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Dr. Heather Cathcart

Assistant Professor of Biology

Conger Hall 203
229. 391.5119


B.S. Biology, Armstrong Atlantic State University

M.S. Biology, Georgia Southern University

Ph.D.  Biomedical Science, Medical College of Georgia

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Vanderbilt University Medical Center



  1. Formichella C.R., Abella S.K., Sims S.M., Cathcart H.M. and Sappington R.M. 2014. Astrocyte Reactivity: A Biomarker for Ganglion Cell Health in Retinal Neurodegeneration. Journal of Clinical and Cellular Immunology 5:188.
  2. Barber R., Benefield L., Cathcart H.M., Farmer S., Hadden K., Hampton D., Johnson G., Parker E., and Powell G. 2013. Principles of Biology I Laboratory Manual. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. LAD Custom Publishing, INC. 1-110.
  3. Sims S.M., Holmgren L., Cathcart H.M. and Sappington R.M. 2012. Spatial Regulation of interleukin-6 signaling in response to neurodegenerative stressors in the retina. American Journal of Neurodegenerative Disease 15:168-179.
  4. Cathcart H.M., Zheng M., Covar J.J., Liu Y., Podolsky R. and Atherton S.S. 2011. Interferon gamma, Macrophages and Virus Spread after HSV-1 Injection. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 52: 3984-3993.
  5. Atherton S.S. and Cathcart H.M. 2010. Anterior Segment Mechanisms of Protection during HSV-1 Infection. Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology 54: 182-186.
  6. Cathcart H.M., Fields M.A., Zheng M., Marshall B. and Atherton S.S. 2009. Infiltrating cells and interferon-gamma production in the injected eye after uniocular anterior chamber inoculation of HSV-1. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 50: 2269-2275.
  7. Zheng M., Fields M.A., Liu Y., Cathcart H.M., Richter E. and Atherton S.S. 2008. Neutrophils protect the retina of the injected eye from infection after anterior chamber inoculation of HSV-1 in BALB/c mice. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 9: 4018-4025.
  8. Randall C.N., Strasburger D., Prozonic J., Morris S.N., Winkie A.D., Parker G.R., Cheng D., Fennell E.M., Lanham I., Vakil N., Huang J., Cathcart H., Huang R. and Poduslo S.E. 2008. Cluster analysis of risk factor genetic polymorphisms in Alzheimer’s disease. Neurochemical Research 34: 23-28.
  9. Huang R., Huang J., Cathcart H., Smith S. and Poduslo S.E. 2007. Genetic variants in brain-derived neurotrophic factor associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Medical Genetics 44: e66.
  10. Corder E.H., Huang R., Cathcart H.M., Lanham I.S., Parker G.R., Cheng D., Smith S. and Poduslo S.E. 2006. Membership in genetic groups predicts Alzheimer’s disease. Rejuvenation Research 9: 89-93.
  11. Parker G.R., Cathcart H.M., Huang R., Lanham I.S., Corder E.H. and Poduslo S.E. 2005. Apolipoprotein gene E4 allele promoter polymorphisms as risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Psychiatric Genetics 15: 271-275.
  12. Cathcart H.M., Huang R., Lanham I.S., Corder E.H., and Poduslo S.E. 2005. Cystatin C as a Risk Factor for Alzheimer disease. Neurology 64: 755-757.
  13. Cheng D., Huang R., Lanham I.S., Cathcart H.M., Howard M., Corder E.H. and Poduslo S.E. 2005. Functional interaction between APOE4 and LDL receptor isoforms in Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Medical Genetics 42: 129-131.
  14. Cathcart, H.M., Bennett S.N. and Krissinger W.A. 2002. Be aware when heat shocking ascospores from crisp mutants of Neurospora crassa. Fungal Genetics Newsletter 49:17.




Dr. Cathcart's current schedule


» Spring 2017

Principles of Biology I (BIOL 1107)

Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2011)

Honors Principles of Biology I (BIOL 1107H)

Neuroscience (BIOL 4150)


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Special Topics in Biology (BIOL 4890)


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Research (BIOL 4601)


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Medical Terminology (SCIE 1003)


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