Wesleyan portrait of John  Kirn

John Kirn

Professor of Biology

Shanklin Laboratory, 409

Professor, Neuroscience and Behavior



Visit Professional Website

BA University of Denver
MA Bucknell University
PHD Cornell University

John Kirn

I'm interested in how the brain acquires and stores information. I am pursuing these interests by studying song learning and song maintenance in birds, who constantly replace neurons throughout life. Two basic questions of interest are (1) is neuronal replacement related to song learning, and (2) How can the brain preserve information when neurons are constantly being replaced?

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

M: 4:00-5:00 pm, F: 10:00-11:00 am and by appointment.


Fall 2019
BIOL 509 - 01
Neuroscience Journal Club I