Christopher Fonner

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Christopher Fonner, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Physiology Assistant Director of PBL Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) 1858 West Grandview Boulevard Erie, PA 16509 814-866-8460 cfonner@lecom.edu Podcast: thebiobusters.podbean.com EDUCATION Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Sciences, August 2015 Dissertation: The Effects of Stressors & Stress Hormones on Behavior, Physiology, & Disease Susceptibility in Terrestrial Salamanders Mentor: Dr. Sarah K. Woodley Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania Bachelor of Science, Biology, May 2009 Undergraduate Research Project: Effects of Plant Hormones on Spore Germination Mentor: Dr. Michael Ganger TEACHING EXPERIENCE 2019 – Current: Assistant Professor of Physiology, LECOM, Erie, PA  DAE 1013 – PhD Physiology, Spring 2020, Spring 2021  IPE 1001 – Inter-Professional Education, Spring 2020, Spring 2021  MMS 1006 – MMS Cell Biology, Fall 2020, Fall 2021  MMS 1016 – MMS Physiology, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021  NAT 1003 - Basic Neuroscience, Spring 2020, Spring 2021  PBL 1001 – PBL Modules, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021  PHY 1010 – Core Physiology, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021  SYS 1003 – Renal System, Fall 2020, Fall 2021 2015 – 2019: Assistant Professor, Thiel College, Greenville, PA  Introduction to Exercise Science, Thiel College, Fall 2018  Human Anatomy Lecture & Lab, Thiel College, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015  Human Physiology Lecture & Lab, Thiel College, Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2016 2  Health Professions Institute Trends in Health Care, Thiel College, Spring 2019, Spring 2018  Science and Movie Magic, Thiel College, Fall 2018  Animal Physiology Lecture & Lab, Spring 2017  Physiological Basis of Exercise & Physical Fitness Lecture & Lab, Spring 2019, Spring 2017  Developmental Biology Lecture & Lab, Thiel College, Spring 2018, Spring 2016  Junior Research Seminar, Thiel College, Spring 2019, Spring 2017, Spring 2016  Foundations of Biology Lecture & Lab, Thiel College, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015  Senior Seminar in Biology, Thiel College, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015  Advanced Study in Biology, Thiel College, 2016-2018, Fall & Spring  Independent Study in Biology, Thiel College, 2016-2018, Fall & Spring; Spring 2019 Teaching Assistant  Anatomy and Physiology Lab, Duquesne University, Fall 2013, 2014  Mammalian Physiology, Duquesne University, Fall 2010  General Biology Laboratory, Duquesne University, Fall 2009, 2012, Spring 2010, 2011  Physiology & Molecular Techniques for PT Lab, Duquesne University, Fall 2011  Cell & Systems Physiology Lab, Duquesne University, Spring 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Research Experience Principal Investigator Dates: 2015-2019 Institution: Thiel College, Greenville, PA Project Titles:  Examination of the effects of sex, stress, and disease on the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and antimicrobial activity in terrestrial salamanders  Investigations into the stress hormone levels and physiological symptoms of stress in undergraduates enrolled in higher level biology courses  The use of Avida Ed software for evolution simulations in an undergraduate biology laboratory  The effects of stress on student efficiency in upper-level biology courses at Thiel College Graduate Student Dates: August 2009-June2015 Institution: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA Project title:  The effects of stressors and stress hormones on behavior, physiology, and disease susceptibility in terrestrial salamanders. Guest Lectures 3  Weird Science!: How Studies with Amphibian Disease Biology Can Stimulate Undergraduate Research Interests. Invited Research Presentation, Slippery Rock University, Fall 2017  Stressed Out!: Tales from GNC-Funded Research on Amphibian Stress & Disease. Invited Research Presentation for the Thiel Forum, Thiel College, Spring 2017 SERVICE LECOM 2021-Present Assistant PBL Director 2019-Present Assistant Director of the Affiliate Student Success Program 2021 Coordinator of Affiliate Student Enhancement Course 2021-Present EXCEL Team Member 2021-Present MMS Cell Biology Course Director 2021-Present Dermatology System Course Director 2021 Student Doctor of the Year Committee 2021-Present Student Government Association Advisor 2021-Present Student National Medical Association, Advisor 2021 Curriculum Review Coordinator, Endocrine System 2021 Curriculum Review Team, Pathology 2020 Research Day Judge 2019, 2020 Student Researcher of the Year, Judge 2020 Curriculum Review Team, Musculoskeletal System 2019-Present Academic Advisor for LDP, MMS, & PBL Students 2019-Present Medical Student Application Interview Member Thiel College 2018-2019 Department Chair, Biology Department, Thiel College 2018 Co-Chair, Exercise Science Assistant Professor Search Committee, Thiel College 2018 Member, Speech Language Pathology Master’s Program Director Search Committee, Thiel College 2018 Moderator, Exercise Science Alumni Panel, Thiel College 2018-2019 Adviser, Communication Sciences and Disorders Advisory Board, Thiel College 2018-2019 