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Uta B. Schambra




                              Uta B. Schambra, Ph.D.
                        Professor Emerita
                        Department of Biomedical Sciences



Contact Information:

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Quillen College of Medicine
Stanton-Gerber Hall (VA 178) Room A206
Lab 237
Box 70582
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614
Tel.: (423) 439-2014
Fax: (423) 439-2017


-Registered Pharmacist, Germany, 1965
-Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill, NC, 1988
-Research Neuroteratologist & Reproductive Toxicologist, Research Triangle Institute, Res. Tr. Pk, NC. 1988-89.
-|Postdoctoral Fellow, Brain Development Res. Ctr., UNC-CH, 1989-92.
-Assistant Research Professor, Dept. Anesthesiology, Duke University, Durham, NC. 1992-93.
-Assistant Professor, Dept. Anatomy & Cellbiology, East Tennessee State U., Johnson City, TN. 1993-2006.
-Biomedical Sciences, East Tennessee State U., Johnson City, TN. 2006 to present.

Research/Teaching Interests:

1-   Normal mouse brain development
2-  Abnormal mouse brain development after prenatal ethanol exposure
3-  Altered mouse behavior after prenatal ethanol exposure
4-  Receptor studies

My motivation to study for a PH.D. in neuroscience came as I was raising my 3 children at home and dealing with the difficulties and pain of one of them being mentally challenged, later diagnosed as autistic. Living in Chapel Hill, NC, brought me to my two advisors in the Anatomy and Cell Biology Det., Drs. Jean Lauder and Kathy Sulik, who initiated me in brain development and teratology, respectively. An interest in receptors followed during the post doc time, and at ETSU, Dr. Michael Woodruff instructed me in behavioral studies.

Selected Publications:

Schambra, U. (2008). Prenatal Mouse Brain Atlas. Springer, New York. 534 pages.

Schambra, U. Prenatal Mouse Brain Atlas. Springer, 2008. Digital version.

Schambra, U.B., Lauder, J.M., and Silver, J. (1992). Atlas of the Prenatal Mouse Brain.
Academic Press, San Diego. 327 pages. 

Schambra, U.B.
,Lauder, J.M., Connelly, B., Centeno, A., Rosen G., and Williams, R.W. Electronic Prenatal Mouse Brain Atlas. 2007 to present.

Schambra, U.B., Mackensen, G.B., Stafford Smith, M., Haines, D.E., and Schwinn, D.A. (2005). Neuron Specific a-Adrenergic Receptor Expression in Human Cerebellum: Implications for Emerging Cerebellar Roles in Neurologic Disease. Neuroscience 135:507-523. 

Gong, S., Zheng, C., Doughty, M.L., Losos, K., Didkovsky, N., Schambra, U.B., Nowak, N.J., Joyner, A., Leblanc, G., Hatten, M.E., Heintz, N. (2003) A gene expression atlas of the central nervous system based on bacterial artificial chromosomes. Nature 425, 917-925. 

Stafford Smith, M., Schambra, U. B., Wilson, K. H., Page, S. O., and Schwinn, D. A. (1999). a1-Adrenergic receptors in human spinal cord: Specific localized expression of mRNA encoding a1-adrenergic receptor subtypes at four distinct levels. Molecular Brain Research 63, 254-261. 

Stafford Smith, M., Schambra, U.B., Wilson, K.H., Hulette, C., Light, A.R., and Schwinn, D.A. (1995). a2-Adrenergic receptors in human spinal cord: Specific localized expression of mRNA encoding a2-adrenergic receptor subtypes at four distinct levels. Molecular Brain Research 34, 109-117. 

Schambra, U.B., Duncan, G.E., Breese, G.R., Fornaretto, M.G., Caron, M.G., and Fremeau, R.T., Jr. (1994). Ontogeny of D1A-and D2A-dopamine receptor subtypes in rat brain using in situ hybridization and receptor binding. Neuroscience 62, 65-85. 

Schambra, U.B., Lauder, J.M., Petrusz, P., and Sulik, K.K. (1990). Development of transmitter systems in the mouse embryo following acute ethanol exposure: A histological and immunocytochemical study. Int. J. Dev. Neurosci. 8(5): 507-522. 

Schambra, U.B., Sulik, K.K., Petrusz, P., and Lauder, J.M. (1989). Ontogeny of cholinergic neurons in the mouse forebrain. J. Comp. Neurol. 288: 101-122.


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