Kim Gerecke | Associate Professor
Office: 104 Clough Hall | Phone: (901) 843-3990 | Email: gereckek@rhodes.edu

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Dr. Kim Gerecke, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Neuroscience Program, teaches courses in the areas of Psychology and Neuroscience. She has authored or co-authored many publications published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and regularly presents her research at international scientific conferences. Her research concerns the identification of mechanisms of neuroprotection against neuronal death in aging and disease.  Specific research involves using animal models to assess how lifestyle components, such as exercise and an enriched environment, can protect the brain against neurodegenerative diseases or environmental toxins.

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Read what Dr. Gerecke had to say about “Love, What’s the Brain Got to Do With It? »

 

Also, read what Dr. Gereke had to say in “Ibuprofen May Ward Off Parkinson’s,” COSMOS Magazine, Feb. 22, 2010 » 


Education
Ph.D. University of Alabama at Birmingham
M.S. University of Richmond
B.S. Muskingum College


Courses

Neuroscience 451 - RESEARCH IN NEUROSCIENCE
Neuroscience 485 - SENIOR SEMINAR: THE NEUROSCIENCE OF THE MIND
Neuroscience 318 – NEUROSCIENCE OF BRAIN DISORDERS
Neuroscience 350 – NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS
Psychology 105 - DRUGS, THE BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR
Psychology 150 - FOUNDATIONAL ISSUES IN PSYCHOLOGY
Psychology 216 - PERCEPTION
Psychology 353 – ADV TOPICS: PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY
Psychology 485 - SENIOR SEMINAR: THE NEUROSCIENCE OF THE MIND


Selected Publications

Gerecke KM*, Kishore R, Jasnow A, Quadros-Menella P, Parker S, Wightman-Hester N, Kozub FJ, Lambert KG and Kinsley CH. (2011) Significant alterations of gender-typical microanatomy:  Prenatal stress modifies the structure of medial preoptic area neurons in rats.  * Indicates corresponding author. In press: Developmental Psychobiology.

Gerecke KM, Jiao Y, Pani A, Pagala V and Smeyne RJ (2010) Exercise protects against MPTP-induced neurotoxicity in mice.  Brain Research, 1341: 72-83.  Epub 2010 Jan 29. 

Joung I, Harber G, Gerecke KM, Carroll SL, Collawn JF and Engler JA (2005)  Improved gene delivery into neuroglial cells using a fiber-modified adenovirus vector.  Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 328: 1182-1187, 2005.

Gerecke KM, Wyss JM and Carroll SL (2004) Neuregulin-1beta induces neurite extension and arborization in cultured hippocampal neurons.  Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences, 27(4): 379-393.

Wyss JM, Gerecke KM and Roysommuti S (2003) Neuregulin-1 and erbB receptors appear to play a role in remodeling of mature neurons in the brain.   Thai Journal of Physiology, 16 (1): 48-50.

Chaudhury AR, Gerecke KM, Wyss JM, Morgan DG, Gordon MN and Carroll SL (2003) Neuregulin-1 and erbB4 immunoreactivity is specifically associated with neuritic plaques in human Alzheimer Disease brain and in a transgenic model of Alzheimer Disease.  Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, 62(1): 42-54.

Gerecke KM, Wyss JM, Karavanova I, Buonanno A and Carroll SL (2001) ErbB transmembrane tyrosine kinase receptors are differentially expressed throughout the adult rat central nervous system.  Journal of Comparative Neurology, 433(1): 86-100.

Keyser-Marcus L, Stafisso-Sandoz G, Gerecke K, Jasnow A, Nightingale L, Lambert KG, Gatewood J and Kinsley CH (2001) Alterations of medial preoptic area neurons following pregnancy and pregnancy-like steroidal treatment in the rat. Brain Research Bulletin, 55(6): 737-45.

Lambert KG, Gerecke KM, Quadros PS, Doudera E, Jasnow AM and Kinsley, CH (2000) Activity-stress increases density of GFAP-immunoreactive astrocytes in the rat hippocampus.  Stress, 3(4): 275-84.

 

Invited Reviews
Gerecke KM, Carroll SL, Roysommuti S and Wyss JM (2003) The role of neuregulin-1 in the mature central nervous system.   Thai Journal of Physiology, 16 (1): 1-8.

 

Poster Presentations
*Indicates student author
Gerecke KM, *Allen S, *Kolobova A.  (2011) The protective effects of exercise on chronic stress-induced neurotoxicity.  International Society for Behavioral Neuroscience, Steamboat Springs, CO.

Gerecke KM, *Allen S, *Kolobova A.  (2010) The protective effects of exercise on chronic stress-induced neurotoxicity.  Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

Gerecke KM, *Kolobova A, *Allen S, *Fawer J, *Fincher D, *Patel G. (2009) Exercise and neuroprotection against chronic restraint stress induced neurotoxicity.  Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL. 

