- Assistant Professor
- Toll SG18
TBD, also available by appointment
2021 Washington College Alumni Association Distinguished Teacher of the Year
B.S. in Cell and Structural Biology. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 2000.
Ph.D. in Neuroscience. University of Wisconsin, Madison. 2007.
Dr. Windelborn has studied the cellular and molecular bases of neurologic traumas and neuromuscular diseases. Models used in his research include zebrafish, acute brain slices, and mammalian cell cultures.
As an example of research performed in the Windelborn lab, students explore the cellular and molecular mechanisms of damage caused by cerebral ischemia, a condition commonly caused by stroke. Stroke afflicts almost 800,000 Americans each year. Of those, approximately 15% will die from the acute symptoms of the incident. The remaining 85% of stroke victims will survive, but many will be left with deficiencies and disabilities that impact quality of life and impose high economic costs on society. Unfortunately, our understanding of the mechanisms underlying cerebral ischemic damage has not yet yielded broadly effective treatments. A better understanding of these mechanisms will increase potential therapeutic targets and help to reduce the impact stroke has on the lives of its victims and their caretakers.
For more detailed information on Dr. Windelborn’s research background, please see his published papers.
My goals in the classroom and laboratory include the creation of an environment that
promotes a growth mindset for all involved. Students are encouraged to ask questions
and to extend course topics to other themes in their lives. Collaboration is emphasized
whenever possible, including teamwork during lecture and on assessments. Some of the
course I teach include:
General Biology I (BIO 111)
General Biology II (BIO 112)
Madmen & History Making (FYS 101)
Neurobiology (BIO 311)
Pathophysiology (BIO 317)
Cell Signaling (BIO 369)
Integrative Human Physiology (BIO 424)