Adrian Rodriguez-Contreras

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation


Areas of Expertise/Research


Marshak Science Building







Adrian Rodriguez-Contreras


Dr. Rodriguez-Contreras is interested in understanding how the structure and function of the brain change during development. He uses a combination of anatomical, electrophysiological and optical techniques to study the development of auditory brainstem circuits involved in sound localization.



Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati, 2001

B.Sc. in Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1997

Courses Taught

Biology 35400 - Introduction to Neurobiology (Fall)
Biology 45400 - Sensory Perception (Spring)


Tritsch NX, Rodríguez-Contreras A, Crins TT, Wang HC, Borst JG, Bergles DE. 2010. Calcium action potentials in hair cells pattern auditory neuron activity before hearing onset. Nat Neurosci 13:1050-1052.

McBride TJ, Rodríguez-Contreras A, Trinh A, Bailey R, DeBello WM. 2008. Learning drives differential clustering of axodendritic contacts in the barn owl auditory system. J Neurosci. 28(27):6960-6973.

Rodríguez-Contreras A, van Hoeve JS, Habets RL, Locher H, Borst JGG. 2008. Dynamic development of the calyx of Held synapse. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 105(14):5603-5608.

Rodríguez-Contreras A, de Lange RP, Lucassen PJ, Borst JGG. 2006. Branching of calyceal afferents during postnatal development in the rat auditory brainstem. J Comp Neurol. 496(2):214-228.

Rodríguez-Contreras A, Liu XB, DeBello WM. 2005. Axodendritic contacts onto calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase type II-expressing neurons in the barn owl auditory space map. J Neurosci. 25(23):5611-5622.