Gerecke KM, *Barowka S, *Brooks L, *Brown O, *Darrith B, *Hadler M, *Spainhour S, and *Trout R (2008) The effects of enriched environment on conditioned place preference responses to methylphenidate in mice.  Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC. 

Pani AK, Gerecke K, and Smeyne RJ (2007)  Effect of Exercise and MPTP on Dopamine Metabolism in Parkinson’s Disease Mice Model.  NPF National PD meeting.

Pani AK, Gerecke K, and Smeyne RJ (2007)  Effect of Exercise and MPTP on Dopamine Metabolism in the MPTP model of Parkinson’s Disease.  Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, California.

Gerecke KM, Jiao Y and Smeyne RJ (2006) The effects of variable exercise schedules on neuroprotection in the MPTP model of Parkinson’s disease.  Society for Neuroscience, Atlanta, Georgia.

Pond BP, Gerecke KM and Smeyne RJ (2006) Effect of long-term methylphenidate treatment on gene expression in various brain regions Society for Neuroscience, Atlanta, Georgia.

Pond, BP, Gerecke KM, Jiao Y, Smeyne M, Rong Y and Smeyne RJ (2006).  Effect of long-term methylphenidate treatment on gene expression in various brain regions.  ACNP.

Pond BP, Gerecke KM and Smeyne RJ (2005) Effect of long-term methylphenidate treatment in an experimental model of Parkinsonism.  Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC.

Smeyne M, Jiao Y, Boyd J, Shepherd KR, Hatler M, Gerecke K, Pond B, Smeyne RJ (2005) Alterations in glutathione S-transferase pi affect MPTP sensitivity to parkinsonian toxins. Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC.

Smeyne M, Jiao Y, Boyd J, Shepherd KR, Hatler M, Gerecke K, Pond B, Smeyne RJ (2005)  Alterations in glutathione S-transferase pi affect sensitivity to parkinsonian toxins.  Beijing International Neurodegeneration Symposium (BINS).

Smeyne M, Jiao Y, Boyd J, Shepherd K, Hatler M, Gerecke K, Pond B and Smeyne R (2005) Alterations in glutathione s-transferase pi affect MPTP sensitivity.  Parkinson’s Disease Meeting, Berlin, Germany.

Smeyne RJ, Shepherd KR, Herasimtschuk A, Gerecke K (2004) Does exercise affect the metabolism of the Parkinsonian toxin MPTP? Program No. 221.4.  Society for Neuroscience 2004 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner, Online.

Gerecke KM, Carroll SL and Wyss JM (2003) Neuregulin-1 induces outgrowth and elaboration of neurites in differentiated primary hippocampal neurons in vitro.   Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 143: 16.

Gerecke KM, Carroll SL and Wyss JM (2001).  -Neuregulin induces genes related to neuronal differentiation and outgrowth in rat hippocampal neurons in vitro.  Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 27 (1): 1242.

Wyss JM, Morgan DG, Morgan MN, Chaudhury AR, Gerecke KM and Carroll SL (2000) Neuregulin and erbB4 receptors colocalize with -amyloid plaques in a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.  Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 26: 495.

Gerecke KM, Carroll SL and Wyss JM (2000) Neuregulin enhances process outgrowth and elaboration of differentiated rat hippocampal neurons in vitro.  Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 26: 843.

Buonanno A, Karavanova I, Basudevan K, Gerecke K, Carroll SL and Garcia, RAG (2000) Differential distribution of erbB receptors in the brain and their interactions with PDZ domain proteins at interneuronal synapses.  Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 26: 580.

Gerecke K, Carroll SL and Wyss JM (1999) Expression of erbB4 is upregulated in the hippocampal formation following entorhinal cortex lesions in adult rat.  Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 25: 820. 

Gerecke K, Carroll SL and Wyss JM (1998) Expression of neuregulin receptors (ErbB2-4) in adult rat brain.  Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 24: 799.

Gerecke K, Kishore R, Jasnow A, Quadros P, Parker S and Kinsley CH (1996) Modification of morphology of medial preoptic area (mPOA) neurons in prenatally stressed (PS) rats.  International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Georgetown, Maryland.

Stafisso-Sandoz G, Gerecke K, Lambert KG and Kinsley CH (1995) Modifications in somal size in medial preoptic area (mPOA) neurons after pregnancy, pregnancy-like steroidal treatment, and lactation in the rat.  International Society for Behavioral Neuroscience, Cancun, Mexico.

Gerecke K, McKonkey R, Moran S and Watson H (1994) The neurodegenerative effects of corticosteroid on hippocampal CA3 neurons and adrenal tissue.  Muskingum College Undergraduate Science Symposium, New Concord, Ohio.