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
CONGRATULATIONS TO FORMER REU FELLOW DAVID HENSON ON HIS ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY'S MD/PhD PROGRAM!
To make an appointment, come to my office door (Halsey 249) and sign up on the sheet provided. If none of those times work, email me for alternatives.
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 (starting in Spring 2014) 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, the Environmental Health major, and the Radiologic Science major which went live in Fall 2012.
I play a major role in campuswide 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.
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