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Institute of Neuroscience Faculty

Michael Wehr
Michael Wehr

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
ScB, 1991, Brown University
Ph.D., 1999, California Institute of Technology

Research Interests
How local circuits in the auditory cortex encode and transform sensory information


We study how local circuits in the cerebral cortex encode and transform sensory information. We use the rodent auditory cortex as a model system to investigate how cellular and network properties shape cortical responses to a continuous and temporally complex stream of sensory data. Research in my laboratory combines aspects of both cellular, systems, and computational neuroscience, by using the tools of molecular biology and cellular physiology to address systems-level questions. By using a variety of electrophysiological approaches, in particular in vivo whole cell recording methods in combination with molecular manipulations, we are trying to identify the cellular and synaptic mechanisms with which cortical circuits process auditory information, leading ultimately to our perceptual experiences of acoustic streams, such as music and speech.

Representative Publications

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