Dana K. Merriman, PhD


Department of Biology, UW-Oshkosh


University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
800 Algoma Boulevard
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8630 

(920) 424-3076

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BA, 1981, Biological Science (Honors), University of California- Santa Barbara
PhD, 1988, Physiology and Cell Biology, University of California- Santa Barbara
NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, 1988-1991, University of Utah Health Sciences Center


Research Interests
Dr. Merriman's research focus is the cone-dominant, diurnal visual system of the 13-lined ground squirrel. Much of her research time is devoted to supervising the captive breeding program, which has served investigators from the US, Asia, and Europe since 2007. Over the years, providing animals and custom-dissected tissues has expanded her research horizon well outside of vision and even neuroscience. Recently she has been privileged to collaborate on studies of muscle physiology, viral genomics, molecular biology of transposable elements, and comparative genetics of the control of coat patterning. Her primary emphasis is still on vision, including cone cell biology and retinal function during the metabolic state transitions associated with hibernation; she is looking forward to upcoming collaborative work in ocular imaging using her lab's squirrels.

Dr. Merriman was recently awarded the 2014-2018 Axletech Endowed Professorship at UW-Oshkosh.


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