Michael D Hammonds (Dr. Mike), Ph.D.
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 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: IM 118
 Phone: 216-687-3574,  330-620-3182
 Fax:
 Email: M.D.HAMMONDS@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. IM 118, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Current: Synaptic plasticity Locus coeruleus stimulation Corticosterone and Cortisone ELISA Stereotaxic mouse neurosurgery and electrophysiology Cerebrospinal fluid extraction Exacerbation of auditory dysfunction Previous: Hippocampus, slice electrophysiology, synaptic plasticity, transgenic mouse models of Alzheimer's Disease, chronic lithium treatment, long-term potentiation, learning and memory
 
Education:
Ph.D., Neuroscience, Kent State University, 2004
B.S., Biology, University of Akron, 1998
 
Brief Bio:
Native Northeastern Ohioan, residing near Akron.  Happily married with three amazing and talented children.  Soccer Dad.

Courses Currently Taught

HSC 476 Neuroscience Systems 4-credit lecture patterned after medical school neurophysiology with special attention to motor control. I teach it fall and summer each year.

HSC 478 Neuroscience Laboratory 1-credit wet anatomy lab also patterned after medical school neuroanatomy with special attention to descending motor control from brainstem. I teach it fall and spring and summer each year.

HSC 495 Neuroscience Independent Study 1- to 4-credit hands-on rodent stereotaxic neurosurgery, electrophysiology, cerebrospinal fluid extraction, trans-cardial perfusion, ELISA assays, histology and poster presentations. May be taken more than once but only once for the Neuroscience Minor.  Currently investigating stress markers arising from brainstem stimulation.  May be taken with or without animal handling.  I teach it on demand year-round.

HSC 484 Advanced Research and Writing in Health Sciences 3-credit capstone research proposal writing course. I teach it fall and spring each year.

HSC 438H and HSC 439H Independent Research I and II respectively, 3- and 2-credit culmination the Honors/Scholars Research Capstone sequence where students follow through on their HSC 484 proposals (PLAN TO DO THE SCIENCE), HSC 438H (DO THE SCIENCE) and HSC 439H (COMMUNICATE THE SCIENCE).  A wide variety of research activity is possible sometimes even including rodent neurosurgery in my lab.  I teach it on demand year-round.
 
Honors and Awards:
Fall 2021    Golden Apple teaching award, College of Sciences and Health Professions.
Fall 2018    Golden Apple teaching award, College of Sciences and Health Professions.
Fall 2016    Golden Apple teaching award, College of Sciences and Health Professions.
Fall 2015    Golden Apple teaching award, College of Sciences and Health Professions.
2013    4/16/13  23rd Annual John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon.  CSU Athletics.  Honored as faculty contributing to the success of athlete/scholars.
2012    3/29/12  22nd Annual John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon.  
2008    4/17/08  18th Annual John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon.  
2007    4/27/07   Dean's certificate of appreciation for contributions in teaching and service to the Department of Health Sciences the College of Science and Cleveland State.
2007    4/12/07  17th Annual John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon.
 
Creative and Activities:
2020 ¿Brain Poppin¿. Managing one sessions of brain removal from Gross Anatomy cadavers for a total of 5 undergraduates and 1 graduate fall semester 2019. December 4th for Health Sciences students.

2019 ¿Brain Poppin¿. Facilitated, prepped and cleanup for brain days materials for Dr. Robert Hurley for two of his Psychology classes November 13th, 2019. A chance for students to get hands-on experience with human wet brain and comparative animal neuroanatomy

2019 ¿Brain Poppin¿. Managing three sessions of brain removal from Gross Anatomy cadavers for a total of 5 brains summer semester 2019. July 15th, July 22nd and July 24th for Health Sciences students.

2019 ¿Brain Poppin¿. Managing four sessions of brain removal from Gross Anatomy cadavers for a total of 9 brains spring semester 2019. April 8th, April 15th, April 22nd and April 26th for students and faculty Robert Hurley and Andrew Slifkin.

2019 ¿Superhero 5K/Fun Run¿. April 13th, Redeemer Christian School, Cuyahoga Falls. Called out times at the 1mile marker.

2019 ¿Master of Science in Health Sciences Panel Discussion¿, April 10th, with Joanna DeMarco, Don Allensworth-Davies, MSHS students and HR representatives from Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

2019 ¿Think and Drink with the Extinct: Mind Funk¿. January 17, hands-on gross specimen and neuroscience presentation at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for 800 inquisitive adults. In collaboration with Dr. Brian Woodside and Dr. Robert Hurley.

2018 ¿Brain Day: Akron Copley High School¿. April 30, in-school field trip. A Hands-on Neuroscience and Healthcare Presentation for Youth by Cleveland State University Psychology and Health Science professors Brian Woodside and Michael Hammonds.

2017 ¿Brain Days: Activities, Health and Careers¿. December 22, Emmanuel Christian Academy, Akron. A Hands-on Neuroscience and Healthcare Presentation for Youth by Cleveland State University Health Science Students and Michael Hammonds.

2016 ¿Physics is Fun¿ fair. October 24th, Redeemer Christian School, Cuyahoga Falls.
Manned station 7 ¿The Tesla Coil¿ encouraging grade 2 through 8 students to explore the amazing world of physics in Mobile Ed Productions, Inc.

