Dana K. Merriman, Ph.D.
(formerly Dana K. Vaughan)
Professor of Biology - Physiology - Neuroscience
Chair, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee
Radiologic Science Program DirectorCampus PreHealth Professions Adviser
Office: Halsey 249 Phone: (920) 424-3076 Email:merrimad(at)uwosh(dot)edu
To make an appointment with me:
- Fall or Spring semester: come to my office door (Halsey 249) and sign up on the sheet provided. If none of those times work, email me for alternatives.
- January interim: email me; limited availability.
- Last week of January: NO APPOINTMENTS.
- May 15 - June 15: NO APPOINTMENTS.
- Summer session: email me; limited availability.
- Last 3 weeks of August: NO APPOINTMENTS.
Over the years, I have taught a number of courses for the Department and for the College of Letters & Science, including freshman English Composition (WBIS) and a Quest II University Studies Program course.
I have developed 4 new courses for the campus (Neurobiology, Healthcare Orientation, Right & Wrong of Healthcare Science, and Biology of Gender; the latter is cross-listed with Women's Studies) as well as contributing substantial leadership for several new degree programs (the Neuroscience Minor, Healthcare Emphasis majors in four departments, and the Environmental Health major. I designed and now direct the Radiologic Science major which went live in Fall 2012.
I play a major role in campus-wide academic advising of students interested in healthcare-related careers, including the keynote address at Health & Science Preview Day
each fall.My lab's research in the ground squirrel visual system has been funded by WiSys, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and is conducted in collaboration with scientists at major research institutions across the nation.
My ground squirrel captive breeding colony is a unique national resource. Here is a list of publications deriving from the colony (link).
My research assistants (mostly undergraduates) have presented their research at regional and national venues, including the annual meetings of the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology. In January 2013, we hosted the Hibernation 2.0 meeting that drew participants from the US and Canada.
A few of my interests
Ground squirrel retina, here by confocal microscopy
Stress Physiology; it's no joke