Kurt R. Illig portrait

Kurt R. Illig

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Office
OWS 365/ Lab: OWS 368
Phone
(651) 962-5273
Fax
651-926-5201
Mail
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 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
NSCI 301 - 01 Principles of Neuroscience - T - R - - - 1800 - 1930 OSS 122
CRN: 42469 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kurt R. Illig Human understanding of the brain and nervous system has improved dramatically over the past three decades. With the rapid expansion of knowledge has come an understanding that behavioral and cognitive disorders associated with both childhood development and with aging have a biological basis, and many have their origins in the interaction between the nervous system and environmental factors. Recent research has revealed that a healthy brain and nervous system depends on sound biologic function. Therefore, a basic understanding of the biology of the brain and nervous system, and of how the nervous system interacts with environmental factors, is necessary. This course will cover fundamental biological processes in the brain and nervous system, the role of the nervous system in human and animal behavior, and how environmental influences impact these processes at the cellular and organismal levels. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 209

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
NSCI 301 - 51 Principles of Neurosci / Lab - T - - - - - 1945 - 2245 OWS 381
CRN: 42471 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Kurt R. Illig Human understanding of the brain and nervous system has improved dramatically over the past three decades. With the rapid expansion of knowledge has come an understanding that behavioral and cognitive disorders associated with both childhood development and with aging have a biological basis, and many have their origins in the interaction between the nervous system and environmental factors. Recent research has revealed that a healthy brain and nervous system depends on sound biologic function. Therefore, a basic understanding of the biology of the brain and nervous system, and of how the nervous system interacts with environmental factors, is necessary. This course will cover fundamental biological processes in the brain and nervous system, the role of the nervous system in human and animal behavior, and how environmental influences impact these processes at the cellular and organismal levels. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 209

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 490 - A01 Neuroecology in Bahamas - - - - - - - -
CRN: 10105 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jennifer T. McGuire, Kurt R. Illig, Timothy L. Lewis STUDY ABROAD: San Salvador Island-Bahamas

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 490 - 05 Integrative Neuroscience - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OWS 251
CRN: 21290 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kurt R. Illig The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Online Printable Schedule, View Online Printable Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 490 - 52 Integrated Neuro / Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 381
CRN: 21289 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Kurt R. Illig The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Online Printable Schedule, View Online Printable Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
NSCI 450 - 01 Integrative Neuroscience - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OWS 251
CRN: 21749 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kurt R. Illig If we are to understand how behavior is guided by environmental cues, we must first understand how sensory information about the world is represented and processed in brain. In this seminar-style course, we will examine the neural organization of sensory systems, particularly the organization of cortical structures. We will first explore how various organizational strategies are used in different systems to perform specific functions, leading to the focus of our course: how information from different sensory modalities is integrated in higher-order cortical areas, and how this integration ultimately influences behavior. Prerequisite: C- or better in any two neuroscience elective courses or permission of the instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
NSCI 450 - 51 Integrative Neuroscience/Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 381
CRN: 21751 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Kurt R. Illig If we are to understand how behavior is guided by environmental cues, we must first understand how sensory information about the world is represented and processed in brain. In this seminar-style course, we will examine the neural organization of sensory systems, particularly the organization of cortical structures. We will first explore how various organizational strategies are used in different systems to perform specific functions, leading to the focus of our course: how information from different sensory modalities is integrated in higher-order cortical areas, and how this integration ultimately influences behavior. Prerequisite: C- or better in any two neuroscience elective courses or permission of the instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)