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Richard Gerkin

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Research Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Affiliated Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Biography: 

Rick Gerkin investigates how smell perception, learning and behavior are represented in the brain. He investigates human olfactory psychophysics in health and disease and records the activity of neurons while animals are engaged in olfactory tasks, applying statistical techniques to understand how the brain organizes and represents odor information.

He also pursues neuroinformatics — the development of tools and standards to facilitate the collection, curation, dissemination, and analysis of neuroscience models and data. Professor Gerkin’s efforts include software development to help neuroscientists test their models and ensure they are informed by experimental data. This also makes it possible for others to see objectively where these models succeed and where further work is needed.

Education: 

Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Publications: 
  • R.C. Gerkin, S.J. Tripathy, N.N. Urban, "Origins of correlation in the mammalian olfactory bulb," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2013, Sep 30.
  • S.J. Tripathy, K. Padmanabhan, R.C. Gerkin, N.N. Urban, Intermediate intrinsic diversity enhances neural population coding,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2013, 110 (20) 8248-53. 
  • S.J. Tripathy, J. Savitskaya, S.D. Burton, N.N. Urban, R.C. Gerkin, "NeuroElectro: a window to the world's neuron electrophysiology data," Frontiers in neuroinformatics, 2015, 8(40).
  • V. Ventura, R.C. Gerkin, "Accurately estimating neuronal correlation requires a new spike-sorting paradigm," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2012, 109 (19) 7230-7235.
  • R.C. Gerkin, J. B. Castro, "The number of olfactory stimuli that humans can discriminate is still unknown," eLife, 2015 (In Press)
Research Activity: 
Fall 2020
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BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2020
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BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Fall 2019
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BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2019
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BIO 494Special Topics
MAT 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
NEU 591Seminar
Fall 2018
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BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2018
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BIO 494Special Topics
MAT 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
NEU 591Seminar
Fall 2017
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BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2017
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BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Fall 2016
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BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2016
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BIO 495Undergraduate Research