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Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

East Tennessee State University

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David  Roane 

Department Chair and Professor
423-439-6354 /
Building 7, Room 318

Dr. Roane joined the Gatton College of Pharmacy in 2006 as the founding chair of the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. His initial goals focused on hiring superior faculty and guiding the de novo development of the department. Previously, Dr. Roane served on the faculty in the College of Pharmacy and chaired the Department of Biology as the DeGree endowed professor from 1989 to 2006 at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Since arriving at ETSU, Dr. Roane has spent most of his time on administration, program development and teaching. He relishes the opportunity to promote the empowerment of individuals and advance human potential and knowledge, be it through teaching in the classroom, mentoring or facilitating collaborations. "We're committed to creating an accessible academic environment that the reflects engagement, curiosity and intellectual vibrancy."

Dr. Roane's research interests are in the area of neuroscience and general, and more specifically in the mechanisms of glucose-sensing within the central nervous system. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Diabetes Trust Fund and collaboratively by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Department of Defense.

Education, Degree, & Post Graduate Training:

  • BA in Communication, Drake University 1979
  • BS in Zoology, Louisiana Tech University 1984
  • Ph.D in Medical Phsyiology LSU Health Sciences Center (New Orleans), 1987
  • Post-doc in Nutritional Neuroscience with Roy Martin, Food and Nutrition, University of Georgia, 1989
  • Additional Training in Evolutionary Mechanisms, Greuter Institute, Dartmouth University, 1996
  • Molecular genetics, The Whitney Lab, University of Florida, 1999
  • Sabbatical in the Neurobavior Lab, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 2001-2002

Career highlights:

15 years on the faculty in Sciences at the College of Pharmacy, University of Louisiana at Monroe. Department Chair and DeGree Endowed Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Adjunct Faculty appointments at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, University of Mississippi Medical Center, LSU School of Human Ecology. Steering committee for the Louisiana INBRE program funded by the National Institutes of Health. But the number one highlight is being a part of the Gatton College of Pharmacy at ETSU.

Teaching specialty:

Physiology and Pharmacology

Classes taught:

Principles of Pharmacology, PMSC 3223, portions of the Integrated Series and Non-Medicinal Drug Use

Research Interests:

Glucose sensing in the central nervous system

Selected Publications:

Most recent science publication: Neonatal quinpirole treatment enhances locomotor activation and dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens core in response to amphetamine treatment in adulthood. Cope ZA, Huggins KN, Sheppard AB, Noel DM, Roane DS, Brown RW. Synapse. 2010 Apr;64(4):289-300

Most important science publication: Evidence for hypothalamic K+(ATP) channels in the modulation of glucose homeostasis. Zhang Y, Zhou J, Corll C, Porter JR, Martin RJ, Roane DS. Eur J Pharmacol. 2004 May 10;492(1):71-9

Significant Regional, State, or National Service:

College Committees: Executive Committee, ACPE Self-Study Steering Committee, Co-chair, Academic Progression, Chair; Faculty advisor to Phi Lambda Sigma – the Pharmacy Leadership Society

University: Executive Committee of Council of Academic Chairs, Chair; Research Advisory Committee, University Committee on Animal Care (IACUC), Chair 2008-14.

Organizational Involvement/Membership:

Society for Neuroscience, American Physiological Society, Rho Chi, Phi Kappa Phi

Personal motto or favorite quote:

"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead.

"I cannot give any scientist of any age better advice than this: The intensity of a conviction that a hypothesis is true has no bearing over whether it is true or not" – Peter Medewar

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