Spring Research Elective

Research as an elective course (PBIO 906 Research in Physiology) is available to a limited number of students during the spring semester only dependent upon approval from the Program Director.  Research mentors are most commonly found within the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, however there is some opportunity to find research mentors outside our department. See below list of research mentors and topics from Spring 2019.

The Program Director holds a meeting with current students each fall to discuss the requirements of the spring research elective, and if the number of interested students exceeds the number of available spots in the research elective,  a simple competitive application process is conducted in order to select students for the available spots.

Please note: research as an elective is not available in the fall semester for MS in Physiology students.  Prospective students interested in a research-focused program may want to consider applying to our MS in Pharmacology program in which all elective credits can be taken as lab research in both the fall and spring semesters.

Alumna Publication

A 2017 alumna who is currently an M2 at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences was third author on a March 2019 publication resulting from the research she supported during her spring research elective in 2017.

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Note: This list of faculty and topics is meant to be a representative sample only. The participation of a faculty researcher as a mentor for the MS in Physiology research elective in one year does not guarantee their availability in future years. Likewise, a research topic done this year does not guarantee any opportunity to do the same or similar research in subsequent years with that faculty researcher. The program director will meet with current MS in Physiology students each fall semester to discuss availability of research mentors for that year’s spring research elective.
Faculty MentorStudent Research Topic
AhernEffect of adenosine on the calcium current through TRPV1 in HEK293 cells.
AndersonEffect of vasopressin antagonist consumption on irritability levels of patients with Huntington’s disease.
BarrEffect of parents’ age on the media usage (content/context) in children with and without siblings
BrelidzeThe redox state of cysteine residues in HCN and KCNH channels.
DezfuliThe roles of NMDA and AMPA receptors in the release of norepinephrine through glutamate.
ForcelliEffect of antiepileptic drugs on neonatal post-seizure apoptosis.
Fugh-BermanHow laws affect pharmaceutical marketing in the US and abroad, and the impact of under-promoting and over-promoting certain vaccines.
KellarEffect of aging on glutamate-stimulated release of norepinephrine through NMDA receptors.
MalkovaApoptotic effects of anti-epileptic drugs on the brains of non-human primates.
RebeckEffect of enzyme expression level on cholesterol homeostasis in the brains of Alzheimers patients
SahibzadaUsing in vivo recording to observe the effect of Npy stimulation on gastric motility.
ShepardPlasma membranes of kidney cells and the localization of the taste receptor domain for the TAS2r108
ViciniLooking at calcium influx in Gcamp cells through control of a PV cell