Ohio University

Christine Griffin

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Associate Professor of Instruction
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Ph.D., Emory University


I started physiology work at University of Washington, while earning my B.S. in Zoology. I earned my Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology at Emory University in the Pavlath lab. While there, I wrote two papers on the role of muscle stem cell migration during skeletal muscle regeneration.

Since 2014 I have worked with different personnel in the lab of Dr. Lawrence Witmer, Professor of Anatomy, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. My training in cell and tissue histochemistry has allowed me to assist with several projects involving iodine-staining of tissue.

Teaching Philosophy

I joined the Biological Sciences Department at Ohio University in August 2012. Since teaching is an evolving discipline, my philosophy is to consistently adapt my style and plan for my students. I teach a variety of courses: a large introductory biology class of 200 or more students, midsized second year biology classes, small upper level physiology labs, and a one-on-one discussion course to assist students working on departmental theses.

My ultimate goal is for my students to learn how to evolve into the best version of themselves, starting with the first steps of learning how to learn and culminating with them achieving more than they believed possible. Of my many teaching goals, the most important are the following: engage my students on several levels, work with my students to build a strong foundation upon which they can increase their knowledge base, and teach them to conquer seemingly insurmountable challenges through critical thinking and abstract reasoning.

Courses Taught

  • BIOS 4940H Honors Undergraduate Research
  • BIOS 4941 Senior Research and Thesis
  • BIOS 4941H Senior Honors Thesis
  • BIOS 3435 Principles of Physiology Lab
  • BIOS 3100 Genetics
  • BIOS 1700 Biological Sciences I: Molecules and Cells

Representative Publications

Morhardt AC, Early CM, Griffin CA, Ridgely RC, Witmer LM. Diffusible Iodine-Based Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography (DiceCT) of Vertebrates: Best Practices for Staining, Destaining, and Long-Term Storage of Large, Post-Embryonic, Intact Specimens. In preparation with Witmer lab.

Hoshino S, Sakamoto K, Vassilopoulos S, Camus SM, Griffin CA, Esk C, Torres JA, Ohkoshi N, Ishii A, Tamaoka A, Funke BH, Kucherlapati R, Margeta M, Rando TA, Brodsky FM. The CHC22 clathrin-GLUT4 transport pathway contributes to skeletal muscle regeneration. PLoS One. 2013 Oct 30;8(10):e77787.

Hall MN, Griffin CA, Simionescu A, Corbett AH, and Pavlath GK. Distinct Roles for Classical Nuclear Import Receptors in the Growth of Multinucleated Muscle Cells. Dev Biol. 2011 Sep 1;357(1):248-58.

Griffin CA, Long KK, Pavlath GK. Chemokine expression and control of muscle cell migration during myogenesis. J Cell Sci. 2010 Sep 15;123(Pt 18):3052-60.

Griffin CA, Kafadar KA, Pavlath GK. MOR23 promotes muscle regeneration and regulates cell adhesion and migration. Dev Cell. 2009 Nov 17;17(5):649-661.

Departmental Service

  • BIOS Curriculum Committee member
  • BIOS Data Guru