Dwight R. Pierce, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Biomed I, Room 238E
Phone: 501-686-5542
FAX: 501-686-6057
E-mail: PierceDwight@uams.edu

Education & Training

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, 1977)
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (Ph.D., Anatomy, 1987)

Teaching Responsibilities

Pharm.D. Curriculum
Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology (PHSC 7101): A study of the cellular and multicellular functions of human tissues, organs, and systems, and pathophysiology of the systems.  Topics covered include the physiology of nerve and muscle, nervous system, cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal function, as well as endocrine and GI systems.

Research & Scholarly Interests

Research interests include the effect of alcohol exposure on the development of the cerebellum.  Our laboratory utilizes a rat model system involving alcohol exposure during postnatal days 4-6.  This model is equivalent to human exposure during the early third trimester and in the rat, results in significant loss of cerebellar Purkinje neurons.  Our studies explore the mechanisms of damage to Purkinje neurons and cerebellar circuits with a focus on the status and continued development of the cerebellar structures that have survived the alcohol exposure.

Memberships

Research Society on Alcoholism
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Study Group

Curriculum Vitae