W. Martin Usrey, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

W. Martin Usrey, Ph.D.







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2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Usrey's laboratory studies the neurobiological mechanisms for sensory processing and the role of attention in modulating these processes.



Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Neuroscience

Undergraduate School

B.A., UC San Diego, San Diego CA 1988

Other School

Ph.D., Neurobiolgoy, Duke University, Durham NC 1994

Other School

Postdoc, Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 1999

Barbara A. Horwitz and John M. Horowitz Endowed Chair in Physiology, College of Biological Sciences, UC Davis, 2018

Outstanding Service as Graduate Group Chair Award - Neuroscience Graduate Group, UC Davis, 2018

Outstanding Graduate Mentor in Neuroscience Award - Neuroscience Graduate Group, UC Davis, 2015

Distinguished Service Award - Neuroscience Graduate Group, UC Davis, 2014

Scientific Innovations Award, Brain Research Foundation, 2012

Faculty Research Award (Research Article of the Year), College of Biological Sciences, UC Davis, 2012

College of Biological Sciences Faculty Research Award, 2012

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) - Office of Science and Technology, Executive Office of the President of the United States of America, 2002

McKnight Scholars Award, 2002

Charles Judson Herrick Award, American Association of Anatomists, 2002

Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship Award, Sloan Foundation, 2001

Klingenstein Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences, Klingenstein Foundation, 2000

UC Davis - Faculty Research Award, 2000

Hembrook-Short J, Mock V, Usrey WM, Briggs F. Attention enhances the efficacy of communication in V1 local circuits. Journal of Neuroscience. 2019;39:1066-1076. (PMID: 30541911; PMCID: PMC6363925)


Usrey WM, Sherman SM. Corticofugal circuits: Communication lines from the cortex to the rest of the brain. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 2019;527:640-650. (PMID: 29524229; PMCID: PMC6131091)

Briggs F, Kiley CW, Callaway EM, Usrey WM. Morphological substrates for parallel streams of corticogeniculate feedback originating in both V1 and V2. Neuron. 2016;90:388-399.

Usrey WM, Alitto HJ. Visual functions of the thalamus. Annual Review of Vision Science. 2015;1:351-371.

Bastos AM, Briggs F, Alitto HJ, Mangun GR, Usrey WM. Simultaneous recordings from the primary visual cortex and lateral geniculate nucleus reveal rhythmic interactions and a cortical source for gamma-band oscillations. J of Neuroscience. 2014;34:7639-7644. 

Briggs F, Mangun GR, Usrey WM. Attention Enhances Synaptic Efficacy and Signal-to-Noise in Neural Circuits. Nature. 2013;499:476-80.

Bastos AM, Usrey WM, Adams RA, Mangun GR, Fires P, Friston KJ. Cononical microcircuits for predictive coding. Neuron. 2012;76:695-711. 

Moore BD, Kiley CW, Sun C, Usrey WM. Rapid plasticity of visual responses in the adult lateral geniculate nucleus. Neuron. 2011;71:812-819. 

Briggs F, Usrey WM. Parallel processing in the corticogeniculate pathway of the macaque monkey. Neuron. 2009;62:135-146.