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Craig K. Henkel, PhD




Ohio State University (1975)


A favorite instrument in the orchestra, a familiar voice in a crowd of people, or the still of a forest floor and then, suddenly, a snapping twig. What mechanisms of our central nervous system draw our attention to these sounds and separate them for analysis or allow them to take control of our behavior? What is the role of early auditory experience in shaping these responses? And perhaps more importantly, what plastic changes in growing brain connections may occur when hearing is disturbed in childhood as it may be with chronic middle ear infections? The approach of our laboratory has been to use modern neuroanatomical techniques to visualize, reconstruct and analyze the development and organization of complex auditory circuits. 

Selected Publications

Gabriele,M.L., Brunso-Bechtold,J.K., and Henkel,C.K. (2000) Plasticity in the development of afferent patterns in the inferior colliculus of the rat after unilateral cochlear ablation. J.Neurosci. 20:6939-6949.

Gabriele,M.L., Brunso-Bechtold,J.K., and Henkel,C.K. (2000) Development of afferent patterns in the inferior colliculus of the rat: projection from the dorsal nucleus of the lateral lemniscus. J.Comp Neurol. 416:368-382.

Henkel,C.K. and Gabriele,M.L. (1999) Organization of the disynaptic pathway from the anteroventral cochlear nucleus to the lateral superior olivary nucleus in the ferret. Anat.Embryol.(Berl) 199:149-160.

Henkel,C.K. and Brunso-Bechtold,J.K. (1998) Calcium-binding proteins and GABA reveal spatial segregation of cell types within the developing lateral superior olivary nucleus of the ferret. Microsc.Res.Tech. 41:234-245.

Henkel,C.K. (1997) Axonal morphology in fibrodendritic laminae of the dorsal nucleus of the lateral lemniscus: afferent projections from the medial superior olivary nucleus. J.Comp Neurol. 380:136-144.

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