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Erik Kolb

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Biological Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-3369
Office: AHF B39



Ph.D. Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (Physiology Emphasis), UC Riverside, 8/2010
B.S. Biology, Cal Poly Pomona, 6/2001
B.S. Zoology, Cal Poly Pomona, 6/2001

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Adjunct Faculty, Chaffey College, 2009-2010   
Adjunct Faculty, Citrus College, Spring 2010   
Intern, Molecular Medicine, City of Hope National Medical Center, 1999-2000   

Other Employment

Research Associate II, St. Jude Medical, Cardiac Rhythm Management Division, 05/2001-09/2003  
RVT - Exotic and Small Animal Medicine, Chaparral Pet Hospital, 09/1993-06/2001  
RVT - Emergency Medicine, Emergency Pet Clinic, 01/01/1999-06/15/2001  

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Effects of erythropoietin elevation on voluntary exercise and maximal aerobic capacity in house mice", Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Phoenix, AZ, 2007-2008   
"Dopamine receptor and transporter densities of mice selectively bred for high voluntary wheel running", Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, San Diego, CA, 2005-2006   
"Dopamine receptor and transporter densities in the neostriatum and prefrontal cortex of mice bred for high-voluntary wheel running", Behavioral Neurogenetics Conference, Poster, Memphis, TN, 2004-2005   
"Human-organutan interactions at the Los Angeles Zoo", UCLA/Los Angeles Zoo Animal Behavior Symposium, Talk/Oral Presentation, Los Angeles Zoo, UCLA / Los Angeles Zoo, Invited, 1999-2000   


Journal Article

Kelly, S. A., Rezende, E. L., Chappell, M. A., Gomes, F. R., Kolb, E. M., Malisch, J. A., Rhodes, J. S., Mitchell, G. S., Garland, Jr., T. (2013). Exercise training effects on hypoxic and hypercapnic ventilatory responses in mice selected for increased voluntary wheel running. Experimental Physiology.
Kolb, E. M., Kelly, S. A., Garland, Jr., T. (2013). Mice from lines selectively bred for high voluntary wheel running exhibit lower blood pressure during withdrawal from wheel access. Physiology and Behavior. Vol. 112-113, pp. 49-55.
Kolb, E. M., Rezende, E. L., Holness, L., Radtke, A., Lee, S. K., Obenaus, A., Garland, Jr., T. (2013). Mice selectively bred for high voluntary wheel running have larger midbrains: support for the mosaic model of brain evolution. Journal of Experimental Biology.
Garland, Jr., T., Kelly, S. A., Malisch, J. L., Kolb, E. M., Hannon, R. M., Keeney, B. K., van Cleave, S. L., Middleton, K. M. (2011). How to run far: Multiple solutions and sex-specific responses to selective breeding for high voluntary activity levels. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Vol. 278 (1705), pp. 574-581.
Kolb, E. M., Kelly, S. A., Middleton, K. M., Sermsakdi, L. S., Chappell, M. A., Garland, Jr., T. (2010). Erythropoietin elevates VO2,max but not voluntary wheel running in mice. Journal of Experimental Biology. Vol. 213 (3), pp. 510-519.
Malisch, J. L., Breuner, C. W., Kolb, E. M., Wada, H., Hannon, R. M., Chappell, M. A., Middleton, K. M., Garland, T. (2009). Behavioral despair and home-cage activity in mice with chronically elevated baseline corticosterone concentrations. Behavioral Genetics. Vol. 39 (2), pp. 192-201.
Hannon, R. M., Kelly, S. A., Middleton, K. M., Kolb, E. M., Pomp, D., Garland, Jr., T. (2008). Phenotypic effects of the "mini-muscle" allele in a large HR x C57BL/6J mouse backcross. Journal of Heredity. Vol. 99, pp. 349-354.
Zhang, Y., Lee, T. S., Kolb, E. M., Sun, K., Sladek, F. M., Kassab, G. S., Garland, T., Shyy, J. Y. (2006). AMP-activated protein kinase is involved in endothelial NO synthase activation in response to shear stress. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. Vol. 26 (6), pp. 1281-1287.

Guest Lectures in Courses

EXSC 406L: Exercise and Energy Homeostasis Guest Lecture - "Pathophysiology of Type II Diabetes", University of Southern California, Spring 2012   
EXSC 205Lxg: The Science of Human Performance Guest Lecture - "Cardiovascular Dynamics in Exercise", University of Southern California, Fall 2011   
BIOL 131L: Vertebrate Physiology Joint Science Department of the Claremont Colleges, 2008-2009   
BIOL 30: Human Sexuality University of California, Riverside, 2007-2008   

Honors and Awards

USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, Enhanced Learning Environments Grant, Spring 2013   
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, Enhanced Learning Environments Grant, Fall 2011   
Outstanding Teaching Award (University of California, Riverside), 2008-2009   

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Human & Evolutionary Biology, 2013-  


Chair, Human & Evolutionary Biology Undergraduate Committee, 2012-  
Member, Applied Physiology Track Committee, 2011-2012   
Chair, Nutrition and Metabolism Track Committee, 2011-2012   

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Oral Presentation for K-12 Science Fair Candidates, Title: Science Fair Presentation Skills, "Pomona Unified School District Does Science", Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA., Fall 2013   
Oral Presentation – 3rd Grade Students, Title: Why Do We Need Muscles? Chaparral Elementary School, Claremont, CA., Spring 2013   
Lecture and Tour – for Texas State Science Scholars, Lecture Title: Skull and Muscle Morphology vs. Diet, Tour: USC Human Anatomy Laboratory Tour and Dissection Tutorial, USC. , Fall 2012   

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

American Physiological Society, 2009-  
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2004-  

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Special Award Judge - International Science and Engineering Fair, 05/08/2011-05/13/2011  
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