Wendy Bollag

Professor

Wendy Bollag

Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Physiology

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Dermatology

The Graduate School

Dental College of Georgia
Department of Oral Biology

Education

  • Ph.D., Molecular Physiology Yale University, 1990

  • MS, Molecular Physiology Yale University, 1988

  • BS, Biochemistry Pennsylvania State UniversityT, 1984

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Researcher Award Augusta University Research Institute , 2019

  • Exemplary Teaching Award Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, 2018

  • Institutional Service Award Medical College of Georgia, 2018

  • Outstanding Performance Award Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, 2018

  • Exemplary Teaching Award Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, 2017

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 5593

    ECM 1-PBL
  • MEDI 6593

    ECM 2-PBL
  • BIOM 8030

    Experimental Therapeutics
  • BIOM 8033

    Integrated Systems Biol
  • PSIO 9210

    Invest of a Problem
  • MEDI 5159

    Mod 5: Genitourinary
  • MEDI 5198

    Phase 1 Comprehensive Module
  • BIOM 8012

    Scientific Communications
  • MEDI 5592

    ECM 1-PBL
  • MEDI 6592

    ECM 2-PBL
  • MEDI 5088

    Medical Scholars Program
  • BIOM 8022

    Molecular Cell Biology
  • BIOM 8011

    Respon Conduct of Research
  • BIOM 8130

    Scientific Grant Writing

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Kynurenine suppresses osteoblastic cell energetics in vitro and osteoblast numbers in vivo., 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Keratinocyte aquaporin-3 expression induced by histone deacetylase inhibitors is mediated in part by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs)., 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Monomethylfumarate protects against ovariectomy-related changes in body composition., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The glucocorticoid receptor in osteoprogenitors regulates bone mass and marrow fat., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Hyperhomocysteinemia-induced death of retinal ganglion cells: The role of Müller glial cells and NRF2., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

My research interests lie in understanding the mechanisms by which hormones, growth factors, cytokines and other signaling molecules instruct cells to respond appropriately to perform their functions. Our current project is investigating the regulation of keratinocyte growth and differentiation and a second defining the signaling mechanisms regulating aldosterone secretion from the adrenal gland. In the first project in skin, we are defining the role of the signaling enzymes phospholipase D (PLD) in promoting epidermal keratinocyte differentiation and protein kinase D (PKD) in supporting keratinocyte proliferation and survival.

Department Service

  • Department of Physiology Graduate Education Committee 2010 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Department of Physiology Post-Doctoral Affairs Committee 2010 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Departmental Awards Committee 2019

    Role: Committee Member
  • Department of Physiology Chair’s Advisory Committee 2012 - 2015

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • MCG Faculty Senate Executive Committee 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG Promotion & Tenure Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Augusta University Research IT Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Translational Research Program Committee of the Department of Medicine 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Postdoctoral Presentations Subcommittee, MCG Graduate Research Day Committee 2001 - Present

    Role: Chairperson

Professional Service

  • Augusta Biomedical Research Corporation 2014 - Present

    Role: Officer, Treasurer
  • VA Eligibility Panel 2013 - Present

    Role: Other
  • VA Research and Development Committee 2012 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Augusta Biomedical Research Corporation 2011 - Present

    Role: Other
  • VA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee 2009 - Present

    Role: Member

Public Service

  • AR Johnson Middle School 2017

    Role: Guest Speaker
  • Pennsylvania State University Club of Aiken/Augusta 2007 - 2015

    Role: Board Member
  • High School U—Middle School Edition 2014

  • Lakeside High School 2014

    Role: Guest Speaker
  • High School U 2013