Curriculum Vitae

Adam Lee Weaver

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Saint Michael's College
One Winooski Park, Box 283
Colchester, VT 05439

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Adam

[N.B. Activities highlighted in BLUE occurred since I began as a tenure-track faculty member at Xavier in 2007 and includes my time at Saint Michael's beginning in 2010.]

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2010-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Saint Michael's College
2008-2009 Assistant Professor, Division of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Xavier University of Louisiana
2007-2008 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Xavier University of Louisiana
2005-2007 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington, Otolaryngology Department
2004 Instructor, Spelman College, Biology Department
2002-2004 Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University, Biology Department
1998-2002 Graduate Research Assistant, Ohio University, Department of Biological Sciences
1995-1998 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Ohio University, Department of Biological Sciences
1994-1995 Graduate Teaching Assistant, UCLA, Department of Integrative Biology
1993-1994 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, University of Delaware, Department of Biological Sciences

EDUCATION

2012 & 2013 Grant Writing Workshops, NSF EPSCoR & NIH Vermont Genetics Network, UVM
2013 Teaching Workshop: "CrawFly Invertebrate Neurophysiology Course," Cornell Univ., Ithaca
2012 Research Methods Workshop: "Towards Mathematical Modeling of Neurological Disease from Cellular Perspectives," Fields Institute of Mathematics, Univ. Toronto
2002 Postdoctoral Teaching Practicum, Emory University
1997 Simulations in Computational Neuroscience Workshop, Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center
1995-2002 Ph.D., Neuroscience Program, Ohio University, Advisor: Dr. Scott Hooper
1994-1995 Ph.D. Student, Integrative Biology Program, UCLA, Advisor: Dr. Charles Taylor
1990-1994 B.A., Biology and Psychology Majors, University of Delaware, Advisor: Dr. Robert Simons

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Saint Michael's College
  • Human and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (Lecture and Laboratory)
  • Neurobiology (Lecture and Laboratory)
  • Introductory Cell Biology and Genetics (BI 153: General Biology; Lecture and Laboratory)
  • Biological Communications (Lecture)

     Academic advisor to 29 to 39 students per semester, 2010-present

Xavier University
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (Lecture: College of Pharmacy, College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (Laboratory: College of Pharmacy)
    - Redesigned course to incorporate both hands-on and computerized labs.
  • General Biology (Lecture and Laboratory: College of Arts and Sciences)

     Academic advisor to 30 to 50 students per semester, 2008-2009

Spelman College
  • General Biology II (co-instructor)
    - Redesigned course to incorporate group discussion and research papers.
  • Neurobiology (guest lectures)

CURRENT SCHOLARSHIP PROJECTS

Haemopis (Horse Leech)
Comparative study of the heartbeat system of North American leeches.
  • In this project, we quantitatively measured and compared an array of neuronal properties for neurons that drive blood flow in several species of leeches with differing circulatory anatomy.
Biophysical model of the leech heartbeat system from neurons through blood flow.
  • In this project, we created a reduced network mathematical model that provides testable predictions of mechanisms for network phase maintenance and ideas for future entrainment experiments with the living system.
Leech Network

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS (*: Authors contributed equally [i.e., shared first-authorship])

IR Davenport, AL Weaver, JP Wourms (2011) A Novel Set of Structures Within the Elasmobranch, Ovarian Follicle. J Morphol. May 2011; 272(5):557-565. (PDF) (Link)

AL Weaver, RC Roffman, BJ Norris, RL Calabrese (2010) A Role for Compromise: Synaptic Inhibition and Electrical Coupling Interact to Control Phasing in the Leech Heartbeat CPG. Front Behav Neurosci. July 2010; 4(38):1-17. (PDF) (Link)

J Meitzen, AL Weaver, EA Brenowitz, DJ Perkel (2009) Plastic and stable electrophysiological properties of adult avian forebrain song-control neurons across changing breeding conditions. J Neurosci. May 2009; 29(20):6558-67. (PDF) (Link)

SL Hooper, E Buchman, AL Weaver, JB Thuma, KH Hobbs (2009) Slow conductances could underlie intrinsic phase-maintaining properties of isolated lobster (Panulirus interruptus) pyloric neurons. J Neurosci. Feb 2009; 29(6):1834-1845. (PDF) (Link)

