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Kurt R. Illig

Associate Professor and Director
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.

Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 354 - 52 Neurobiology Lab - T - - - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 381
CRN: 20868 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Kurt R. Illig An introduction to the study of neuroscience from the cellular, systems, and behavioral perspectives. Topics will include how information is carried by neural tissues, the ionic basis for neuronal potentials, neurotransmitters and synaptic transmission, sensory and motor systems, and the neural mechanisms of learning, memory and behavior. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor

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BIOL 490 - 05 Integrative Neuroscience - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OWS 251
CRN: 21290 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 sensory modalities is integrated in higher-order cortical areas, and how this integration ultimately influences behavior. Pre-requisites: C- or better in any two neuroscience elective courses or permission of the instructor.

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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

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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

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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

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Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
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