Katie Tschida

Katie Tschida, Ph.D.
Research Associate Senior
Phone: 919-684-5133
Email address: katie.tschida@duke.edu


Tschida K, Bhandawat V. Activity in descending dopaminergic neurons represents but is not required for leg movements in the fruit fly Drosophila. Physiol Rep e12322 (2015).
Hamaguchi K*, Tschida KA*, Yoon I, Donald BR, Mooney R. Auditory synapses to song premotor neurons are gated off during vocalization in zebra finches. Elife e08133 (2014).  
*Co-first authors
Tschida KA, Mooney R. Deafening drives cell-type-specific changes to dendritic spines in a sensorimotor nucleus important to learned vocalizations. Neuron 73, 1028-39 (2012).
Tschida K, Mooney R. The role of auditory feedback in vocal learning and maintenance. Curr Opin Neurobiol 22, 320-7 (2012). Review.
Roberts TF, Tschida KA, Klein ME, Mooney R. Rapid spine stabilization and synaptic enhancement at the onset of behavioural learning. Nature 463, 948-52 (2010).

Education and Training

Grinnell College, B.A., Biology
Duke University, Ph.D., Neurobiology, mentor: Richard Mooney
Duke University, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, mentor: Vikas Bhandawat


Vocalizations are essential for social communication in animals ranging from mice to humans.  I use viral-genetic measurements and manipulations of neural activity combined with behavioral measurements to study how neurons in the midbrain control the production of ultrasonic vocalizations in the mouse.  Our long-term goal is to use these midbrain neurons as an entry point to characterize the brain-wide circuits for vocal communication.

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