Our goal is to understand how small networks (microcircuits) in the hippocampus and olfactory system are formed, regulate their activity, and contribute to the function of neural systems. Explore our research
About Our Lab
Researchers in the Westbrook Lab would like to understand how synapses and small circuits do their work. Our earlier work was mostly directed at the level of receptors, particularly N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, and the function of single synapses. Our efforts have now largely shifted to studies of small networks (microcircuits) in the hippocampus and olfactory system. Our goal is to understand how such circuits are formed, regulate their activity and contribute to the function of neural systems.
Visit our Projects page to learn more about the ongoing research.
Take a walk through the Westbrook Lab (three-minute video)
If you are interested in working on our projects as a postdoctoral fellow, please send your CV and names of three references to Gary Westbrook via email.
Graduate Student Program
Graduate students can enter the Westbrook lab via the Neuroscience Graduate Program.
Summer Research Opportunities
We usually have one or two summer students in the lab each year. If you are interested, contact Gary Westbrook via email.