Janet L. Fitzakerley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota, Duluth

E-MAIL: jfitzake@d.umn.edu


Research Interests:

Dr. Fitzakerley's interests include hearing science, central nervous system development, and information processing in the brainstem. Her ongoing research uses molecular biological and patch clamp recording techniques to study the acquisition of function in the cochlear nucleus, with a specific focus on the role of potassium channels in the determination of response properties of cochlear nucleus neurons.


Most Cited publications:

(For a comprehensive list of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.)

Fitzakerley JL, Michlin ML, Paton J, Dubinsky JM. Neuroscientists' classroom visits positively impact student attitudes. PLoS One. 2013 Dec 16;8(12):e84035.

Fitzakerley JL, Westra R. Service learning in rural communities. Medical students teach children about the brain. Minn Med. 2008 Dec;91(12):38-40.

Fitzakerley JL, Schweitzer L. Morphology of neurons cultured from subdivisions of the mouse cochlear nucleus. Cell Tissue Res. 2003 Feb;311(2):145-58.

Fitzakerley, J.L. (2001) Survival and differentiation of neurons cultured from the mouse cochlear nucleus on extracellular matrix components. Neuroscience Letters 316(3), 183-187.

Fitzakerley, J.L., Star, K.T., Rinn, J. and Elmquist, B. (2000) Expression of Shal potassium channel subunits in the adult and developing cochlear nucleus. Hearing Research 147(1-2), 31-45.

Fitzakerley, J.L., McGee, J., and E.J. Walsh (1998) Paradoxical relationship between tuning and threshold during auditory nerve fibre development in kittens. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 103(6): 3464-3477.

Fitzakerley, J.L., Schaefer, K.L., Kitko, R.A., and Manis, P.B. (1997) Properties of cochlear nucleus neurons in primary culture. Hear. Res. 114, 148-168.

Walsh, E.J., McGee, J. and J.L. Fitzakerley (1995) Activity dependent responses of developing cochlear nucleus neurons to microiontophoretically applied amino acids. Hear. Res. 84: 194-204.

Fitzakerley, J.L., McGee, J. and E.J. Walsh (1994) Developmental changes in the response of the peripheral auditory system to two tone stimuli. I. Correlation with frequency selectivity. Hear. Res. 77: 135-149.

Fitzakerley, J.L., McGee, J. and E.J. Walsh (1994) Developmental changes in the response of the peripheral auditory system to two tone stimuli. II. Relationship with neural response properties. Hear. Res. 77: 50 161.

Fitzakerley, J.L., McGee, J. and E.J. Walsh (1994) Developmental changes in the response of the peripheral auditory system to two tone stimuli. III. Rate facilitation. Hear. Res. 77:162-167.

Walsh, E.J., McGee, J. and J.L. Fitzakerley (1993) The development of glutamate and NMDA sensitivity of neurons within the cochlear nuclear complex of kittens. J. NeUndergraduate Research Opportunities Advisorhysiol. 69: 201 218.

Fitzakerley, J.L. Developmental changes in the nonlinear responses of the peripheral auditory system. Doctoral Dissertation. Creighton University, 1992.

Walsh, E.J., McGee, J. and J.L. Fitzakerley (1990) GABA actions on response properties of cochlear nucleus neuronal responses during postnatal development. J. NeUndergraduate Research Opportunities Advisorhysiol. 64: 961 977.

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