Charles Wilson, Ph.D.

RESEARCH

Dr. Wilson’s lab studies the circuitry and neurons of the basal ganglia, with the goal of understanding the computational function of these structures at the cellular level, and their dysfunction in diseases, especially Parkinson’s Disease. Their experiments are focused on the ionic mechanisms that endow each cell type with its characteristic responses to synaptic input, the patterns of connectivity that deliver specific inputs to each cell, and the dynamics that arise from the combination of these.

Selected Publications

Wilson, C.J. (2013) Active decorrelation in the basal ganglia. Neuroscience 250:467-482.

Dodla R and Wilson CJ. (2013) Interaction function of oscillating coupled neurons. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 88:042704.

Wilson C.J., Barraza D, Troyer T, and Farries F.A. (2014) Predicting the responses of repetitively firing neurons to current noise. PLoS Comput. Biol. 10:e1003612.

Beatty JA, Song SC, Wilson CJ. (2015) Cell-type-specific resonances shape the responses of striatal neurons to synaptic input. J Neurophysiol. 113:688-700. PMC4312866

Wilson CJ. (2015) Oscillators and Oscillations in the Basal Ganglia. Neuroscientist. 21:530-539. PMC4454624

Higgs MH, Wilson CJ. (2016) Unitary synaptic connections among substantia nigra pars reticulata neurons. J Neurophysiol.115:2814-2829. PMC4946591.

Rock C, Zurita H, Wilson C, Apicella AJ. (2016) An inhibitory corticostriatal pathway. Elife. May 9;5. pii: e15890. doi: 10.7554/eLife.15890. PMC4905740

Song SC, Beatty JA, Wilson CJ. (2016) The ionic mechanism of membrane potential oscillations and membrane resonance in striatal LTS interneurons. J Neurophysiol. 116:1752-1764. PMC5144687

Here’s a link to his complete bibliography.

Professor and Ewing Halsell Chair in Biology

Education

Ph.D. in Biopsychology; University of Colorado 

B.A. in Psychology; University of Colorado

Contact

Phone: (210) 458-5654 

Email: charles.wilson@utsa.edu