I am a PhD candidate in Dr. Katrina MacLeod's electrophyiology lab. I am particularly interested in early neuronal processing strategies for sensory information and how neurons in peripheral structures like the cochlear nucleus transform information from the acoustic environment into relevant neuronal information.

Currently, I am studying how low threshold activated potassium channels shape temporal sensitivity in neurons that encode sound intensity information in avian models. I am also interested in studying the avian Superior Olivary Nucleus (SON) to understand inhibition in the avian auditory brainstem and compare it to the mammalian model, since the inhibitory neuronal architecture is so different, both anatomically and functionally.

James Baldassano
jabaldas [at] umd.edu