2014 Student News

Breathing space

Student researcher Ellen Ricker’s work in the lab points to answers on respiration

Graduate student Ellen Ricker has garnered international recognition for her research and was named top female researcher in a STEM field at the Midwest Graduate Research Symposium. Ricker, who is working on her master’s degree in anatomy, is a student researcher in the lab of Christopher Wyatt, Ph.D., investigating how opiates such as morphine can affect the carotid bodies and stop a person from breathing.

Renee Albers in Thomas Brown's lab.

Homegrown and farm raised

Ph.D. student Renee Albers conducting key pregnancy research from agricultural launching pad

She grew up on her family’s hog farm near the small northwestern Ohio village of St. Henry.

Today, Renee Albers is working on her doctorate in the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program at Wright State University and is a key researcher in the lab of Thomas L. Brown, Ph.D. She is helping him investigate the causes of pregnancy-associated disorders that lead to premature births.

2013 Faculty News

Tim CopeTimothy C. Cope, Ph.D.

Mark Rich, M.D., Ph.D.Mark Rich, M.D., Ph.D.

Larry ReamLarry J. Ream, Ph.D.

Three NCBP faculty members recognized

In medical school award ceremonies held in November, three faculty members from the department were honored. The following were recognized at the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony following Faculty Development Day on Nov. 19:

Timothy C. Cope, Ph.D., Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research, department chair and codirector of the Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute, received the Faculty Mentor Award. The award recognizes faculty members who serve as role models for their colleagues, promote the professional development of others and create a supportive and positive working environment.

The Innovation in Medical Education Award was presented to Mark M. Rich, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neuroscience, cell biology and physiology and of neurology. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in medical education, particularly in the development of new, innovative educational initiatives or programs.

Larry J. Ream, Ph.D., vice chair and associate professor of neuroscience, cell biology and physiology, received the Teaching Excellence Award at the Student and Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony on Nov. 7. Recipients of Teaching Excellence Awards are selected by Medical Students.

Department welcomes new assistant professor

Debra Mayes, Ph.D.The Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology is delighted to announce the appointment of a new member to its faculty. Debra Mayes, Ph.D., joins us from the Department of Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Mayes’ research has focused on mechanisms controlling myelination and demyelination of neurons in both normal and disease states (specifically focusing on Neurofibromatosis Type I). She plans to extend this research at Wright State University by defining the role of metabolism dysfunction in neurodegeneration and neuropsychiatric diseases as well as exploring the roles of oxidants/antioxidants in cancer development and progression.

Dr. Mayes has seven years’ experience working as a postdoctoral researcher, and her primary objective will be to set up an independent research laboratory, where students can be trained in a range of cutting edge techniques. We would like to welcome her to the department and look forward to her being a valuable member of the faculty for years to come.

2013 Student News

Each fall, family members and friends of donors to the Anatomical Gift Program are invited to honor and remember their loved ones in an annual Memorial Program. The 2013 Memorial Program was held on Sunday, Sept. 15. Students, faculty members and administrators who benefit from the anatomical gifts are active participants in the Memorial Program. Adam Deardorff, M.D./Ph.D. student and graduate of the master’s of anatomy program, and Ellen Ricker, second year master’s of anatomy student, both spoke at this year's program. Their speeches were heart felt, inspiring, and left an overwhelming positive impression on the 1,500 attendees. Thanks so much Adam and Ellen!

Richard Pye, M.S., a Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. candidate in the laboratory of Christopher Wyatt, Ph.D., received an Ohio Physiological Society (OPS) travel award for his abstract entitled “Leptin increases intracellular calcium, but not metabolic rate, in rat carotid body type I cells.” Richard will give a 15-minute oral presentation on Oct. 18 at the 28th annual OPS meeting held at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio.

Patrick Sonner, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of David Ladle, Ph.D., received the OMV-SfN Chapter's Postdoctoral Trainee Travel Award for his abstract entitled “Modulation of reciprocal facilitation in mouse spinal cord during postnatal development.” Patrick will receive $1,000 and complimentary registration for Neuroscience 2013, to be held in San Diego in November.

Student awards were given to the following students on August 22 at the Graduate Student Orientation:

  • Erica Stewart (anatomy)
    The Galen Award
  • Jennifer Jurcsisn (physiology & neuroscience)
    Sherrington Award

2012 Student News

Congratulations to Julia Paulet (Master of Science in Anatomy Program) and Richard Pye (Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program) who received Outstanding Graduate Student Awards for 2012.

2011 Faculty News

Timothy Cope, Ph.D., has been named the Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research at Wright State University. Named after Wright State’s first president, the award recognizes outstanding research by a Wright State faculty member. The title Distinguished Professor of Research is a special rank awarded by the Board of Trustees to a faculty member who has produced a significant body of work in scholarship, research or the creative arts, which brings distinction to the university and national or international recognition to the faculty member. Read the news release.

