Ransom Poythress

Assistant Professor of Biology

  • 585-567-9279 ext #2790
  • Paine 307
  • Biology
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  • 585-567-9279 ext #2790
  • Paine 307
  • Biology
Send Me An Email

Education 

  • Ph.D., Boston University (2013) 
  • M.A., Westminster Theological Seminary (2015) 
  • B.S., California Institute of Technology (2006)

Courses Taught

  • Molecular and Cell Biology (BIOL 370) 
  • Comparative Animal Physiology (BIOL 372) 
  • Muscle Biology in Health and Disease (BIOL 344) 
  • Collaborative Research (BIOL 394) 
  • Senior Capstone in Biology (BIOL 482) 
  • General Biology II: Cell Biology and Genetics (BIOL 152)

Research Interests
My primary research interests are in the area of smooth muscle physiology.  I am specifically exploring how smooth muscle proteins remodel during contraction, how that impacts our understanding of hypertension and muscle recovery, and, given this knowledge and understanding, how can we develop therapies and treatments.

I also have a personal research interest in the philosophy of science and Biblical apologetics.  While upholding the sovereignty of God (Colossians 1:16-17) and the inerrancy of Scripture, how can we winsomely, knowledgeably, and lovingly use God’s creation and our finite understanding of the sciences to effectively engage the culture?

Publications

  • Vetterkind S, Poythress RH, Lin QQ, Morgan KG. Hierarchical scaffolding of an ERK1/2 activation pathway.  Cell Commun Signal.  2013 Aug 29;11(1):65. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Poythress RH, Gallant C, Vetterkind S, Morgan KG. Vasoconstrictor-induced endocytic recycling regulates focal adhesion protein localization and function in vascular smooth muscle.  AJP Cell Phys.  2013 Jul;305(2):C215-27. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00103.2013. Epub 2013 May 22
  • Min J, Reznichenko M, Poythress RH, Gallant CM, Vetterkind S, Li Y, Morgan KG.  Src modulates vascular smooth muscle contractility via regulation of focal adhesions.  J Cell Physiol. 2012 Nov;227(11):3585-92. doi: 10.1002/jcp.24062.
  • Vetterkind S, Lee E, Sundberg E, Poythress RH, Tao TC, Preuss U, Morgan KG.  Par-4: a new activator of myosin phosphatase.  Mol Biol Cell.  2010 Apr 1:21(7):1214-24. Epub 2010 Feb 3.
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