Gary Morris photo Dr. Gary Z. Morris
Associate Professor of Biology, Science and Mathematics Department
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Education

Postdoctoral Training - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; 2008
Doctorate of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences - Old Dominion University and Eastern Virginia Medical School; 2005
Masters in Chemistry - Old Dominion University; 2000
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry - Old Dominion University; 1999
Summer Internship Program in Chemistry - University of Puerto Rico; 1998
Associate Degree in Science, Magna Cum Laude - Tidewater Community College; 1996

Academic Honors

Magna Cum Laude graduate from Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach VA, 1996

Courses Taught

BIOL 100 Human Nutrition
BIOL 102 Introduction to Cell Biology
BIOL 316 Pharmacology
BIOL 361 Microbiology
BIOL 456 Genetics
BIOL 499 Independent Research Projects
CHEM 380/381 Biochemistry
GSC 100 The First Year Experience

Current Professional Organizations

West Virginia Beekeepers association, member since 2011
Chi Beta Phi, Alpha Iota Chapter, member since 2010
West Virginia Academy of Science, member since 2009, secretary 2010
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, associate member 2002-2005
American Physiological Society, member 2003-2005
American Chemical Society, member since 2002
American Association for the Advancement of Science, member since 2002
International Cell Death Society, member 1999-2000

Other Teaching Experience

  • Health Science Technology Academy (HSTA) Coordinator at Glenville State College, 2009
  • Molecular Biology Techniques, Glenville State College Summer Institute, 2009
  • Bacteriology Techniques, Glenville State College Research Academy, 2009
  • Mentored Undergraduate Summer Scholar in Short Term Training Program, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2006
  • Seminar for Short Term Training Program, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2006
  • Assistant in Section of Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2005-2006
  • Adjunct Faculty for Introductory Chemistry; Languages, Mathematics, and Science Division at Tidewater Community College, 2000
  • Kaplan Instructor for the Kaplan Organic Chemistry Section Kaplan (Norfolk, VA), 2000
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Assistant for Undergraduate General and Organic Chemistry Laboratories; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Old Dominion University, 1998-1999

Awards

  • Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh College Equipment Grant, 2009
  • Health, Science and Technology Academy Summer Institute for Forensics Sciences, 2009
  • Vascular Biology Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2005-2008
  • Travel Award to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Meeting, 2004
  • Renewal for the American Physiological Society Porter Physiology Fellowship for Minorities ($18,000 one-year stipend), 2004-2005 academic year
  • Designated Merck Fellow by the Porter Physiology Development Committee at the American Physiological Society, 2003
  • Awarded an American Physiological Society Porter Physiology Fellowship for Minorities ($18,000 one-year stipend) for the 2003-2004 academic year
  • Winner of the Third Annual Student Research Poster Session in Hampton Roads at Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA., 2000
  • Minority Travel Award to the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting, 1999
  • Awarded third place among graduate student presentations at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science, 1999

Grants

Division of Science and Research Instrumentation Grant Award through WV HEPC, 2012

Publications

Jackie D. Corbin, Jun Kotera, Venkatesh K. Gopal, Gary Z. Morris, Rick H. Cote, and Sharron H. Francis. Chapter 178: Regulation of Cyclic Nucleotide Levels by Sequestration, Handbook of Cell Signaling, 2 ed. vol. 1; editors: Ralph A. Bradshaw and Edward A. Dennis, September 2009

Francis S. H., Morris G. Z., Corbin J.D. Molecular mechanisms that could contribute to prolonged effectiveness of PDE5 inhibitors to improve erectile function, International Journal of Impotence Research, Vol. 20, pp. 333-342 July/August 2008.

Corbin J.D., Bessay E.P., Blount M.A., Zoraghi R., Morris G.Z., Weeks J.L., Ke H., and Francis, S.H. Negative feedback control of the nitric oxide/cGMP pathway in smooth muscle, BMC Pharmacol. 7 (Suppl. 1): 16, 2007.

Zhang W., Morris G.Z., Beebe S.J. Characterization of the cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase Catalytic Subunit C Expressed and Purified from Sf9 Cells, Protein Expression and Purification, Vol. 35, pp. 156-169 May 2004.

Morris R.C., Morris G.Z., Zhang W., Gellerman M., Beebe S.J. Differential Transcriptional Regulation by the - and - Catalytic Subunit Isoforms of the cAMP-dependent Protein Kinase, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Vol.403, pp. 219-28 July 2002.

Morris G.Z., Williams R.L., Elliott M.S., Beebe S.J. Resveratrol Induces Apoptosis in LNCaP cells and Requires Hydroxyl Groups to Decrease Viability in LNCaP and DU 145 Cells, The Prostate, Vol. 52, pp. 319-329 September 2002.

