Dr. Michael R. Van Scott, Ph.D.

Michael Van Scott
Department of Physiology
Phone: 252-744-3654
Fax: 252-744-3460
Email: vanscottmi@ecu.edu

Mailing Address:
Brody School of Medicine, 6N-84
Department of Physiology
600 Moye Blvd.
Greenville, NC 27834

Research Interests

My laboratory pursues multidisciplinary research projects centered around impacts of extrinsic factors on cardiopulmonary function. In collaboration with Dr. Wardle and scientists in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, we conduct preclinical testing of novel therapeutics for the treatment of asthma and opiate-induced respiratory depression. The group pursues studies into the mechanisms underlying asthma and respiratory control, ways to improve the predictive value of animal models of respiratory disease, and assessment of the therapeutic potential of emerging drug candidates. In collaboration with scientists at the US EPA and Drs. Wingard, Brown, and Lust at ECU we investigate the impact of allergens and particulate air pollution on cardiovascular function. Observations reveal that airborne allergens and particulate pollution alter vascular reactivity and increase the severity of adverse cardiac events, such as myocardial infarction. The group is currently pursuing investigations into the transduction processes by which particulate exposure alters cardiovascular function.


Professor (2000-present)
Associate Professor (1993-2000)
Assistant Professor (1990-1993)
Department of Physiology
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

Research Assistant Professor (1986-1990)
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary Diseases
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

Post-doctoral Fellowship (1984-1986)
Division of Pulmonary Diseases
Department of Medicine
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology (1984)
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

Research training (1982-1984)
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
Appalachian Laboratory for Occupational Safety and Health
Morgantown, WV

Bachelor of Science, Biology (1981)
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Medical Corpsman (1978-1979)
82nd Airborne Division
United States Army, Fort Bragg, NC

Photochemical technician (1977-1978)
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY


Pending: Device to Measure Muscle Contractile/Relaxant and Epithelial Bioelectric Responses of Perfused, Intact Airways In Vitro, CDC Tech ID No. I-004-05, Co-inventor.


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Current Research Funding

Master Research Agreements with:

Galleon Pharmaceuticals