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Herman Lehman


Herman Lehman
Herman Lehman

Professor of Biology

away fall 2019: Hamilton Adirondack Program
Taylor Science Center 2086
315-859-4298

Herm Lehman's research is focused on the development and function of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are molecules released by neurons and mediate communication throughout the nervous system; thus, the proper expression and maintenance of neurotransmitter levels is a critical, yet largely unknown, aspect of the metabolism of the neuron.

Recent Courses Taught

Fundamentals and Frontiers
General Biology: Cells to Ecosystems
Introduction to Public Health
Cellular Neurobiology

Research Interests

  • identification, characterization, and functional delineation of a novel group of monoxygenases structurally similar to dopamine and tyramine B-hydroxylase
  • characterization of Vitamin C on cellular growth and development
  • analysis of traumatic brain injury on learning and memory mechanism

Distinctions

  • Review of NSF Rhode Island EPSCoR (member of a state-wide assessment team of program at all colleges and universities in RI). 2007-2011.
  • Consortium for Higher Achievement and Success – Nellie Mae Foundation, 2006-07, “Improvement of the Math/Science climate for students of color at Hamilton College”, co-PI
  • NSF, Behavioral Neuroscience Program,  IBN-0212554, 2002-05, "Collaborative Research: Octopamine-mediated behavioral development in honey bees - Social and endocrine regulation of tyramine ß-hydroxylase", PI
  • NSF, STEP, IBN-023043, 2003-05, “STEP: A multidisciplinary bridge program in a liberal arts setting”, co-PI.
  • NSF, Research at Undergraduate Institutions,  IBN-0310893., 2003-05, “Bioinformatic Technology In Biology Education”, co-PI.
  • NSF, Instrument and Laboratory Improvement,  DUE-9951375, 1999-01,“Calorimetry and Capillary Electrophoresis in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory”, PI

Selected Publications

  • Kanost, M.R., Lehman, H.K., Zucker, H and 98 others. Multifaceted Biological Insights from a Draft Genome Sequence of a Lepidopteran Insect, Manduca sexta. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 76:118-147, 2016.
  • Hayden, R., Goldberg, G., Ferguson, B., Schoeneck, M., Libardo, M., Mayeux, S., Shrestha , A., Bogardus, K., Hammer, J.,  Pryshchep, S., Lehman, H., McCormick, M., Blazyk, J., Angeles-Boza, A.,  Fu, R., Cotten, M.  Complementary Effects of Host Defense Peptides Piscidin 1 and Piscidin 3 on DNA and Lipid Membranes: Biophysical Insights into Contrasting Biological Activities. Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B. 119 (49), pp 15235–15246. 2015
  • Lehman, H. K. The Cellular and Molecular Biology of Octopaminergic Neurons.  In:  Biogenic Amines: Pharmacological, Neurochemical and Molecular Aspects in the CNS.  Nova Publishers, 2010.
  • Lehman, H.K., Schultz, D.J., Barron, A., Wraight, L., Hardison,C., Whitney, S., Takeuchi, H. and Robinson, G.E.  Behavioral division of labor in honey bees: the role of tyramine beta-hydroxylase.  J. Exp. Biol. 209: 2774-2784, 2006.
  • Leverone JF, Spooner ET, Lehman HK, Clements JD, Lemere CA.  Abeta1-15 is less immunogenic than Abeta1-40/42 for intranasal immunization of wild-type mice but may be effective for "boosting".  Vaccine21:2206-2215, 2003.
  • Lehman, H.K., Murgiuc, C.M., and Hildebrand, J.G.  Characterization and developmental regulation of tyramine ß-hydroxylase in the CNS of a moth Manduca sextaInsect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 30: 377-386, 2000.

College Service

  • Neuroscience Program chair
  • Biology Department chair (2006-2012)
  • Levitt Center, Director of Public Health and Well-Being Program
  • Neuroscience Program Committee, past chair and member
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program Committee, member
  • Higher Educational Opportunity Program Committee, member
  • Education Studies Program Committee, member
  • Senior Fellowship Director
  • Exploration Adventure leader
  • Global Heath faculty advisor
  • Academic liaison to Men’s Baseball
  • Academic liaison to Men’s Hockey
  • Biology Department chair, 2006-2012

Professional Affiliations

Society for Neuroscience
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)

Appointed to the Faculty: 1996

Educational Background

Ph.D. Physiology, Florida State University
B.S. Marine Biology, University of West Florida

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