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Kurt R. Illig

Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology Department
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


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
  • Klipec WD, Burrow KR, O’Neill C, Lawyer CR*, Ostertag E, Bachtell RK, Illig KR, Cooper DC (2016) Loss of the trpc4 gene is associated with a selective reduction in cocaine reward and reduced spontaneous ventral tegmental area dopamine neuronal activity. Behavioural Brain Research, 306: 117-127.


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