Biology Core Faculty
The main goal of Dr. Gilbertson’s research is to understand how information is processed by the nervous system. To accomplish this broad objective, he has focused on investigating the processing of taste stimuli by the peripheral gustatory system. He investigates the mechanisms the body uses to recognize nutrients and how this process is regulated by nutritional need. Current research focuses on the way nutrients, including fats, carbohydrates, and minerals are detected by chemosensory cells in the oral cavity and in several nutrient-sensitive, post-ingestive organs. The research in his laboratory spans from genes through behavior with expertise in molecular biology, proteomics, electrophysiology, imaging, biochemistry, and analysis of behavior.