Faculty Profile

Margaret Colden, Ph.D.

Professor of Physiology

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MargaretColden, Ph.D.

Margaret Colden, Ph.D.

Professor of Physiology

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Dr. Margaret A. Colden earned her B.A. degree in Biology from Hampton University, Hampton, VA, in 1980 and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX in 1986.  She gained postdoctoral training in the electrophysiology of vascular endothelial cells and leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Institute, Bethesda, MD from 1986 to 1990 where she also served as a Research Physiologist from 1990 to 1994. Dr. Colden joined the Department of Physiology at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in 1994 as an Assistant Professor to begin her independent research program and was promoted in 2000 to the rank of Associate Professor.

Dr. Colden has made significant contributions to understanding the role of ion channels in macrophage and endothelial cell function during adhesion events. Her dedication to a “reach one teach one” philosophy has allowed her to provide research experiences and training in her laboratory to over twenty high school, college, medical, and graduate students. Dr. Colden’s passion for teaching has been illustrated by very positive student and peer evaluations in her delivery of cellular physiology and neurophysiology lectures to medical students as well as her significant involvement in graduate courses. Her teaching and mentoring efforts were recognized by MSM students presenting her with a Faculty Appreciation Award in 2012.
Dr. Colden’s significant knowledge and experiences uniquely positioned her in May 2012 to join the faculty in the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine as a Professor of Physiology where she teaches in and is the Course Director of the Physiology I course.