Dana K. Merriman, Ph.D.
(formerly Dana K. Vaughan)
Biology - Physiology - Neuroscience
Axle Tech International Professor
Radiologic Science Program Director
Campus PreHealth Professions Adviser
The very best way to contact me is via email. I answer emails nearly year-round.
Appointments are available ONLY
Sept 10-Dec 10 and Feb 1-May 10
To make an appointment with me:
- Students must come to my office door (Halsey 249) and sign up for a time slot on a sheet posted there.
- Out-of-town guests may email me instead.
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 & Gender Studies). I have also contributed 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 have co-designed (with Dr. Kurtz) a new advanced physiology course for a new College of Nursing doctoral program and will begin teaching it in 2017.
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. See my most recent publications here.
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