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Department of
Biological Sciences
120 Flagg Road,
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881 - 0816.
Phone: (401) 874-2373.
Fax: (401) 874-2065.
Gabriele Kass-Simon
Job Title: Professor of Biological Sciences (Neurobiology, behavioral physiology of invertebrates)
Address: Morrill 217,
Phone: (401) 874-2671
  • B.A. (English) 1956, University of Michigan
  • M.A. (English) 1959, Columbia University
  • D.Phil. (Zoology) 1967, University of Zurich
Research Interests

Research in my laboratory is focused on the cellular and behavioral neurobiology of invertebrates – "crunchies" (lobsters) and "squishies" (hydra). Intracellular and extra-cellular electrophysiological and behavioral studies in my lab are complemented by collaborative immuno-histochemical, ultrastructural, and biochemical studies in other laboratories at URI and elsewhere. The aim of the work is to define the cellular-membranal and chemical (transmitters and hormones) mechanisms that determine certain behaviors. In lobsters, we have been focusing on the physiology of agonistic behavior over the molt-cycle and the physiology of agonistic behavior in gravid females; in hydra we have concentrated on the physiology of nematocyst discharge and feeding behavior, and on the chemical neurotransmission of hydra’s pacemaker systems.

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