Professor EmeritusHome Department: Biological Sciences
Office: Corbin 256
BS (Biology): St. Peter's College, Jersey City, New Jersey, 1974
PhD (Biology & Neuroscience): The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1980
Post-doc: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (Neurobiology & Behavior) 1980-1982
Cellular Neurobiology and Behavior
Evolution of Neural Systems
Integration of the Humanities with the Life Sciences
Comer, C. and Taggart, A. (2021) Brain, Mind, and the Narrative Imagination. London: Bloomsbury Press.
Comer, CM and Baba, Y (2011) Active touch in orthopteroid insects: behaviours, multisensory substrates and evolution. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 366:3006-3015.
Baba, Y, Tsukada, A and Comer, CM (2010) Collision avoidance by running insects: antennal guidance in cockroaches. J. Exp. Biol. 213:2294-2302.
Comer, C.M. (2009) Inside the Mind of Proteus. Current Biology 19(1): R27-R28
Baba, Y. and Comer, C.M. (2008) The antennal motor system of the cockroach, Periplaneta Americana. Cell Tissue Res. 331:751-762.
Park, TJ, Catania, KC, Samaan, D, and Comer, C (2007) Convergent notes from the underground: Somatosensory organization of naked mole-rats (and those similarly challenged) emphasizes adaptability of brain and behavior.
In: "Subterranean Rodents - News from Underground," Springer-Verlag Edited by S. Begal, H. Burda, and C.E. Schleich. pp. 175-193.
Crish, SD Dengler Crish, CM and Comer, CM (2006) Population coding strategies and involvement of the superior colliculus in the tactile orienting behavior of naked mole-rats. Neuroscience 139:1461-1466.
Libersat, F., Leung, V., Mizrahi, A., Mathenia, N. and Comer, C.M. (2005)
Maturation of escape circuit function during the early adulthood of cockroaches Periplaneta americana. Journal of Neurobiology, 62:62-71
Hetling, JR, Baig-Siva, M.S., Comer, CM, Pardue, MT, Samaan, DY, Qtaishat, N.M., Pepperberg, D.R., ParK, TJ (2005) Features of visual function in the naked mole-rat Heterocephalus glaber. J. Comp. Physiol., 191(4): 317-30.
Comer, C.M. and Leung, V. (2004) The Vigilance of the Hunted: Mechanosensory-visual Integration in Insect Prey. A Chapter In: Complex Worlds from Simpler Nervous Systems, Ed. By F. Prete, MIT Press, pp 313-334.
Crish, S., Rice, F.L., Park, T. and Comer, C.M. (2003) Somatosensory organization and behavior in Naked Mole-Rats I: Vibrissa-like body hairs comprise a sensory array that mediates orientation to tactile stimuli.
Brain Behav. Evol. 62:141-151. Park, T., Comer, C.M., Carol, A., Lu, Y. Hong, H.-S. Rice, F.L. (2003)
Somatosensory organization and behavior in Naked Mole-Rats II: Peripheral Structures, Innervation, and Selective Lack of Neuropeptides Associated with Thermoregulation and Pain. J. Comp. Neurol. 465: 104-120.
Ye, S., Leung, V., Khan, A., Baba, Y. and Comer, C.M. (2003) The antennal system of the cockroach and evasive behavior. I. Roles for Visual and mechanosensory cues in the response. J. Comp. Physiol. 189:89-96.
Comer, C.M., Parks, L., Halvorsen, M.B., Breese-Tertelling, A. (2003) The antennal system of the cockroach and evasive behavior. II. Stimulus identification and localization are separable antennal functions. J. Comp. Physiol. 189:97-103.
Crish, S., Comer, C.M., Marasco, P.D. and Catania, K.C. (2003) A Tactile Tectum? Somatosensation in the Superior Colliculus of the Star-Nosed Mole. J. Comp. Neurol. 464:415-425.
Artwohl J., Hill T., Comer C.M., and Park, T. (2002) Naked mole-rats: Unique opportunities and husbandry challenges. Lab Anim 31(5):32-36.
Comer, C.M. and Robertson, R.M. (2001) Identified nerve cells and insect behavior. In: Identified Neurons in Model Systems, ed. by J.L. Leonard, Prog. Neurobiol. 63:409-439.
Specialized Research Interests
Cellular neurobiology and behavior
Human Cognition and the Literary and Visual Arts
Developmental Biology (Grad TA, at University of Chicago)
Neurophysiology of Movement (at Cornell University - with D. Daley)
Cellular Neurobiology and laboratory (at UIC)
Comparative Animal Behavior (at UIC - with AD Murphy)
Animal Physiology I: Nerve & Muscle Physiology (at UIC, team taught)
Animal Physiology II: Physiological Systems (immunology section)
Biology of the Brain (at UIC, team taught)
Neural Engineering (at UIC with J Hetling)
From Molecules to Mind (at UM)
Various Graduate Seminars (neural networks & behavior)
Program Officer, Behavioral Neuroscience Program, The National Science Foundation 1993-1995
Coordinator, Laboratory of Ingetrative Neuroscience, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 1997-2001
Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Univ. Illinois at Chicago, 2001-2002
Senior Associate Dean College of Liberal Arts & Scineces, Univ, Illinois at Chicago 2002-2004
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Univ. Illinois at Chicago 2004-2007
Dean, College of Humanities and Sciences, University of Montana Jan 2009 - Aug 2018
Study Abroad Teaching:
Brain, Mind, and the Literary Imagination
(in Dublin Ireland, Summers)