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Shelley Lab

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RESEARCH

 

The lab is interested in the molecular basis of behavior and uses a mixture of patch clamp electrophysiology and behavioral pharmacology to investigate our favorite organism - the purple sea urchin.

TEACHING

 

Courses taught by Dr Shelley in Neuroscience and Biology.

 

LATEST NEWS

June 2022

Congratulations to recent lab and Neuroscience major alumni, Feza Umutoni '22. Feza has accepted a position as a Postgraduate Associate at the Yale Center for Health and Learning Games at Yale School of Medicine.

May 2022

Welcome to new lab members Bea Richardson '23 and Jackson Deneka '24, who will be working full time in the lab for six week this summer as Sewanee Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF).

May 2022

Congratulations on your graduation to lab members Jordan Besh '22, Sophia Harnew-Spradley '22, Abigail Lancaster '22, Steven Li '22, Madeleine Rumingan '22, and Feza Umutoni '22. Thank you for all the hard work and and input into the lab over these past few years!

May 2022

Congratulations to lab member Jordan Besh '22 who was awarded this year's Susan Miller Selden Award. This award is presented to a Honors Bachelor of Science graduate from the university who has "demonstrated excellence in courses in the humanities as well as a commitment to community service".

May 2022

Many thanks to the Kennedy Foundation of Chattanooga that awarded a Kennedy Endowed Faculty Fellowship to Dr Chris Shelley to support research and professional development over the next three years!

 

April 2022

The lab presented two posters at this year's Scholarship Sewanee. Madeleine Rumingan '22 was the lead author on our electrophysiology poster, with contributions from Emma Howell '23, Mac Gortney ;23, and Seif Aldalil '23. Our latest sea urchin behavioral data was presented by Abigail Lancaster '22, Jordan Besh '22, and Sophia Harnew-Spradley'22.

 

April 2022

Congratulations to lab member Madeline Rumingan '22 who has been accepted into the medical school at the American University of Antigua!

March 2022

Latest paper published!

"Effects if neurotransmitter receptor antagonists on sea urchin righting behavior and tube foot motility"

March 2022

Congratulations to lab member Madison Reid '24 who was accepted onto the Sewanee-at-Yale program enabling her to spend the summer at Yale conducting research and studying at Yale in the Fall semester!

March 2022

Congratulations to lab member Mac Gortney '23 who was accepted onto the Sewanee-at-Yale summer program!

March 2022

Congratulations to lab member Seif Aldalil '23 who was accepted onto the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at The Rockefeller University!

December 2021

Many thanks to the Appalachian College Association for funding a Faculty Fellowship to Dr Chris Shelley enabling a full year's sabbatical in the 2022-2023 academic year!

November 2021

Congratulations to lab member Steven Li '22 who has been accepted into the Nursing Program at Tennessee Tech!

November 2021

Congratulations to lab member Seif Aldalil '23 who was accepted as a Research Assistant in the Brain Plasticity, Epilepsy, and Electroencephalography course as part of his semester studying abroad in Denmark.

November 2021

The Shelley Lab's Madeleine Rumingan '22 was recently highlighted in "First-Gen Voices" celebrating the achievements of students and faculty who identify as first-generations college students. Read the article here.

November 2021

Emma Howell '23 and her research in the Shelley lab as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowhip (SURF) program was featured in this month's newsletter of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at Sewanee. Student spotlight article

November 2021

Prof. Shelley presented a virtual poster at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, "Can’t right, won’t right – the differing roles of neurotransmitters in sea urchin righting behavior" coauthored by Morgan McDonald '20, Natalie Paige Griffin '20, Emma Howell '23, Steven Li'22, Sophia Harnew-Spradley '22, Patrick Rodriguez '23, Abigail Lancaster '22, Feza Umutoni '22, Jordan Besh '22. 

July 2021

Congratulations to lab member Jordan Besh who was awarded the ITA Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship award! Read more here.

June 2021

Congratulations to lab member Seif Aldalil '23 who was awarded this year's Seabold Merit Scholarship!

June 2021

Welcome to new lab member Emma Howell '23 who is working in the summer as part of the Sewanee Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) program.

May 2021

Congratulations to lab member Rowan Jordan, who not only completed a successful BIOL444 but also graduated from Sewanee with a degree in Biology! We wish you all the best for your next steps!

May 2021

The lab will be presenting two posters this Friday at Scholarship Sewanee on sea urchin behavioral pharmacology and electrophysiology. Primary authors Rowan Jordan and Madeleine Rumingan will be available from 3 pm to 5 pm to discuss their work. And thanks also to all of the coauthors (Jordan Besh, Patrick Rodriguez, Abigail Lancaster, Seif Aldalil, and Steven Li) that helped make these projects happen!

Check out the conference website here, https://www.acadiate.com//ee/ssewanee/Lobby

April 2021

Congratulations to lab member Feza Umutoni who was accepted on the summer internship program at the Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine!

April 2021

Congratulations to lab member Sophia Harnew-Spradley who was accepted on the summer research program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine!

March 2021

Congratulations to lab member Seif Aldalil '23 who was accepted on the the University of Florida's Summer Neuroscience Internship Program!

February 2021

Welcome to the new lab members, Feza Umutoni '22, Sophia Harnew-Spradley '22, Eileen Gomez '23, Mac Gortney '23, and Madison Reid '24! 

 

October 2020

Recent graduate Natalie Griffin '20 gave a talk on at the Faculty for Neuroscience Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Virtual Symposium (FUN NURVS) held online. Natalie did a great job explaining our latest research on the neurotransmitter systems utilized in sea urchins and the development of a motility assay. Also thanks to Morgan McDonald '20 and Seif Aldalil '23 who contributed data and analysis.

https://www.funfaculty.org/nurvs

August 2020

Welcome new lab members Abby Lancaster '22,  and Rowan Jordan '21!

May 2020

Congratulations to lab members Natalie Griffin, Morgan McDonald, and Marq Schieber who graduated this month! You will be sadly missed in the lab but all the best for your future endeavors!

April 2020

Despite the Covid19 pandemic, Scholarship Sewanee, the annual campus academic conference presenting student research was held, albeit online. Great posters describing work in the research lab by Morgan McDonald '20, Natalie Griffin '20, Marq Schieber '20, and Jordan Besh '22. And also by Victoria Collins '20 and Caroline Martin '20 describing their project from NEUR351 last Fall.

 

See the posters here, Scholarship Sewanee 2020

January 2020

Welcome new lab members Patrick Rodriguez '23, Seif Aldalil '23, Steven Li '22!

January 2020

Latest paper published!

"Biased modulators of NMDA receptors control channel opening and ion selectivity".

September 2019

Marq Schieber '20 and his research in the Shelley lab were featured in this month's newsletter of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at Sewanee. Student spotlight article

September 2019

The lab is growing in size! Welcome Jordan Besh '22, Lam Ngo '20, Madeleine Rumingan '22, Morgan McDonald '20, Natalie Griffin '20, and Peri Prestwood' 22!

June 2019

Marq Schieber '20 successfully completed a summer research project under the umbrella of SURF (Sewanee Undergraduate Research Fellows) in the lab. Marq recorded some exciting and novel patch clamp data from sea urchin muscle cells.

May 2019

Our two very first Neuroscience majors graduated this May with flying colors - congratulations Delaney Evans and Noah McIndoo. We know you will continue onwards and upwards and achieve great things!

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Dr Chris Shelley

Department of Biology

and the Neuroscience Program,

University of the South,

Sewanee, TN 37383.

931-598-1715

cshelley@sewanee.edu

Office: Spencer Hall 165

Lab: Spencer Hall 170