Westbrook Lab

Welcome to the Westbrook Lab!


Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator: Gary Westbrook

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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.

Lab Phone Number

503 494-5436

Westbrook and Schnell Labs

Members of the Westbrook and Schnell Labs in the Vollum Institute

Front row: Eric Schnell, Christina Chatzi, Jaimie Adelson, Will Hendricks, Kathleen Beeson  Back row: Chris Vaaga, Brian Jones, Gary Westbrook