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Name: Michael Wright

Title: Assistant Professor

Office Location: SQU 126

Email: terrence.m.wright@csus.edu

Office Phone: 916.278.2138

Mailing Address: 6000 J Street

Office Hours: M 10:30-12:00

Office Hours: Tu 1:00-3:00

Courses That I Teach

BIO 131: Systemic Physiology

Publications

Wright, Jr. TM, Mulloney B, Calabrese RL. Analysis of input-output relationships of CPG elements and their contributions to rhythmic output. BMC neuroscience. 2012 July; 13:P171.

Calabrese RL, Norris BJ, Wenning A, Wright TM. Coping with variability in small neuronal networks. Integr Comp Biol. 2011 Dec;51(6):845-55. PubMed PMID: 21724619; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3223479.

Wright TM Jr, Calabrese RL. Patterns of presynaptic activity and synaptic strength interact to produce motor output. J Neurosci. 2011 Nov 30;31(48):17555-71. PubMed PMID: 22131417; NIHMSID: NIHMS607025; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4127079.

Wright TM Jr, Calabrese RL. Contribution of motoneuron intrinsic properties to fictive motor pattern generation. J Neurophysiol. 2011 Aug;106(2):538-53. PubMed PMID: 21562194; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3154826.

Norris BJ, Wenning A, Wright TM, Calabrese RL. Constancy and variability in the output of a central pattern generator. J Neurosci. 2011 Mar 23;31(12):4663-74. PubMed PMID: 21430165; NIHMSID: NIHMS281984; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3071692.

García PS, Wright TM, Cunningham IR*, Calabrese RL. Using a model to assess the role of the spatiotemporal pattern of inhibitory input and intrasegmental electrical coupling in the intersegmental and side-to-side coordination of motor neurons by the leech heartbeat central pattern generator. J Neurophysiol. 2008 Sep;100(3):1354-71. PubMed PMID: 18579654; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2544471.

Abstracts

Wright, TM, Wenning, AW, Norris, BJ, Calabrese, RL. The role of electrical coupling and spatiotemporal patterns to coordinated motor output. Society for Neuroscience (2010), San Diego, CA

Wright, TM, Wenning, AW, Norris, BJ, Calabrese, RL The role of the spatiotemporal pattern of input in the coordination of motor output. Society for Neuroscience (2009), Chicago, Ill

Wright, TM, Wenning, AW, Norris, BJ, Calabrese, RL. Dynamic clamp assessment of the contribution of motor neurons to fictive motor pattern generation. Society for Neuroscience (2008), Washington DC

Wright, TM, Wenning, A, Garcia, PA, Norris, BJ, Calabrese, RL. Contribution of Motor Neurons to Fictive Motor Pattern Generation. Southeast Nerve Net (2008), Atlanta, Georgia

Marsteller, P, Rose, J, Duffus, D, Wright, T, Olifer, A. Preparing future faculty to integrate biology and mathematics. Quantitative biology: curriculum and institutional transformation at the math/biology interface (2008), Bethesda, Md

T.T. Tsao, Wright, Jr., TM and Butera, RJ. Spike synchrony within a burst alters burst dynamics in a simulated network: Changes in network-level slow dynamics mediated by single-cell level fast dynamics. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts (2007)

RL Calabrese and Wright, Jr., TM. Quantitative analysis of the dynamics of electrical coupling between heart motor neurons in the leech. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts (2007)

Wright, Jr., TM, IR Cunningham*, PA Garcia, BJ Norris, AA Wenning and RL Calabrese. The contribution of motor neurons to the elaboration of the fictive heartbeat motor pattern of the leech: Experimental and computational approaches. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts (2007)

Wright, Jr., TM, AA Prinz and RL Calabrese. Initiating the (un)initiated: Using mathematical modeling to teach cellular neuroscience. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts (2007)

R.L. Calabrese, P.S. Garcia, B.J. Norris, Wright, Jr., TM. Modeling the output of a central pattern generator. Computational Neuroscience Meeting, Toronto (2007)

Research Projects/Interests

The primary goal of my lab is to discover general principles that describe how our nervous systems produce and organize stereotyped behaviors such as walking and breathing.

For more information, please visit my Research Page

Professional Associations

Society for Neuroscience

American Physiological Society

Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience