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William N. Ross, Ph.D.

Professor of Physiology

Email: william_ross@nymc.edu


Department of Physiology
Basic Sciences Building
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY 10595

Teaching Profile:

Courses Numbers Course Titles
MP101 Physiology
621A.4, 621B.4 Mammalian Physiology
920.2 Molecular Neurobiology


Professional Interests:

Dr. Ross and his colleagues are studying the detailed interactions between neurons in the hippocampus and the cerebellum. Their primary focus is the complex system of dendrites, branch-like extensions of neurons where inputs from different parts of the brain come together and are integrated. Using a combination of electrophysiological and imaging techniques that allows them to view a wider landscape of dendritic events, the team is studying the role of neurotransmitters and receptors in controlling the release of calcium from neurons.

Professional Information:

Professional Memberships Society for Neuroscience, Marine Biological Laboratory
Fellowships Fogarty International Fellowships 1984, 1993
Faculty Government Tenure and Promotions, Faculty Development

Post Graduate Studies: Dept. of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
Graduate Degree: Degree Ph.D. (Physics) 
Graduate Degree Institution: Columbia University
Undergraduate Institution: Columbia College

Selected Bibliography:
Watanabe, S., Hong, M., Lasser-Ross, N., and Ross, W.N. Modulation of calcium wave propagation in the dendrites and to the soma of rat hippocampal pyramidal neurons. J. Physiol. 575: 455-468, 2006.

Larkum, M.E., Watanabe, S., Nakamura. T., Lasser-Ross, N., Ross. W.N. Synaptically activated Ca2+ waves in layer 2/3 and layer 5 rat neocortical pyramidal neurons. J. Physiol. 549: 471-488, 2003.

Nakamura, T., Lasser-Ross, N., Nakamura, K., Ross, W.N. Spatial segregation and interaction of calcium signaling mechanisms in rat hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons. J. Physiol. 543: 465-480, 2002.

Nakamura, T., Barbara, J.-G., Nakamura, K., Ross, W.N. Synergistic release of Ca2+ from IP3-sensitive stores evoked by synaptic activation of mGluRs paired with backpropagating action potentials. Neuron 24: 727-737, 1999.

Tsubokawa, H., Ross, W.N. IPSPs modulate spike backpropagation and associated [Ca2+]i changes in the dendrites of hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons. J. Neurophysiol. 76: 2896-2906, 1996. 

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