Dr. Ryan Dalton, University of Oregon
The senses endow animals with the ability to detect and discriminate between mates, nutrition sources, and threats. How a given set of environment stimuli is encoded into a sensory representation is determined both by the diversity of cells making up a sensory tissue, and by the context in which the stimuli are sensed. Towards understanding cell diversity, Dr. Dalton studies how chemoreceptor proteins interact with stress pathways to control the gene expression program of the cell. To understand how context changes sensory representations, Dr. Dalton has developed a novel model of rodent behavioral manipulation by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii.
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