Melissa J Coleman
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: Keck Science Center B37
Phone: 909-607-0889
Office Hours: M 2-5; R 2-4; F 1-2, 3-4
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Educational Background:
BS, Samford University
PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Postdoc, Brandeis University
Postdoc, Barrow Neurological Institute
Postdoc, Duke University
Courses Taught:
BIOL 80L Behavioral Neurobiology
BIOL 095 Foundations in Neuroscience
BIOL 148L Neuroscience1: Cell and Molecular
BIOL 149 Neuroscience2: Systems
BIOL 044L Bio 44 lab
BIOL 043L Bio 43 lab
BIOL 140 Selected topics in Neuroscience
Research Interests:
Neural basis of behavior, cellular neurobiology, birdsong
Selected Publications List: Click to open new window.
1.   Williams, S.M.*, A. Nast* and M.J. Coleman . (2012). Characterization of synaptically connected nuclei in a potential motor feedback pathway in the zebra finch song system. PLoS ONE   7(2): e32178. Abstract
2.   Fortune, E.S., C. Rodriguez, D. Li, G.F. Ball and M.J. Coleman . (2011). Neural mechanisms for the coordination of duet singing in wrens. Science   334: 666-70. Abstract
3.   Remage-Healey, L., M.J. Coleman, R. K. Oyama, and B. A. Schlinger . (2010). Brain estrogens rapidly strengthen auditory encoding and guide song preference in a songbird. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA   107: 3852–3857. Abstract
4.   Bauer EE, MJ Coleman, TF Roberts, A Roy, J Prather, R Mooney . (2008). A Synaptic Basis for Auditory-Vocal Integration in the Songbird. Journal of Neurosience   28: 1509-1522.
5.   Coleman MJ, A Roy, JM Wild and R Mooney . (2007). Thalamic gating of auditory responses in telencephalic song control nuclei. Journal of Neurosience   27: 10024-10036.
6.   Coleman, MJ and ET Vu . (2005). Recovery of impaired songs following unilateral but not bilateral lesions of nucleus uvaeformis of adult zebra finches. J Neurobiology   63: 70-89.
7.   Coleman, MJ and R Mooney . (2004). Synaptic transformations underlying highly selective auditory representations of learned birdsong. J Neuroscience   24: 7251-7265.