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Jenne Westberry

Visiting Professor
Degree
Ph.D., Florida State University
Office
367 Owens Hall
Phone
651-962-5245
Toll Free
(800)328-6819, Ext. 2-5245
Fax
(651)962-5201
Mail
OWS 367
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Professional Interests

  • Sensory physiology and brain circuits involved in olfactory communication, studied by molecular, anatomical and behavioral methods.
  • Sex differences in a variety of brain functions and social behaviors.
  • Epigenetic regulation of Estrogen Receptors across the lifespan.

 

Representative Publications

  • Westberry JM and Meredith M (2016) Characteristic Response to Chemosensory Signals in GABAergic Cells of Medial Amygdala Is Not Driven by Main Olfactory Input. Chem Senses. pii: bjw096. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Westberry JM and Meredith M (2016) GABAergic mechanisms contributing to categorical amygdala responses to chemosensory signals. Neuroscience Sep 7;331:186-96. doi: 10.1016. Epub 2016 Jun 18.
  • Westberry JM and Wilson ME (2012) Regulation of ER alpha gene expression in the mouse prefrontal cortex during early postnatal development. Neurogenetics 3(2): 159-167.
  • Westberry JM, Trout AL, and Wilson ME (2011) Epigenetic regulation of estrogen receptor beta expression during aging. Neuroreport 22(9): 428-432.
  • Westberry JM, Trout AL, and Wilson ME (2010) Epigenetic regulation of ER alpha gene expression in the mouse cortex during early postnatal development. Endocrinology 151(2): 731-740.
  • Westberry JM, Prewitt AK and Wilson ME (2008) Epigenetic regulation of the estrogen receptor alpha promoter in the cerebral cortex following ischemia. Neuroscience 152: 982-989.
  • Meredith M and Westberry JM (2004) Distinctive responses in medial amygdala to same-and different species pheromones. The Journal of Neuroscience 24: 5719-5725.

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 354 - 01 Neurobiology - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OSS 127

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OSS 127

Course Registration Number:

20678 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jenne M. Westberry

This course is an introduction to the study of neuroscience from the cellular, systems, and behavioral perspectives. Topics will include how neural tissues carry information, 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: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grad of C- in BIOL 209.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
NSCI 301 - 01 Principles of Neuroscience - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OWS 251

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

OWS 251

Course Registration Number:

21076 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jenne M. Westberry

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 M - - - - - - 0800 - 1200 JRC LL21

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 1200

Location:

JRC LL21

Course Registration Number:

21080 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jenne M. Westberry

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 - 52 Principles of Neuroscience/Lab - T - - - - - 1330 - 1720 JRC LL21

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1720

Location:

JRC LL21

Course Registration Number:

21447 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jenne M. Westberry

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)

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
NSCI 398 - 01 Neuroscience and Epigenetics M - W - - - - 1200 - 1600 OWS 250

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1200 - 1600

Location:

OWS 250

Course Registration Number:

30523 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jenne M. Westberry

The subject matter of this course will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
NSCI 450 - 01 Integrative Neuroscience - T - R - - - 0900 - 1135 OWS 257

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1135

Location:

OWS 257

Course Registration Number:

42725 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jenne M. Westberry

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 M - - - - - - 1200 - 1600

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1200 - 1600

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42726 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jenne M. Westberry

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)