Currently studying the effects of metabolic disorders on astrocyte function in the brain. Astrocytes play an important role in normal neuronal homeostasis and function and are instrumental in the pathophysiology of certain neurotoxicities. Astrocytes function in calcium homeostasis and signal transduction, produce growth factors, modulate synaptic activity, serve as important metabolic regulators for normal neuronal function, regulate extracellular ion homeostasis, and maintain extracellular glutamate at appropriate physiological concentrations. Techniques utilized in the laboratory include protein extraction, western blotting, and immunohistochemistry.

Past Affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University
2001 - current

School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, Tuskegee University (past)

Pharmacology, Physiology, Human Anatomy
PhD, Auburn University, 1992
DVM, Ohio State University, 1984
diabetes neurotoxicology neuroscience