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Melissa A. Harrington Ph.D.

Melissa A. Harrington Ph.D.Interim Assistant VP for Research
Professor of Biology
Director, Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research
mharrington [at] desu.edu


Education and Training

  •  PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University School of Medicine
  • BS in Molecular Biology (Honors) from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)

Post Doctoral Training

  • Biology Department, Stanford University, Area:  Biophysical properties of CFTR Cl- channel, PI:  Ron Kopito
  • Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, Area: Calcium imaging in neurons, PI: Stuart Thompson
  • Pharmacology Department UT Southwestern Medical Center, Area: Ion channel electrophysiology, PI: Francesco Bellardetti

Faculty Positions

  • 2001 - present: Department of Biological Sciences, Delaware State University
  • 1998 - 2001: Department of Biology, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

Current programs and funding

  • neuroscience logo2012 - 2017     “COBRE: The Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research”  a Centers of Biomedical Research excellence grant,  National Institutes of Health  (NIGMS)   $10.5 million total funding,  Principal Investigator/Project Director
  •  2013 – 2016    “A Tale of Two synapses: the development of neurotransmitter phenotype in motor neurons”    National Institutes of Health (NICHD)                   $571,000 total funding, Principal Investigator


Complete list of published work in MyBibliography at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/melissa.harrington.1/bibliography/44326305/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending

  1. Harrington, M.A., Smolinski, T., Lloyd, A. and M.Shahin (2015) Undergraduate Research Programs can also be Faculty Development Programs. IN Infusing Research into Historically Black Colleges and Universities Curricula. Eds. McClinton, J., Melton, M.A., Engerman, K. Adams, J.H., Diversity in Higher Education V. 17, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley,UK, in press.

  2. Patel, K., Shaheen, N., Witherspoon, J., Robinson, N., and Harrington, M.A. (2014). Mucus trail tracking in a predatory snail: olfactory processing retooled to serve a novel sensory modality. Brain and Behavior 4, 83-94. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/brb3.198/abstract

  3. Zhang, H-M, Wu, C-Y, Wang, W. and Harrington, M.A (2011) Interneuronal synapses formed by motor neurons appear to be glutamatergic. NeuroReport, 22: 809-13. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3199573/

  4. Zhang, H-M, Robinson, N., Wu, C-Y, Wang, W. and Harrington, M.A. (2010) Electrophysiological properties of motor neurons in a mouse model of severe spinal muscular atrophy: In vitro versus in vivo development. PLoSOne 5(7): e11696 http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0011696

  5. Zhang, H.-M. Robinson, N., Gomez, I., Wang, W. and Harrington, M.A. (2009) Neuronal and Network Activity in Cultured Spinal Motor Neurons. NeuroReport 20: 859-854. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2951326/?tool=pubmed

  6. Robinson, N, Pokrajac, D, Patel, K and MA Harrington (2006) Analysis of Oscillatory Neural Activity in Olfactory Areas of Mollusk Brains Recorded by Multi-Electrode Array. Proceedings, IEEE ETRAN 50: 347 – 351.

  7. Dzakpasu, R, Patel, K, Robinson, N, Harrington MA, and Zochowski, M (2006)  Measuring asymmetric temporal interdependencies in simulated and biological network. Chaos 16(4), 043121.4. http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/chaos/16/4/10.1063/1.2401130

  8. Shaheen, N., Patel, K., Patel, P., Moore, M., and Harrington MA (2005) A Predatory Snail Distinguishes Between Conspecific and Heterospecific Snails and Trails Based on Chemical Cues in Slime. Animal Behavior. 70: 1067-1077. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14570557

  9. Clifford, KT, Gross, L, Johnson, K, Martin, KJ, Shaheen, N, and Harrington MA (2003) Slime trail tracking in the predatory snail, Euglandina rosea. Behavioral Neuroscience 117:1086 – 1095. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14570557

  10. Harrington, MA., Kopito, RR  (2002) Cysteine residues in the nucleotide binding domains regulate conductance state of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator. Biophys. J.: 82:1278-1292. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11867445

  11. Kembi, F and Harrington MA. (2001) Interdomain, but not intermolecular interactions observed in CFTR channels Biochem, Biophys. Res. Com. 288:819-826. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11688981