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Michael Harris

Marie Thoms
Research Interests: 

Neurobiology of breathing, pathophysiology of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, comparative respiratory physiology, evolution of air-breathing, evolution and adaptations to mammalian hibernation.

Michael Harris
Michael Harris
Michael B. Harris
Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Integrative Physiology
113F Murie
110 Murie
Postal Address: 
Institute of Arctic Biology
PO Box 757000
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000
  • B.Sc. (Zoology; Honours) University of British Columbia 1986-1990
  • M.Sc. (Zoology) University of British Columbia 1990-1992
  • Ph.D. (Zoology) University of British Columbia 1992-1997
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Dept. Medical Physiology and Biophysics, University of Calgary 1998-2000
  • Research Associate Dept. of Physiology, Dartmouth Medical School, Dartmouth College 2000-2003
  • 05/91 - 07/91               Visiting Researcher, Long Marine Lab, University of California Santa Cruz

  • 05/92 - 07/92               Visiting Researcher, Department of Biology, Stanford University

  • 05/95 - 07/95               Visiting Researcher, Discovery Bay Marine Station (Jamaica), McMaster University

  • 01/98 - 09/00               Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Calgary

  • 09/00 - 06/03               Research Associate, Department of Physiology, Dartmouth Medical School

  • 06/03 - 06/08               Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Wildlife, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • 06/04 -                         Affiliate, Department of Chemistry, University of AlaskaFairbanks

  • 09/05 -                         Affiliate Assistant Professor of Public Health, Department of Health Sciences, University of AlaskaAnchorage

  • 06/08                           Tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Wildlife, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • 10/13 -                         Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • 10/14 -             Affiliate Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University


Corcoran, A., Richerson, G. & Harris, M., 2010. Modulation of respiratory activity by hypocretin-1 (orexin A) in situ and in vitro. New Frontiers in Respiratory Control, 669, pp.109–113.


Wilson, R.J.A., Taylor, B.E. & Harris, M.B., 2009. The Encyclopedia of Neuroscience 3rd Ed.
Davies, B.L. et al., 2009. Lung respiratory rhythm and pattern generation in the bullfrog: Role of neurokinin-1 and u-opioid receptors. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 179, pp.579–592.


Hodges, M.R. et al., 2008. Defects in Breathing and Thermoregulation in Mice with Near-Complete Absence of Central Serotonin Neurons. Journal of Neuroscience, 28, pp.2495–2505.


Duffy, L. et al., 2007. Arctic Peoples and Beyond: Research Opportunities in Neuroscience and Behavior. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 66, pp.264–275.


Rodamn, J.R. et al., 2006. Gap Junction Blockade does not Alter Eupnea or Gasping in the Juvenille Rat. Respiration Physiology Neurobiology, 125, pp.51–60.


Harris, M.B. & John, W.M., 2005. Phasic pulmonary stretch receptor feedback modulates both eupnea and gasping in an in situ rat preparation. American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 289, pp.R450-R455.


2000 Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Postdoctoral Fellowship

2009 Nominee, College of Natural Science and Math, Teaching Excellence Award

2013 College of Natural Science and Math, Teaching Excellence Award

2014 Nominee, UAF Emil Usibelli award for Distinguished Teaching

2014 College of Natural Science and Math, Merit Bonus for excellence in teaching/research/service

2014 Winner, UAF Sven Ebbesson Award for Excellence in Neuroscience

2015 Nominee, UAF Emil Usibelli award for Distinguished Teaching

  • Society for Neuroscience;
  • American Physiological Society;
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Current: Evaluating a Raphé Chemosensory Amplifier Network with Multi-channel Array recording (NIH 1SC2GM112570-01 (PI Harris)

See CV for funding history

  • Biology 310 Animal Physiology (Spring semester)
  • DVM 618 Veterinary Physiology (Contributing Instructor; Fall semester)
  • see CV for past teaching
Current Graduate Students (More info)
  • Iver Evanger
  • Mitchell Reed
Past Graduate Students

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News Releases
  • Scientists identify likely origins of vertebrate air breathing
    (15 October 2012) IAB scientists have identified what they think is the ancestral trait that allowed for the evolution of air breathing in vertebrates. They will present their research at the 42nd annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience Oct. 17 in New Orleans.
In the News
  • Editorial Board member, Frontiers in Respiratory Physiology
  • American Physiological Society, Respiration Section Steering Committee (Nominations Committee Co-Chair)
  • UAF Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • UAF Committee on the Integration of Research and Teaching in the Sciences (CIRTS)
  • UAF Faculty Senate Core Curriculum Committee
  • UAF Core Curriculum Revitalization and Assessment Group (see the report)
  • IAB Space Committee
  • IAB Director's Council