On October 13, 2011, Christopher Wyatt, Ph.D., will present the plenary lecture "The Role of AMP-activated Protein Kinase in Oxygen-Sensing by the Carotid Body" at the annual meeting of The Chilean Physiological Society in Santiago, Chile.

2011 Student News

Congratulations to Ryan Shapiro (Wyatt lab) who has been selected as the outstanding graduate student in the Master of Science in Anatomy program for 2011.

Urszula Osinska, has been awarded an Undergraduate Research and Independent Project Support Grant of $500 for winter quarter 2011 to conduct research under the direction of J. Ashot Kozak, Ph.D. The grant is awarded on a competitive basis by Wright State University's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

2010 Faculty News

Christopher N. Wyatt, Ph.D., gave a seminar on "The role of AMP-activated protein kinase in the hypoxic ventilatory response" at the Department of Neuroscience and Center for Molecular Neurobiology, at Ohio State University, on March 11.

Christopher N. Wyatt, Ph.D., will give a seminar entitled "Molecular transduction of the acute hypoxic ventilatory response. The role of AMPK" at the Department of Physiology, University of Connecticut, in Storrs, on March 17.

Christopher N. Wyatt, Ph.D., has been invited to give a presentation on "Oxygen-sensing by the peripheral arterial chemoreceptors" at Galleon Pharmaceuticals, in Horsham, Penn., on May 10.

Christopher N. Wyatt, Ph.D., will co-chair the special topics session, "Mechanisms of Peripheral Chemoreception," at the 2010 Experimental Biology meeting in Anaheim, Calif. He will also give a platform presentation entitled "Global knockout of AMP-activated protein kinase alpha subunits attenuates the hypoxic ventilatory response in mice."

2010 Student News

Orville Bennett, a graduate student studying under J. Ashot Kozak, Ph.D., has been awarded a $1,500 Choose Ohio First Scholarship. Choose Ohio First Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to selected undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing a major in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine (STEMM).

Congratulations to Carrie Thompson (Wyatt lab) who has been selected as the outstanding graduate student in the Master of Science in Anatomy program for 2010.

2009 Faculty News

On October 26, Christopher N. Wyatt, Ph.D., gave a seminar in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, at Kansas University, entitled, "The role of AMP-activated protein kinase in acute oxygen-sensing." He presented a seminar on "Hypoxia and the control of breathing" at Kettering College, in Dayton, on March 19.

On March 4, Tim Cope, Ph.D., and Robert Fyffe, Ph.D., were invited speakers to Case Western Reserve University, Center for Translational Neuroscience Interest Group. Their title was "Reorganizing Spinal Synapses and Ion Channels After Nerve Injury and Regeneration."

The WSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced that Robert W. Putnam, Ph.D., received $21,925 from the Research Challenge Early Start/Augmentation internal awards program for his proposal "The Role of Ion Channels and Reactive Oxygen Species in the Control of Breathing."

Christopher N. Wyatt, Ph.D., and the members of the Wyatt lab, attended the conference Hypoxia and Consequences at the New York Academy of Sciences, New York, N.Y., March 12-14. Dr Wyatt, Heidi Jordan and Barbara Barr are authors on posters entitled: 1. "Regulation of oxygen-sensitive channels by AMP-activated protein kinase," and 2. "AMP-activated protein kinase and hypoxia-response coupling in the carotid body and pulmonary artery."

2009 Student News

Katie Bullinger, an M.D./Ph.D. BMS student in Dr. Tim Cope's laboratory, attended the Society for Neuroscience 38th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., November 15, 2008, and presented an abstract titled: "Oxaliplatin Chemotherapy Alters Encoding Behavior of Proprioceptive Afferents." Ms. Bullinger was the recipient of the OMV-SfN Chapter's Gradate Student Travel Award in the amount of $750, plus a complimentary registration, which was presented to her at a special reception at the Annual Meeting.

Anita Benito Gonzalez and Valerie Siembab Neff, Ph.D. students of Francisco Alvarez, Ph.D., made poster presentations at the Society for Neuroscience 38th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., November 15, 2008. Ms. Gonzalez's title was "Renshaw cells are V1-derived neurons with a very early birth date." Ms. Neff's title was "Distinct synaptic development in la inhibitory interneurons compared to Renshaw cells."

John Treyfry and Robert McRae, Ph.D. students of Dawn Wooley, Ph.D., presented their research at the 2008 Physiological Sensing Symposium, "Multiscale Integration of Nanotechnology, BioMEMS and Biology," at Purdue University in Indiana, November 20, 2008.