Rob Mohr was a UW Biology undergraduate researcher in the Sisneros lab
from 2009-2010. He joined the lab as a graduate student in the Fall 2011.
Rob's research interests
are related to the neural activation patterns associated with behaviorally
relevant auditory stimuli. His current work focuses on the expression
of the immediate early gene c-Fos (a marker for neural activity) in response
to complex conspecific vocalizations and simple pure tone acoustic stimuli.
Rob also plans to explore the three putative auditory end organs (saccule,
utricle and lagena) individually, characterizing their roles in auditory
processing. Ultimately, Rob hopes to identify functional maps of the midshipman
auditory system for all three end organs in response to differences in
frequency, amplitude and directionality of acoustic stimuli.
Coffin AB, Mohr
RA, and JA Sisneros. 2012. Saccular-specific hair cell addition correlates
with reproductive state-dependent changes in the auditory saccular sensitivity
of a vocal fish. Journal of Neuroscience 32:1366-1376