People

Tim Gilbertson, PhD  ↓
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Tim is Professor of Biology and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Neuroscience at Utah State University where he has been since 2000.  Prior to assuming his current position he was on the faculty at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Louisiana State University from 1993-2000.  At Utah State he has served previously as Associate Department Head and Director of the Center for Advanced Nutrition.  He is an avid skier, mountain biker and most importantly, season ticket holder of the Denver Broncos. This season, like every season, he remains thoroughly convinced this is the year the Broncos win their third (now, fourth) Super Bowl (I was RIGHT in 2015! Super Bowl 50 Champs!).

Teaching:  General Biology II - BIOL 1620 (Spring) and Neurobiology - BIOL 4450 (Spring; even years)
Yan Liu, PhD  
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Yan joined the lab in the Fall of 2010 to pursue a PhD working on the role of the fatty acid-activated receptor GPR84 in the taste system. Yan is now Dr. Liu - she defended her dissertation in April 2016. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory and our laboratory manager.

 Angela S Mohrman  ↓

 
Angela is a fourth-year graduate student who joins the lab in August of 2013. She recently completed her M.S. degree (2012) in Biology from Northern Michigan University  Upon her matriculation at Utah State University, she was the recipient of the prestigious  Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship  for 2013-2014 given by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.  Angela is working on osmotic sensing in taste cells and the role of aquaporins and volume-regulated ion channels in the taste system.
 Naima Dahir 


Naima is a third-year Ph.D. student who joined the laboratory in the Fall 2014 semester. She is working on sex differences in the taste system with a focus on gender-based differences in dietary fat sensing and the control of fat intake.
 Ashley Calder  ↓


Ashley is a third-year Ph.D. student who joined the laboratory in the Fall 2014 semester.  Her research will focus on the changes in sensory signaling pathways following exposure to high fat diets. 
 Megen Kepas  


Megen will be a first year PhD student starting in Fall 2016. 
  
 Akila Ram 


Akila is a first year PhD student who will be joining the lab in the Fall 2016 semester.

 Fangjun Lin 


Fangjun is a visiting scholar in the lab working on projects related to nutrient chemoreception and the control of food intake. He will be joining us as a full time PhD student in Fall 2017.


Current Undergraduate Researchers: 

                My Nguyen 
                Josh Blotter 
            Jennifer Worthy 
          Jared Tamashiro 
             Blake McKinley 
                  Eliza Long