Theresa A. Harrison




Theresa Harrison, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences




Contact Information:

Dr. Theresa A. Harrison, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
PO Box 70582
Stanton-Gerber Hall (VA 178)
Johnson City,TN 37614
Office: B212  Lab: A238
Phone:   423-439-2122
Fax:  423-439-2017


BS,  Biology, magna cum laude, Tufts University

PhD, Physiological Psychology, Harvard University

NIH Post-doctoral Fellowship,  Neurophysiology, University of Washington

Professional Background:

Assistant Reseasrch Professor, Department of Oral Biology, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Medical College of Georgia

Assistant Research Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Quillen College of Medicine, ETSU

Associate Research Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Quillen College of Medicine, ETSU

Research Interests:

1.  Neurobiology of sensory systems
2.  Functional neuroanatomy
3.  Medical Neuroscience

Regeneration of peripheral taste receptor cells and its neural regulation

Taste epithelium stem cells

Central pathways for taste and feeding regulation (obesity and anorexia)

Research Support:

RDC Major Grant
P.I.:  Theresa A. Harrison, Ph.D.
                             Title:  Lgr5-expressing Cells in Taste Papillae:  Role in Adult Taste Cell Regeneration
Dates:  07/01/13 - 06/30/2014
                              Direct Costs: $10,000
 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
                              Principal Investigator: Rebecca A. Pyles
                              Co-I:  Theresa A. Harrison, NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)                              
                              Title: “Undergraduate Research in Integrative Developmental Biology”, 
                              9/15/11-8/31/14, $184,500

Lab Members:

               Candice Rai, Class of 2016, ETSU
               AJ Slepian, Class of 2016, Lewis and Clark College


Harrison, T.A., Smith Adams, L.B., Moore, P.D., Perna, M.K., Sword, J.D.and Defoe, D. M..  Accelerated turnover of taste bud cells in mice deficient for the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p27Kip1.BMC Neuroscience 2011, 12:34

Harrison. T.A., Perry, K.M., and Hoover, D.B.  (2005)  Regional cardiac ganglia projections in the guinea pig heart studied by postmortem DiI tracing.  Anatomical Record Part A: Discoveries in Molecular, Cellular and Evolutionary Biology. 285A:758-770.

Hua, F., Harrison, T.A., Qin, C., Reifsteck,A., Ricketts, B., Carnel, C. and Williams, C.A. (2004)  cFos expression in the rat brainstem and spinal cord in response to activation of cardiac ischemic-sensitive afferent fibers. Am. J. Physiol. Heart Circ. Physiol. 287:H2728-38.

Harrison, T.A., Hoover, D. B., and  King, M. S.  (2004) Distinct regional distributions of NK1 and NK3 neurokinin receptor immunoreactivity in rat brainstem gustatory centers. Brain Res. Bull., 63:7-17.

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