Melissa Cavallin Johnson

Melissa Cavallin Johnson

Assistant Professor

Phone: 678-839-4043 | Fax: 678-839-6548

Email:  mcavalli@westga.edu

Office: Biology Building


Education/Degrees

  • B.A., Biology with Chemistry Minor, LaGrange College, 2002
  • Ph.D., Physiology, Medical College of Georgia, 2007

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • BIOL-3513 (Human Physiology)    
    • BIOL-3526 (Vertebrate Histology)    
    • BIOL-4734 (Neuroscience)    
    • BIOL-4984 (Senior Biology Seminar)    
    • BIOL-6513 (Human Physiology)    
    • BIOL-6526 (Histology)    
    • BIOL-6985 (Neuroscience)    
  • Spring 2016 Sections
    • BIOL-3526 (Vertebrate Histology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-3526 (Vertebrate Histology) Section: 02
    • BIOL-4984 (Senior Biology Seminar) Section: 04
    • BIOL-4984 (Senior Biology Seminar) Section: 05
    • BIOL-6526 (Histology) Section: 01
  • Fall 2015 Sections
    • BIOL-3513 (Human Physiology) Section: 02W
    • BIOL-4734 (Neuroscience) Section: 01W
    • BIOL-6513 (Human Physiology) Section: 02
    • BIOL-6985 (Neuroscience) Section: 02
  • Spring 2015 Sections
    • BIOL-3526 (Vertebrate Histology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-3526 (Vertebrate Histology) Section: 02
    • BIOL-3526 (Vertebrate Histology) Section: 03
    • BIOL-4984 (Senior Biology Seminar) Section: 04
    • BIOL-4984 (Senior Biology Seminar) Section: 05
    • BIOL-6526 (Histology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-6526 (Histology) Section: 02

Selected Publications

  • Odor enrichment sculpts the abundance of olfactory bulb mitral cells
  • The olfactory bulb: a metabolic sensor of brain insulin and glucose concentrations via a voltage-gated potassium channel
  • State-dependent sculpting of olfactory sensory neurons is attributed to sensory enrichment, odor deprivation, and aging
  • Brain-derived neurotrophic factor modulation of Kv1.3 channel is disregulated by adaptor proteins Grb10 and nShc
  • Awake intranasal insulin delivery modifies protein complexes and alters memory, anxiety, and olfactory behaviors