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Dan Bergman

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Email
bergmand@gvsu.edu

Title
Associate Professor, Chair

Website
http://faculty.gvsu.edu/bergmand/The_Crayfish_Lab/Bergman_Home.html

Office
215 Henry Hall

Phone
616-331-8837

Fax
616-331-2090

Office Hours

See available times here, or by appointment.

Courses Taught

BMS 202 - Anatomy and Physiology
BMS 250 - Anatomy and Physiology I
BMS 251 - Anatomy and Physiology II
BMS 290 - Human Physiology
BMS 291 - Physiology Laboratory
BMS 310 - Pathophysiology
BMS 426 - Sensory Neuroscience
BMS 495 - Biomedical Sciences Capstone
BMS 508 - Advanced Human Physiology

 

Education/Training

Post-Doctoral fellow, University of Kentucky, 2004 - 2007
Ph.D. Bowling Green State University, 2004
B.S. Bowling Green State University, 1999

Research Interests

Professor Bergman’s research lab is a multidisciplinary lab that works in the disciplines of neuroscience, physiology, ethology, ecology, toxicology, histology, and pharmacology. Much of the research in the lab is accomplished using crayfish. Using crayfish for biomedical research may not seem immediately applicable when considering human health, but basic biomedical research, it turns out, is largely about understanding organisms and their interactions with other organisms. Humans, as you know, are extraordinarily complex on many levels, yet we only understand a small fraction of the interactions, structures, chemicals, and pathways in our bodies. Therefore the best way to determine the effect of a drug or disease on a living system is to study it first in an animal system. Drugs, vaccines, and treatments in human medicine are largely based on years of physiological research with animals. To that end, the crayfish lab studies sensory system physiology, neurochemical modulation of aggression, neurogenesis via social enrichment, operant conditioning/learning, pollution effects on sensory receptors and development, nociception, growth/molting, orientation strategies when finding food or mates, the interactions of various invasive crayfish species, and feeding behaviors. A student becoming a member of his lab can expect to become knowledgeable in the scientific fields of neuroscience, animal behavior, physiology, biomechanics, toxicology, ecology, chemistry, and molecular biology.

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