Richard Gerkin

Asst Research Professor (FSC)
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

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 494 Special Topics
MAT 494 Special Topics
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
NEU 591 Seminar
Fall 2017
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BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2017
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BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Fall 2016
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BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2016
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BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Fall 2015
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BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2015
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BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Fall 2014
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BIO 495 Undergraduate Research