School of Dental Medicine

Faculty and Staff

Donald G. Ferguson, PhD

Director of Basic Sciences Instruction
Associate Professor

Ledyard E. Ross Hall

Clinical Interests
Cell biology of, striated muscle ryanodine receptors and dihydropiridine receptors, airway reflexes and hyper-reactivity, educational research, scholarship of teaching and learning.

BA - Queen’s University, 1971
PhD - University of Alberta, 1983

Society Memberships:
American Association of Anatomists
American Association of Clinical Anatomists
American Dental Education Association
Biophysical Society
Boy Scouts Troop 77 Potsdam NY

Biographical Information:

Dr. Ferguson was born in Montreal, Quebec and graduated with a BA in Experimental Psychology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He earned a PhD in Anatomy from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. Dr. Ferguson carried out his dissertation research in the lab of the noted histologist Dr. Thomas S. Leeson. He subsequently performed postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Clara Franzinini-Armstrong at the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ferguson’s first faculty appointment was in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Cincinnati as a Research Assistant Professor and during his stay, he was named an Established Investigator by the American Heart Association. Dr. Ferguson has also taught Anatomy at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and Basic Sciences at Clarkson University in Potsdam NY. Within the School of Dental Medicine, he has served a member of the curriculum committee, the Chair of Basic Sciences Subcommittee, Student Progress Committee, A-Team and Dean’s Executive Council, and the Professional Conduct Committee.

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