University of Southern California

USC Neuroscience

Larry Swanson

Milo Don and Lucille Appleman Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Neurobiology Section

Research Topics

  1. Learning & Memory

Research Overview

We are interested in the organization of neural networks that control motivated behavior in mammals. The approach is mostly structural, and to display and model results we are developing computer graphics and database approaches.

Contact Information

Web Site:
Personal Home Page
Mailing Address:
2520 UPC
Office Location:
HNB 428
Office Phone:
(213) 740-5892
Lab Location:
HNB 428
Lab Phone:
(213) 740-5892
(213) 741-0561


  • BA 1968 Chemistry - Pomona College, Claremont, California
  • PhD 1972 Neurobiology - Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship:
  • 1972 - 1974 Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1974 - 1976 Washingon University, St. Louis, Missouri

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Pfaff DW, Kieffer BL, Swanson LW. (2008) Mechanisms for the regulation of state changes in the central nervous system: an introduction. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1129:1-7. -PubMed

Simmons DM, Swanson LW. (2008) High-resolution paraventricular nucleus serial section model constructed within a traditional rat brain atlas. Neurosci Lett. 13;438(1):85-89 -PubMed

Swanson LW, Grant G, Hökfelt T, Jones EG, Morrison JH. (2007) A century of neuroscience discovery: reflecting on the Nobel Prize awarded to Golgi and Cajal in 1906. Brain Res Rev. 55(2):191-2. -PubMed

Bota M, Swanson LW. (2007) The neuron classification problem. Brain Res Rev. 56(1):79-88. -PubMed

Cenquizca LA, Swanson LW. (2007) Spatial organization of direct hippocampal field CA1 axonal projections. Brain Res Rev. 56(1):1-26. -PubMed

Bota M, Swanson LW. (2007) Online workbenches for neural network connections. J Comp Neurol. 500(5):807-14. -PubMed

Swanson LW. (2006) Quest for the basic plan of nervous system circuitry. Brain Res Rev. -PubMed

Burns GA, Cheng WC, Thompson RH, Swanson LW. (2006) The NeuARt II system: a viewing tool for neuroanatomical data based on published neuroanatomical atlases. BMC Bioinformatics. 7:531. -PubMed

Bota M, Swanson LW. (2006) A new module for on-line manipulation and display of molecular information in the brain architecture management system. Neuroinformatics. 4(4):275-9 -PubMed

Cenquizca, L.A. & L.W. Swanson (2006) An analysis of direct hippocampal cortical field CA1 axonal projections to diencephalon in the rat. J. Comp. Neurol. 497:101-114. -PubMed