Lehigh University
R. Michael Burger, Ph.D., Lehigh University



Inhibitory Function in Auditory Processing. Eds. Burger. R.M., Kopp-Scheinpflug, C., Forsythe, I.D. 2015 EBook. Frontiers Media SA. ISBN 978-2-88919-667-8

Book Chapters:

Wang, Y., Sanchez, J.T., Lu, Y., Burger, R.M., and Rubel, E.W. (in press) Nucleus Laminaris. In: Handbook of Brain Microcircuits, 2nd Ed. Shepard, G. and Grillner, S. (Eds.), Oxford University Press. New York.

Burger, R.M. (in press) Development and Function of Inhibitory Circuitry in the Avian Auditory Brainstem. In: Springer Handbook of Auditory Research (Vol. 58): Auditory Development and Plasticity, in honor of Edwin W. Rubel. Eds. Cramer, K.S., Coffin, A., Fay, R.R., and Popper, A.N. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. ISBN: 978-3-319-21530-3.

Coleman, W.L. and Burger, R. M. Extracellular Recording and Neuropharmacological Methods. In: Basic Methods in Electrophysiology. Eds. Covey, E. and Carter, M. Oxford University Press. March 2015. ISBN: 9780199939800

Adobe ReaderBurger, R. M. and Rubel, E. W. Encoding of interaural timing for sound localization. The Senses: a Comprehensive Reference, Audition.  Eds. Hoy, R., Dallos, P., and Oertel, D., Elsevier Inc., 2008.

Journal Papers:

Weimann, S.R., Black, A., Leese, J., Richter, M.L., Itzkowitz, M., and Burger, R.M. (2017, In Press) Territorial Vocalization in Sympatric Damselfish: Acoustic Characteristics and Intruder Discrimination. Bioacoustics.

Fischl*, M. J., Burger* R.M., Schmidt-Pauli, M., Alexandrova, O., Sinclair, J.L., Grothe, B., Forsythe, I., Kopp-Scheinpflug, C. (2016) Physiology and Anatomy of Neurons in the Medial Superior Olive (MSO) of the Mouse. The Journal of Neurophysiology Sep 21:jn.00523.2016. doi: 10.1152/jn.00523.2016 EPub ahead of Print
*equal contribution

Oline, S.N., Ashida, G., and Burger, R.M. (2016)Tonotopic optimization for temporal processing in the cochlear nucleus. The Journal of Neuroscience. 36(32):8500-8515.

Burger RM, Forsythe ID and Kopp-Scheinpflug C (2015) Editorial: Inhibitory function in auditory processing. Front. Neural Circuits 9:45. Editorial. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2015.00045

Activity-dependent modulation of inhibitory synaptic kinetics in the cochlear nucleus. (2014) Nerlich J, Keine C, Rübsamen R, Burger RM, Milenkovic I. Front Neural Circuits. 2014 Dec 23;8:145. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2014.00145. eCollection 2014. PMC4274880

Fischl, M.J. and Burger, R.M. (2014) Glycinergic transmission modulates GABAergic inhibition in the avian auditory pathway. Frontiers in Neural Circuits Mar 14; 8:19 doi:10.3389/fncir.2014.00019 PMCID: PMC3954080

Fischl, M.J., Weimann, S.R., Kearse, M., and Burger, R. M. (2014) Slowly emerging glycinergic transmission enhances inhibition in the sound localization pathway of the avian auditory system. The Journal of Neurophysiology 111(3):565-72 doi: 10.1152/jn.00640.2013 PMCID: In process.

Oline, S.N. and Burger, R.M. (2014) Short-term synaptic depression is topographically distributed in the cochlear nucleus of the chicken. The Journal of Neuroscience. 34(4):1314-24doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3073-13.2014.

