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James J. Galligan, PhD

Neuroscience Program Director
Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Ph.D., 1983, University of Arizona

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East Lansing Campus

 108 Giltner Hall

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Research Interests

Nerve circuit

Research in the Galligan lab is focused on autonomic neurotransmission in general and more specifically in the nerve supply of the gastrointestinal tract. We study synaptic mechanisms in the enteric nervous system (ENS) and how these mechanisms control gastrointestinal motility. We have extensive experience with electrophysiological, optogenetic, immunohistochemical and confocal microscopy imaging techniques to study ENS function. We are well-equipped to conduct ex vivo and in vivo measurements of gastrointestinal motility and enteric neurophysiology in genetically-modified animal models of gastrointestinal disorders.


Confocal microscopy

We study enteric nervous system physiology and pharmacology, especially synaptic and neuromuscular transmission using microelectrode recording.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my research.