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Lowry, Christopher A. Associate Professor

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  • Dr. Lowry’s research is focused on mechanisms underlying stress-related physiology and behavior, with a focus on the role of serotonergic systems. Current projects address four main topics: 1) the integrative (molecular to organismal) biological mechanisms controlling anxiety-related physiological responses, anxiety-related behavior, and anxiety states, including the role of the microbiome; 2) mechanisms underlying physiologic and behavioral responses to thermal stimuli, and the potential for whole-body infrared heating (WBH) for treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD); 3) mechanisms underlying rapid negative feedback control of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, including a potential role for the corticosterone-sensitive organic cation transporter 3 (OCT3); 4) mechanisms underlying physiologic and behavioral responses to peripheral immune activation, and the potential for immunoregulation in prevention and treatment of stress-related psychiatric disorders

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  • behavioral neuroendocrinology, behavioral neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology, stress physiology, stress-related pathology, serotonergic systems

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Teaching

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  • CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 1181 - Biological Probiotic/Drug Discovery Through Hands-on Screens
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Provides introduction to research and laboratory experience. Students will work in teams to screen novel mycobacterial strains for use as probiotics or immunoregulatory/anti-inflammatory drugs using THP-1 cells, a human monocytic cell line. Topics covered include the hygiene or Old Friends hypothesis, the human microbiome, approaches to screening for new probiotics of therapeutics and statistical analysis of the data. Same as MCDB 1181.
  • IPHY 2910 - Practicum in Integrative Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Offers practical experience in organized situations with direct supervision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 3010 - Teaching in Integrative Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Provides an opportunity to assist in teaching specific laboratory sections in IPHY under direct faculty supervision. Students must make arrangements with the faculty member responsible for the course in which they plan to assist. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 4870 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Department enforced prerequisites: IPHY 2800 and IPHY 3700.
  • IPHY 4930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    Provides an opportunity for field/laboratory work in a variety of different settings. Consult with faculty for approval. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: completion of at least two of the major core classes.
  • IPHY 6840 - Research Project
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Involves a scholarly investigation of a selected topic using literature and/or experimental techniques. Advisor required. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.
  • MCDB 1181 - Biological Probiotic/Drug Discovery Through Hands-on Screens
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Provides introduction to research and laboratory experience. Students will work in teams to screen novel mycobacterial strains for use as probiotics or immunoregulatory/anti-inflammatory drugs using THP-1 cells, a human monocytic cell line. Topics covered include the hygiene or Old Friends hypothesis, the human microbiome, approaches to screening for new probiotics of therapeutics and statistical analysis of the data. Same as IPHY 1181.

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