Kimberly McArthur

Notable Achievements

Assistant Professor of Biology Kim McArthur gave an invited virtual presentation on equity in grading to the Union College (Schenectady, New York) faculty on March 22. The presentation, titled “Rethinking Traditional Grading, Working Towards Equity,” provided a framework for considering the impact of traditional grading practices on student equity, with suggestions for reconsidering and fully aligning assessment practices with course learning objectives.

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Expertise

Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Microscopy

Dr. Kim McArthur is a developmental neurobiologist. As an undergraduate, she attended another awesome liberal arts college (Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN), majoring in biology and religion. She earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis, then completed post-doctoral work at Cornell University before joining Southwestern as an assistant professor in 2019.

  • Dr. Kim McArthur is a developmental neurobiologist. As an undergraduate, she attended another awesome liberal arts college (Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN), majoring in biology and religion. She earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis, then completed post-doctoral work at Cornell University before joining Southwestern as an assistant professor in 2019.

  • Students in the McArthur lab investigate the fundamentals of neural circuit development.

    What strategies do neurons use to choose their synaptic partners? How do these partnerships change over time, vary across individuals, and respond to disruptions? What are the consequences for neural circuit function and behavior?

    To answer these questions, we directly and non-invasively explore circuit development as it unfolds in the hindbrain of larval zebrafish, using a powerful combination of approaches — including electrophysiology, neuronal tracing, calcium imaging, and behavior.

  • McArthur KL, Fetcho JR. (2017) Key features of structural and functional organization of zebrafish facial motor neurons are resilient to disruption of neuronal migration. Curr Biol 27: 1746-1756.  PMID: 28602649

    • This research was covered in an interview for The Node.

    Chen S, Chiu CN, McArthur KL, Fetcho JR, Prober DA. (2016) TRP channel mediated neuronal activation and ablation in freely behaving zebrafish. Nat Methods 13: 147-150.  PMID: 26657556

    McArthur KL, Dickman JD. (2011) Behavioral state modulates the activity of brainstem sensorimotor neurons. J Neurosci 31: 16700-16708.  PMID: 22090497

    McArthur KL, Zakir M, Haque A, Dickman JD. (2011) Spatial and temporal characteristics of vestibular convergence. Neuroscience 192: 361-371.  PMID: 21756981

    McArthur KL, Dickman JD. (2011) State-dependent sensorimotor processing: gaze and posture stability during simulated flight in birds. J Neurophysiol 105: 1689-1700.  PMID: 21307332

    McArthur KL, Dickman JD. (2008) Canal and otolith contributions to compensatory tilt responses in pigeons. J Neurophysiol 100: 1488-1497.  PMID: 18632885