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The department of pharmacology

 

faculty*

Robert J. Theobald Jr., PhD Professor and Chair
Yingzi Chang, M.D., PhD, Associate Professor
Keith S. Elmslie, PhD, Professor
David S. Middlemas, PhD, Associate Professor
Julia M. Ousterhout, PhD, Assistant Professor
J. Drew Zimmer, BS, RPh, Adjunct Assistant Instructor
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*Each person's name is linked to biographical data and publications. Activity for all ATSU/KCOM faculty by year (publications, presentations, funding and honors) can be accessed at Scholarly Activity.

pharmacology DEpartment Staff

Ruth Chronister, Administrative Assistant
Zhiping Jia, BS, Research Technician
Alan Coonfield, Student Laboratory Manager
Renuka Ramachandra, MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

courses directed by department Faculty*

DO Program Courses (Course Directors):
Medical Pharmacology I (Drs. Chang and Ousterhout); II, III, IV (Dr. Ousterhout)
Neuroscience (Drs. Goldman, Kondrashov, Robbins, Theobald)

Unique Courses in the Biomedical Sciences Program (Course Director):
Techniques in Biomedical Science (Dr. Chang)
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*Each course is described in the ATSU-KCOM College Catalog.

Teaching Assignments and On-going Research Projects

Dr. Theobald lectures in Medical Pharmacology and Neuroscience. His research interests involve the following topics:

  • Autonomic smooth muscle pharmacology of the lower urinary tract of the cat; particularly the roles of ATP, nitric oxide, hormones, and cannabinoid agents on the regulation of cat bladder smooth muscle function

  • Effect of cannabinoids in the periaqueductal gray (PAG) area on lower urinary tract function of the cat

  • Role of estrogen in the lower urinary tract, and the interaction of estrogen with other regulatory agents

Dr. Chang lectures in Medical Pharmacology. Her research interests involve the following topics:

  • Mechanisms of insulin-enhanced restenosis after angioplasty in
    type II diabetes
  • Involvement of protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B in insulin-enhanced
    vascular injury-induced neointima formation
  • Role of MCPIP1 in pathogenesis of type II diabetes

Dr. Elmslie lectures in Medical Pharmacology and Neuroscience. His research interests involve the following topics:

  • Interaction of conopeptides with neuronal calcium channels in treatment of neuropathic pain
  • Molecular determinants of calcium channel gating
  • Effects of cell membrane lipids on ion channel gating
  • Novel tri-substituted purines that specifically affect ion channel gating

  • Mechanisms controlling excitability of the exercise pressor reflex to better understand how this reflex regulates the cardiovascular systems under physiological and pathophysiological conditions

Dr. Middlemas lectures in Medical Pharmacology. His research interests involve the following topics:

  • Neuropharmacology of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)
  • Role of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and its receptor, TrkB, in drug action

  • Role of neurogenesis in anti-depressant drug action

Dr. Ousterhout lectures in Medical Pharmacology. Her research interests involve the following topics:

  • Regulation of electrical and contractile properties of cells in the blood vessel wall

Mr. Zimmer is a clinical pharmacologist and collaborates with this department under his adjunct appointment. He lectures in Medical Pharmacology. His research interests involve the following topics:

  • Linezolid MUE
  • Hospital Gram-negative bacterial and sensitivity monitoring