BJ Norris*, AL Weaver*, A Wenning, PA Garcia, RL Calabrese (2007) A central pattern generator producing alternative outputs: Pattern, strength and dynamics of premotor synaptic input to leech heart motor neurons. J Neurophysiol. Nov 2007; 98:2992-3005. (PDF) (Link)

BJ Norris*, AL Weaver*, A Wenning, PA Garcia, RL Calabrese (2007) A central pattern generator producing alternative outputs: Phase relations of leech heart motor neurons with respect to premotor synaptic input. J Neurophysiol. Nov 2007; 98:2983-2991. (PDF) (Link)

BJ Norris*, AL Weaver*, LG Morris, A Wenning, PA Garcia, RL Calabrese (2006) A central pattern generator producing alternative outputs: temporal pattern of premotor activity. J Neurophys. 96(1):309-26. (PDF) (Link)

AL Weaver, SL Hooper (2003) Relating network synaptic connectivity and network activity in the lobster (Panulirus interruptus) pyloric network. J Neurophys. 90(4):2378-2386. (PDF) (Link)

JB Thuma, LG Morris, AL Weaver, SL Hooper (2003) Lobster (Panulirus interruptus) pyloric muscles express the motor patterns of three neural networks, only one of which innervates the muscles. J. Neurosci. 23(26):8911-8920. (PDF) (Link)

AL Weaver, SL Hooper (2003) Follower Neurons in Lobster (Panulirus interruptus) Pyloric Network Regulate Pacemaker Period in Complementary Ways. J Neurophys. 89(3):1327-1338. (PDF) (Link)

NJ Hoover, AL Weaver, PI Harness, SL Hooper (2002) Combinatorial and cross-fiber averaging transform muscle electrical responses with a large random component into deterministic contractions. J. Neurosci. 22(5):1895-1904. (PDF) (Link)

SL Hooper, AL Weaver (2000) Motor neuron activity is often insufficient to predict motor response. Curr. Opinion in Neurobiol. 10(6):676-682. (PDF) (Link)

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

2013 VPAA Junior Faculty Summer Research Stipend Award: "Development of a Novel Model System for the Study of Neurological Disorders," Faculty Development Committee, $4,000
2013 VPAA Expense Defrayment Grant: "CrawFly Invertebrate Neurophysiology Course," Faculty Development Committee, $1,180
2012-2013 Project Grant Award: "Development of a Novel Model System for the Study of Neurological Disorders.", Vermont Genetics Network (NIH), $70,000 and two student grants ($4,500 each; Awardees: Alison Lajoie & Marci Wood)
2012 SMC Academic Enrichment Funds: "ECHO Anatomy Trip", $428 for 42 student admissions
2011-2012 Project Grant Award: "Development of a Novel Model System for the Study of Neurological Disorders.", Vermont Genetics Network (NIH), $65,030 and two student grants ($4,500 each; Awardees: Kristen Cowens & Danielle Shepard)
2010 VPAA Student/Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, SMC, $1,978 for supplies and two student grants ($3,700 each; Awardees: Amanda Willette & Kristen Cowens)
2010-2011 Pilot Grant Award: "Evolution of Neuromuscular Systems in North American Hirudinea.", Vermont Genetics Network (NIH), $24,967 and a student grant ($4,500 each; Applicant: Kristen Cowens) (unfunded)
2008-2009 Teaching Lab Equipment & Materials Grant, Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy, $43,100
2008 Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium Grant, Xavier University of Louisiana, $14,950 (declined)
2008 Louisiana Board of Regents Institutional Grant, Xavier University of Louisiana, $14,950 (unfunded)
2007-2008 MIE-STEM Faculty Mini-Grants, Xavier University of Louisiana Ctr. For Undergraduate Research, $10,000 & student stipend
2005-2006 NIH National Research Service Award Training Grant, University Washington School of Medicine
2002-2004 Fellowship in Research and Science Teaching, Emory University School of Medicine

INVITED TALKS (Student collaborators are underlined.)

"Life-Sustaining Rhythm: Neuronal Analysis and Mathematical Models of the Leech Heartbeat System." - Science Seminar Series, Middlebury College, 2/28/2014.

"Wonder: Living with craniofacial differences." - Panel Discussion, Education Department, Saint Michaels College, 2013.

"Effective Undergraduate Mentoring." - Panel Discussion on Professional Development Towards Promotion and Tenure, VGN Workshop, Norwich University, 2012.

"Why the High? Marijuana: Pharmacology & Physiology." - Legalization of Marijuana Panel Discussion, Honors Program, Saint Michaels College, 2011.

