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Kurt R. Illig

Associate Professor and Director
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
OWS 365/ Lab: OWS 368
(651) 962-5273
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OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

Professional Interests

My research focuses on understanding how sensory information is associated with behavioral significance in cortical structures, and how these representations change with experience. Because cortical activation can be modulated by systems that are responsive to drugs of abuse, these studies hold the promise of providing key insights into mechanisms that underlie addictive behaviors. Using an experimental approach that combines genetic, physiological, anatomical, and behavioral methods, my long-term goal is to understand the interactions between neuromodulatory systems and cortical structures in sensory coding, learning and behavior.

Representative Publications:

* denotes undergraduate coauthor
  • Garske AK*, Lawyer CR*, Peterson BM*, Illig KR (2013) Adolescent Changes in Dopamine D1 Receptor Expression in Orbitofrontal Cortex and Piriform Cortex Accompany an Associative Learning Deficit. PLoS ONE 8(2): e56191.
  • Illig KR and Wilson DA (2009) Olfactory cortex: Comparative neuroanatomy. In: Kaas, J.H. (Ed.) Evolutionary Neuroscience. New York, Elsevier.
  • Illig KR and Eudy JD* (2009) Contralateral projections of the rat anterior olfactory nucleus. The Journal of Comparative Neurology, 512: 115-123.
  • Illig KR (2007) Developmental changes in odor-evoked activity in rat piriform cortex. Neuroscience, 145: 370-376.
  • Illig KR (2005) Projections from orbitofrontal cortex to piriform cortex in the rat suggest a modulatory role in olfactory information processing. The Journal of Comparative Neurology, 488: 224-231.

Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BCOM 638 - 521 Anatomy/Physiology HC Comm - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43442 Instructor: Kurt R. Illig Providing communication tactics to healthcare professionals and organizations requires at least a general knowledge of human physiology as a baseline from which to build into the specifics of the client/employer needs. This course will provide students a basic understanding of anatomy and major physical systems in the human body.

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BIOL 209 - 60 Biology of Sustainability/Lab - - - R - - - 0900 - 1200 OWS 378
CRN: 41501 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Kurt R. Illig Influences of humans on the global environment has reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dyanmics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 208

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NSCI 389 - I1 Research - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43549 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kurt R. Illig

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