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03-30-2010

Kenneth Wallace Receives Tenure & Promotion to Associate Professor at Clarkson University

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Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Kenneth N. Wallace has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of biology in the School of Arts & Sciences.Kenneth Wallace Receives Tenure & Promotion to Associate Professor

Wallace has been a faculty member in the Department of Biology since 2004. He received his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Ohio State University in 1998. After his Ph.D., he did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Gastroenterology.

His research focuses on migration and differentiation of neurons that populate the intestine, as well as development of smooth muscle, which is responsible for mixing and propulsive activity. Wallace uses zebrafish, which are an excellent model research organism, with extensive similarities to the genetics and physiology of human organ development with broad implications for human development and disease states.

In addition, Wallace is investigating the intestinal serotonin signaling system, which involves communication between intestinal epithelial cells where the food passes and the intestinal neurons. Alteration of this system involves changes in intestinal motility and disease states such as irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease.

Wallace has published numerous highly cited papers and has delivered presentations at many international conferences. He is currently funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

As part of his research, Wallace has provided experiential learning by instructing 22 undergraduates in laboratory research. He is also chair of the institutional animal care and use committee and a member of Faculty Senate.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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