"Categorization of Neuron Cell Types in Two Leech Species." - Kristen B. Cowens, Danielle K. Shepard, & Adam L. Weaver, Alumni Board of Directors, Saint Michaels College, 2011.

"Loveable Local Leeches!!" - Amanda Willette, Kristen Cowens, & Adam Weaver, Outreach Talk, The Schoolhouse, South Burlington, VT, 2010.

"Advice for Students: My Career Path and Research" - Workshop Presentation, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, Dept. of Biology, Saint Michaels College, 2010.

"Blackboard: Unleashing Its Power in the Classroom - Tests & Surveys" - Workshop Presentation, Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Xavier University of Louisiana, 2009.

"Life-Sustaining Rhythm: Ebb and Flow in the Leech Heartbeat System" -

Biology Dept., Longwood University, 2009.
Biology Dept., Bridgewater State College, 2007.
Biology Dept., Saint Michael's College, 2009.
Biology Dept., California State University - East Bay, 2007.
Biology Dept., Augustana College, 2008.
Biology Dept., Xavier University of Louisiana, 2007.
School of Mathematics and Science, Reinhardt College, 2008.
Biology Dept., Benedictine University, 2007.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (2010)
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (2009)
Society for Neuroscience (VT Chapter; 2010)
Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (2007)
Society for Neuroscience (1996)
Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society (1994)

MENTORED UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

2012-2013
Marci Wood
(SMC;
Currently Pharmacy Student)
  • Project: Quantitatively measured neuronal and synaptic parameters of homologous leech neurons in two leech species as part of specific aim 1 of the 2012-13 VGN grant.

    Presentations: 2013 - East Coast Nerve Net (talk), VGN Student Career Day (poster)

    Research support: Vermont Genetics Network (2012)
2012-2013
Alison Lajoie
(SMC; Applying to Graduate School)
  • Project: Quantitatively measured neuronal and synaptic parameters of homologous leech neurons in two leech species as part of specific aim 1 of the 2012-13 VGN grant.

    Presentations: 2013 - East Coast Nerve Net (talk), VGN Student Career Day (poster)

    Research support: Vermont Genetics Network (2012)
2011-2012
Danielle Shepard
(SMC;
Nursing Student)
  • Project: Quantitatively measured neuronal and synaptic parameters of homologous leech neurons in two leech species as part of specific aim 1 of the 2011-12 VGN grant.
    Presentations: 2012 - East Coast Nerve Net (poster), VGN Student Career Day (poster)
    Research support: Vermont Genetics Network (2011)
2010-2013
Kristen Cowens
(SMC; Applying to Graduate School)
  • Project 1: Measured neuronal and synaptic parameters of homologous leech heartbeat neurons. This project formed the basis for her senior honors thesis in Biology.
    Presentations: 2012 - East Coast Nerve Net (poster), VGN Student Career Day (poster), 2010 - Outreach Talk, The Schoolhouse of VT
  • Project 2: Tested the effects of different physiological parameters on the activity patterns and phasing of a computer model of the nervous system to carry out specific aim two from the 2011-12 VGN grant.
    Presentation: 2012 - Comput. Neuroscience Conf. (poster)
  • Project 3: Performed video analysis of blood flow in leeches.
     Research support: SMC VPAA (2010) and Vermont Genetics Network (2011-12)
2010-2011
Amanda Willette
(SMC;
Optometry Student)
  • Project 1: Measured the outputs of homologous leech neurons and muscles.
  • Project 2: Performed video analysis of blood flow in juvenile leeches.
     Presentations: 2010 - Outreach Talk, The Schoolhouse of VT
     Research support: SMC VPAA
2007-2009
Bria Miller
(Xavier University;
Medical Student)
  • Project: Investigated the role of synaptic coupling on phase relationships in a complete model of the heartbeat CPG in the medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis.

REFEREED PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS (*: Authors contributed equally. Student collaborators are underlined.)

AL Weaver, KB Cowens (2012) Compromise revisited: inhibitory synapse & electrical coupling effects on bilateral phasing in the leech heartbeat system. Computational Neuroscience Conference Abstr. 21:161.

RC Seaman, AL Weaver, RL Calabrese (2009) Finding the right balance: Synaptic strength in the leech heartbeat CPG. Soc. Neuroscience Abstr. 35: Online (269.2).

