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Suzanne Sollars

Educational History

Ph.D., University of Washington, 1994

Major: Physiological Psychology

Minor: Developmental Psychology

Thesis Advisor: Ilene L. Bernstein, Ph.D.

Dissertation Title: The Role of the Chorda Tympani Nerve in the Sodium Chloride Aversion of Fischer 344 Rats.

B. A., University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 1987 Major: Psychology Minor: English

 

Federal Funding

Principal Investigator, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Plasticity in the Developing Taste System, #R01 DC04846, $925,000/5 yrs. Direct Costs, May 2001 to April 2006.

Principal Investigator, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Function and Organization of the Geniculate Ganglion, #R03 DC03500, $105,000/3 yrs. Direct Costs, May 1998 to April 2001.

 

Professional Experience

2006 - Associate Proffesor of Psychology, University of Nebraska at Omaha

2001 - 2006 Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Nebraska Omaha

2002 - Present Director, Graduate Program in Psychobiology, University of Nebraska Omaha

2002 - Present Courtesy (Adjunct) Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Nebraska Omaha

1998 -2001 Research Assistant Professor, University of Virginia

Neurophysiological and neuroanatomical studies of the gustatory system using in vivo single-cell and whole-nerve preparations.

 

National Professional Service

Association for Chemoreception Sciences

  • 2004 Chair, Chemosensory Enterprise and Mentorship Alliance
  • 2004 Educational Outreach
  • 2003 Organizer of Committee for Junior Investigators
  • 2003 Program Committee
  • 2002 Program Committee
  • 1999 Program Committee

National Institutes of Health

  • 2001 Grant Reviewer on Special Emphasis Panel, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Israel Science Foundation
  • 2003 Grant Reviewer

Publications

Farbman, A. I., Guagliardo, N., Sollars, S. I. & Hill, D. L. (in press). Each sensory nerve arising from the geniculate ganglion expresses a unique fingerprint of neurotrophin receptor genes. Journal of Neuroscience Research.

Hendricks, S. J., Sollars, S. I., Hill, D. L. (2002). Injury-induced functional plasticity in the peripheral gustatory system. The Journal of Neuroscience, 22, 8607-8613.

Sollars, S. I., Smith, P. C. & Hill, D. L. (2002). Time course of morphological alterations of fungiform papillae and taste buds following chorda tympani transection in neonatal rats. Journal of Neurobiology, 51, 223­–236.

Sollars, S. I. & Hill, D. L. (2000). Lack of functional and morphological susceptibility of the greater superficial petrosal nerve to developmental dietary sodium restriction. Chemical Senses, 25, 719­–727.

Sollars, S. I. & Bernstein, I. L. (2000). Neonatal chorda tympani transection permanently disrupts fungiform taste bud and papilla structure in the rat. Physiology & Behavior, 69, 439–444.

 

Abstract Publications

Lane, A. H., Szlachetka, A. M. and Sollars, S. I. (in press). Greater superficial petrosal and glossopharyngeal terminal field following neonatal chorda tympani transection. Society for Neurosciences Conference, October, 2004.

Carr, V. M., Sollars, S. I., Farbman, A. I. (in press). Neuronal cell death in the rat geniculate ganglion during development. Association for Chemoreception Sciences Annual Conference, April 2004.

Sollars, S. I. (2003). Age-related differences in the susceptibility of fungiform papillae to chorda tympani nerve transection. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts.

Sollars, S. I. & Engelhardt, P. E. (2003). Golgi analysis of neurons in the nucleus of the solitary tract of neonatal chorda tympani transected rats. Chemical Senses, 28, A10.

Farbman, A. I., Sollars, S. I., Guagliardo, N. & Hill, D. L. (2003). Each sensory nerve arising from the geniculate ganglion (GG) expresses a unique fingerprint of neurotrophin receptor genes. Chemical Senses, 28, A94.

Hill, D. L., Sollars, S. I., & May, O. L. (2003). Plasticity in the developing central gustatory brainstem. Chemical Senses, 28, 81.

Hill, D. L., Sollars, S. I., & May, O. L. (2002). Development and plasticity of the gustatory terminal fields in the rat nucleus of the solitary tract. Japanese Association for Study of Taste and Smell Annual Conference, JASTS, 9.

Farbman, A. I., Sollars, S. I., Guagliardo, N. & Hill, D. L. (2002). Chorda tympani (CT) neurons express neurotrophin receptor genes different from greater superficial petrosal (GSP) neurons. Chemical Senses, 27, A96.

Sollars, S. I. & Hill, D. L. (2001). Neurophysiological taste responses of single geniculate ganglion cells recorded in vivo in the rat. Chemical Senses, 26, 1084.

Sollars, S. I. & Hill, D. L. (2000). In vivo neurophysiological responses of single geniculate ganglion cells in the rat. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 26, 1973.

Hendricks, S. J., Sollars, S. I. & Hill, D. L. (2000). Effects of injury on chorda tympani sodium salt responses. Chemical Senses, 25, 682.

Sollars, S. I. & Hill, D. L. (1999). Suppression of greater superficial petrosal nerve responses to sodium following acute sodium depletion in the rat. Appetite, 33, 260.

Guagliardo, N. A., Sollars, S. I. & Hill, D. L. (1999). Degeneration of fungiform papillae after selective denervation of the lingual nerve in 10-day-old rats. Chemical Senses, 24, 590.

Guagliardo, N. A., Sollars, S. I., & Hill, D. L. (1999). Continual neural rearrangement in adult rat fungiform taste buds. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 24, 2291.