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Kurt R. Illig

Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
Degree
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Office
OWS 367/ Lab: OWS 368
Phone
(651) 962-5273
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5273
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
  • Klipec WD, Rasmus KC, O'Neill C, Cao J, Lawyer CR*, Ostertag E, Bachtell RK, Cooper DC and Illig KR (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.
  • Illig KR (2015) Techniques and technology to revise content delivery and model critical thinking in the neuroscience classroom. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 13: A160-A165.
  • 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.

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 105 - 01 Human Biology - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

30254 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kurt R. Illig

An introduction to cells, genetics, development and the human body, and the impact of humans on the environment. Laboratories will emphasize investigative scientific problem solving and creative thinking. Does not fulfill entrance requirements for some health professions programs. Pre-health professional students should consult the university's pre-health professions advising committee. This course is designed to meet the need of social work and psychology majors. Two laboratory hours per week. Not open to biology majors, or students who have completed BIOL 101 or BIOL 106.

Schedule Details

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BIOL 105 - 51 Human Biology/Lab - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

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Location:

Course Registration Number:

30508 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kurt R. Illig

An introduction to cells, genetics, development and the human body, and the impact of humans on the environment. Laboratories will emphasize investigative scientific problem solving and creative thinking. Does not fulfill entrance requirements for some health professions programs. Pre-health professional students should consult the university's pre-health professions advising committee. This course is designed to meet the need of social work and psychology majors. Two laboratory hours per week. Not open to biology majors, or students who have completed BIOL 101 or BIOL 106.

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Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 354 - 01 Neurobiology See Details * *

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Course Registration Number:

44736 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kurt R. Illig

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

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OWS LL540955-1135- T - - - - -
0955-1135- - - R - - -
BIOL 354 - 01A Neurobiology See Details * *

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See Details

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Course Registration Number:

47903 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kurt R. Illig

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.

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BIOL 354 - 53 Neurobiology / Lab - - W - - - - 1330 - 1730

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- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1730

Location:

Course Registration Number:

44737 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kurt R. Illig

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)
BIOL 354 - 54 Neurobiology / Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730

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- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1730

Location:

Course Registration Number:

44738 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kurt R. Illig

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.

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NSCI 301 - 01 Principles of Neuroscience See Details * *

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See Details

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Course Registration Number:

45973 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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 or corequisite: BIOL 209

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MHC 2011215-1320M - - - - - -
1215-1320- - W - - - -
1215-1320- - - - F - -
NSCI 301 - 01A Principles of Neuroscience See Details * *

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See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

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Course Registration Number:

48096 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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 or corequisite: BIOL 209

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
1215-1320M - - - - - -
MHC 2011215-1320- - W - - - -
1215-1320- - - - F - -

J-Term 2021 Courses

J-Term 2021 Courses
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