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David Linn

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Associate Professor

206 Henry Hall or 560 CHS


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Office Hours

See available times here, or by appointment.

Courses Taught

BMS 291 - Lab in Human Physiology
BMS 301 - Introduction to Research
BMS 310 - Pathophysiology
BMS 311 - Pharmacology
BMS 508 - Advanced Physiology
NUR 620 - Clinical Pharmacology


Post Doc: LSU Eye Center, New Orleans, LA
Post Doc: Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Ph.D. - University of Texas, Houston Medical Center
M.S. Rice University, Houston,TX

Research Interests

My main area of research at GVSU has been the visual system. We have been exploring the mechanisms of action of excitatory neurotransmitters including glutamate and acetylcholine (ACh) in the mammalian retina. Over the years, and particularly during my time at Pharmacia & Upjohn / Pfizer, my research has shifted towards the function of ACh once released in the retina. Some of our work supports the concept that ACh activates receptors (i.e. alpha7 nicotinic) on retinal ganglion cells, and these receptors could be involved in activating survival mechanisms during pathological states (e.g. glaucoma). The retinal ganglion cells are the targets of neurodegeneration during glaucoma and our work is directed at potential therapies that might provide neuroprotection during glaucoma.

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