& histology facilities
the Baird (Amherst shown left)
and Pittman (Wofford shown right)
laboratories have dedicated areas where students will
perform surgery to implant
central cannulas and post-mortem histological
verification of the cannula placement. These
areas are also used to prepare chemical solutions and
multiple computers available for conducting
electrophysiological recording laboratories
Both laboratories at Amherst and at
Wofford College have electrophysiological recording
facilities. Dr. Pittman's lab at Wofford (shown
above) is primarily
investigating peripheral gustatory neural coding in the
chorda tympani nerve and geniculate ganglion. Dr.
Baird's lab at Amherst (shown below) focuses on recording gustatory
signals in the central parabrachial nucleus (PBN).
electrophysiological recording set-up includes: a
floating tabletop, homeothermic temperature regulation,
air turbine drill, aspirator, surgical tools,
with camera, microdrive manipulator, differential amplifier,
micro1401 & spike digital acquisition system, a
DELL CPU, 19"
LCD screen with PIP for CPU & scope camera dual display,
custom stimulus delivery systems.