Adviser, Chess Club, Thiel College 2018 Judge, K’NEX Science Competition, Greenville High School 2017-2019 Adviser, Development of Exercise Science Program, Thiel College 2017-Present Coordinator, Thiel Science Week Outreach Initiative, Thiel College 2017-Present Adviser, Pre-Physical Therapy Program, Thiel College 2017-Present Adviser, Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society, Thiel College 2017-Present Instructor, GRE Preparatory Course, Greenville Neuromodulation Center, Thiel College 2016-Present Adviser, Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program, Thiel College 4 2016-Present Lab Manager, Foundations of Biology Lab Course, Thiel College 2015-Present Adviser, Dietrich Honors Institute, Thiel College 2015-Present Reviewer for Canadian Journal of Zoology, Herpetologica and Southeastern Naturalist Journals 2016-Present Member, Campus Lifestyle Committee, Thiel College 2016-Present Member, Institutional Animal Care & Utilization Committee (IACUC), Thiel College 2016-Present Advisor, Health Professions Institute (HPI), Thiel College 2016 Lecturer/Volunteer, Career Day, Gastonville Elementary Center REFEREED PUBLICATIONS Abi Abdallah, D.S., Fonner, C.W., Lax, N.C., Babeji, M.R., & Pale, F.A. 2020. Evaluating the use of Avida-ED digital organisms to teach evolution & natural selection. The American Biology Teacher 82(2). Fonner, C.W., Patel, S., Boord, S., Venesky, M.D., & Sarah K. Woodley. 2017. Effects of corticosterone on infection and disease in salamanders exposed to the amphibian fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 123(2), 159-171. Fonner, Christopher W. & Sarah K. Woodley. 2015. Testing the predation stress hypothesis: behavioural and hormonal responses to predator cues in Allegheny Mountain dusky salamanders. Behaviour 152(6), 797-819. FUNDING SUPPORT (Thiel College) The Carl Hoffman Science Fund Grant (2015). ($10,000) Greenville Neuromodulation Center (GNC) Research Institute Grant. Examining the Presence and Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Around Thiel College & Investigation into the Effects of Acidic Conditions on Fungal Pathogen Susceptibility to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. ($14,780) Greenville Neuromodulation Center (GNC) Research Institute Grant. Examining the Effects of Sex/Mating, Testosterone, and Inhibitory Skin Bacteria on Susceptibility to Lethal Fungal Pathogens in Red-Backed Salamanders. ($10,178) Greenville Neuromodulation Center (GNC) Research Institute Grant. Examining the effects of testosterone on susceptibility to a lethal fungal pathogen in red-backed salamanders. ($19,458) 5 PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS Abi Abdallah, D.S., Fonner, C.W., Lax, N.C., Babeji, M.R., & Pale, F.A. 2020. Evaluating the use of Avida-ED digital organisms to teach evolution & natural selection. Poster presented at the National Association of Biology Teachers conference, November 11-14, 2021. Claire Stoudemire, Mark Terrell, Sarah McCarthy, Raj Gulati, Chris Fonner, & Randy Kulesza. The Effect of Clinical Anatomy Integration on Medical Student Academic Performance and Learning Approach. Oral talk presented at the LECOM Research Day, LECOM, October 29, 2021. Amy Ritchie (Advised by C.W. Fonner). Effects of a fungal pathogen on mating behaviors & disease transmission in terrestrial salamanders. Poster presentation presented at the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol Symposium, Harrisburg, PA, April 17, 2018. Amy Ritchie (Advised by C.W. Fonner). Effects of a fungal pathogen on mating behaviors & disease transmission in terrestrial salamanders. Oral talk presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Biology Symposium, Thiel College, April 14, 2018. Simpson, S., & Brook Simpson (Advised by C.W. Fonner). The effects of acid exposure on incidence of a fungal pathogen in red-backed salamanders. Poster presentation presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Biology Symposium, Thiel College, April 14, 2018. Alana Callahan (Advised by C.W. Fonner). The Effects of sex on disease susceptibility in the red-backed salamander. Poster presentation presented at the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol Symposium, Harrisburg, PA, April 25, 2017. Alana Callahan (Advised by C.W. Fonner). The Effects of sex on disease susceptibility in the red-backed salamander. Oral talk presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Biology Symposium, Washington and Jefferson College, April 8, 2017. Forringer, D., & Bradley Wisnoski (Advised by C.W. Fonner). Examining the effects of chronic handling on infection and disease susceptibility of red-backed salamanders. Poster presentation presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Biology Symposium, Washington and Jefferson College, April 8, 2017. Whiteman, J., & Erin DiFalco (Advised by C.W. Fonner). Differences in skin bacterium incidence in the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus. Poster presentation presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Biology Symposium, Washington and Jefferson College, April 8, 2017. Callahan, A., & Amber Martin (Advised by C.W. Fonner). The effects of sex on disease susceptibility in the red-backed salamander. Oral talk presented at the GNC Research Plenary Sessions, Thiel College, September 9, 2016.