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Biology Department Homepage Kenyon College Homepage Christopher M. Gillen
Professor of Biology
Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio 43022
(740) 427-5399
Education and training:
1994-1997 Yale University , Postdoctoral research with Bliss Forbush III. "Biochemical and molecular approaches to the study of ion cotransport proteins."

1989-1994 Yale University , Ph.D in Cellular and Molecular Physiology . Thesis with Ethan R. Nadel at the J.B. Pierce Laboratory "Role of albumin in blood volume regulation in humans."

1985-1989 Lafayette College , Easton, PA. B.S. magna cum laude in Biology. Honors thesis with Charles Holliday : "Sodium pump activity in the gills of the green crab, Carcinus maenas."

Awards and grants:
2010 PI National Science Foundation DUE-#0965895.  “S-STEM: Building a culture of success in the sciences.” 

2008 Co-PI National Science Foundation DMS-# 0827208.  “UBM Group - Investigating the Mathematical Biology of Metabolic Scaling using Manduca InSTaRs (Interdisciplinary Science Training and Research)” 

2005 Co-PI National Science Foundation IOB-#0445202. "RUI:The Paradox of Cellular Calcium Homeostasis During Vectorial Transfer: Spatial and Temporal Regulation of Ca Import/Export Proteins Using the Freshwater Crayfish Molting Model."

2002 Kenyon College Junior Trustee Teaching Excellence Award.

2000   National Science Foundation #IBN-9982375 .  "RUI: Cation-chloride cotransporters in Gills of the Fiddler Crab, Uca sp."

1998 Co-PI, NSF-ILI #9850614 "Tissue culture core facility and equipment for investigative experiments in cell biology for the undergraduate curriculum."

Selected Publications (*=kenyon student):

White*, A.J., M.J. Northcutt*, S.E. Rohrback*, R.O. Carpenter*, M.M. Niehaus-Sauter*, Y. Gao, M.G. Wheatly, and C.M. Gillen. Characterization of sarcoplasmic calcium binding protein (SCP) variants from freshwater crayfish Procambarus clarkii. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B 160: 8–14, 2011.

Gillen, C.M.  “The Data Suggest”: Writing in the Sciences.  In: Graff, G. and Birkenstein C. They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing.  2nd Ed.  Norton, New York, 2010.

Gao, Y., C.M. Gillen, D.R. Whalen, F.M. Vigo, A.E. Golshani and M.G. Wheatly. Expression of genes encoding Ca2+ exporting proteins in freshwater crayfish Procambarus clarkii during cold exposure. Journal of Thermal Biology 34: 144-151, 2009.

Gillen, C.M., Y. Gao, M.M. Niehaus-Sauter*, M.R. Wylde*, and M.G. Wheatly. Elongation factor 1Bgamma (eEF1Bgamma) expression during the molting cycle and cold acclimation in the crayfish Procambarus clarkii. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part B. 150: 170-176, 2008.

Wheatly, M.G., Y. Gao, and C.M. Gillen. Paradox of epithelial cell calcium homeostasis during vectorial transfer in crayfish kidney. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 152: 267-272, 2007.

Gillen, C.M. Reading primary literature: a practical guide to evaluating research articles in biology. Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco. 44p., 2007.

Gillen, C.M.; Somple, M.*; Heilman, N.R.*; Watson, N.*; Blair, C.R.*; Stulberg, M.*; Thombre, R.*; Gillen, K.; Itagaki, H. The cation chloride cotransporter, masBSC, is widely distributed in Manduca sexta. Journal of Insect Physiology 52: 661-668, 2006.

Gillen, C.M. Criticism and Interpretation: Teaching the Persuasive Aspects of Research Articles. CBE Life Sci Educ 5(1): 34-38, 2006.

Gillen C.M., J.R. Vaughan, and B.R . Lye*. An online tutorial for helping non-science majors read primary research literature in biology. Advances Physiology Education 28: 95-99, 2004.

Colburn*, N., S.G. Gage*, and C.M. Gillen. Rubidium uptake is increased in crabs acclimated to dilute seawater. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 74(5): 724-732, 2001.

Bowles*, D.W. and C. M. Gillen  Characterization of Rb uptake into Sf9 cells using cation chromatography: evidence for a K-Cl cotransporter.  J. Insect Physiology  47:  523-532, 2001.

Gillen, C.M. and B Forbush III. K-Cl cotransporter (KCC1) expressed in HEK 293 cells: regulation and interaction with the Na-K-Cl cotransporter. Am. J. Physiol. 276 (Cell Physiol. 45): C328-C336, 1999.

Gillen, C.M., S. Brill, J.A. Payne, and B. Forbush III. Molecular cloning and functional expression of the K-Cl cotransporter from rabbit, rat, and human: a new member of the cation-chloride cotransporter family. J. Biol. Chem., 271: 16237-16244, 1996.

Gillen, C.M., A. Takamata, G.W. Mack, E.R. Nadel. Measurement of plasma volume in rats using fluorescent-labelled albumin molecules. J . Appl. Physiol., 76(1): 485-489, 1994.

Gillen, C.M., R.L. Lee, G.W. Mack, C.M. Tomaselli, T. Nishiyasu, and E.R. Nadel. Plasma volume expansion in humans after a single intense exercise protocol. J . Appl. Physiol. 71(5): 1914-1920, 1991.