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Dr. Thomas Mast

Assistant Professor

Thomas Mast 403D Mark Jefferson Science Complex




Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Michigan, Psychology; 2014

Postdoctoral researcher, Florida State University, Psychology; 2013

Doctor of Philosophy, Florida State University, Neuroscience; 2011

Masters of Science, University of Cincinnati, Biology; 2004

Bachelors of Science, Eastern Michigan University, Biology; 2001

Interests and Expertise

How do animals use chemosensation (i.e. smell and taste) to navigate their environment?

The sense of smell is crucial for foraging and mating. Not many animals, particularly small children, willingly eat food that ‘smells bad’; something similar can be said of mating. I investigate how the olfactory system—a set of neural structures that detects, analyzes, and perceives smells—guides animal decision making. To this end, I use electrophysiological, histological and behavioral methods to uncover cellular and neuronal mechanisms that control olfactory function. I am particularly interested in discovering olfactory circuits for specific behaviors and cellular functions that allow the olfactory system to deal with environmental stress. Lastly, I welcome students who want to learn how to conduct science to come to the lab. Interested students will learn techniques, experimental design, and (hopefully) how to think critically.


Mast TG, Fadool DA. 2012. Mature and precursor brain-derived neurotrophic factor have individual roles in the mouse olfactory bulb. PLOS One 7(2) e:31978. PMID: 22363780

Marks DR, Tucker K, Cavallin MA, Mast TG, Fadool DA. 2009. Awake intranasal insulin delivery modifies protein complexes and alters memory, anxiety, and olfactory behaviors. J. Neurosci. 29: 6734-6751. PMID: 19458242

Biju KC, Mast TG, and Fadool DA. 2008. Olfactory sensory-deprivation increases the number of proBDNF immunoreactive mitral cells in the olfactory bulb of mice. Neurosci. Lett. 447: 42-7. PMID: 18834927

Mast TG, ER Griff. 2007. The effects of analgesic supplements on neural activity in the main olfactory bulb of the mouse. Comp. Med. 57: 167-174. PMID: 17536617


BIO 330 Neuroanatomy

BIO XXX Neurobiology

The Biology Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold