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Gary Meszaros Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology

Integrative Medical Sciences

 

Phone: (330)325-6432

Location: RGE-344

 

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J. Gary Meszaros, Ph.D., FAHA

Associate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology
Department of Integrative Medical Sciences
College of Medicine
jgmeszar@neomed.edu

Education

Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas - 1996

B.A., College of Wooster, Ohio - 1989

Professional Experience

Associate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio - 2007-Present 
Research Focus: Cellular mechanisms of cardiac remodeling and fibrosis
Teaching Focus: Endocrine Physiology and Cellular Signaling

Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, Ohio -  2000-2007

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California San Diego, San Diego, California - 1996-2000

Doctoral Student, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, Texas - 1991-1996

Research Assistant, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas - 1989-1991

Research Assistant, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio - 1989

Societal Memberships:


American Heart Association Professional Member
American Physiological Society (National Chapter)
Ohio Physiological Society (Local Chapter)

Invited Manuscript Reviewer and Referee:
 

American Journal of Hypertension
American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology
American Journal of Physiology Cell Physiology
Antioxidant and Redox Signaling
Basic Research in Cardiology
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Cardiovascular Research
Circulation Research
FEBS Letters
Hypertension
Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Nature Cardiology Reviews
Science

Invited Research Seminars, Activities and Awards:


The Ohio State University, Center for Regenerative Medicine (8/2014)
Akron Children’s Hospital,  Translational Science Seminar (9/2014)
Rice University, Dept. of Biochemistry (11/2013)
University of Texas HSC – San Antonio, Dept. of Physiology (11/2013)
International Society for Cardiovascular Sciences, Louisville, KY (8/2013)
Moderator, Experimental Biology Symposium on ROS-dependent and independent  mechanisms in diabetic cardiomyopathies, San Diego, CA (4/2012)
Keystone Symposium Platform Symposium (1/2011)
American Heart Association Scientific Sessions Platform Symposium (11/2010)
Experimental Biology Platform Symposium (4/2010)
Heal Ohio Symposium, Akron General Medical Center (10/2009)
College of Wooster, Dept. of Biology (11/2008)
University of Louisville, Dept. of Physiology (4/2008)
University of Delaware, Dept. of Biological Sciences (10/2007)
Cleveland Metrohealth - Rammelkamp Research Center (5/2006)
Experimental Biology Platform Symposium (4/2006)
KentStateUniversity, Dept. of Chemistry (3/2006)
College of Wooster, Dept. of Biology (2/2006)
Ohio Physiological Society Meeting, Wright St. Univ. (10/2005)
Cleveland Clinic Graduate Student Symposium (4/2005)
University of Tennessee HSC- Memphis Dept. of Pharmacology (12/2004)
KentStateUniversity, Dept. of Chemistry (4/2004)
The OhioStateUniversity Dept. of Food Science and Technology (10/2003)
Wright State Univ. Dept. of Pharmacology (4/2003)
Cleveland Clinic Foundation Dept. of Anesthesiology (11/2001)
NEOUCOM Dept. of Physiology (11/2001)
University of Akron Dept. of Biology (11/2001)
EmoryUniversity Dept. of Physiology (11/1999)
International Society for Heart Research Platform Symposium (6/1999)
McGovern Award (GSBS Student Poster Competition, UT-Houston, 1994)
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Travel Award (UT-Houston, 1993&1994)
American Society for Cell Biology Travel Award (1993)

Research Service Activities:

American Heart Association – Early Career Awards Committee, Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Conference (New Orleans, LA 7/2015)
American Heart Association – Early Career Committee Symposium:  How to get your K99 grant – insights into what reviewers look for (Scientific Sessions, Chicago, IL 11/2014)
American Heart Association – Director, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, Northeast Ohio Medical Univ (2013-present)
National Institutes of Health Integrated Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences Special Emphasis Panel (Grant reviewer for R15 AREA Grants, 2014)
American Physiological Society, Ohio Chapter President (2012-13)
Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology Grant Reviewer (OCAST – Physiology and Pharmacology and Cell and Molecular Biology Panels, 2011-present)
State of Louisiana Board of Regents Grant Reviewer (2014-present)
National Institutes of Health Special Emphasis Panel (grant reviewer for K99 and K22 Awards, 2013-present)
Experimental Biology Meetings, Co-Chair – Special Topics Symposium (4/2012)
AHA Scientific Sessions Abstracts Grader (2011-2014)
American Heart Association National Affiliate Grant Reviewer – Cardiac Biology and Regulation Study Group (2010-2013)
American Heart Association National Affiliate Grant Reviewer – Molecular Signaling Region IV Study Group (2008-2009)
UCSD/ASPET Summer Research Forum Moderator (1998, 1999)

Current Research Support:

NIH R15 (2012-2015; multi-PI with Thodeti, CK):  “Role of myofibroblasts in post-MI remodeling in the diabetic myocardium”

Direct Costs = $300,000:        Indirect Costs = $162,000

American Heart Association (February 2014-January 2016):  “Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship”

Direct Costs = $40,000          

Previous Research Support:


Ohio Board of Regents – Research Challenge (July 2009 - 2012).  “Role of myofibroblasts in diabetic cardiac remodeling.”

NIH R15 (August 2005-July 2008; Co-PI):  “Type VI collagen and integrins in cardiac remodeling.”

Direct Costs = $150,000:        Indirect Costs = $78,000

NEOUCOM Foundation – DiYorio Diabetes Funding  (October 2006 – May   2008).

“Roles of cardiac fibroblasts and myofibroblasts in diabetic cardiomyopathy.”

Ohio Board of Regents – Research Challenge (April 2003 - March 2004).

“Aldosterone-induced extracellular matrix production in cardiac fibroblasts.”

American Heart Association Ohio Valley Affiliate Beginning Grant-In-Aid (July 2001 – June 2003).  “G protein signaling cross-talk in adult rat cardiac fibroblasts.”    

Direct Costs = $80,000:          Indirect Costs = $8,000

National Institutes of Health, National Research Service Award, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Division of Heart and Vascular Diseases (1997-2000).  “Role of vitamin D and endothelin in cardiac hypertrophy.” 

Direct Costs = $83,500

Recent Publications

Dr. Meszaros' publications listed in PubMed


Adapala R, Thoppil R, Ghosh K, Cappelli H, Dudley AC, Paruchuri S, Keshamouni V, Klagsbrun M, Meszaros JG, Chilian W, Ingber D, and Thodeti CK (2015).  Activation of mechanosensitive ion channel TRPV4 normalizes tumor vasculature and improves cancer therapy.  Oncogene (In Press, PMID: 25867067).

Shamhart PE, Luther DJ, Adapala RK, Bryant JE, Peterson KA,  Meszaros JGand Thodeti CK (2014).  Hyperglycemia enhances proliferation and differentiation of adult rat cardiac fibroblasts. Can J Physiol Pharm 9:1-7.

Alghamri MS, Morris M, Meszaros JG, Elased KM, Grobe N (2014).  Novel role of aminopeptidase-A in angiotensin-(1-7) metabolism post myocardial infarction.  Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 306:H1032-40. 

Luther DJ, Thodeti CK, Meszaros JG (2013).  Injury models to study cardiac remodeling in the mouse: myocardial infarction and ischemia-reperfusion.  Methods Mol Biol. 1037:325-42.

Thodeti CK, Paruchuri S, Meszaros JG (2013).  A TRP to cardiac fibroblast differentiation.  Channels (Invited Review) 7:211-14.

Shi W, Meszaros JG, Zeng SJ, Sun YY, Zuo MX (2013).  Living high training low induces physiological cardiac hypertrophy accompanied by down-regulation and redistribution of the renin-angiotensin system.  Acta Pharmacol Sin.  34:342-51.

Adapala RK, Thoppil RJ, Luther DJ, Paruchuri S, Meszaros JG, Chilian WM, Thodeti CK (2013).  TRPV4 channels mediate cardiac fibroblast differentiation by integrating mechanical and soluble signals.  J Mol Cell Cardiol. 54:45-52. 

Luther DJ, Thodeti CK, Shamhart PE, Adapala RK, Hodnichak C, Weihrauch D, Bonaldo P, Chilian WM, Meszaros JG. (2012).  Absence of type VI collagen paradoxically improves cardiac function, structure, and remodeling after myocardial infarction. Circ Res. 2012 Mar 16;110(6):851-6. Epub 2012 Feb 16. (PMID: 22343710)

Ohanyan VA, Guarini G, Thodeti CK, Talasila PK, Raman P, Haney R, Meszaros JG, Damron DS, Bratz IN.  (2011).  Endothelin Mediated In Vivo Pressor Responses following TRPV1 Activation. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. [Epub ahead of print]

Adapala RK, Talasila PK, Bratz IN, Zhang DX, Suzuki M, Meszaros JG, Thodeti CK.  (2011).  PKC{alpha} mediates acetylcholine-induced activation of TRPV4-dependent calcium influx in endothelial cells. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. [Epub ahead of print]

Shamhart, P.E. and J.G. Meszaros. (2010).  Non-fibrillar collagens: Key mediators of post-infarction cardiac remodeling? J. Mol. Cell Cardiol. (Invited Review) 48:530-537.

Luther, D.J., Ohanyan, V., Shamhart, P.S., Hodnichak, C.M., Hamayak, S., Booth, T.D., Meszaros, J.G., and A. Bishayee (2010).  Chemopreventive doses of resveratrol do not produce cardiotoxicity in a rodent model of hepatocellular carcinoma.  Investigational New Drugs 29:380-91.

Shamhart, P.E., Luther, D.J., Hodson, B.R., Koshy, J.C., Ohanyan, V. and J.G. Meszaros (2009).  Impact of type 1 diabetes on cardiac fibroblast activation: enhanced cell cycle progression and reduced myofibroblast content in diabetic myocardium. Am. J. Physiol. Endocrinol. Metab. In press (PMID: 19706787).

Luther, D.J., Ohanyan, V., Shamhart, P.S., Hodnichak, C.M., Hamayak, S., Booth, T.D., Meszaros, J.G., and A. Bishayee (2009). Chemopreventive doses of resveratrol do not produce cardiotoxicity in a rodent model of hepatocellular carcinoma. Investigational New Drugs, In press, MS#DRUG468.

Shamhart, P.E. and J.G. Meszaros (2009). Non-fibrillar collagens: Key mediators of post-infarction cardiac remodeling? J. Mol. Cell Cardiol. (Invited Review). In press (PMID: 19573533).

Maron, M.B., Luther, D.J., Pilati, C.F., Ohanyan, V., Li T., Koshy, S., Horne, W.I., Meszaros, J.G., Walro, J.M. and H.G. Folkesson. (2009).  Beta-adrenoceptor stimulation of alveolar fluid clearance is increased in rats with heart failure. Am. J. Physiol. Lung Cell. Mol. Physiol. 297:L487-95.

Bryant, J.E., Shamhart, P.E., Luther, D.J., Olson, E.R., Koshy, J.C., Costic, D.J., Mohile, M.V., Dockry, M., Doane, K.J., and J.G. Meszaros (2009). Cardiac myofibroblast differentiation is attenuated by a3 integrin blockade: potential role in post-MI remodeling. J. Mol. Cell Cardiol. 46:186-192.

Olson, E.R., Shamhart, P.E., Naugle, J.E., and J.G. Meszaros (2008). Angiotensin II-induced ERK1/2 activation is mediated by PKCd and intracellular calcium in adult rat cardiac fibroblasts. Hypertension 51:704-711.

Grobe, J.L., Der Sarkissian, S., Lihui, Y., Stewart, J.M., Meszaros, J.G., Raizada, M.K., and M.J. Katovich (2007). ACE2 overexpression inhibits hypoxia-induced collagen production by cardiac fibroblasts. Clin. Sci. (Lond). 113:357-364.

Jenkins, C., Milsted, A., Doane, K., Meszaros, G., Toot, J., and D. Ely (2007). A cell culture model using rat coronary artery adventitial fibroblasts to measure collagen production. BMC Cardiovasc. Disord. 7:13.

Naugle, J.E., Olson, E.R., Zhang, X., Mase, S.E., Pilati, C.F., Maron, M.B., Folkesson, H.G., Horne, W.I, Doane, K.D and J.G. Meszaros (2006). Type VI collagen induces cardiac myofibroblast differentiation: implications for post-infarction remodeling. Am. J. Physiol. Heart and Circ. Physiol. 290:H323-330.

Olson, E.R., Naugle, J.E., Zhang, X., and Bomser, J.A. and J.G. Meszaros (2005). Inhibition of cardiac fibroblast proliferation and myofibroblast differentiation by resveratrol. Am. J. Physiol. Heart and Circ. Physiol. 288:H1131-1138.

Swaney, J., Naugle, J.E., Olson, E.R., Meszaros, J.G., Roth, D., and P.A. Insel (2005). Inhibition of cardiac myofibroblast formation and collagen synthesis by activation and overexpression of adenylyl cyclase. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 102:437-442.

Invited Editorship

Editor, Medical Student Study Guide (2006): Crash Course in Endocrine and Reproductive Systems.  (Editors:  J. Gary Meszaros, Stephan Sanders, Jennifer E. Naugle and Erik R. Olson), Elsevier Press, London.

Invited Book Chapters Published

Luther DJ, Thodeti CK, Meszaros JG (2013).  Injury models to study cardiac remodeling in the mouse:  myocardial infarction and ischemia-reperfusion, in Wound Regeneration and Repair (editors: R.G. Gourdie and T.A. Myers), Springer Press, New York.

Epperson, S., Gustafsson, A, Gonzalez, A.M., Villegas, S., Meszaros, J.G., and L.L. Brunton.  (2004). Pharmacology of G-protein-linked signaling in cardiac fibroblasts, in Interstitial Fibrosis in Heart Failure (editor: F.J. Villarreal), Springer Press, New York.

Meszaros, J.G., Brunton, L.L., and Bloor, C.M. (1998).  Animal Models of Angiogenesis in Cardiovascular Tissues, in Angiogenesis and Cardiovascular Disease (editors: J. Ware and M. Simons), Oxford Press, London.

Media Releases:

Internet News Summaries of our research article “Inhibition of cardiac fibroblast proliferation and myofibroblast differentiation by resveratrol.”  Published in the American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology (Vol. 288, Pages H1131-1138) by Olson, E.R., Naugle, J.E., Zhang, X., and Bomser, J.A. and J.G. Meszaros.

Title:  Red wine limits the effect of cardiac fibrosis.  Source: Medical News Today, December 8, 2004

Title:  Resveratrol antioxidant found in red wine may benefit heart disease.  Source: Medical Research News, December 8, 2004

Title:  Further evidence points to heart benefits of red wine.  Source: Patient Health International, December 8, 2004

Title:  Red wine lovers, take heart:  more evidence points to the drink’s cardiac health benefits.  Source: Human Ecology News, December 8, 2004

Title:  Red wine lovers, take heart:  more evidence points to the drink’s cardiac health benefits.  Source: Innovations Report, December 8, 2004

Title:  Red wine limits effect of cardiac fibrosis.  Source: Onlypunjab.com, December 8, 2004

Title:  Antioxidants in red wine may help protect the heart.  Source: WISI News 10, Columbia, SC, December 20, 2004

Medical School Teaching (NEOUCOM/NEOMED):

1.  Instructor, NEOMED Medical Physiology Teaching Laboratories

(Winter Term 2001-2005)                               Contact Hours:  12 total per year

 2.  Lecturer, NEOMED Medical Physiology Course, Endocrine Physiology Section

(Spring Term 2001-present)                           Contact Hours:  16 total per year

 Range of Student Evaluation scores = 1.20 – 1.67 (over last 10 years)

Scoring Scale:  1 = excellent; 2 = good; 3 = fair; 4 = needs development

 3.  Group Discussion Leader, NEOUCOM M3 Intersession Case Study

(January 2006-2009)                                      Contact Hours:  12 total

 International Medical School Teaching:

 1.  Guest Lecturer, Ross University Department of Physiology (Dominica)

(2008 - 2011)                                      Contact Hours:  8-12 (per year)

 2.  Guest Lecturer, University of Medical and Health Sciences Department of        Physiology (St. Kitts)                                

(2008 - 2013)                                      Contact Hours:  10 (per year)

 3.  Guest Lecturer, Trinity School of Medicine (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

(July 2009)                                          Contact Hours:  10 total

Graduate School Teaching (NEOMED and Kent State University):

