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Dr Paul Szyszka

Email: paul.szyszka@otago.ac.nzPaulSzyszka

Phone: +64 3 479 7961

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Teaching

Research Interests

  • Neural bases of olfactory search in insects
  • Active smelling strategies
  • Olfactory spatial learning
  • Social effects on olfactory learning

For more information please see my Lab Webpage

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Publications

Sehdev, A., Mohammed, Y. G., Triphan, T., & Szyszka, P. (2019). Olfactory object recognition based on fine-scale stimulus timing in Drosophila. iScience, 13, 113-124. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2019.02.014

Sehdev, A., Mohammed, Y. G., Tafrali, C., & Szyszka, P. (2019). Social foraging extends associative odor—food memory expression in an automated learning assay for Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Experimental Biology, 222, jeb207241. doi: 10.1242/jeb.207241

Sehdev, A., & Szyszka, P. (2019). Segregation of unknown odors from mixtures based on stimulus onset asynchrony in honey bees. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 13, 155. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2019.00155

Lüdke, A., Raiser, G., Nehrkorn, J., Herz, A. V. M., Galizia, C. G., & Szyszka, P. (2018). Calcium in Kenyon cell somata as a substrate for an olfactory sensory memory in Drosophila. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 12, 128. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2018.00128

Egea-Weiss, A., Renner, A., Kleineidam, C. J., & Szyszka, P. (2018). High precision of spike timing across olfactory receptor neurons allows rapid odor coding in Drosophila. iScience, 4, 76-83. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2018.05.009

Chapter in Book - Research

Nowotny, T., & Szyszka, P. (2017). Dynamics of odor-evoked activity patterns in the olfactory system. In I. S. Aranson, A. Pikovsky, N. F. Rulkov & L. S. Tsimring (Eds.), Advances in dynamics, patterns, cognition: Challenges in complexity. (pp. 243-261). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-53673-6_15

Szyszka, P., & Galizia, C. G. (2015). Olfaction in insects. In R. L. Doty (Ed.), Handbook of olfaction and gustation. (3rd ed.) (pp. 531-546). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118971758.ch22

Szyszka, P., & Stierle, J. S. (2014). Mixture processing and odor-object segregation in insects. In E. Barkai & D. A. Wilson (Eds.), Odor memory and perception: Progress in brain research (Vol. 208). (pp. 63-85). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-63350-7.00003-6

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Journal - Research Article

Sehdev, A., Mohammed, Y. G., Triphan, T., & Szyszka, P. (2019). Olfactory object recognition based on fine-scale stimulus timing in Drosophila. iScience, 13, 113-124. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2019.02.014

Sehdev, A., & Szyszka, P. (2019). Segregation of unknown odors from mixtures based on stimulus onset asynchrony in honey bees. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 13, 155. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2019.00155

Sehdev, A., Mohammed, Y. G., Tafrali, C., & Szyszka, P. (2019). Social foraging extends associative odor—food memory expression in an automated learning assay for Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Experimental Biology, 222, jeb207241. doi: 10.1242/jeb.207241

Lüdke, A., Raiser, G., Nehrkorn, J., Herz, A. V. M., Galizia, C. G., & Szyszka, P. (2018). Calcium in Kenyon cell somata as a substrate for an olfactory sensory memory in Drosophila. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 12, 128. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2018.00128

Egea-Weiss, A., Renner, A., Kleineidam, C. J., & Szyszka, P. (2018). High precision of spike timing across olfactory receptor neurons allows rapid odor coding in Drosophila. iScience, 4, 76-83. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2018.05.009

Chan, H. K., Hersperger, F., Marachlian, E., Smith, B. H., Locatelli, F., Szyszka, P., & Nowotny, T. (2018). Odorant mixtures elicit less variable and faster responses than pure odorants. PLoS Computational Biology, 14(12), e1006536. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006536

