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The research focus of our laboratory is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) process information, with a special focus on ORN responses to odor mixtures. Understanding these mechanisms will allow us to probe how information processing at the periphery impacts insects' odor-driven behaviors. We use Drosophila as a model organism for its powerful experimental strengths. To address these questions, we use multidisciplinary approaches including fly genetics, molecular biology, optogenetics, electrophysiology, imaging and behavioral assays.
Su, C-Y, and Carlson, JR (2013). Circuit logic of avoidance and attraction. Science 340, 1295-1297 (Perspective).
Su, C-Y, Menuz, K, Reisert, J and Carlson, JR (2012). Non-synaptic inhibition between grouped neurons in an olfactory circuit. Nature 492, 66-71 (Research Article).
Research highlighted in “News and Views” by Shimizu, K. & Stopfer, M. “Olfaction: Intimate neuronal whispers” in Nature 492, 44-45 (2012), and “Generally Physiological” by Adler, E.A in Journal of General Physiology 141, 149-150 (2013). Evaluated by The Faculty of 1000.
Su, C-Y, Martelli, C, Emonet, T. and Carlson, JR (2011). Temporal coding of odor mixtures in a receptor neuron, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 108, 5075-5080.
Carey, AF, Wang, G, Su, C-Y, Zwiebel, LJ and Carlson, JR (2010). Odourant reception in the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae. Nature 464, 66-71 (Research Article).
Research highlighted in “News and Views” by Leal, WS, “Behavioural neurobiology: The treacherous scent of a human” in Nature 464, 37-38 (2010). Evaluated by The Faculty of 1000.
Su, C-Y*, Menuz, K* and Carlson, JR (2009). Olfactory perception: receptors, cells, and circuits, Cell 139, 45-59. (* equal contribution, Review Article)
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