Centre College Faculty
Stephen E. Asmus• Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Chair of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program
Office: Young Hall—123
Personal Web page: web.centre.edu/bmb/personalpgs/Steve_Asmus_Homepage.html
Steve Asmus is professor of biology. He has taught in the biology and biochemistry/molecular biology programs since 1996 and was named a Centre Scholar in 2011. Prior to joining the college, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University.
Asmus has special expertise in the field of developmental neurobiology, which focuses on how the brain develops. He describes his research as a study of the development of neurons, which are specialized types of cells found in the nervous system. The neurons produce chemicals known as neurotransmitters that make it possible for the neurons to communicate with each other.
Asmus is interested in how neurons produce the correct neurotransmitter during development. He has analyzed the neurotransmitters produced in developing sympathetic neurons, addressing the question of whether different target tissues influence this “decision” process during development.
Currently, Asmus is studying the neurotransmitters produced in the cortex of the developing brain to examine whether some cortical neurons may change the neurotransmitter that they produce as they mature. Asmus uses a variety of cell staining and microscopy techniques in his laboratory research.
Asmus encourages Centre students to collaborate with him on research. His recent collaborators include Talha Ijaz '09 (biochemistry and molecular biology), Sarah Hawkins '10 (Spanish major, biology minor), Laura Hench '12 (biochemistry and molecular biology), and D.J. Allen '13.
Asmus has published his research in journals including Brain Research (2008), Developmental Biology (1997 and 2001) and the Journal of Neuroscience (2000). The Brain Research and J. Neuroscience papers were co-authored with numerous student collaborators.
Asmus earned a B.S. degree from Cleveland State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University before coming to Centre.
To read about Dr. Asmus’ recent grant from the National Institutes of Health, click here. For a story about his published work from 2008, click here. And to read about his paper, co-authored by eight Centre students, published in a 2011 edition of Brain Research, click here.
File last updated: 5/2/13