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Biomedical Sciences

Quillen College of Medicine

Theresa A. Harrison

Theresa Harrison, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information:

Theresa A. Harrison, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
PO Box 70582
Stanton-Gerber Hall (Bldg. 178)
Johnson City,TN 37614-1708
Office: B212  Lab: A238
Phone:   423-439-2122
Fax:  423-439-2017


B.S.                  1973                Biology, magnacumlaude, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Ph.D.                1979                Experimental Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Postdoctoral                            Department of Physiology & Biophysics, University of Washington
Training                                   Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Emory University


Professional Background:

Research                          1986-88           Department of Biologic and Materials Science, University of Michigan
Investigator                                               School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Assistant                            1988-97           Department of Cellular Biology & Anatomy, Schools of Medicine
Professor                                                   and Graduate Studies, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

Director                             1992-97           Confocal Microscopy Facility,  Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

Assistant                            1997-06           Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Research Professor                                   ETSU, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN

Associate Research          2006-present    Department of Biomedical Sciences, ETSU, Quillen College of Medicine,
Professor                                                   Johnson City, TN


Research Interests:

1.   Stem cells and taste cell regeneration
2.   Functional neuroanatomy of central taste pathways
3.   Hypothalamic circuits for caloric regulation

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, APS Research Discovery undergraduate student
Henry Hartsoe, undergraduate volunteer


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., He, Z., Boggs, K., Thuret, G., Liu, HX. and Defoe, D.M. 2016. Corneal endothelial cells possess an elaborate multipolar shape to maximize the basolateral to apical membrane area. Mol Vis. 22:31-39.

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