Ph. D.  in Neuroscience (May 2011) from Washington University in St. Louis.  Dissertation:  Neural substrates of vestibular behavior in birds: multi sensory integration and state-dependent processing.  Advisor:  Dr. J. David Dickman

B. A. in Biology (June 2004) from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN.  Honors thesis:  Electrophysiological characterization of ethologically relevant response properties in the torus semicircular of the leopard frog (R. pipiens).  Advisor:  Dr. Michael Ferragamo

Research Experience & Funding

Postdoctoral Researcher (2011 - present) in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University.  Advisor:  Dr. Joseph Fetcho.  Research supported in part by a Ruth L. Kirschstein Post-doctoral National Research Service Award (NINDS).  

Predoctoral Researcher (2005-11) in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Washington University in St. Louis.  Advisor:  Dr. J. David Dickman.  Research supported in part by a Ruth L. Kirschstein Pre-doctoral National Research Service Award (NIDCD).

Undergraduate Researcher (2002-04) in the Department of Biology at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.  Advisor:  Dr. Michael Ferragamo.  Researched supported in part by a Merck/AAAS Summer Research Grant.


McArthur KL, Fetcho JR. (2017) Key features of structural and functional organization of zebrafish facial motor neurons are resilient to disruption of neuronal migration. Curr Biol 27: 1746-1756.  PMID: 28602649

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Chen S, Chiu CN, McArthur KL, Fetcho JR, Prober DA. (2016) TRP channel mediated neuronal activation and ablation in freely behaving zebrafish. Nat Methods 13: 147-150.  PMID: 26657556

McArthur KL, Dickman JD. (2011) Behavioral state modulates the activity of brainstem sensorimotor neurons. J Neurosci 31: 16700-16708.  PMID: 22090497

McArthur KL, Zakir M, Haque A, Dickman JD. (2011) Spatial and temporal characteristics of vestibular convergence. Neuroscience 192: 361-371.  PMID: 21756981

McArthur KL, Dickman JD. (2011) State-dependent sensorimotor processing: gaze and posture stability during simulated flight in birds. J Neurophysiol 105: 1689-1700.  PMID: 21307332

McArthur KL, Dickman JD. (2008) Canal and otolith contributions to compensatory tilt responses in pigeons. J Neurophysiol 100: 1488-1497.  PMID: 18632885