Florida State University

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Dr. Paul Trombley

Associate Professor of Biology & Neuroscience

Biological Science
KIN 3011


Our primary research goal is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate neuronal excitability and the efficacy of synaptic transmission. Our experimental approach uses primary neuronal culture, brain slices, and patch-clamp electrophysiology, in combination with molecular biology and histological techniques, to examine modulation of a wide variety of ion channels, neurotransmitter receptors, and synaptic circuits. Another research goal is to characterize the types and quantities of gliotransmitters secreted from astrocytes, a type of glial cell, involved in synaptic transmission (gliotransmission).
Current Research
We have been exploring the roles of glutamate receptor subtypes (e.g., AMPA and kainate receptors) in modulating circuits in the olfactory bulb (OB), the site of the first synaptic relay in the olfactory system. We have also been investigating the role of synaptically released zinc as a neuromodulator of circuits of the OB and hippocampus. Currently, we are characterizing the cellular identity and membrane properties of OB dopaminergic neurons and determining how these properties influence odor-information processing. Another project involves clarifying the cellular and molecular bases of circadian rhythms in the OB. This involves determining how electrical synapses formed by gap junctions, the rhythmic expression of monoamine neurotransmitters (e.g., dopamine), and the effects of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) on dopaminergic neurons contribute to the rhythmic regulation of olfactory synaptic circuits. We are also developing a microfluidic platform that can house cultured astrocytes to enable real-time measurements of gliotransmitters released in response to various stimuli.
Recent Publications
Blakemore LJ, Trombley PQ, Mechanisms of zinc modulation of olfactory bulb AMPA receptors, Neuroscience, 2019 PubMed
Blakemore LJ, Corthell JT, Trombley PQ, Kainate Receptors Play a Role in Modulating Synaptic Transmission in the Olfactory Bulb, Neuroscience, 2018 PubMed
Blakemore LJ, Trombley PQ, Zinc as a Neuromodulator in the Central Nervous System with a Focus on the Olfactory Bulb, Front Cell Neurosci, 2017 PubMed
Korshunov KS, Blakemore LJ, Trombley PQ, Dopamine: A modulator of circadian rhythms in the central nervous system, Front Cell Neurosci, 2017 PubMed
Corthell JT, Olcese J, Trombley PQ, Melatonin in the mammalian olfactory bulb, Neuroscience, 2014 PubMed
Corthell JT, Stathopoulos AM, Watson CC, Bertram R, Trombley PQ, Olfactory bulb monoamine concentrations vary with time of day, Neuroscience, 2013 PubMed
Blakemore LJ, Tomat E, Lippard SJ, Trombley PQ, Zinc released from olfactory bulb glomeruli by patterned electrical stimulation of the olfactory nerve, Metallomics, 2013 PubMed
Corthell JT, Fadool DA, Trombley PQ, Connexin and AMPA receptor expression changes over time in the rat olfactory bulb, Neuroscience, 2012 PubMed
Trombley PQ, Blakemore LJ, Hill BJ, Zinc modulation of glycine receptors, Neuroscience, 2011 PubMed
Davila NG, Houpt TA, Trombley PQ, Expression and function of kainate receptors in the rat olfactory bulb, Synapse, 2007 PubMed
Blakemore LJ, Levenson CW, Trombley PQ, Neuropeptide Y modulates excitatory synaptic transmission in the olfactory bulb, Neuroscience, 2006 PubMed
Blakemore LJ, Resasco M, Mercado MA, Trombley PQ, Evidence for Ca(2+)-permeable AMPA receptors in the olfactory bulb, Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol, 2006 PubMed
Horning MS, Kwon B, Blakemore LJ, Spencer CM, Goltz M, Houpt TA, Trombley PQ, Alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionate receptor subunit expression in rat olfactory bulb, Neurosci Lett, 2004 PubMed
Blakemore LJ, Trombley PQ, Diverse modulation of olfactory bulb AMPA receptors by zinc, Neuroreport, 2004 PubMed

All Publications PubMed

Training Grant Opportunities

Neuro Grads and Postdocs

Laura Blakemore, Affiliate - Biological science

Kirill Korshunov, Graduate Student

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