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Dr. Amber Howard - PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
Department of Natural Sciences

Phone: 478-934-3128

Biography: Dr. Amber Howard joined the MGA faculty in the Fall of 2019 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences having previously taught as an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Maine Augusta. She received a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Georgia Southwestern State University, and a PhD in Molecular Medicine from Augusta University. Dr. Howard completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory where she investigated aging and age related diseases. Her research on cellular changes and genetic factors of aging and health have been published in both Nature and Cell journals. Dr. Howard comes prepared to teach biology for both majors and non-majors, and anatomy and physiology courses. She plans to continue engaging students in biomedical research in the area of aging and neurodegeneration using the small round worm C. elegans on the Cochran campus.
Courses: BIOL1114
Education: PhD Molecular Medicine/Biomedical Sciences, Medical College of Georgia (Augusta University)
BS General Chemistry, Georgia Southwestern State University
Publications: Rollins JA, Howard AC, Dobbins SK, Washburn EH, Rogers AN. Assessing Health Span in Caenorhabditis elegans: Lessons From Short-Lived Mutants J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 Apr 1;72(4):473-480.

Howard AC, Rollins J, Snow S, Castor S, Rogers AN. Reducing translation through eIF4G/IFG-1 improves survival under ER stress that depends on heat shock factor HSF-1 in Caenorhabditis elegans. Aging Cell. 2016 Dec;15(6):1027-1038.

Howard A, Rogers AN. Role of translation initiation factor 4G in lifespan regulation and age-related health. Ageing Res Rev. 2014 Jan;13:115-24.

Arun SN, Xie D, Howard AC, Zhong Q, Zhong X, McNeil PL, Bollag WB. Cell wounding activates phospholipase D in primary mouse keratinocytes. J Lipid Res. 2013 Mar;54(3):581-91

Howard AC, McNeil AK, McNeil PL. Promotion of plasma membrane repair by vitamin E. Nat Commun. 2011 Dec 20;2:597

Howard AC, McNeil AK, Xiong F, Xiong WC, McNeil PL. A novel cellular defect in diabetes: membrane repair failure. Diabetes. 2011 Nov;60(11):3034-43

Xiong F, Leonov S, Howard AC, Xiong S, Zhang B, Mei L, McNeil P, Simon S, Xiong WC. Receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) prevents endothelial cell membrane resealing and regulates F-actin remodeling in a beta-catenin-dependent manner. J Biol Chem. 2011 Oct 7;286(40):35061-70

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