Post Doc. 1985-89 Worcester Foundation for Exp. Biology, Shrewsbury, MA
Ph.D. 1985 North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, Zoology & Statistics
M.S. 1981 East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, Zoology
B.A. 1979 University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Biology
Office: Copley 124
I have varied interests in neuroscience with a common thread of trying to understand
the role of neural activity in the development and adult plasticity of the human
brain. More specifically, my research seeks to clarify the role of endogenous activity
and sensory experience in the normal development and functional maintenance of sensory
systems. Although my current National Science Foundation funded work is dominated
by studies of the olfactory system in rodent model organisms, my earlier work concerns
the role of visual experience in the development of carnivore and primate visual
Chemo Sense (download
Angely, C. and Coppola, D. M. (2010) How does long-term odor deprivation affect
the olfactory capacity of adult mice? Behavioral & Brain Functions, 6(26):i-ij.
Kaschube, M., Schnabel, M., Löwel, S., Coppola, D.M., White, L.E., Wolf, F. (2010)
Universality in the Evolution of Orientation Columns in the Visual Cortex. Science,
Coppola, D. M. (2008) The effect of stimulus deprivation on the olfactory system:
A case of use it or find it! Chemosense, 10(2):1-6
Waggener, C. and Coppola, D. M. (2007) Naris occlusion alters the electro-olfactogram:
Evidence for compensatory plasticity in the olfactory system. Neuroscience Letters.
Coppola, D. M. Waguespack, A., Reems, M., Butman, M.L., Cherry, J (2006) Naris occlusion
alters transductory protein immunoreactivity in olfactory epithelium. Histology &
Waguespack, A., Reems, M., Butman, M.L., Cherry, J. Coppola, D.M. (2005).
Olfactory receptor neurons have enhanced olfactory marker protein immunoreactivity
in the nasal cavity ipsilateral to naris occlusion. Brain Research 1044(1):1-7.
Coppola, D. M., and White, L. E., (2004) Visual experience promotes the isotropic
representation of orientation preference. Visual Neuroscience 21:39-51.
Medina, A. E., Krahe, T. E., Coppola, D. M., and Ramoa, A. (2003) Neonatal alcohol
exposure induces long-lasting impairment of visual cortical plasticity in ferrets.
Journal of Neuroscience 23(31):10002-10012.