As an undergraduate, Dr. Gibson studied biophysics at the University of California at Berkeley. Under the guidance of Dr. John Maunsell, he completed his PhD in 1995 at the University of Rochester, which focused on neocortical activity related to visual processing. Next, he worked under Dr. Barry Connors studying the electrophysiological properties of inhibitory interneurons in somatosensory cortex.

Dr. Gibson joined the Center for Basic Neuroscience at UT Southwestern in 2001. Currently, the lab uses electrophysiological techniques to study the plasticity of cortical inhibitory circuitry and alterations in circuitry in the Fragile X Syndrome mouse model.  A post doc position is currently available, and interested candidates are welcome to contact through email.


Graduate School
University of Rochester (1995)

Research Interest

  • Autism
  • Electrophysiology
  • Neuronal Circuits in Neocortex
  • Neuroscience


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

FoxP1 orchestration of ASD-relevant signaling pathways in the striatum.
Araujo DJ, Anderson AG, Berto S, Runnels W, Harper M, Ammanuel S, Rieger MA, Huang HC, Rajkovich K, Loerwald KW, Dekker JD, Tucker HO, Dougherty JD, Gibson JR, Konopka G Genes Dev. 2015 Oct 29 20 2081-96
Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP)-Expressing Neurons in the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Provide Sparse GABAergic Outputs to Local Neurons with Circadian Regulation Occurring Distal to the Opening of Postsynaptic GABAA Ionotropic Receptors.
Fan J, Zeng H, Olson DP, Huber KM, Gibson JR, Takahashi JS J. Neurosci. 2015 Feb 35 5 1905-20

Honors & Awards

  • FRAXA Fellowship
    Research for Fragile X Syndrome (2006)
  • Klingenstein Fellowship
    Award in the Neurosciences (2002)