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Lauren Stein, a graduate student in the Yosten/Samson lab, received her doctorate at the SLU 2016 Graduate Programs commencement exercises May 12th. In April Dr. Stein received the Research Recognition Award from the Endocrinology and Metabolism Section of the American Physiological Society for her work identifying the receptor of the novel peptide hormone, Phoenixin, which was discovered by Drs. Yosten and Samson in 2013.

Dr. Stein has accepted an NIH funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and the Translational Neurosciences Program at the Perlman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Stein will be continuing her studies on  the neuroendocrinology of energy balance in the laboratory of Dr. Matthew Hayes.
Willis K. Samson Ph.D. D.Sc. has been elected by the membership of the American Physiological Society to serve on its governing Council. Click here to read more.



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Primary Faculty Appointments

NameDegree InstitutionAcademic Interest
Thomas P. Burris, Ph.D.
burristp@slu.edu
Ph.D., The Florida State University
Michael Ariel, Ph.D.
arielm@slu.edu
Washington University, 1980

Sensorimotor information processing from visual and vestibular inputs that control eye movements.

Joseph Baldassare, Ph.D.
baldasjj@slu.edu
MIT and University of Pittsburgh, 1971

Cell-cycle regulation and intracellular signal transduction mechanisms.

Andrew A. Butler, Ph.D
butleraa@slu.edu

University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand (1995)

Neural “nutrient sensing networks” control ingestive behaviors and metabolism to maintain metabolic homeostasis and a healthy body weight.

John C. Chrivia, Ph.D.
chrivia@slu.edu
University of Washington, 1987

Transcriptional reegulation by coactivators and nuclear receptors.

Jane Cox, Ph.D.
coxj@slu.edu
Ireland (Dublin), 1983

Neurotransmitter receptors; molecular biology and developmental regulation of glutamate and P2X receptors.

Terrance M. Egan, Ph.D.
egantm@slu.edu
M.I.T., 1984

Receptor and voltage gated ion channels.

Decha Enkvetchakul, M.D.
denkvetc@slu.edu
University of Missouri, Columbia, 1993

Structural mechanisms underlying modulation of KirBac1.1 channel activity by membrane lipids and protons.

Colin A. Flaveny Ph.D.
flavenyca@slu.edu
Doctor of Philosophy, Molecular Toxicology 08/04-05/10
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA
Pharmacological targeting of LXR to treat prostate cancer
Amy Harkins, Ph.D.
harkinsa@slu.edu
Department of Biomedical Engineering,
Saint Louis University (secondary appointment)
Ph.D,
University of Pennsylvania, 1993

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of synaptic vesicle release; calcium channels.

Mark M. Knuepfer, Ph.D.
knuepfmm@slu.edu
Iowa, 1981

Autonomic pharmacology and physiology; central cardiovascular regulation; electrophysiology; effects of cocaine, stress and endotoxemia.

Andrew Lechner, Ph.D.
lechnera@slu.edu
University of California, Riverside, 1977

Pulmonary physiology; acute lung injury and the immunophysiology of sepsis.

Heather Macarthur, Ph.D.
macarthu@slu.edu
William Harvey Research Institute, Saint Bartholomew's Medical College, London, 1994

Vascular control mechanisms; endothelial mediators; sympathetic neurotransmission.

W. Michael Panneton, Ph.D.
pannetwm@slu.edu
The Ohio State University, 1978

The etiology of Parkinson disease; neural pathways mediating deep chronic pain; neural integration of somatautonomic reflexes (the diving response).

Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D.
salvemd@slu.edu
University of London, 1990

Role of reactive oxygen and nitrogen  species and lipid mediators in acute and chronic pain and in the development of opiate antinociceptive tolerance.

Willis K. Samson, Ph.D., D.Sc.
samsonwk@slu.edu
University of Texas, 1979

Neuropeptides and the control of cardiovascular function and stress hormone secretion

Randy S. Sprague, M.D.
spraguer@slu.edu
Saint Louis University, 1976

The role of the red blood cell as a determinant of vascular resistance.

Alan H. Stephenson, Ph.D.
stephens@slu.edu
Saint Louis University, 1986

Vascular control mechanisms: eicosanoids, pulmonary & cardiovascular science.

Mark M. Voigt, Ph.D.
voigtm@slu.edu
Saint Louis University, 1985

Biochemical and molecular neuropharmcology and neuroscience; molecular biology and development regulation of purinergic receptors; development of sensory neurons in zeberafish.

John K. Walker, Ph.D.
walkerjk@slu.edu
Ph.D. 1998, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design

Research Interests: Our laboratory is focused on the application of medicinal and synthetic organic chemistry toward the development of potential new therapeutic agents. We rely on structure based drug design and ligand based drug design techniques as well traditional medicinal chemistry principles to design these new molecules. Our research is highly collaborative and we are engaged in projects with a number of groups looking at new drug targets for anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-caner agents.

Thomas C. Westfall, Ph.D.
westfatc@slu.edu
West Virginia, 1962

William Beaumont Professor, Chair Emeritus
Biochemical neuropharmacology; monoamine and peptide regulation; autonomic pharmacology and cardiovascular science.

Gina Yosten, Ph.D.
gyosten@slu.edu
Ph.D., Saint Louis University

Role of Orphan GPCRs in Obesity- and Diabetes-Associated Cardiovascular Disease

Daniel S. Zahm, Ph.D.
zahmds@slu.edu
PhD,
Pennsylvania State University, 1982

Neuroanatomical and functional organization of basal forebrain; neurodegeneration, role of peptides in psychostimulant and opioid actions.

Jinsong Zhang, Ph.D.
jinsongzhang@slu.edu

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (1999)

Transcriptional regulation in animal cells
 
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