University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Neurological Sciences

Bio for Sheryl White, Ph.D.
Sheryl White, Ph.D.

Sheryl White, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Research Scholar Pathway
Department of Neurological Sciences

Contact Information
Office Location:
Neurological Sciences, Health Sci Rsrch Facility, Rm 414A, Burlington, VT


Ph.D., University of Vermont, 1992
Postdoctoral training, University of Vermont

Academic Interests

The Neuroscience CMB Core was established to serve the neuroscience research community by providing the equipment and training to incorporate cell and molecular approaches into their research.  I meet with investigators and members of their laboratory to design experiments, and discuss the theoretical and practical aspects of specific molecular and cell biological techniques.  I supervise the two full time CORE technicians:  Thomm Buttolph and Edward Zelazny.  These technicians also provide training and assist in investigator-initiated research projects.

Research Interests

My general research interests are in gene structure, expression and regulation, with a focus on neural plasticity and developmental neurobiology. I utilize molecular biology techniques to explore factors which regulate neuron-specific genes.

My previous projects at the University of Vermont involved the identification and cloning of a novel myosin isoform, cloning and characterization of the rat smooth muscle myosin heavy chain and rat pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide promoters, cloning of chicken bmi, and analysis of neuropilin expression in rat smooth muscle. I plan to continue my work in neuropilins by investigating the factors responsible for tissue-specificity of neuropilin expression during development.

As director of the COBRE Neuroscience Molecular Biology Core Facility, I am involved in a wide variety of exciting neuroscience projects. My goal as director is to provide researchers with the most up to date techniques to assist them in attaining their research goals.

Academic Appointments

College of Medicine Faculty Appointment: July 1, 2003


Higgins, L and SL White.  (2006)  Patterns of variation among distinct alleles of the Flag silk gene from Nephila clavipes.  Int. J. Biol. Macro. doi:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2006.07.007.

Girard, BM, BA Young, TR Buttolph, SL White and RL Parsons (2006) Modulation of Pituitary Adenylate Cyclase-Activating Polypeptide (PACAP) expression in explant-cultured guinea pig cardiac neurons.  Ann. N.Y.         Acad. Sci. 1070: 298-302.

Girard, B., B. Young, T. Buttolph, S. White and R. Parsons (2007)  Regulation of neuronal pituitary adenylate-cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) expression during culture of guinea pig cardiac ganglia.  Neuroscience 146: 584-593.

Cutroneo, KR, SL White, TR Buttolph, G. Allison and HP Ehrlich (2007)  Phenotypic expression of human hepatoma cells in culture.  J. Cell Biochem.  100: 1081-5.

Bouffard, NA, KR Cutroneo, GJ Badger, SL White, TR Buttolph, HP Ehrlich, D Stevens-Tuttle and HM Langevin (2008) Tissue stretch decreases soluble TGF-beta1 and type-1 procollagen in mouse subcutaneous connective tissue: evidence from ex vivo and in vivo models.  J. Cell Physiol. 214: 389-395.

To view more of Dr. White's publications, please visit PubMed.