Dobrydneva Y., Williams R.L., Morris G.Z., Blackmore P.F. Dietary Phytoestrogens and Their Synthetic Structural Analogues as Calcium Channel Blockers in Human Platelets, Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Vol. 40, pp. 399-410 September 2002.

Morris G., Yuan J., Williams R., Analysis of Wine for Penicillin, Journal of Chromatographic Science, Vol. 39, pp. 321-4 August 2001.

Manuscripts in preparation or under review

Gary Z. Morris, Howard White, Sharron H. Francis, Hengming Ke, Huanchen Wang, Betty Belknap, and Jackie D. Corbin. Insights into the Catalytic Mechanism of Phosphodiesterase-5 as Determined by Stopped-flow Analysis.

Gary Z. Morris, Rana C. Morris and Stephen J. Beebe. Evidence of cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase C Isoforms Expression in U-937 Cells.

Gary Z. Morris, Michael D. Ward, O. John Semmes, Stephen J. Beebe. Examination of cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase Catalytic Subunit C Phosphorylation at Threonine 197.

Presentations

2011 - WV-INBRE Summer Symposium at Marshall University, Huntington WV; "The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Regulates Growth Of Breast Cancer Cells In The Absence Of An Exogenous Ligand" Gary Z. Morris, Ateeq Chaudry, and Travis Salisbury

2008 - Glenville State College, Glenville, WV; "The Biology of Doping"

2007 - Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA; "cGMP Breakdown by Phosphodiesterase-5: How Does it Work?"

2006 - Phosphodiesterase Gordon Research Conference, University of New England, Main; "Stopped-flow Studies of PDE5 Catalytic Mechanism Using Fluorescently Labeled Nucleotides"

2004 - Children's Hospital of Oakland Research Institution, Oakland, CA; "Structure-Function Studies with the cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase in Vitro and Intact Cell"

2004 - Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Biochemistry, Richmond, VA; Structure-Function Studies with the cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase in Vitro and Intact Cell"

2004 - Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Department of Biochemistry, Blacksburg, VA; "Structure-Function Studies with the cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase in Vitro and Intact Cell"

2000 - Virginia Academy of Science 78th Annual Meeting, Awarded third place in graduate student competition; "Phytoestrogens and Apoptosis in Human Cancer Cells" G. Z. Morris (presenter), M. S. Elliott, R. L. Williams, Old Dominion University and S. Beebe, Eastern Virginia Medical School.

2000 - Twentieth Annual Seminar of Cancer Research in Virginia; "Effects of Two Stilbenes on Apoptosis in Androgen-Sensitive Prostate Cancer Cells" G. Z. Morris (presenter), M. S. Elliott, R. L. Williams, Old Dominion University and S. Beebe, Eastern Virginia Medical School.

1999 - Virginia Academy of Science 77th Annual Meeting; "Naturally Occurring Phytoestrogens and Apoptosis in Human Cancer Cells" G.Z. Morris (presenter), R. L. Williams, M. S. Elliott, Old Dominion University and S. Beebe, Eastern Virginia Medical School.

1998 - Virginia Academy of Science 76th Annual Meeting; "Trace Amounts of Penicillin in Wines -- Fact or Fiction?" R.L. Williams and G. Z. Morris (presenter), Enological Research Facility, Old Dominion University.

1998 - Virginia Academy of Science 76th Annual Meeting; "Biological Activity of Various Phytoestrogens" R.L. Williams, M. Elliott (presenter), and G. Z. Morris, Enological Research Facility, Old Dominion University.

1997 - Virginia Academy of Science 75th Annual Meeting; "Photochemical Isomerization of Trans-Resveratrol" R.L. Williams (presenter), G. Z. Morris and R. Branche, Enological Research Facility, Old Dominion University.

Department Presentations

2007 - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Nashville, TN; "cGMP Breakdown by Phosphodiesterase-5: How Does it Work?"

2007 - Vanderbilt University Vascular Biology Training Grant and Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Retreats, Burns, TN; "cGMP Breakdown by Phosphodiesterase-5: How Does It Work?"

2005 - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Nashville, TN; "Structure-Function Studies with the cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase in Vitro and Intact Cell"

2004 - Department of Pediatrics Research Seminar, Center for Pediatric Research, Norfolk, VA; "More About PKA"

2004 - Second Annual EVMS Graduate Student Conference, Norfolk, VA; "cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase" Gary Z. Morris (presenter), Michael Ward, John Semmes, Howard White and Stephen Beebe.

2004 - Department of Pediatrics Research Seminar, Center for Pediatric Research, Norfolk, VA; "What the Heck is a Kinase"

2003 First Annual EVMS Graduate Student Conference, Norfolk, VA; "Structural and kinetic studies of the catalytic subunits of PKA (cAMP-dependent protein kinase)" Gary Morris (presenter), Michael Ward, Howard White and Stephen Beebe.