Dylla, K. V., Raiser, G., Galizia, C. G., & Szyszka, P. (2017). Trace conditioning in Drosophila induces associative plasticity in mushroom body kenyon cells and dopaminergic neurons. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 11, 42. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2017.00042

Nagari, M., Szyszka, P., Galizia, G., & Bloch, G. (2017). Task-related phasing of circadian rhythms in antennal responsiveness to odorants and pheromones in honeybees. Journal of Biological Rhythms, 32(6), 593-608. doi: 10.1177/0748730417733573

Raiser, G., Galizia, C. G., & Szyszka, P. (2017). A high-bandwidth dual-channel olfactory stimulator for studying temporal sensitivity of olfactory processing. Chemical Senses, 42(2), 141-151. doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjw114

Shen, M., Li, C., Huang, W., Szyszka, P., Shirahama, K., Grzegorzek, M., … Deussen, O. (2015). Interactive tracking of insect posture. Pattern Recognition, 48(11), 3560-3571. doi: 10.1016/j.patcog.2015.05.011

Shen, M., Szyszka, P., Deussen, O., Galizia, C. G., & Merhof, D. (2015). Automated tracking and analysis of behavior in restrained insects. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 239, 194-205. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2014.10.021

Rigosi, E., Haase, A., Rath, L., Anfora, G., Vallortigara, G., & Szyszka, P. (2015). Asymmetric neural coding revealed by in vivo calcium imaging in the honey bee brain. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282(1803), 20142571. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2571

Froese, A., Szyszka, P., & Menzel, R. (2014). Effect of GABAergic inhibition on odorant concentration coding in mushroom body intrinsic neurons of the honeybee. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 200(3), 183-195. doi: 10.1007/s00359-013-0877-8

Szyszka, P., Gerkin, R. C., Galizia, C. G., & Smith, B. H. (2014). High-speed odor transduction and pulse tracking by insect olfactory receptor neurons. PNAS, 111(47), 16925-16930. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1412051111

Galili, D. S., Dylla, K. V., Lüdke, A., Friedrich, A. B., Yamagata, N., Wong, J. Y. H., … Szyszka, P., & Tanimoto, H. (2014). Converging circuits mediate temperature and shock aversive olfactory conditioning in Drosophila. Current Biology, 24(15), 1712-1722. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.06.062

Pamir, E., Szyszka, P., Scheiner, R., & Nawrot, M. P. (2014). Rapid learning dynamics in individual honeybees during classical conditioning. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, 313. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00313

Dylla, K. V., Galili, D. S., Szyszka, P., & Lüdke, A. (2013). Trace conditioning in insects: Keep the trace! Frontiers in Physiology, 4, 67. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2013.00067

Stierle, J. S., Galizia, C. G., & Szyszka, P. (2013). Millisecond stimulus onset-asynchrony enhances information about components in an odor mixture. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(14), 6060-6069. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5838-12.2013

Nowotny, T., Stierle, J. S., Galizia, C. G., & Szyszka, P. (2013). Data-driven honeybee antennal lobe model suggests how stimulus-onset asynchrony can aid odour segregation. Brain Research, 1536, 119-134. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2013.05.038

Szyszka, P., Stierle, J. S., Biergans, S., & Galizia, C. G. (2012). The speed of smell: Odor-object segregation within milliseconds. PLoS ONE, 7(4), e36096. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036096

Biergans, S. D., Jones, J. C., Treiber, N., Galizia, C. G., & Szyszka, P. (2012). DNA methylation mediates the discriminatory power of associative long-term memory in honeybees. PLoS ONE, 7(6), e39349. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039349

Szyszka, P., Demmler, C., Oemisch, M., Sommer, L., Biergans, S., Birnbach, B., … Galizia, C. G. (2011). Mind the gap: Olfactory trace conditioning in honeybees. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(20), 7229-7239. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.6668-10.2011

Rath, L., Galizia, C. G., & Szyszka, P. (2011). Multiple memory traces after associative learning in the honey bee antennal lobe. European Journal of Neuroscience, 34(2), 352-360. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2011.07753.x

