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Anatomy & Physiology II > Curricula Vitae

Instructors


Dr. Katherine Barker

Education

December 2006- May 2009:  THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON AND M.D.ANDERSON   CANCERCENTER   GRADUATESCHOOL OF       BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Neuroscience

Doctorial work: “Why does low dose morphine augment fentanyl analgesia?”

Advisor: Howard Gutstein, M.D.

 

September 2003-December 2006: THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON AND M.D.ANDERSON   CANCERCENTER   GRADUATESCHOOL OF  BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

Master of Science in Neuroscience

Thesis: “Opioid combinations causing increased analgesia”

Advisor: Howard Gutstein, M.D.

 

September 1999-May 2003: TEXASA&M   UNIVERSITY, College Station, Texas

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Experience

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

August 2015-present: FACULTY; Blinn College; Instructor of BIOL 1308, 1406, 1407, 2401, 2402

August 2012-July 2015: ADJUNCT FACULTY; Lone Star College; Instructor of BIOL 2401, 2404

2006-2010: MENTOR; The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science at Houston

  • Supervised and trained a high-school student honored as a 2007-08 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology Semi-Finalist
  • Trained graduate and medical summer rotation students.

2008-2009: Education Outreach Program: Scientist for a Day; The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science at Houston

  • Instructed elementary students in hands-on science experiment workshop.
  • Generated student enthusiasm in asking scientific questions.

2008: NEUROSCIENCE TEACHING ASSISTANT; The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston

  • Demonstrated gross brain anatomy and function to first year dental students.

2007: TEAM CURRICULUM DEVELOPER AND INSTRUCTOR; Education Outreach Program: Elementary School Program; The University of Texas Graduate  School of Biomedical Science at Houston

  • Facilitated student discussion of assorted basic science topics.
  • Emphasized the importance of scientific curiosity and discovery.

 2007: Sally Ride Science Festival; Rice University, Houston, Texas

  • Designed neuroscience discovery workshop presentation and hands-on craft.
  • Engaged junior-high student’s curiosity in the brain and neurons.

 2007: Education Outreach Program: Project Grad Biology Academy; The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science at Houston

  • Prepared high school level neuroscience lecture and hands-on brain specimen laboratory session.
  • Organized student tours of neuroscience labs researching diverse topics.

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 May 2009-April 2012:  POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW; The University   of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Science

Advisor: Howard Gutstein, M.D.

 April 2004-May 2009: GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT; The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Science

Advisor: Howard Gutstein, M.D.

Project: The influence opioid combinations have on analgesia, G-protein activation, and receptor internalization.

January 2004-April 2004: GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT (TUTORIAL STUDENT);  The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Science

Advisor: Katherine Loveland, Ph.D.

Project: Functional MRI studies in children with autism.

September 2003-December 2003: GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT (TUTORIAL STUDENT); The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Science

Advisor: Roger Janz, Ph.D.

Project: Synaptic vesicle release

 January 2002-August 2003: RESEARCH TECHNICIAN; Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Advisor: George Davis, M.D.

 June 2001-August 2001: SUMMER STUDENT RESEARCH ASSISTANT; The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston,   Texas

Advisor: Larry Etkin, Ph.D.

Project: Examined cellular localization of the HERMES protein in Xenopus oocytes.

Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Barker, K.E., Lecznar, A.J., Schumacher, J.M., Morris, J.S., Gutstein, H.B. (2021). Subanalgesic morphine doses augment fentanyl analgesia by interacting with delta opioid receptors in male rats. Journal of Neuroscience Research, 00, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1002/jnr.24944

 

Puig, S., Barker, K.E., Szott, S.R., Kann, P.T., Morris, J.S., Gutstein, H.B. (2020). Spinal opioid tolerance depends upon platelet-derived growth factor receptor-β signaling, not μ-opioid receptor internalization. Molecular Pharmacology, 98(4), 487-496. https://doi.org/10.1124/mol.120.119552

 

+Wang, Y., +Barker, K., Shi, S., Diaz, M., Mo, B., Gutstein, H.B. (2012). Blockade of PDGFR-β activation eliminates morphine analgesic tolerance. Nature Medicine, 18(3), 385-387. https://doi.org/10.1038/nm.2633
+Co-authors

 

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Barker, K., Lecznar, A., Morris, J., Adams, H., Schumacher, J., Gutstein, H.  “Subanalgesic Morphine Doses Augment Fentanyl Analgesia by a Delta-Opioid Receptor Mediated Effect”.  Poster presented at:

  • The MD Anderson Cancer Center Trainee Research Day Poster Session, Houston, Texas, May 2010.
  • The Bioscience Research Collaborative Poster Session, Houston, Texas, April 2010.
  • The MD Anderson Cancer Center Genes and Development Annual Retreat Poster Session, Houston, Texas, March 2010.

 

Barker, K., Lecznar, A., Gutstein, H.  “Interactions between mu and delta opioid receptors can augment opioid analgesia”.  Poster presented at:

  • The Neuroscience Research Center 14th Annual Poster Session, Houston, Texas, December 2007.
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Research Day, Houston, Texas, October 2007.

 

Barker, K., Gutstein, H.  “Systemic co-administration of morphine with sub-analgesic doses of fentanyl blocks morphine analgesia but not the development of morphine tolerance”.  Poster presented at:

  • The International Narcotics Research Conference, Annapolis, Maryland, July 2005.