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A headshot photo of Charles Anderson.

Charles Anderson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

PO Box 9303
108 Biomedical Road
BMRC 318
Morgantown, WV 26506


  • Department of Neuroscience
  • Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Graduate Training

  • PhD in Neuroscience, Northwestern University


  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

Auditory neurons demonstrate remarkable selectivity for a restricted set of sound features, and they can maintain this selectivity across a wide range of auditory environments. These abilities are fundamental for auditory processing and are of great interest for understanding how the auditory cortex accurately encodes complex sounds, such as speech. My research is focused on uncovering the synaptic and circuit-level mechanisms that that support these abilities. I am particularly interested in cortical mechanisms that can enhance or suppress the neuronal representation of specific features of sounds because these allow neurons to fine-tune their receptive fields, a key feature of cortical sound encoding. I utilize 2-photon calcium imaging in awake animals, brain slice electrophysiology, optogenetic manipulations, and animal behavioral assays to address these questions.

Recent Publications