Douglas Brusich

Douglas Brusich

Assistant Professor

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Education:  B.S., St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA; Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Brusich Lab Research Description:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in greater than 2 million emergency room visits annually in the United States (CDC 2015). Aside from immediate symptoms which may include loss of consciousness, paralysis, or cognitive impairment, TBI variably leads to secondary changes such as seizure disorders or changes in cardiac function. The Brusich lab seeks to identify genetic and environmental factors which influence development of post-traumatic seizures and changes in cardiac function following TBI. Experiments in the lab center on use of fruit flies and pair a head injury model with simple, low-cost behavioral and neurophysiological measures. The ease of the fruit fly model and advantages of using invertebrates allows the lab to carry-out projects over the course of a semester and allows for a great deal of student involvement.
If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact Dr. Brusich via campus email (brusichd@uwgb.edu).