- Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Hill completed his doctoral work in neuroscience. He characterized the effects of dendritic growth on the integration of information within neurons and the effects of synaptic plasticity on information processing in neuronal networks. As a post-doctoral research scientist, he conducted computational studies of motor pattern generation. He also studied the effects of environmental toxins on the development of neuronal circuits.
He is using zebrafish to study the disruption of the development of the nervous system by toxic substances in the environment. Epidemiological studies have shown that toxic substances such as chlorpyrifos (a commonly used insecticide), aromatic hydrocarbons (from diesel cars and coal plants), perfluorinated compounds (used to waterproof jackets and to make fast-food containers grease-proof) and drugs such as nicotine have a profound effect on the neural development of fetuses and young children. He is testing the effects of developmental exposure to toxic substances on the behavior and nervous system of zebrafish, with the goal of elucidating the changes to the nervous system that underlie toxicant-induced behavioral deficits.
Introduction to Biological Science: The Brain, Introduction to Cellular and Human Physiology, Biomechanics of Human Motion, Why Animals Do What They Do (an introduction to animal behavior), University Seminar, Biological Principles II, Human Physiology