Secretary of the Faculty 2013-2015
Thomas Taylor-Clark, PhD
Assistant Professor: Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida.
Education and Training:
Instructor of Medicine: Johns Hopkins University, Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Baltimore, MD.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University, Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Baltimore, MD.
Doctor of Philosophy: Department of Pharmacology, University College London (UK).
Bachelor of Science: Department of Pharmacology, University College London (UK).
Course Director: Membrane Physiology (Graduate, GMS6433)
Co-Director: Advance Studies in Cell Metabolism and Signaling (Graduate, GMS7930)
Teaching: MSII (Medical, BMS6042), Clinical Problem Solving 2 (Medical, GMS6837), Basic Medical Pharmacology/MSP3 (Graduate, GMS6505; 6461), Membrane Physiology (Graduate, GMS6433), Advance Studies in Cell Metabolism and Signaling (Graduate, GMS7930), Foundation in Biomedical Science (Graduate, GMS6001), Graduate Seminar (Graduate, GMS7939), Biotechnology Bioethics (Graduate, GMS6437).
Current funding: Principal Investigator – R01 (NHLBI), Co-Investigator – R01 (NHLBI), R01 (NINDS).
Previous funding: Principal Investigator – R00 (NHLBI), Merck and Pfizer
Our interests lie in the role of nociceptive (defensive) sensory nerves in health and disease. Aberrant nociceptor stimulation contributes to unpleasant/debilitating sensations and inappropriate autonomic reflexes. Furthermore, disease and inflammation exacerbate such stimulation through chronic changes in excitability and plasticity. To gain understanding of these events we use a combination of electrophysiological, imaging and molecular biological techniques to study ion channel/receptor function and nerve activation at multiple levels, from single channels to single cells to intact tissue to the whole animal.
Faculty Council Goals:
I have been a member of the Faculty Council since 2010. As Secretary I look forward to strengthening the input of the faculty on the key educational, research and clinical decisions made by the College.