Angel Kaur, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Director of Neuroscience Minor
211 Zeis Hall

Office Hours

Wednesdays: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Thursdays:  2:00-4:00 pm


Angel Kaur completed her Bachelor’s degree at Bryn Mawr College, majoring in Biology at Haverford College. She then received her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. During her graduate work she investigated the role of major urinary proteins in pheromone based signaling between male mice. She found evidence that mice are able to recognize each other and undertake complex territory marking behavior based on these proteins. Analysis of their reception pattern revealed that, unlike most pheromones, these proteins activated sensory neurons in a combinatorial pattern, a mechanism typically employed by odor molecules. Her research lab at UNC Asheville further investigates this group of protein pheromones. Students in the Kaur lab are trying to identify the molecular mechanisms that govern gene choice in this protein family. Another research project in the lab focusses on understanding how these proteins activate sensory neurons.


Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla (Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience)
A.B., Bryn Mawr College (Biology at Haverford College)

Courses Taught

• Molecular Neurobiology
• Neuropharmacology
• Neuroscience in Popular Culture

Selected Publications

1. Kaur, A.W., Ackels, T., Kuo, T., Cichy, A., Dey, S., Hays, C., Kateri, M., Logan, D.W., Marton, T.F., Spehr, M., Stowers, L. (2014). Murine pheromone proteins constitute a context-dependent combinatorial code governing multiple social behaviors. Cell. 157 (3), 676 – 688.

2. Li, Q., Korzan, W.J., Ferrer, D.M., Chang, R.B., Roy, D.S., Buchi, M., Lemon, J.K., Kaur, A., Stowers, L., Fendt, M., Liberles, S.D. (2013). Synchronous evolution of an odor biosynthesis pathway and behavioral response. Current Biology. 23,11-20.

3. Kaur, A., Dey, S., Stowers, L. Protocol for live cell calcium imaging of dissociated vomeronasal neurons. (2013). Methods Mol Biol. 1068:189-200.