 1.   New Course Developer, Director and Instructor, Cellular Signaling Graduate Course, NEOUCOM/Kent State Univ. Biomedical Sciences

(Spring Term 2005-present)                            Contact Hours:  40 total bi-annually

 2. Lecturer, Drug Mechanisms in the Brain, NEOUCOM/Kent State Univ. Graduate Course

(Winter Term 2003)                                        Contact Hours: 2 total

 3.  Seminar Director, NEOUCOM/Kent State Univ. Pharmacology Seminar

(Fall Term 2002)                                                         Contact Hours: 12 total

 4.  Academic Advising, Kent State University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

      a.  Doctoral Student Training and Mentoring – Ph.D. Dissertation Advisor:

 I.    Jennifer E. Naugle, Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. in Physiology (2001-2006). Dissertation defended June 14, 2006.

 II.    Erik R. Olson, Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. in Pharmacology (2002-2006). Dissertation defended August 11, 2006.

 III.    Patricia E. Shamhart, Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology (2006-2010). Dissertation defended August 25, 2010.

 IV.    Daniel J. Luther, Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. in Physiology (2007-2013). Dissertation defended June 25, 2013.

       b.  Doctoral Student Committee Member:

 I.       Pre-Candidacy Examining Committee for Ravi Adapalla, NEOMED Dept. of Integrative Medical Sciences (2014-present).

II.       Pre-Candidacy Examining, Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Roslin Thoppil, NEOMED Dept. of Integrative Medical Sciences (2011-present).

III.      Examining Committee, Holly Cappelli, NEOMED Dept. of Integrative Medical Sciences (2013-present).

IV.      Examining Committee, John Kmetz, NEOMED Dept. of Integrative Medical Sciences (2012).

V.       Examining Committee, Soumadeep Sahu, NEOMED Dept. of Integrative Medical Sciences (2013-present).

VI.      Examining Committee, Rituparna Ganguly, NEOMED Dept. of Integrative Medical Sciences (2012-present).

VII.      Prospectus and Defense Committees, Bethany Prudner, Kent State Dept. of Biological Sciences (2011-present).     

VIII
.     Pre-Candidacy Examining, Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Danielle Speicher, NEOMED Dept. of Integrative Medical Sciences (2009-2014).
IX.       Prospectus and Defense Committees for Karen McGuire, Summa Health Systems/Kent State University Biomedical Sciences Program (2010-2012).

 X.       Dissertation Committee and Defense Moderator for Udit Agarwal, Cleveland Clinic/Kent State Biomedical Sciences Program (2009).

 XI.      Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Rashmi Ram, Cleveland Clinic/Kent State University Biomedical Sciences Program (2007-2009).

 XII.      Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Susan Kirksey, University of Akron Dept. of Biology (2007-2009).

XIII.      Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Adina Brett, Kent State University Dept. of Biology (2008-2011).

 XIV.     Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Jennifer Reese, Kent State University Dept. of Biology (2008-2011).

 XV.      Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Peter Wickley, Kent State University Dept. of Biology (2006-2008).

 XVI.     Examining, Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Kathleen Jenkins, University of Akron Dept. of Biology (2002-2007).

 XVII.    Examining, Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Jonathan Toot, University of Akron Dept. of Biology (2003-2007).

 XVIII.   Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Rieko Yagi, Ph.D., NEOUCOM Dept. of Anatomy (2005).

 XIX.     Pre-Candidacy Examining, Prospectus, and Dissertation Committees for Maria Wildroudt, Ph.D., Kent State Univ. Dept. of Biological Sciences (2003-2005).

 XX.      Pre-Candidacy Examining Committee for Asuman Yavazoglu,  NEOUCOM Dept. of Neurobiology (2005).

 XXI.     Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Linda May, Ph.D., NEOUCOM Dept. of Anatomy (2004-2005).

 XXII.     Pre-Candidacy Examining and Prospectus Committees for Jonathan Toot, University of Akron Dept. of Biology (2003-present).

XXIII.     Dissertation Defense Moderator for H. Mao, Ph.D., NEOUCOM Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology (2003).

XXIV.     Pre-Candidacy Examining, Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Kathleen Jenkins, University of Akron Dept. of Biology (2002-2007).

