Professor, Chair of Psychology
187 Gilmer Hall
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Neuronal connectivity in sensory pathways
Plasticity, development and aging
I study fine structure of neurons and other brain cells along sensory pathways in developing and aging brains. I am particularly interested in how synaptic circuities are formed, maintained, and how they are modified by experience. Using quantitative electron microscopy, tract-tracing immuno-identification and 3D reconstruction approaches in behaviorally and physiologically characterized animal models, my work aims to identify the molecular players in axon reorganization, synaptic pruning and sensory plasticity. In addition, we study the development of neuropathological alterations in animal models of aging and Alzheimer’s dementia.
2000- Faculty Appointment, University of Virginia, Department of Psychology, VA
1996-2000 Postdoctoral Training, New York University, Center for Neural Science, NY
1999 Postdoctoral Training, New York Medical College, Department of Physiology, NY
1996 PhD, Department of Psychology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY
1986 MD, Istanbul University School of Medicine, Turkey
Irwin JA, Erisir A, Kwon I. Oral Triphenylmethane Food Dye Analog, Brilliant Blue G, Prevents Neuronal Loss in APPSwDI/NOS2-/- Mouse Model. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2016;13(6):663-77.
Holtz SL, Fu A, Loflin W, Corson JA, Erisir A. Morphology and connectivity of parabrachial and cortical inputs to gustatory thalamus in rats. J Comp Neurol. 2015 Jan 1;523(1):139-61.
Corson JA, Erisir A. Monosynaptic convergence of chorda tympani and glossopharyngeal afferents onto ascending relay neurons in the nucleus of the solitary tract: a high-resolution confocal and correlative electron microscopy approach. J Comp Neurol. 2013 Sep 1;521(13):2907-26.
Owe SG, Erisir A, Heggelund P. Terminals of the major thalamic input to visual cortex are devoid of synapsin proteins. Neuroscience. 2013 Jul 23;243:115-25.
Wang S, Corson J, Hill D, Erisir A. 2012. Postnatal development of chorda tympani axons in the rat nucleus of the solitary tract. J Comp Neurol. 2012 Mar 20.
Corson J, Aldridge A, Wilmoth K, Erisir A. 2012. A survey of oral cavity afferents to the rat nucleus tractus solitarii. 2012. J Comp Neurol. 2012 Feb 15;520(3):495-527.
Corson J, Nahmani M, Lubarsky K, Badr N, Wright C, Erisir A. Sensory activity differentially modulates N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunits 2A and 2B in cortical layers. Neuroscience. 2009 Oct 20;163(3):920-32.
Kielland A, Erisir A, Walaas SI, Heggelund P. 2006. Synapsin utilization differs among functional classes of synapses on thalamocortical cells. Journal of Neuroscience. May 24;26(21):5786-93.
Angeline S. Lillard, Alev Erisir. Old dogs learning new tricks: Neuroplasticity beyond the juvenile period, Developmental Review, Volume 31, Issue 4, December 2011, Pages 207-239.
Coleman JE, Nahmani M, Gavornik JP, Haslinger R, Heynen AJ, Erisir A, Bear MF. Rapid structural remodeling of thalamocortical synapses parallels experience-dependent functional plasticity in mouse primary visual cortex. J Neurosci. 2010 Jul 21;30(29):9670-82.
May OL, Erisir A, Hill DL. Ultrastructure of primary afferent terminals and synapses in the rat nucleus of the solitary tract: comparison among the greater superficial petrosal, chorda tympani, and glossopharyngeal nerves. J Comp Neurol. 2007 Jun 20;502(6):1066-78.