A. Don Murphy

    Email Address: dmurphy@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Biological Sciences
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: 4275 SEL M/C 067 Phone: 9968087
    Webpage: http://www.uic.edu/~dmurphy
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Neurobiological mechanisms underlying rhythmic behaviors (e.g. feeding, locomotion, etc). We exploit the nervous systems of gastropod mollusks to define the specific neural circuits mediating feeding behaviors. Comparative studies provide a basis for ascertaining how defined neural circuits may evolve along with changes in the behaviors that they underlie. Techniques include electrophysiology, neuronal staining by dye injection or immunocytochemistry, neuropharmacology, and behavioral analysis.

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    Qualifications of a Student:
    Completion of one course in biology; Genuine interest in research

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