David J. Perkel, Ph.D.
David J. Perkel, Ph.D., joined the University of Washington in 2000 and is currently professor in the Departments of Biology and Otolaryngology. He is also adjunct professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and co-director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Prior to joining UW, he earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of California at San Francisco and did postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology. From 1995-2000 he held a faculty position in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.
Undergraduate Education: Harvard College, A.B., 1984
Graduate Education: Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco, 1992
Fellowship: Postdoctoral researcher, California Institute of Technology
Memberships: Society for Neuroscience, American Physiological Society, Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Awards and honors
Virginia Merrill Bloedel Traveling Scholar Award
Invited Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
Scholar in Residence, University of Pennsylvania
Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Vocal learning in songbirds is an experimentally accessible model system for studying neural mechanisms of learning. We use multiple methodologies to dissect brain circuits involved in allowing birds to copy songs made by other birds, in a fashion similar to human speech learning.
Duffy A, Abe E, Perkel DJ, Fairhall AL. Variation in sequence dynamics improves maintenance of stereotyped behavior in an example from bird song., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2019 May; 116(19):9592-9597
Vaaga CE, Miller KE, Bodor ÁL, Perkel DJ. Expression of the potassium-chloride co-transporter, KCC2, within the avian song system., J. Comp. Neurol. 2018 04; 526(6):944-956
Budzillo A, Duffy A, Miller KE, Fairhall AL, Perkel DJ. Dopaminergic modulation of basal ganglia output through coupled excitation-inhibition., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2017 05; 114(22):5713-5718
Nevue AA, Elde CJ, Perkel DJ, Portfors CV. Dopaminergic Input to the Inferior Colliculus in Mice., Front Neuroanat 2015 ; 9168