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.
Williams CA, Miller KE, Williams NP, Portfors CV, Perkel DJ. Distribution and co-expression of adrenergic receptor-encoding mRNA in the mouse inferior colliculus., J Comp Neurol 2020 Oct
Champoux KL, Miller KE, Perkel DJ. Differential development of myelin in zebra finch song nuclei., J Comp Neurol 2021 Apr; 529(6):1255-1265
Miller KE, Wood WE, Brenowitz EA, Perkel DJ. Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Has a Transsynaptic Trophic Effect on Neural Activity in an Adult Forebrain Circuit., J Neurosci 2020 02; 40(6):1226-1231
Hoyt JM, Perkel DJ, Portfors CV. Dopamine Acts via D2-Like Receptors to Modulate Auditory Responses in the Inferior Colliculus., eNeuro ; 6(5):