- BA., Smith College, Biochemistry
- Ph.D., University of Vermont, Physiology & Biophysics
- Biochemistry Program faculty member
- Pre-Health Professions, Advisor
- Neuroscience Minor, Advisor
- Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)
- Ithaca College Chapter, Sigma Xi, President
My research focuses on neuronal regulation of cardiac function.
Specifically, I am interested in how neurotransmitters (chemicals released by nerve cells to communicate with one another) can modulate the activity of neurons located within the heart which in turn regulate heart rate and the strength of heart contractions. Most recently, the research in my lab is examining how chronic heart disease can alter the function of the neurons that regulate the heart. We are able to create a surgical model of a myocardial infarction (a blocked coronary blood vessel) in the guinea pig. After a recovery period, we study the electrical responses of intracardiac neurons to specific neurotransmitters to look for changes in neuronal function induced by the disease process. We are also studying phenotypic changes in these neurons, such as changes in specfic protein expression. To investigate these questions, I make use of several different neurobiological techniques, including immunohistochemistry, electrophysiology, and biochemistry.
- ICView: "Genius and Species: IC biologists make big breakthroughs by studying small animals" (Andy Smith, Leann Kanda, and Jean Hardwick)
If you interested in conducting research in my lab, see details below:
Recent Honors and Awards
- Faculty Excellence Award, Ithaca College
- Distinguished Service Award, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience