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.
* 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.