David Hill


  • BA, Western Illinois University
  • PhD, Ohio University
  • Postdoc, University of Michigan

Primary Appointment

  • Professor and Chair of Psychology, Psychology


Research Interest(s)

Development and plasticity of sensory systems

Research Description

Our lab studies the neurophysiological, morphological, and molecular biological development and plasticity of the taste system. Specific projects focus on environmental and physiological factors affecting the developing and regenerating taste system, salt taste transduction, matching of gustatory neurons with their targets, the role of immune function in modulating taste function and molecular biological approaches to the development and plasticity of the peripheral gustatory system

Selected Publications

  • Guagliardo N, West K, McCluskey L, Hill D. Attenuation of peripheral salt taste responses and local immune function contralateral to gustatory nerve injury: effects of aldosterone. American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology. 2009;297(4): R1103-10. PMID: 19675282 | PMCID: PMC2763818
  • Mangold J, Hill D. Postnatal reorganization of primary afferent terminal fields in the rat gustatory brainstem is determined by prenatal dietary history. The Journal of comparative neurology. 2008;509(6): 594-607. PMID: 18546275 | PMCID: PMC2596193
  • May O, Erisir A, Hill D. Modifications of gustatory nerve synapses onto nucleus of the solitary tract neurons induced by dietary sodium-restriction during development. The Journal of comparative neurology. 2008;508(4): 529-41. PMID: 18366062 | PMCID: PMC2596877