Poster Presentations at Professional Meetings

WV-INBRE Summer Symposium at Marshall University (2011) Huntington WV - "The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Regulates Growth Of Breast Cancer Cells In The Absence Of An Exogenous Ligand" Gary Z. Morris, Ateeq Chaudry, and Travis Salisbury

Biophysical Society Meeting (2007), Baltimore, Maryland  "Stopped-flow Studies of PDE5 Catalytic Mechanism Using Fluorescently Labeled Nucleotides" Gary Morris, Howard White, Hengming Ke, Huanchin Wang, Charles Cobb, Sharron Francis and Jackie Corbin.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1st Annual Postdoctoral Association Poster Symposium (2007), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville TN  "Stopped-Flow Studies Of cGMP Phosphodiesterase-5 Catalytic Mechanism Using Fluorescently Labeled Substrate" Gary Morris, Howard White, Hengming Ke, Huanchin Wang, Charles Cobb, Sharron Francis and Jackie Corbin.

International Symposium on Nitric Oxide-cyclic GMP Signal Transduction in Brain (2006), Museu de les Ciències Prícipe Felipe, Valencia, Spain.  "Stopped-flow Studies of PDE5 Catalytic Mechanism Using Fluorescently Labeled Nucleotides" Gary Morris, Howard White, Hengming Ke, Huanchin Wang, Charles Cobb, Sharron Francis and Jackie Corbin.

Gordon Research Conference on Phosphodiesterases (2006), University of New England, Main  "Stopped-flow Studies of PDE5 Catalytic Mechanism Using Fluorescently Labeled Nucleotides" Gary Morris, Howard White, Hengming Ke, Huanchin Wang, Charles Cobb, Sharron Francis and Jackie Corbin.

Eastern Virginia Medical School Research Day (2004), Norfolk, VA  "Structural and Kinetic Studies of the cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase Catalytic Subunits "Gary Z. Morris, Mike D. Ward, O. John Semmes and Stephen Beebe.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Meeting (2004), Boston, MA Awarded FASEB minority travel award  "Structural and Kinetic Studies of The Catalytic Subunits of cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase" Gary Z. Morris, Mike Ward, John Semmes, and Stephen Beebe.  "Pre-Steady State Kinetic Studies With cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase's Catalytic Subunits Calpha and Cgamma" Gary Z. Morris, Howard White, and Stephen Beebe.

Eastern Virginia Medical School Research Day (2003), Norfolk, VA  "Structural and Kinetic Studies of the Catalytic Subunits of cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase (PKA)" Gary Z. Morris, Mike Ward, John Semmes, Howard White and Stephen Beebe.

Eastern Virginia Medical School Research Day (2002), Norfolk, VA  "An Analysis of the Mechanism of Differential Transcriptional Regulation by Two PKA Catalytic Subunits" Gary Z. Morris, Rana Morris, Erin Ferguson and Stephen Beebe.

Eastern Virginia Medical School Research Day (2001), Norfolk, VA  "Characterization of PKA-C and -C in U937 cells" Gary Z. Morris, Rana Morris and Stephen Beebe.

Gordon Research Conference on Second Messengers and Protein Phosphorylation (2001), Kimball Union Hall, New Hampshire "Identification of PKA-C in Differentiated Cells" Gary Z. Morris, Rana Morris and Stephen Beebe.

Old Dominion University Third Annual Student Research Poster Session (2001), Norfolk, VA Awarded first place Graduate Student Poster  "Resveratrol Induces Apoptosis in LNCaP Cells, and Requires Its Hydroxyl Groups to Decrease Viability in LNCaP and DU 145 Cells" Gary Z. Morris, Roy L. Williams, Mark S. Elliott and Stephen J. Beebe.

Eastern Virginia Medical School Research Day (1999), Norfolk, VA –"Different Effects of Two Stilbenes on Apoptosis in Androgen-Sensitive Prostate Cancer Cells, LNCaP" G. Z. Morris, M. S. Elliott, R. L. Williams, Old Dominion University and S. Beebe, Eastern Virginia Medical School.

American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1999), San Francisco, CA Awarded a minority travel award –" Resveratrol: a naturally occurring phytoestrogen as a tool to study apoptosis" G. Z. Morris, R. L. Williams, R. C. Morris, M. S. Elliott, Old Dominion University and S. Beebe, Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Research Experience

  • WV-INBRE Summer Research Fellowship, Marshall University, 2012
  • WV-INBRE Summer Research Fellowship, Marshall University, 2011
  • NIH ARRA Research Fellowship, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 2010
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2005
  • Graduate Student Research Assistant, Center for Pediatric Research (Norfolk, VA), 2000
  • Graduate Student Research Assistant, Old Dominion University, 1999
  • Research Assistant, Old Dominion University, 1997
  • Lab Attendant, Tidewater Community College, 1995