John G. Hildebrand
University of Arizona
Election Year: 2007
Primary Section: 61, Animal, Nutritional, and Applied Microbial Sciences
Secondary Section: 28, Systems Neuroscience
Membership Type: Member
The research in my laboratory combines anatomical, behavioral, chemical-ecological, developmental, molecular, and neurophysiological approaches in a multidisciplinary approach to problems of the behavioral roles, functional organization, information-processing mechanisms, and postembryonic development of the olfactory system in insects. The main goal of this work is to discover fundamental principles and mechanisms common to many or all nervous systems through studies of the experimentally favorable nervous systems of insects. At the same time, we seek to understand olfactory mechanisms that underlie beneficial and harmful behaviors of insects that impact human health and welfare. Areas of principal interest currently include processing of olfactory information in intra- and interglomerular neural circuits in the primary olfactory center in the brain; sensory control of insect-host interactions, including feeding, mating, and oviposition behaviors; chemical ecology and behavioral aspects of insect-hostplant interactions; chemosensory influences on host-oriented behavior of disease-vector insects; functional organization of neurosecretory systems; and hybrid insect-MEMS systems.