging. 2013 34(11): 2676-82. PDF

Wesson DW. Sniffing communicates social hierarchy. Current Biology. 2013; 23: 575-580. PDF

*accompanied with commentaries: "Animal Communication: Sniffing is about more than just smell" by Bennett Galef. "Social cognition in the rodent: nothing to be sniffed at" by Rennie, Moita, & Mainen.


Wesson DW, Ryu SR, Cansler HC. (in Press, invited chapter) Olfactory perception. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Neuroscience; Ed. M. Usrey
Wesson DW. (2020) The Tubular Striatum. Journal of Neuroscience. 40(39): 7379-7386.
Cansler H, Wright K, Stetzik L, Wesson DW. (2020) The Neurochemical organization of the ventral striatum's olfactory tubercle. Journal of Neurochemistry. 152(4): 425-448.
Rey N, Wesson, DW, Brundin, P. (2018) The olfactory bulb at the entry site for prion-like propagation in neurodegenerative diseases. Neurobiology of Disease; 109 (Pt B): 226-248.
Xiong A, Wesson, DW. (2016) An illustrated review of the ventral striatum's olfactory tubercle. Chemical Senses; 41(7): 549-55.
Wesson DW. (2014) A Breath of New Life into Human Social Cognition. Chemical Senses; 39(4): 273-5.
Wesson DW. Olfaction in rodents in natural and semi-natural habitats. (2015) Handbook of Olfaction and Gustation; 3rd Ed. Editor: R.L. Doty.
Wesson DW, Nixon RA, Levy E, & Wilson DA. (2011) Mechanisms of Neural and Behavioral Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease. Molecular Neurobiology; 43(3): 163-79. PDF.
Wesson DW & Wilson DA. (2011) Sniffing out the contributions of the olfactory tubercle to the sense of smell: hedonics, multisensory integration, and more? Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews; 35: 655-668. PDF.
Wilson DA, Chapuis J, & Wesson DW. (2010) Olfaction. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (Chinchester, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd).

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