Jose Esquivelzeta

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Postdoctoral Scientist


  • Started at NERF: 01/07/2013
  • Last day at NERF: 31/03/2023
  • This person is no longer at NERF.

Orienting our sensory organs and attending to new stimuli in our environment is a fundamental reflex to ensure our survival. My goal is to understand what part of the olfactory pathway is involved in detecting new stimuli and sending a signal to other parts of the brain (midbrain and brainstem structures) to generate orienting behaviors. I focus on the anterior olfactory nucleus (AON) since we previously showed it is a crucial player in odor source localization and orienting nose movements.

In combination with a behavioral task, I use viral and pharmacological tools to label and manipulate AON circuits to midbrain and brainstem areas and determine their participation in orienting behaviors.

I am always happy to hear new ideas and discuss my own so feel free to contact me by email or social media.