Neuroscience

International Undergraduate Program-of-the-Year
 

Faculty

Dr. MorrisJacqueline K. Morris, Ph.D.
Director of the Neuroscience Program

office: (440) 826-6527; email: jmorris@bw.edu
Dr. Jacqueline Morris earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Cell Biology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Her teaching responsibilities at Baldwin Wallace University include Developmental Biology, Histology, Principles of Neurosciences, Principles of Biology and non-majors Biology. During graduate school her research focus was to understand the cellular signaling mechanisms that control ovulation in the rat. For her post-doctoral work Dr. Morris traveled to the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA to investigate the role of tyrosine kinase receptors on peripheral nervous system development. She continued her post-doctoral work at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation to understand glia cell development by utilizing the zebrafish, a common aquarium fish, as a model. 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, NIH and faculty grants from Baldwin Wallace University. Dr. Morris has mentored and trained over 20 research students who are now completing degrees at Cornell Medical School, College of Dentistry at Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Ohio University College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve and working as research scientists, doctors, physician assistants and a variety of careers in science. Dr. Morris was instrumental in bringing over 1 million dollars in scholarships to BW with the Choose Ohio First program five years ago and has grown the program to over 100 scholars. She has been teaching and mentoring in the Neuroscience Program for almost 9 years. Her current research focus is to understand the molecular mechanisms that control myelination and remyelination in the central nervous system of zebrafish. Last year Dr. Morris received the Gigax Award for outstanding faculty scholarship.

Dr. BumbulisMichael Bumbulis, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology & Geology
Dr. Michael Bumbulis received his B.S. from the Ohio State University.  After working as a respiratory therapist for a few years at Columbus Children's Hospital, he returned to OSU to earn an M.S. in Zoology, where he biochemically characterized an enzyme found in tapeworms.  He then began to work on a Ph.D. in genetics at Case Western Reserve University.  During this time, Dr. Bumbulis secured a part-time position at Baldwin Wallace University teaching genetics.  In 1996, he received his Ph.D. from CWRU and began teaching full-time at Baldwin Wallace.  He currently teaches courses in genetics, neuroscience, molecular biology, cell biology, anatomy and physiology, and human biology.  He is also interested in researching the interaction between transcription factors and DNA.

Dr. BarkoDiana Barko, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Barko teaches in the Chemistry department. She is an enzymologist and is therefore interested in how enzymes function and for what purpose. Enzymes are proteins that regulate and serve as catalysts for chemical reactions. Generally the starting point in these types of projects is to isolate and purify the enzyme as well as identifying a substrate so that activity assays can be developed for assessing the system.  Then the individual steps along the reaction pathway can be elucidated using kinetic or other techniques.  There are many enzymes for which we have little understanding of their specific function, their impact on the cell, and subsequent effect on the organism as a whole.

Dr. Barko's graduate and post doctoral research in enzymology focused on investigating two processes intrinsic to cellular survival: protein degradation and nucleic acid metabolism.  Her long term research interests include furthering the investigation of these processes in collaboration with Dr. Irene Lee and Dr. Anthony Berdis at Case Western Reserve University as well as the broader goal of affecting a cell by manipulating enzymatic function.  The mechanism of how the ATP-dependent Lon protease contributes to the maintenance of mitochondrial function and cell survival is currently being investigated by the Lee lab.  The Berdis lab utilizes non-natural nucleoside analogs to investigate normal and pro-mutagenic DNA synthesis by both high and low fidelity polymerases.  She is also interested in branching out into smaller projects of interest to students which they can work together in creating. Contact Information: Dr. Diana Barko; 107 Wilker Hall; dbarko@bw.edu; (440) 826-2489.

Dr. ThomasBrian Thomas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Brian Thomas completed his doctoral program in Experimental Psychology at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. His graduate research focused on the neuropharmacology of reward processing. He then served as a post-doctoral researcher in the Neuroscience and Behavior program at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA where he began investigating how fears are learned and treatments for eliminating fear and anxiety. Since assuming his current position in the Department of Psychology, Dr. Thomas has continued to explore new areas in neuroscience, most recently as an invited researcher at the Max Plank Institute in Dresden, Germany where he participated in research on adult neurogenesis in rats. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and he has received both internal and external grant support for it. Lastly, Dr. Thomas brings extensive leadership experience to the Neuroscience Program. He has served in a number of administrative positions with the American Psychological Association and as the chairman of the Psychology Department. Contact Information: Dr. Brian Thomas; bthomas@bw.edu; (440) 826-2165.
 

Emeriti Faculty

Dr. MickleyG. Andrew Mickley, Ph.D.
Emertius Professor and Founding Chair, Neuroscience Program;

Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychology

From 1993-2012, Dr. G. Andrew Mickley was a Professor in the Psychology Department and Professor and Chair of the Neuroscience Program at Baldwin Wallace University. He received his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and his M.A. and Ph.D degrees in Physiological Psychology from the University of Virginia. He came to BW after a 21-year career in the United States Air Force. Dr. Mickley retired from the Air Force with the rank of Lt. Colonel. While working in the Department of Defense, Dr. Mickley did extensive research in the brain sciences. He published over 80 journal articles and books describing his studies on learning and memory, brain plasticity, recovery from brain damage, neurotoxicology, neuropharmacology, obesity and neural transplantation. Dr. Mickley's research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Department of Defense, as well as various foundations. He is a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science, The Midwestern Psychological Association, and the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society. He is a Charter member of the Society for Neuroscience. Dr. Mickley taught Principles of Neuroscience, Principles of Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Neuropharmacology, and several other courses in the Neuroscience and Psychology curricula. Dr. Mickley was selected as the 2008 Ohio Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He received the Baldwin Wallace University's Strosacker Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 and the Bechberger Award for Human Development in 2012. He also won the Baldwin Wallace University Gigax Award for excellence in research and other scholarly activities. Dr. Mickley continues to be active professionally and he serve as the executive director of Nu Rho Psi, the National Neuroscience Honor Society.

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