Burger, R.M. (2012) Inhibitory synaptic release properties are topographically distributed in auditory circuitry. Journal of Physiology: London, 590 (16): 3639-3640 Review. PMCID in process

Fischl, M.J., Combs, T.D.,Klug, A.K., Grothe, B., and Burger, R.M. (2012) Modulation of synaptic input by GABAB receptors improves coincidence detection for computation of sound location. Journal of Physiology:London, 590(13):3047-66 PMCID in process

Gerhart, S.V., Eble, E.M., Burger, R.M., Oline, S.N., Vacaru, A., Edepli, K.S., Jefferis, R., Iovine, M.K., (2012) Differential subcellular localization of Cx40.8 is determined by a small domain within its carboxy terminus. Plos One, 7(2):e31364 PMCID: PMC3275562

Tabor, K., Coleman, W.L., Rubel, E.W., and Burger, R.M. (2012) Tonotopic organization of the superior olivary nucleus in the chicken (Gallus gallus). The Journal of Comparative Neurology, 520: 1493-1508. PMCID in process

Burger, R.M., Fukui, I., Ohmori, H., and Rubel, E.W. Inhibition in the balance: binaurally coupled inhibitory feedback in sound localization circuitry. The Journal of Neurophysiology. 106(1):4-14. 2011. (link to free PDF at the journal website)

Coleman, W.L., Fischl, M.J., Weimann, S.R., and Burger, R.M. (2011) GABAergic and glycinergic inhibition modulate monaural auditory response properties in the avian superior olivary nucleus. The Journal of Neurophysiology. 105(5): 2045-20. 2011.

Adobe ReaderFukui, I., Burger, R.M., Ohmori, H., and Rubel, E.W., (2010) GABAergic inhibition of superior olivary nucleus sharpens the frequency tuning in magnocellular nucleus of chicken. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30: 12075 - 12083

Requires Adobe Reader Howard, M.A., Burger, R.M., and Rubel, EW., A developmental switch from GABAergic excitation to inhibition controlled by K+ conductances. Journal of Neuroscience, 27(8):2112-2123, 2007.

GABA B receptors are important signaling molecules for processing sound. Shown are labeled GABA B receptors (purple dots) in an auditory brainstem structrue with dye filled neurons (green) and their input axons (red).

Adobe ReaderBurger, R.M., Pfeiffer, J.D., Westrum, L.E., Bernard, A., and Rubel, E.W, Expression of GABA B receptor in the avian auditory brainstem: ontogeny, afferent deprivation, and ultrastructure. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 489:11-22, 2005.

Lu, Y., Burger, R.M., and Rubel, E.W. GABA B Receptor Activation Modulates GABA A Receptor-mediated Inhibition in Chicken Nucleus Magnocellularis Neurons. Journal of Neurophysiology, 93:1425-38, 2005

Adobe ReaderBurger, R.M., Cramer, K.S., Pfeiffer, J.D., and Rubel, E.W, The avian superior olivary nucleus provides divergent inhibitory input to parallel auditory pathways. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 481(1): 6-18. 2005.

Adobe ReaderPollak G.D., Burger, R.M., Klug A. Dissecting the circuitry of the auditory system. Trends in Neurosciences. 26(1): 33-9. 2003.

Pollak G.D., Burger, R.M., Park T.J., Klug A., Bauer E.E. Roles of inhibition for transforming binaural properties in the brainstem auditory system. Hearing Research. 168(1-2): 60-78. 2002.

Adobe ReaderBurger, R.M. and Pollak, G. D. Reversible inactivation of the dorsal nucleus of the lateral lemniscus reveals its role for processing multiple sound sources in the inferior colliculus. Journal of Neuroscience. 21(13): 4830-4843. 2001.

Klug, A.K., Khan, A., Burger, R.M., Bauer, E.E., Hurley, L.M., Yang, L., Grothe, B., Halvorsen, M.B., and Park T.J. Latency as a function of intensity in auditory neurons: transformations along the neuraxis. Hearing Research, 148:107-123. 2000.

Burger, R.M. and Pollak, G.D. Analysis of the role of inhibition in shaping responses to sinusiodally amplitude-modulated signals in the inferior colliculus. Journal of Neurophysiology 80: 1686-1701. 1998.

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