Sensory neurobiology explores the anatomy and physiology of neurons that are part of sensory systems such as vision, hearing, olfaction, and touch. Sensory neuroscience attempts to decipher how information about the outside world is encoded by the rate, timing, and pattern of action potentials of neurons in these systems. Further, neural systems possess sensory cells that are in contact with the environment and that are continuously replaced during life. Therefore, these systems are powerful models for the study of stem cells, regeneration, plasticity, and development in the nervous system.
Researchers at the University of Maryland are interested in the mechanisms that control sensory perception. Their work focuses on cellular, network, computational and behavioral correlates of neuronal information processing. Using a combination of extracellular recording, intracellular whole cell patch recording, calcium imaging, deep brain miniature endoscopic imaging and cell labeling they are working to characterize the cellular, membrane, pharmacologic and network properties of neural processing in sensory systems.