The Békésy Laboratory of Neurobiology was founded in 1966
as the Laboratory of Sensory Sciences when the late Nobel laureate
Georg von Békésy
persuaded to leave Harvard University to take up an appointment as
Research Professor at the University of Hawaii. The present building
was designed and built under Dr. Békésy's supervision to
provide facilities for research in basic neurobiology and
psychophysics. Dr. Békésy established the unusually
well-equipped machine shop
and hired the
Laboratory electronics technician, Hinano Akaka.
The Laboratory is a research program
of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center
faculty members holding research appointments or instructional
appointments in various academic departments contribute to the
program. These scientists conduct research in a broad range of
neuroscience disciplines including the biophysics and chemistry of
ionic channels in excitable membranes; cellular electrophysiological,
morphological and biochemical studies of neurosecretion; analyis and
modeling of small neuronal systems and their integrative functioning;
neuroecological aspects of mechanoreception; sexually determined
differences in brain hormone and peptide receptor distribution; neural
and pharmacological control of fear and aggression; and comparative
studies and theoretical modeling of learning processes. More
information about these areas of research may be found on the pages of
the individual faculty members.
|Daniel K. Hartline
||Neuroecology, integration and evolution in invertebrate nervous systems.
|Ian M. Cooke
||Cellular mechanisms linking electrical and secretory activities of peptide-secretory cells, especially the role of calcium movements in control of secretion.
||Systematic biochemical and pathophysiological characterization of novel toxins and bioactive compounds from venomous marine invertebrates of regional importance
Postdocs and Graduate Students