Neuroscience Program

James L Olds

James L Olds

James L Olds

University Professor of Neuroscience, Policy and Government at GMU; Head of the Biological Sciences Directorate at NSF

Role of signal transduction in memory storage

Dr. Jim Olds is University Professor of Neuroscience, Policy and Government at the Schar School at GMU and Head of the Biological Sciences Directorate at NSF. His scientific interests focus on the functional role of the mammalian neocortex, hippocampus and cerebellum, in health and disease, with special emphasis on how these highly ordered neuroanatomical regions interact to store and retrieve complex memories (ranging from face recognition to motor programs). He also has an interest in public policy, especially with regard to federal funding of biomedical research here in the United States and around the world.

Selected Publications

Olds J.L., Anderson M.D., McPhie, D.L., Staten L.D. and Alkon D.L. Imaging of Memory-Specific Changes in the Distribution of Protein Kinase C in the Hippocampus
Science. 245:866-869 (1989)

Devan, B. D., Petri, H. L., Mishkin, M., Stouffer, E. M., Bowker, J. M., Yin, P. B., Buffalari, D. M., & Olds, J. L. (2002). A room with a view and a polarizing cue: Individual differences in the stimulus control of place navigation and passive latent learning in the water maze. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 78 (1):79-99 JUL 2002.

Devan, B.D., Stouffer, E.M., Petri H.L., Mcdonald, R.J. and Olds J.L. (2003) Partial Reinforcement Across Trials Impairs Escape Performance but Spares Place Learning in the Water Maze. Behavioral Brain Research 141:91-104.


B.A. in Chemistry, Amherst College 1978
Ph.D. in Neurosciences, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 1987