The Waters Lab

The Waters Lab
Back Row (L – R): Dr. Waters, Dr. Johnson, and Tyson. Front Row (L – R): Dr. Li, Dr. Oladehin, Cecilia, and Taha.

The Waters Lab is first and foremost interested in understanding somatosensory cortical plasticity. To this end, we use the rodent barrel field as our model system and apply this model to questions of somatosensory plasticity following loss of sensory input, effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the development and organization of the barrel field, and the effects of dystonia on cortical organization. We also have begun a new line of investigations into studying single projection neurons in the gustatory (taste) system.

Our research group consists of my long time colleague, Cheng Li, M.D., and fellow faculty members Dr. Oladehin and Dr. Johnson. We currently have two graduate students, Cecilia Margret, M.D. and Tyson Chappell. You can follow the links to see what research these members of the lab are currently conducting. Our Web site was designed by our summer student, Taha Jan who is currently a student at Vanderbilt University.

The Waters Lab
University of Tennessee
Health Science Center
855 Monroe Avenue, Suite 515
Memphis, TN 38163
Lab Tel: 901-448-7193
Office Tel: 901-448-5796
Lab: 224 Wittenborg Anatomy Building


Robert S. Waters, Ph.D.
Cheng X. Li, M.D.
Eldridge F. Johnson, Ph.D.
Taha A. Jan
David J. Reiner