 XXV.     Dissertation Committee for Becki Russell, Ph.D., NEOUCOM Dept. of Neurobiology and Pharmacology (2002).

 XXVI.     Pre-Candidacy Examining, Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Victoria Bennett, Ph.D., NEOUCOM Dept. of Neurobiology and Pharmacology (2001-2003).

 XXVII.    Prospectus and Dissertation Committees for Shane Perrine, Ph.D., NEOUCOM Dept. of Neurobiology and Pharmacology (2001-2002).

 XXVIII.   Dissertation Committee for Steven Morgan, Ph.D., NEOUCOM Dept. of Neurobiology and Pharmacology (2001).

      c.  Medical Student Research Training

I.             Research Rotation Advisor for Deepa Gollamudi, Medical Student (2014-2015)

II.            Summer Fellowship Advisor for Nafisa Reza, Medical Student (2011)

III.           Research Rotation Advisor for Elise Schrop, Medical Student (2011)

IV.           Summer Fellowship Advisor for Ben Hodson, Medical Student (2007 and 2008)

V.            Research Rotation Advisor for Michelle Dockry, Medical Student (2008)

VI.           Summer Fellowship Advisor for John Koshy, Medical Student (2006 and 2007)

VII.          Summer Fellowship Advisor for Rishi Subbarayan, Medical Student (2006)

VIII.         Summer Fellowship Advisor for Sharon E. Mase, Medical Student and American Heart Association Summer Undergraduate Fellow (2003 and 2004)

 IX.          Summer Fellowship Advisor for D.J. Costic, Medical Student (2004 and 2005)

       d.   Undergraduate Training (Summer Fellowship Advisor)

I.             Mattie Follen (2014) – Washington and Jefferson University (Pfizer Fellow)

II.            Jordan Luli (2014) – Walsh University (Senior)

III.           Patrick Connell (2014) – Ohio State University (Junior)

IV.          Dennis Finneran (2011-2013) – Walsh University (Junior and Senior)

V.           Kyle Petersen (2011-2012) – University of Akron (Senior IS Project)

VI.          Amy Denny (2009-2010) – College of Wooster (Howard Hughes Fellow)

VII.         Ethan Scott (2009-2010) – Hoban High School/Ashland University

VIII.        James Miller (2008) – Ohio State University (Sophomore)

IX.          Samy Ataya (2008) – Kent State University (BS/MD Student)

X         Monica Mohile (2006) – University of Akron (BS/MD Student)

XI        Sharon Mase (2002-2004) – Youngstown State (BS/MD Student)

XII       Fran Kirally (2004) – Walsh University (Senior)

XIII      Ashley Fowler (2003) – Kent State University (Senior)

XIV      Lindsay Marsh (2002) – University of Akron (Freshman)

      e.   High School Student Training

I.             Sharon Mase (2001) – Tuscarawrus Valley High School (Senior) – qualified for International Science Fair in San Jose, CA

II.            Michael Minocci (2006) – Louisville High School (Freshman) – qualified for and received perfect score at the Ohio State Science fair, Columbus, OH

III.           Med Camp Instructor (2014-present) – 2 day summer course and exploratory experience at NEOMED for high school freshman


Service and Committee Activities (NEOUCOM/NEOMED):

1.  Department of Physiology Search Committees (2000-2003):

            Role on Committee:  Reviewed applications, conducted interviews, and participated in discussions and deliberations with the other members of the Committee.

2.  Radiation Safety Committee (2001-2004):

            Role on Committee:  Reviewed radiation exposure records for NEOUCOM users, discuss possible changes in laboratory policies and waste disposal procedures.

3.  LCME Basic Sciences Review Committee (2002):

            Role on Committee:  Reviewed basic sciences departmental reports, participate in drafting and revising the report to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each department.

4. Department of Physiology and Pharmacology Seminar Co-Director (2003-2005): 

            Role as Co-Director:  Invited seminar speakers who are leaders in their respective fields of study, plan and host their visits to NEOUCOM.

5.  Professional Development Advising Team (2001-2005):

            Role as Advisor:  Served as professional and academic advisor/mentor for 5 Medical Students.  Planned and attended group discussions regarding the students’ careers and professional development, served as a reference for letters of recommendation and for their residency application (Dean’s Letter). 