2015 ¿Brain Days: In Career Days¿. February 27th, Falls-Lennox Primary School, Olmsted Falls. A Hands-on Neuroscience and Healthcare Presentation for 3rd Grade Youth by Cleveland State University Health Science Faculty, Joanna DeMarco and Michael Hammonds.

2010 ¿Exploring College, Cleveland City High School Workshop Engaged Learning Experience #1¿ Hands-on Exploration of Brains and Healthcare-related Education and Careers Through the College of Sciences and Health Professions to Cleveland area students with the help of 5 CSU Neuroscience students.
2009 ¿STEM Summer Science Fair¿ Lecture and Hands-on Brain Presentation to approximately 100 High School Freshmen with a STEM focus from the Cleveland area with the help of 8 CSU undergraduate Neuroscience students.

2008 ¿Brain Days: Activities, Health and Careers¿. May 8th and again on November 21st, Arts Academy, Cleveland West. A Hands-on Neuroscience and Healthcare Presentation for Youth by Cleveland State University Health Science Students and Michael Hammonds, Ph.D.

2000 - 2004 ¿Brain Awareness Week¿. Hands-on neuroscience presentations sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience and the Neurobiology Department at NEOUCOM. Presented highlights of neuroscience and medical neuroscience topics to 5th and 6th grade students in Summit, Portage, Stark, Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

2002 - 2003 ¿MedCamp¿. Neuroscience presentations to pre-professional high school students sponsored by NEOUCOM.

2002 ¿Project Health Quest¿ Summer Camp. Neuroscience presentations to under-represented ethnic groups in 6th to 12th grade. Sponsored by NEOUCOM and The Eastern Ohio Area Health Education Network and the Office of Diversity.
 
Research Interests:
Current research interests:
We are investigating the damaging effects of dynorphins and other inflammatory factors on the peripheral auditory system.  We are currently laying the background for our major research agenda by connecting the stimulation of the locus coeruleus to systemic stress markers.  Quantification of those stress markers will be proof of concept for moving our investigation into the cochlea proper.


Keywords:
Synaptic plasticity
Locus coeruleus stimulation
Corticosterone and Cortisone ELISA
Stereotaxic mouse neurosurgery and electrophysiology
Cerebrospinal fluid extraction
Exacerbation of auditory dysfunction


Previous research interests:
Synaptic plasticity: Characterization of hippocampal physiology (circuit function) in transgenic models of Alzheimer's Disease.  Expression of neuroprotective synaptic proteins in chronic lithium treatment.  Augmentation of learning and memory by chronic lithium.

Clinical Mental Health Research: In collaboration with Graduate Student Wanda Savioli (Relationship between perceived stress and smoking).
 
Teaching Areas:
Neuroscience Systems Lecture (Neurophysiology)
Neuroscience Laboratory (Neuroanatomy)
Advanced Research and Writing in Health Sciences (research proposal preparation)
Honors/Scholars research capstone sequence coursework
Independent Study in Neuroscience for Neuroscience Minor
 
University Service:
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
School of Health Sciences Honors Advisor BSHS program
Graduate Faculty Status
 
Community Service:
Brain Days: hands-on brain awareness and healthcare career presentations for 4th - 7th graders, primarily in urban middle schools. Multiple events over many years.  

2019 ¿Think and Drink with the Extinct: Mind Funk¿.  January 17, hands-on gross specimen and neuroscience presentation at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for 800 inquisitive adults.  In collaboration with Dr. Brian Woodside and Dr. Robert Hurley.
 
Research Grants:
RESEARCH SUPPORT (COMPLETED) as Principle Investigator

$2,941.80 (May 2020-Dec 15, 2020) Undergraduate Summer Research Award, Intermural CSU Neurosurgical Stimulation of Brainstem Connections in the Systemic Stress Response Impacting Potential Auditory Damage. (MD Hammonds (PI), TL Sahley, B Woodside) ¿ students Olivia Safady and Justin Wobser, Health Sciences.

$2,875.62 (May 2019-August 2019) Undergraduate Summer Research Award, Intermural CSU
Rodent Neurophysiology/Molecular Biology/Histology in Brainstem Stress Response.  Supporting salary for two undergraduate research co-investigators over the summer ¿ Jerrell Walker and Justin Wobser, Health Sciences.

$3,928.00 (May 2018-August 2018) Undergraduate Summer Research Award, Intermural CSU Stereotaxic Rodent Neurosurgery and Electrophysiology: Focus on the Locus Coeruleus Stress Response.  Supporting salary for one undergraduate research co-investigator over the summer ¿ Timothy Mogan, Health Sciences.

RESEARCH SUPPORT (ONGOING) Principle Investigator
$4,137.88 (May 2021-August 2021) Undergraduate Summer Research Award, Intermural CSU Mouse Neurosurgery, ELISA and Cryostat Histology for Corticosterone and Dynorphin B (MD Hammonds PI, TL Sahley Co-PI and DJ Anderson Co-PI).

RESEARCH SUPPORT (ONGOING) Co-Investigator
$5,000.00 (May 2020-August 2021) Faculty Scholarship Initiative (FSI) Intermural CSU. Establishing Locus Coeruleus Activation as a Mechanism of Dynorphin Release in the Brain. (DJ Anderson (PI), TL Sahley, MD Hammonds).