University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Neurological Sciences

Bio for Jerome Fiekers
Jerome Fiekers

Jerome Fiekers

Course Director for Cell and Molecular Biology

Associate Professor
Department of Neurological Sciences


Contact Information
E-mail: Jerome.Fiekers@uvm.edu
Office Location:
Neurological Sciences, Health Sci Cmplx, Rm 422, Burlington, VT

Education

Bachelor of Science (cum laude), June, 1970, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Boston, Mass. (Pharmacy)
Master of Science, June, 1973, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Boston, Mass. (Pharmacology)
Doctor of Philosophy, June, 1978, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut (Biomedical Science: Major: Pharmacology)
Postdoctoral Fellow, September, 1978-1980, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont.
Visiting Professor, September 1988-August 1989, Sandoz Institute for Medical Research, 5 Gower Place, London, WC1E6BN U.K. (Dr. Humphrey Rang).
Senior Guest Scientist, January – June, 1998, Endocrinologie Moleculaire: Signalisation Cellulaire et Pathologie, INSERM Unit 469, Montpellier, France (Dr. Patrice Mollard).

Academic Interests

I direct and lecture in the medical student VIC course, Cell and Molecular Biology.  For a number of years, I was one of the Course Directors for the Undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology course (ANPS 19-20) and presently lecture in this two-semester course.  I also participate in the Histology component of the medical student VIC course, Human Structure and Function.  For graduate students, I lecture in the Techniques in Optical Microscopy and Topics in Excitable Membranes courses.  I am also the Course Director for the Topics in Excitable Membranes course.

Research Interests

I have a longstanding interest in mechanisms regulating the function of autonomic and neuroendocrine cells.  Past studies have utilized electrophysiological, histochemical and calcium imaging techniques on dissociated cells, tissue slices and whole mount preparations.  Although no longer doing laboratory research, I consult with a number of investigators and students in the proper quantitative techniques for digital fluorescent imaging.

Academic Appointments

1999-present Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Vermont.
1998 Visiting Professor, Unit Cellular Endocrinology, INSERM Unit 469, CNRS, Montpellier, France
1988-1989 Visiting Professor, Sandoz Institute for Medical Research, 5 Gower Place, London, U.K.
1987-present Associate Professor, Dept. Anatomy and Neurobiology University of Vermont College of Medicine.
1981-1987 Assistant Professor, Dept. Anatomy and Neurobiology University of Vermont College of Medicine.
1979-1981 Research Assistant Professor, Dept. Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Vermont College of Medicine.
1978-1979 NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. Physiology and Biophysics, University of Vermont College of Medicine.
1973-1978 Predoctoral Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. Pharmacology, University of Connecticut Health Center.
1970-1973 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. Pharmacology, Massachudsetts College of Pharmacy.
1968-1970 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Dept. Pharmacology, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.
1965-1969 Laboratory Technician, Dewey and Almy Chemical Division, W.R. Grace Corp. Sommerville, Massachusetts.

Research Grants

Reviewer
National Science Foundation (NSF): Neuronal and Glial Mechanisms.Veterans Administration Research Program, 1993.

Awards and Honors

Gillette Fellowship in the Biological Sciences, 1971-1973.
Rho Chi Scholastic Honor Society
IBRO/UNESCO International Fellowship
ASPET International Travel Award
Faculty Development Award, University of Vermont, 1990
Who's Who in American Science, 1999-1993
Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 1991-1992
NATO Senior Scientist Guest Fellowship, 1998
French Ministry of Research Travel Grant, 1999

Publications

Feinstein, M.B., Fiekers, J.F. and Fraser, C. An analysis of the mechanism of local anesthetic inhibition of platelet aggregation and secretion. J. Pharmacol. exp. Ther. 197: 215,1976.

Fiekers, J.F., Marshall, I.G. and Parsons, R.L. Miniature end-plate current decay altered by clindamycin and lincomycin. Nature 281:680, 1979.

Fiekers, J.F., Spannbauer, P.M., Scubon-Mulieri, B. and Parsons, R.L. Voltage dependence of desensitization: the influence of calcium and activation kinetics. J. Gen. Physiol. 75: 511-529, 1980.

Fiekers, J.F. Neuromuscular block produced by polymyxin B: interaction with end-plate channels. European J. Pharmacol. 70: 77-81, 1981.

Fiekers, J.F. and Henderson, E.G. Voltage clamp analysis of the effect of cationic substitution on the conductance of end-plate channels. Pflugers Archiv. 394: 38-47, 1982.

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