Emmanuel Ngu

Associate Professor

Emmanuel Ngu

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

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Education

  • Ph.D., Pharmacology Loma Linda University, 2003

  • BS, Chemistry, General Weber State University, 1996

Awards & Honors

  • Certificate of Recognition National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners , 2013

  • Certificate of Recognition National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners , 2012

  • Certificate of Recognition National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners , 2011

  • Certificate of Recognition National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners , 2010

  • Certificate of Recognition National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners , 2009

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 5242

    Mod 5: GI/Nutrition
  • MEDI 5252

    Mod 6: Brain and Behavior
  • MEDI 5262

    Mod 7: Multi-System Disorders
  • MEDI 5212

    Mod 1: Hematology/Oncology
  • MEDI 5222

    Mod 2: Renal/Urinary System
  • MEDI 5232

    Mod 3: Cardiopulmonary II
  • MEDI 5234

    Mod 4: Reproduction

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Reduced axon sprouting after treatment that diminishes microglia accumulation at lesions in the leech CNS, 2007
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Chronic hypoxia alters the function of NOS nerves in cerebral arteries of near-term fetal and adult sheep, 2003
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • NO enhances noradrenaline release: Modulation and mechanism, 2003
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Nitric-oxide synthase-containing nerves facilitate adrenergic transmitter release in sheep middle cerebral arteries, 2000
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Normal functioning of the nervous system strictly depends on glial cell support of neurons. Glial cells called oligodendrocytes, for example, provide myelin insulation for axons which enables fast conduction of action potentials. Astrocytes for their part provide house-keeping support and more by removing excess extra-cellular potassium ions and glutamate from synapses. Microglia, in their resting state, keep tabs on the health of surrounding neurons and are quickly transformed into phagocytic, disease fighting immune cells when stimulated. Yet there are indications that these glial cell types may each have a dark side in which they can initiate, participate in or exacerbate existing disease conditions in the central nervous system (CNS). My research interest is to understand the role of glial cells in CNS disorders and especially the role of microglia in neurodegenerative disorders

College Service

  • Pharmacology Ad Hoc Subcommittee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Student Promotion Committee 2017 - Present

    Role: Member
  • Pharmacology Ad-Hoc Sub-committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Member
  • GSPS Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at UGA 2018 - 2018

    Role: Reviewer
  • Educational Affairs Working Group 2016 - 2017

    Role: Member
  • Southern Translational Education and Research Conference 2016 - 2016

    Role: Attendee, Meeting