HPU Welcomes New Assistant Professor of Biology

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 15, 2015 – High Point University recently hired Dr. Michael Grider as assistant professor of biology. He teaches lecture and lab sections of neurobiology as well as core courses in the department. He is also continuing his study of the molecular mechanisms of injury and repair to the nervous system and looks forward to students joining him in his research.

“I am excited to be working with my colleagues to cultivate an environment of curiosity and independence here at HPU,” Grider says. “I look forward to providing students with the tools and background knowledge that will ultimately enable them to develop their own scientific questions using the ability to discover, evaluate and apply new information.”

Grider is relocating to High Point from Philadelphia, where he most recently was a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College. During his time there, he taught courses in neuroscience, introductory biology and an inquiry-based lab course investigating scientific problems without known answers. He also mentored students who were completing senior thesis research.

Grider has diverse interest in studying injury and repair to the nervous system and has experience using both cell culture to investigate molecular signaling and rodent models of neural injury, including spinal cord injury, stroke and peripheral nerve damage. He has completed a variety of research projects during fellowships at the University of Houston, the University of Houston-Downtown and Baylor College of Medicine. His past work also includes various projects mentoring and involving students in studying science and conducting research.

Grider received a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology, physiology and behavior from the University of California, Davis and a doctorate in neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine.

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