Margaret   Colden PhD

Professor, Physiology


Dr. Margaret Colden earned her BA degree in Biology from Hampton University, Hampton, VA, in 1980 and her PhD 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 and federally-funded 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.

Dr. Colden’s dedication to a “reach one, teach one” philosophy has allowed her to provide research experiences and training in her laboratory to many high school, college, medical, and graduate students. Her passion for teaching has been illustrated by very positive student and peer evaluations in her delivery of cellular and neurophysiology topics to medical students as well as her significant involvement in graduate courses. Her teaching and mentoring efforts have been recognized by receiving appreciation and teaching awards. In May 2012, Dr. Colden’s significant knowledge and experiences uniquely positioned her to join the faculty as Professor of Physiology and Course Director/Instructor in the Physiology I course at AUC.