Catherine T. Tamse, PhD
Interdepartmental Medical Science
In August 2010, Dr. Tamse joined the inaugural Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) Program of Drexel University College of Medicine, and serves as faculty at IMS Sacramento.
Prior to joining the IMS program, Dr. Tamse was involved in basic biomedical research using a multidisciplinary approach to investigate normal versus pathological changes and conditions at the cellular levels. This allowed her to pursue various research interests over the years:
- Neuronal development in the hippocampus of normal and p35 knockout mice models of epilepsy
- Ca2+ modulation in rat heart mitochondria or by Pb2+ in cultured molluscan neurons
- Establishment of an organotypic culture model for neuropathological studies as well as development of cell culture models for neurotoxicology and spinal cord injury
- Use of imaging techniques (confocal and fluorescence microscopy, immunocytochemistry, histology) to better understand development of cellular aberrations
- Cellular mechanisms underlying learning and synaptic plasticity using an invertebrate model.
Her extensive research background in the biomedical field, coupled with teaching experience in the biological sciences paved the way for her transition to medical education. Currently, she has set her focus on postbaccalaureate premedical education to help prepare students for careers in medicine, and to provide academic support in the IMS Cell Biology and Microanatomy and Medical Neuroscience courses. She also serves as faculty advisor to ascertain IMS students’ academic performance and to assist them in achieving their career goals.
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