Jeffrey L. Overholt, PhD

Associate Professor of Physiology

Department of Life Sciences

Phone (336) 750-3247
Office Wilveria B. Atkins

Dr. Overholt did his bachelors and masters degree in biology at the University of Akron in Akron Ohio. Since his M.S., where he studied atherosclerosis, his research has focused on the control of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems in health and disease. He started out as a Research Assistant at Case Western Reserve University in 1983, and continued on there to do his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics. He completed a Post-Doctoral fellowship in pulmonary medicine, and become a faculty member in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics where he did research and taught graduate and medical school classes in physiology until 2005. From these experiences he has published nearly 40 peer reviewed articles, presented at countless meetings and taught in many different physiology classes. He joined the Life Sciences staff at WSSU in 2005 where he is continuing his research and teaching activities.  His laboratory at PTCRC uses a wide range of electrophysiological, biochemical, molecular and imaging techniques to investigate the cellular mechanisms involved in control of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems as well as pain.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Overholt's Vitae.
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Professional Affiliations

  • Biophysical Society                                                                 90-98
  • American Physiological Society                                               97-03
  • Northeastern Ohio Association of Physiologists                      00-05
  • Western NC Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience             06-present


  • University of Akron, B.S. (1981)                                            Biology, GPA 3.25
  • University of Akron, M.S. (1985)                                           Physiology/Cytology, GPA 3.56
  • Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D. (1995)                   Physiology and Biophysics, GPA 3.78

Research Interests

  • Ion channels and disease