Jacqueline Morris headshot

Director, Neuroscience Program
Professor
Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine

Jacqueline Morris

Jacqueline Morris headshotDirector, Neuroscience Program
Professor of Biology

Post-doc, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Post-doc, Cleveland Clinic
Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Baylor College of Medicine

Contact:

(440) 826-6527, jmorris@bw.edu

Dr. Jacqueline Morris earned her doctorate in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She completed post-doctoral research at the Salk Institute and the Cleveland Clinic. Her teaching responsibilities at Baldwin Wallace University include developmental biology, histology, principles of neurosciences, principles of biology and mentoring student research. Morris’ research aims are to understand neuron-glia interactions by utilizing the mammalian and zebrafish models. Her research career has been focused on how cells differentiate at the molecular level of gene regulation. She has experience with primary cell culture, molecular biology and transgenic animals including mice and zebrafish. Her current research focus is to understand the role of glia cells in neurodegeneration, repair and myelination. Her research has been published in top tier journals including “Neuron,” “PNAS” and “Glia” and has been supported with grants from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) and with faculty grants from Baldwin Wallace University. Morris has mentored and trained numerous research students who are now completing degrees at Vanderbilt University, Cornell Medical School, Boston College, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Ohio University College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve and are working as research scientists, doctors, physician assistants and in a variety of other careers in science. Morris was instrumental in bringing over 3 million dollars in scholarships to BW with the Choose Ohio First program five years ago.

Neuroscience Courses

Principles of neuroscience, methods in neuroscience I, developmental biology

Recent Publications

Morris, J.K., Peppers, K. and Mickley G.A. (2015) Intentional Excellence in the Baldwin Wallace University Neuroscience Program. J Undergrad. Neurosci. Educ. 2015 Jul 7;13(3):A146-9. eCollection 2015.

Morris, J.K., Chomyk, A., Parker, N.*, Deckard, S., Song, P., Pimplikar, S., Trapp, B and R. Dutta (2015) Loss of neuronal microRNA, miR-124 effects oligodendrocyte numbers and myelination in Danio rerio. Invert. Neurosci. Sep;15(3):4. doi: 10.1007/s10158-015-0180-1. Epub 2015 Jul 10.

B. P. Brown*, S.C. Kang, K. Gawelek*, R. A. Zacharias*, S. R. Anderson*, C. P. Turner, and J.K. Morris(2015) In vivo and in vitro ketamine exposure exhibits a dose-dependent induction of activity-dependent neuroprotective protein in rat neurons. Neuroscience 290: 31-40

Holtzman, N.G., Iovine, M.K., Liang, J.O. and J. Morris (In Press) Learning to Fish with Genetics: A primer in zebrafish. Genetics

*Designates BW student author

Abstracts

Kang, S., Blackburn, K.*, Slawski, D. *, and Morris, J.K. (2015) Vitamin-D3 upregulation of synaptic proteins, activity- dependent neuroprotective protein and bcl-xL may provide neuroprotection to cortical neurons. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

Brown, B*., Kang, S., Gawelek, K. *, Zacharias, R. *, Anderson, S. *, Wiles, N. *, Slawski, D. *, Sirline, L. *, Morris, J.K. and Turner, C. (2013) In vivo and in vitro ketamine exposure exhibits a dose-dependent induction of ADNP in rat cortical neurons. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

Grant Support/Funding

Current Awards:

Choose Ohio First Engaged Scholarship Program, Ohio Board of Regents - $3.2 million dollars since 2008.

Completed Awards:

Emerging Technologies Grant, Baldwin Wallace University. Funding digital microscopy imaging and image capture system - $11,185

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Research Grant, National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Molecular mechanisms of myelination and remyelination - $352,228

National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

"Molecular and cellular mechanisms by which neuregulins and their receptors influence cardiac growth and development" - $86,512

Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Molecular mechanisms that control myelination in zebrafish - $147,500