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Charles J. Wilson, Ph.D.

The Ewing Halsell Distinguished Chair in Biology

Phone: (210) 458-5654

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Areas of Specialization

» Brain stimulation as a treatment for neurological disease
» Computational function of neuron
» Ionic mechanisms of autonomous brain activity
» Structure and functions of the basal ganglia
» Synaptic integration and neuronal information processing

UTSA Neurosciences Institute


Ph.D. in Biopsychology; University of Colorado
B.A. in Psychology; University of Colorado


Research Interests

Dr. Wilson’s lab studies the circuitry and neurons of the basal ganglia, with the goal of understanding the computational function of these structures at the cellular level, and their dysfunction in diseases, especially Parkinson’s Disease. Their experiments are focused on the ionic mechanisms that endow each cell type with its characteristic responses to synaptic input, the patterns of connectivity that deliver specific inputs to each cell, and the dynamics that arise from the combination of these.


Training Opportunities

Dr. Wilson's lab uses intracellular recording, fluorescence microscopy, and computer simulations to study the intrinsic properties of basal ganglia neurons, their connectivity, and their network dynamics.



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