Greta Ann Herin

Greta Ann Herin

Office Phone: (540) 432-4414

Email:

Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: SC 040

Office Hours: Consult syllabi and by appointment.


Greta Ann Herin in the news:

Liberian Med Student Honored in Africa

Hands-On Research Sets EMU Biomedicine Program Apart

Fresh Plans Unveiled for Modernizing the Suter Science Center

EMU’s Cadaver Dissection Gives Pre-Med Students Big Advantage

Science, technology, engineering and math students get boost from summer session

Associate Professor

Biology Dept

Professor

MA in Biomedicine

Dr. Greta Ann Herin is currently on sabbatical at the Computational and Experimental Neuroplasticity Laboratory in the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies, George Mason University.

http://krasnow1.gmu.edu/CENlab/index.html

She has taught: Mammalian Anatomy, Faith, Science and Ethics, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Neuropsychology, Advanced Neurobiology, Mammalian Physiology, Molecules, Genes, and Cells, Biological Explorations, a Senior Seminar called"Origins". She has also co-taught Concepts in Biology, a Senior Seminar “Form, Finitude and Faith” and a Colloquium “Passion and Obsession”.

Greta Ann usually serves as a Pre-professional Health Sciences advisor.

She has dual Bachelors Degrees in Biochemistry and Psychology from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her dissertation was on interactions among modulators of NMDA receptors, an important glutamate receptor in the brain. In addition Dr. Herin did a post-doctoral fellowship at the Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany. There she studied metabotropic glutamate receptors.
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Education

Doctor of Philosophy
Program in Neurobiology (2003)
Department of Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
Dissertation Advisor: Elias Aizenman, Ph.D.


Bachelors of Sciences
Biochemistry (1994)
Psychology (1993)
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Publications

Journal articles

  • Caldwell, J.H+., Herin, G.A+., Nagel, G., Bamberg, E., Scheschonka, A., Betz, H. (2008).
    Increases in intracellular calcium triggered by channelrhodopsin-2 potentiate the response of metabotropic glutamate receptor mGluR7.
    J Biol Chem. Sep 5;283(36):24300-7. Epub Jul 3.
    + co-first authors
  • Zhang C.S., Bertaso F., Eulenburg V., Lerner-Natoli M., Herin G.A., Bauer L., Bockaert J., Fagni L., Betz H., Scheschonka A. (2008)
    Knock-in mice lacking the PDZ-ligand motif of mGluR7a show impaired PKC-dependent autoinhibition of glutamate release, spatial working memory deficits, and increased susceptibility to pentylenetetrazol.
    J Neurosci. 2008 Aug 20;28(34):8604-14.
  • Mead, K., Dearworth, J., Grisham, W., Herin, G.A., Jarrad, H., Paul, C.A., Waldeck, R., Yates, J., Young, J. (2007)
    IFEL Tour: A description of the Introduction to FUN Electrophysiology Labs Workshop at Bowdon College July 27-30.
    Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience.
  • Lu, Y., Epstein, P., Li, Y., Herin, G.A., Aizenman, E., and Rosenberg, P. (2004)
    Elevation of intracellular cAMP evokes activity-dependent release of adenosine in cultured rat forebrain neurons.
    European Journal of Neuroscience 19(10): 2669-81.
  • Legos J.J., McLaughlin, B., Skaper, S.D., Strijbos, P.J.M.L., Parsons, A.A., Aizenman, E., Barone, F.C., Herin, G.A., Erhardt, J.A. (2001)
    The selective p38 inhibitor SKB-239063 protects primary neurons from mild to moderate excitotoxic injury.
    European Journal of Pharmacology 447(1): 37-42.

Other

  • Herin, G.A. (2003) Studies on Role of the N-terminal Domain of NR1 in the Redox Modulation of NR2A-Containing NMDA Receptors. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Pittsburgh ETD
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
  • Herin, G.A., Hannum, C.D., Vecchiarelli, H.A., Smucker, J. (2011) Metabotropic glutamate receptor 7a is inhibited by lead (Pb2+) in a concentration-dependent manner in Xenopus oocytes. Society for Neuroscience Meeting.
  • Herin, G.A. (2009) Modulation of Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 7a in Xenopus Oocytes: Potentiation by Intracellular Calcium and Inhibition by Lead Chloride. Invited Speaker, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies, George Mason University
  • Herin G.A., Caldwell III, J.H., Scheschonka, A., Betz, H. (2006) Intracellular calcium modulates beta-gamma signaling of the metabotropic glutamate receptor 7. Federation for European Neuroscience Meeting.
  • Herin, G.A., Zheng, F., Le, P., and Aizenman, E. (2002) Evidence for an interaction between N-terminal redox sensitive cysteines and a polyamine modulatory site of the NR1/NR2A NMDA receptor. Society for Neuroscience Meeting.
  • Herin, G.A., Sinor, J.D., and Aizenman, E. (2001) Spermine inhibits DTT potentiation of responses mediated by cysteine mutant recombinant NMDA receptors. Society for Neuroscience Meeting.
  • Herin, G.A. and Aizenman, E. (2000) Ebselen oxidizes the NMDA receptor: A novel mechanism for neuroprotection. Society for Neuroscience Meeting.
  • Hartnett, K.A., Brimecombe, J.C., Herin, G.A., Sinor, J.C., and Aizenman, E. (1998) Chemical ischemia attenuates excitotoxic injury and modifies NMDA receptor properties. Society for Neuroscience Meeting.
  • Lippold, J.J., Herin, G.A., Freeman, L.C. (1997) Complex modulation of cardiac Iks by protamine: a potential model for differential modulation of sino-atrial node and ventricular currents by endogenous peptides. Biophysical Society Meeting.
  • Mason, D.E., Lippold, J.J., Herin, G.A., Freeman, L.C., (1997) Three K+ channels in porcine granulosa cells: A role in steriodogenesis? Biophysical Society Meeting.
Church, Community and Professional Service

Vice President of the Board of Trustees, Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery (2010-current)
Harrisonburg Citizen’s Academy (2007)

Honors, Awards and Grants

Faculty Scholarship Summer Research Award (2007, 2008, 2012)
Scottish Rite Schizophrenia Research Fellowship (2002-2003)

Professional Memberships

Member Society for Neuroscience (1998-2004, 2007-current)
Member Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (2006-current)
Member Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (2008-current)

Professional Conferences Attended

Society for Neuroscience
Virginia Branch of the American Society for Microbiology

New Courses Taught

Passion/Obsession (2007)
Advanced Neurobiology (2009)
Senior Seminar; Origins (2011)
Senior Seminar; Form Finitude and Faith (2012)

EMU Service

Preprofessional Health Sciences Committtee (2007- 2013)
Faculty Scholarship Committee (2008-2012)
Faculty Senate (2011- 2013)