(May 1, 2014)

Centenary welcomes Visiting Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Centenary College Biology Department will welcome a new face this coming fall semester: Dr. Jarret Richardson. Richardson will join the Centenary family as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Neuroscience.

"We are very excited to welcome Dr. Jarret Richardson to the Biology Department," said Dr. Scott Chirhart, Associate Professor and Biology Department Chair. "His expertise in research and teaching will be a great addition, benefiting not only our well-established Neuroscience program but also our students."

Richardson comes to Centenary from Texas A&M University, where he earned a Ph.D. in zoology with concentrations in both neuroscience and plasticity. He served as a teaching assistant and lab instructor, covering courses in biology, anatomy, human anatomy, and physiology. His research interests include invertebrate microdissection, neuron cell culturing techniques, intracellular electrophysiology, calcium imaging, and fluorescent microscopy.

"Centenary appealed to me due to the environment it creates between its students and faculty, giving the process of education a much more personalized and interactive feel than can be found other places," said Richardson. "I have met with some students already and am excited about working with the many exceptional young adults at Centenary to aid them in achieving their objectives. It is my desire to have an engaging course for them in the plasticity and development of the nervous system starting in the spring semester."

An accomplished researcher, Richardson has presented original data at the annual Society for Neuroscience Conference and has a number of manuscripts in development.