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Heather Hamilton Ross, PT, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
Brenau University
APTA ELI Fellow 2018-2019

Phone: (352) 392-0231

Lead Mentors
D. Fuller, PhD

Research Areas

Stem cell, neurorehabilitation, neuromuscular plasticity


  • 1995 Louisburg College AS
  • 1997 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Exercise and Sport Science BS
  • 2000 East Carolina University Physical Therapy MPT
  • 2006 Virginia Commonwealth University Anatomy & Neurobiology PhD

Current Research Funding

President’s Opportunity Grant (Ross) 04/24/2015 – 04/23/2016 Brenau University Training Grant:  Intermittent hypoxia to condition neural stem cells. The goal of this work is to work with undergraduate faculty and students as well as DPT students to establish a basic science, interdisciplinary research laboratory at Brenau University.  Within this proposal, molecular and cellular biology techniques will be pursued to understand how intermittent hypoxia exposure mechanistically impacts neural stem cell biology.

Recent Publications

Wolpe PR, Rommelfanger KS, and the Drafting Delegates of the BEINGS Working Groups.  “The BEINGS Conference:  Statement of Principles for the Use of Cellular Biotechnologies”, Nature Biotechnol 11:  1050-1058 (2017).  **Ross HH as Drafting Delegate**

Sandhu MS, Ross HH, Omerod BK, Reier PJ, Fuller DD. Intraspinal transplantation of subventricular zone-derived neural precursor cells improves phrenic motor output after high cervical spinal cord injury.  Exp Neurology pii:S0014-4886 (16) 30172-8 (2016).  PMID:  27302679

Dougherty BJ, Gonzalez-Rothi EJ, Lee KZ, Ross HH, Reier PJ, Fuller DD.  Intraspinal allografts of embryonic medullary cells improve respiratory outcomes after high cervical spinal cord injury in rats.  Exp Neurology 278:  22-6 (2016). 

Ross HH, Ambrosio F, Trumbower RD, Reier PJ, Behrman AL, Wolf SL.  Neural stem cells and rehabilitation: application of regenerative medicine protocols for neural repair. Phys Ther 96:  734-42 (2016). 

Ross HH, Sandhu MS, Sharififar S, Azari H, Fuller DD.  Delivery of in vivo acute intermittent hypoxia in neonatal rodents to prime subventricular zone-derived neural progenitor cell cultures. JoVE 105 (2015).

Ye F, McCoy SC, Ross HH, Bernardo JA, Beharry AW, Senf SM, Judge AR, Beck DT, Conover CF, Cannady DF, Yarrow JF, Borst SE.  Transcriptional regulation of myotrophic actions by testosterone and trenbolone on androgen-muscle. Steroids 87:59-66 (2014).

Gill LC, Ross HH, Lee KZ, Gonzalez-Rothi EJ, Dougherty BJ, Judge AR, Fuller DD. Rapid diaphragm atrophy following cervical spinal cord hemisection. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2014 Feb 1;192:66-73.

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