6.  Childhood Cancer Program Faculty Coordinator (2002-present):

            Role as coordinator: To educate and match M1 students with young cancer patients as big brother/big sister support teams (in conjunction with Akron Children’s Hospital, Department of Hematology/Oncology); organized several group functions (Cleveland Cavs games, Akron Aeros games, bowling parties, pizza parties, Chuck-E-Cheese parties) to promote interaction and cohesiveness with the Cancer Buddies; responsible for the program’s budget and limited fundraising efforts; organize monthly group meetings with the students.

7.  Research Task Force Committee (2005):

            Role on Committee:  Participated in discussing several aspects of improving the research climate within NEOUCOM, such as grant submission procedures, core facilities and services, and obtaining extramural expertise to review grants.  Conveyed our findings and suggestions by drafting and submitting a report to the President and Dean.

8.  M.D. Admissions Interviewer (2003-2012):

            Role on Committee:  Review applications, conduct interviews, discuss and rank potential medical school candidates.

9.  Direct Entry Admissions Sub-Committee (2004-2012):

            Role on Committee:  Review applicant files, statistics and recommendations put forth by the M.D. Admissions committee after each set of interviews; to make the final decision regarding admission of each candidate.

10. Overall Admissions Committee (2004-2012):

            Role on Committee:  Review and discuss the policies and procedures of all admissions components (BS/MD Admissions, M.D. Admissions, Advanced Standing Admissions); approve the recommendations of the Direct Entry Sub-Committee; make policy changes when necessary.

11.  Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology Search Committee (2007-2008):

            Role on Committee:  Review applications, conduct interviews, and participate in discussions and deliberations with the other members of the Committee.

12.  Disabilities and Accomodations Committee (2008-2011): 

            Role on Committee:  Review accommodation requests for disabled students and discuss the general well-being of these students.

13.  Bylaws Committee (2008-2014):

            Role on Committee:  Review applications, conduct interviews, and participate in discussions and deliberations with the other members of the Committee.

14.  Search Committee Chair, Department of Integrative Medical Sciences (2008-2009):

            Role on Committee:  Screened initial applications, conducted interviews, provided tours of the College, and participated in discussions and deliberations with the other members of the Committee. Ranked applicants and submitted final recommendations to Dr. William M. Chilian, Chairman.

15.  Dean’s Advisory Team – College of Graduate Studies (2010-2012):

            Role on Committee:  Review policies, review applications for new courses, evaluate faculty status and applications to the COGS, and participate in discussions and deliberations with the other members of the Committee.  

16.  Chair, Physiology Program for Biomedical Sciences (2010-2014):

            Role on Committee:  Review applications, review courses, conduct interviews, and assist new students in selecting their direction of study

17.  Executive Committee for Biomedical Science Program (2010-2014):

            Role on Committee:  Review policies, and participate in discussions and deliberations with the other members of the Committee.

18.  Advanced Standing Admissions Interviewer (2013):

            Role on Committee:  Review applications, conduct interviews, discuss and rank potential medical school candidates seeking transfer from Caribbean medical schools.

19.  Student Recreation Club Faculty Advisor (2012-2014):

            Role on Committee:  Review and approve applications from students for athletic and social events, recruit students and faculty for student-related events.

20.  Health and Wellness Task Force (2014-present):

            Role on Committee:  Review programs and policies related to the NEW Center and other wellness initiatives, and participate in discussions and deliberations with the other members of the Committee.

21.  Biomedical Sciences Committee (2012-present):

            Role on Committee:  Review policies associated with graduate student training, review applications, review budgetary items and participate in discussions and deliberations with the other members of the Committee.

22.  Graduate Faculty Council for the College of Graduate Studies (May 2012-present):

            Role on Committee:  Review applications for new courses, review policies, and participate in discussions and deliberations with the other members of the Committee.

23.  Biomed Academy School Board Member (STEM High School, in collaboration with NEOMED, appointed 2015):

            Role on Committee:  Review policies associated with high school student training, curriculum, applications, disciplinary proceedings, and budgetary items. Participate in discussions and vote on policy and other pertinent items.