Associate Professor of Biology
MAJOR AREA: Neurorespiratory Physiology
OFFICE: 438 Life Science
LAB: 436 Life Science
Ph.D., Howard University (1992)
As a Respiratory Neurophysiologist my primary goal is to understand how the central nervous system controls breathing. I am presently examining the brainstem of male adult rats anesthetized, paralyzed, artificially ventilated, and peripheral chemoreceptor denervated for regions which may be chemosensitive. Several known respiratory sites have been studied so far. A second goal of mine is to understand the pathogenesis associated with the idiopathic apnea in premature infants and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This research involves an examination of the hypothesis that the chemosensory mechanism might, from a functional point of view, not be fully developed at birth in normal animals and humans. Thus, prematurity and/or functional deficits in the central chemoreceptor mechanism predisposes to clinical conditions associated SIDS.