Galili, D. S., Lüdke, A., Galizia, C. G., Szyszka, P., & Tanimoto, H. (2011). Olfactory trace conditioning in Drosophila. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(20), 7240-7248. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.6667-10.2011

Yamagata, N., Schmuker, M., Szyszka, P., Mizunami, M., & Menzel, R. (2009). Differential odor processing in two olfactory pathways in the honeybee. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 3, 16. doi: 10.3389/neuro.06.016.2009

Szyszka, P., Galkin, A., & Menzel, R. (2008). Associative and non-associative plasticity in Kenyon cells of the honeybee mushroom body. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 2, 3. doi: 10.3389/neuro.06.003.2008

Galizia, C. G., & Szyszka, P. (2008). Olfactory coding in the insect brain: Molecular receptive ranges, spatial and temporal coding. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 128(1), 81-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1570-7458.2007.00661.x

Szyszka, P., Ditzen, M., Galkin, A., Galizia, C. G., & Menzel, R. (2005). Sparsening and temporal sharpening of olfactory representations in the honeybee mushroom bodies. Journal of Neurophysiology, 94(5), 3303-3313. doi: 10.1152/jn.00397.2005

Galán, R. F., Ritz, R., Herz, A. V. M., & Szyszka, P. (2004). Uncovering short-time correlations between multichannel recordings of brain activity: A phase-space approach. International Journal of Bifurcation & Chaos, 14(2), 585-597. doi: 10.1142/S0218127404009557

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Journal - Research Other

Szyszka, P., & Galizia, C. G. (2018). The role of the sucrose-responsive IR60b Neuron for Drosophila melanogaster: A hypothesis. Chemical Senses, 43(5), 311-312. doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjy020

Szyszka, P. (2014). Follow the odor. Science, 344(6191), 1454. doi: 10.1126/science.1255748

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Shen, M., Huang, W., Szyszka, P., & Merhof, D. (2014). Interactive framework for insect tracking with active learning. Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Pattern Recognition. (pp. 2733-2738). IEEE. doi: 10.1109/ICPR.2014.471

Strauch, M., Müthing, C., Broeg, M. P., Szyszka, P., Münch, D., Laudes, T., … Merhof, D. (2013). The looks of an odour: Visualising neural odour response patterns in real time. BMC Bioinformatics, 14(Suppl. 19), S6. doi: 10.1186/1471-2105-14-S19-S6

Shen, M., Szyszka, P., Galizia, C. G., & Merhof, D. (2013). Automatic framework for tracking honeybee's antennae and mouthparts from low framerate video. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing. (pp. 4112-4116). IEEE. doi: 10.1109/ICIP.2013.6738847

Strauch, M., Broeg, M. P., Müthing, C., Szyszka, P., Deussen, O., Galizia, C. G., & Merhof, D. (2012). INCIDE the brain of a bee: Visualising honeybee brain activity in real time by semantic segmentation. Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (BioVis). (pp. 17-24). IEEE. doi: 10.1109/BioVis.2012.6378588

Ritz, R., Galán, R. F., Szyszka, P., & Herz, A. V. M. (2001). Analysis of odor processing in the mushroom bodies of the honeybee. Neurocomputing, 38-40, (pp. 313-318). doi: 10.1016/S0925-2312(01)00375-7

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Pequeno-Zurro, A., Nitschke, J., Szyszka, P., Shaikh, D., & Couzin-Fuchs, E. (2017). Modelling active antennal movements of the American cockroach: Towards biorobotic models of active sensing. Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Swarm Behavior and Bio-Inspired Robotics. Retrieved from http://www.ohk.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/SWARM2017

Menzel, R., Galizia, G., Müller, D., & Szyszka, P. (2005). Odor coding in projection neurons of the honeybee brain. Chemical Senses, 30 (Suppl. 1), (pp. i301-i302). doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjh234

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