AL Weaver, J Meitzen, EA Brenowitz, DJ Perkel (2007) Breeding conditions alter intrinsic electrophysiological properties of song control neurons in Gambel's white crowned sparrows. Soc. Neuroscience Abstr. 33: Online (751.5).

BJ Norris, AL Weaver, A Wenning, PA Garcia, RL Calabrese (2006) Control of motor neuron activity by a CPG: a case for unpacking. Soc. Neuroscience Abstr. 32: Online (350.5).

AL Weaver, RL Calabrese (2005) A role for compromise: Inhibitory and electrical synapse effects on phasing in the leech heartbeat CPG. Computational Neuroscience Conference Abstr. 14:45.

D Perkins-Balding*, AL Weaver* (2004) Approach, design, and evaluation of an introductory biology course taught by FIRST fellows at Spelman College. IRACDA Conference Abstr.

AL Weaver, RL Calabrese (2003) Effects of chemical and electrical synapses on phase relationships in a complete model of the heartbeat CPG in the medicinal leech. Soc. Neuroscience Abstr. 29: Online (605.10).

AL Weaver, KH Hobbs, SL Hooper (2001) Synaptic coupling greatly increases the range of "non-integer" (n:m) entrainment. International Congress of Neuroethology Conference . 6:250.

AL Weaver, SL Hooper (2000) Within the normal pyloric frequency range, removal of LP and VD neuron input has very little effect on pyloric activity. Soc. Neuroscience Abstr. 26:454.

E Buchman, JB Thuma, AL Weaver, SL Hooper (2000) Model conductances that reproduce the PY neuron delay shifts observed in response to changes in stimulus paradigm. Soc. Neuroscience Abstr. 26:2000.

AL Weaver, SL Hooper (1999) Integer (1:1, 2:1) and non-integer (2:3, 3:4) entrainment of the pyloric pacemaker by rhythmic current injection into the follower LP and VD neurons. Soc. Neuroscience Abstr. 25:1642.

N Hoover, N Weathington, AL Weaver, SL Hooper (1999) EJP amplitude shows large random variation in several intrinsic pyloric muscle in Panulirus. Soc. Neuroscience Abstr. 25:1642.

AL Weaver, JB Thuma, SL Hooper (1998) What role do the LP and VD neurons play in pyloric network phase maintenance? Soc. Neuroscience Abstr. 24:1891.

AL Weaver, RA DiCaprio, SL Hooper (1996) Existing stomatogastric neuron models predict some, but not all, responses to rhythmic input. Soc. Neuroscience Abstr. 22:131.

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS (With published abstracts; *: Authors contributed equally)
Talks are 15-20 minute formal conference presentations. Student collaborators are underlined.

AK Lajoie*, MA Wood*, AL Weaver (2013) Further Electrophysiological Characterization of Neurons in the Ribbon Leech - Nephelopsis obscura. 1) Vermont Genetics Network (VGN) Annual Retreat (poster), 2) VGN Student Career Day (poster), and 3) East Coast Nerve Net (ECNN) Conf. (talk)

AL Weaver, KB Cowens (2012) Compromise revisited: inhibitory synapse and electrical coupling effects on bilateral phasing in the leech heartbeat system. 1) VGN Annual Retreat. (poster) and 2) Computational Neuroscience (CNS) Conference (poster)

KB Cowens*, DK Shepard*, AL Weaver (2012) Neuronal Characterization in Two Novel Leech Species - Nephelopsis obscura & Haemopis sanguisuga. 1) VGN Student Career Day Conf. (poster) and 2) East Coast Nerve Net (ECNN) Conf. (poster)

AL Weaver, RL Calabrese (2005) A role for compromise: synaptic inhibition and electrical coupling on phase relationships in a complete model of the heartbeat CPG in the medicinal leech. CNS Conf. (poster)

D Perkins-Balding*, AL Weaver* (2004) Approach, design, and evaluation of an introductory biology course taught by FIRST fellows at Spelman College. Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Conf. (poster)

AL Weaver, RL Calabrese (2004) Effects of synaptic inhibition and electrical coupling on phase relationships in a complete model of the medicinal leech heartbeat CPG. South-East Nerve Net (SENN) Conf. (talk)

AL Weaver, RL Calabrese (2003) Effects of chemical and electrical synapses on phasing in a complete model of the heartbeat CPG in the medicinal leech. SENN Conf. (talk)

LG Morris, AL Weaver, BJ Norris, RL Calabrese (2003) Phases of premotor and switch heart interneurons in the leech. SENN Conf. (talk)

