Stephen Runyan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Office Phone: (951) 552-8452
E-mail: srunyan@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building 477
Office Hours: W, F: 9-12; T: 2-4 by appointment

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology University of California, Los Angeles 2007
M.S. Physiological Science University of California, Los Angeles 2003
B.S. Physiological Science University of California, Los Angeles 2001
  • Courses Taught

    BIO 153 Anatomy and Physiology I; BIO 163 Anatomy and Physiology II; BIO 316 Comparative Anatomy; BIO143 Principles of Biology

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Neuroscience (spinal cord regeneration)
    Ophthalmology (glaucoma, retinal disease)
    Drug Discovery
    Biotechnology

  • Teaching Experience

    GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE, Instructor, 2015. Introduction to Human Physiology.

    SANTA ANA COLLEGE,Instructor, 2015. Introduction to Human Anatomy Lab.

    IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE, Instructor, 2009. Introduction to Human Anatomy.

    WEST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE, Instructor, 2007, 2015. Introduction to Human Anatomy.

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES, Lecturer, 2007. Introduction to Human Anatomy 13.

    UCLA Extension, Instructor, 2003-2006. Human Anatomy and Anatomy and Biomechanics

    Teaching Associate, 2001-2003. Undergraduate courses: Physiological Science - Systems Anatomy; Physiological Science - Foundations in Physiological Science; Physiological Science - Introduction to Human Anatomy; and Physiological Science - Human Dissection Anatomy.

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Peer Reviewed Publications:
    Foster AC, Li YX, Runyan S, Dinh T, Venadas S, Chen J, Pashikanti S, Datta A, Ehring G, Staubli U. 2015. Activity of the enantiomers of erythro-3-hydroxyaspartate at glutamate transporters and NMDA receptors. Manuscript in Progress.

    Foster AC, Chen J, Runyan S, Dinh T, Venadas S, Ehring GR, Li YX, Staubli U. 2015. 3-aminoglutarate is a "silent" false transmitter for glutamate neurons. Neuropharmacology. 97:436-46. Epub 2015 May 19.

    Chen J, Runyan SA, Robinson MR. 2011. Novel ocular antihypertensive compounds in clinical trials. Clin Ophthalmol. 5:667-77.

    Runyan SA, Phelps PE. 2007. Mouse olfactory ensheathing glia enhance axon outgrowth on a myelin substrate in vitro. Exp Neurol. 216(1):95-104.

    Runyan SA, Zhong H, Roy RR, Phelps PE. 2007. L1 cell adhesion molecule is not required for small-diameter primary afferent sprouting after deafferentation. Neuroscience. 150:959-969.

    Runyan SA, Roy RR, Zhong H, Phelps PE. 2005. L1 CAM expression in the superficial dorsal horn is derived from the dorsal root ganglion. J. Comp. Neurol. 485:267-279.

    Akopians A, Runyan S, Phelps PE. 2003. Expression of L1 decreases during postnatal development of rat spinal cord. J. Comp. Neurol. 467:375-388.


    Published Abstracts
    Runyan SA, Phelps PE. 2007. Mouse olfactory ensheathing glia enhance neurite outgrowth on inhibitory myelin. 2007. Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience. CD-ROM.

    Runyan SA, Zhong H, Roy RR, Phelps PE. 2003. L1 expression changes in the superficial dorsal horn following acute and chronic deafferentation. Program No. 596.5 2003 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience. CD-ROM.

    Runyan SA. 2003. L1 expression changes in the superficial dorsal horn following acute and chronic deafferentation. Master’s Thesis, UCLA.

    Akopians A, Runyan SA, Phelps PE. 2002. L1 expression in the postnatal rat spinal cord. Program No. 27.2 2002 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience. CD-ROM.



    Presentations
    Runyan SA. 2014. In vitro mitochondrial evaluation of immunosuppressant compounds as potential neuroprotective agents. Exploratory Pharmacology Group, Allergan.

    Runyan SA. 2013. IOP-lowering analogs: Assessment of Structural and Functional Neuroprotection. Exploratory Pharmacology Group, Allergan.

    Runyan SA. 2011. Neurotransmitter modulation via false transmitter mechanisms. Biological Sciences, Allergan.

    Runyan SA. 2006. The role of L1 and TrkB in axon sprouting and neurite growth promotion by olfactory ensheathing glia. MC&IP Seminar Series, UCLA.

    Runyan SA. 2006. Olfactory ensheathing glia promote axon outgrowth on inhibitory myelin. March, MCIP Retreat, UCLA. Awarded best student speaker.

    Runyan SA. 2005. The role of L1 in axon sprouting and neurite growth promotion by olfactory ensheathing glia. MC&IP Seminar Series, UCLA.

    Runyan SA. 2004. L1 CAM expression changes after acute and chronic deafferentation. Neural Repair Seminar, UCLA.

    Runyan SA. 2004. L1 CAM expression changes after acute and chronic deafferentation. MC&IP Seminar Series, UCLA.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Immanuel Bible Church, Santa Monica

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Interests: Family - my wife Jenn, son Owen (7) and daughter Katelyn (5); hiking, mountain biking, running, surfing, camping.
    Travel: South America

  • Personal Philosophy

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
    In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.