AL Weaver, KH Hobbs, SL Hooper (2001) Synaptic coupling greatly increases the range of "non-integer" (n:m) entrainment. International Congress of Neuroethology (ICN) Conf. (poster)

AL Weaver, SL Hooper (2000) Within the normal pyloric frequency range, removal of LP and VD neuron input has very little effect on pyloric activity. 1) Stomatogastric Satellite Conf. (talk) and 2) ECNN Conf. (talk)

AL Weaver, SL Hooper (1999) Integer (1:1, 2:1) and non-integer (2:3, 3:4) entrainment of the pyloric pacemaker by rhythmic current injection into the follower LP and VD neurons. ECNN Conf. (talk)

N Hoover, N Weathington, A Weaver, SL Hooper (1999) EJP amplitude shows large random variation in several intrinsic pyloric muscles in Panulirus. ECNN Conf. (talk)

AL Weaver (1994) Distributed problem solving. Southern California Artificial Life Conf. (talk)

AL Weaver, RF Simons (1994) The effect of visual imagery on human startle response. University of Delaware Undergraduate Research Symposium. (poster)

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH SUMMARY

University of Washington in the lab of Dr. David Perkel (experimental research)
  • Explored activity-dependent synaptic plasticity in a forebrain circuit involved in acquisition of learned vocal motor patterns in the songbird zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata).
  • Characterized the physiological properties and intrinsic conductances in a premotor nucleus involved in song production.
Song System

Leech Network
Emory University in the lab of Dr. Ronald Calabrese (computer modeling research)
  • Created a full network model of the central pattern generator underlying contractions in the medicinal leech (Hirudo medicinalis) heart.
  • Produced a database exploring the activity patterns of a medicinal leech elemental oscillator network model across ionic conductance parameter space.

GRADUATE RESEARCH SUMMARY

Ohio University in the lab of Dr. Scott Hooper (experimental and computer modeling research)

  • Characterized the synaptic mechanisms of pyloric network phase maintenance and cycle frequency control in the spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus).
  • Investigated requirements for network entrainment in pyloric network and model pyloric neurons.

    Dissertation: "The functional roles of the Lateral Pyloric and Ventricular Dilator neurons in the pyloric network of the lobster, Panulirus interruptus." (PDF)
Pyloric Network

UNIVERSITY AND ACADEMIC SERVICE

2013 Guest Lecturer on Muscles, General Physics, Prof. Pat Bunt, SMC
2013 Learning Management System Assessment Ad Hoc Committee, Core Member, SMC
2012 Davis Grant: Writing Assessment Ad Hoc Committee, SMC
2012-Present Library & Educational Technology Committee, SMC
2012 Biology Department Faculty Search Committee, SMC
2012 ECHO trip to "OUR BODY: The Universe Within", Coordinated anatomy class trip with Prof. Doug Facey
2012-2013 East Coast Nerve Net (ECNN) Conference Organizing Committee
2012-2013 Summer Advising Sessions, Biology Dept., SMC
2010-2012 Multicultural Programming Committee, SMC
2010-Present Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (Advisor), SMC Omicron Omicron Chapter
2010 Beta Beta Beta Chapter Presentation on Finding a Career Path and Pursuing Research, SMC
2010-Present Fall Academic Majors/Minors Fair, Academic Preview Day and Spring Accepted Student Open House, Biology Dept., SMC
2009 Center for the Advancement of Teaching Workshop Presentation: "Blackboard: Unleashing Its Power in the ClassroomAssessments (Tests & Surveys)," Xavier University
2008-2009 Facilities and Resources Subcommittee, Xavier University, College of Pharmacy
2008-2009 Self-Study Committee, Xavier University, College of Pharmacy
2008-2009 East Coast Student Club (Advisor), Xavier University
2007-2009 Center for the Advancement of Teaching Advisory Committee, Xavier University
2005-2007 Minority Student Bioscience Experience, University Washington

COMMUNITY SERVICE (Student collaborators are underlined.)

"Leech Lab Research" - Adam Weaver, Educational Lab Visit, Brewster Pierce Memorial School, Huntington, VT, 2012.

"Loveable Local Leeches!!" - Amanda Willette, Kristen Cowens, & Adam Weaver, Outreach Talk, The Schoolhouse, South Burlington, VT, 2010.

Judge for Student Presentations, Society for Neuroscience (Vermont Chapter), 2010.

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