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Degree Program University
Ph.D. Biology Syracuse University
B.S. Biology Muhlenberg College

My Siena Experience

What I Love About Siena

 I’m allowed to teach courses that interest me and that have small class sizes

My Favorite Courses to Teach

My major love in biology is “morphology”, which involves the structure of living things, especially at the microscope level, and how that structure relates to function. I’m also interested in how the structures of cells, tissues, and organs develop in vertebrate embryos, and how structure/function relationships sometimes fail in diseased tissues. In my courses, I try to convey my enthusiasm about both the relevence and the intrinsic beauty of these subjects to my students.

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2005 - Now Professor, Biology Siena College
1991 - 2005 Associate Professor, Biology Siena College
1985 - 1991 Assistant Professor, Biology Siena College
1983 - 1983 Postdoctoral Teaching Associate, Biology University of Iowa
1982 - 1985 Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology University of Iowa
1981 - 1982 Research Assistant, Biology Syracuse University
1979 - 1980 Teaching Assistant, Biology Syracuse University
1977 - 1978 Graduate Fellow, Biology Syracuse University

Current Research

Although I did graduate research in Cell Biology, with a thesis on cilia, my postdoctoral studies at the University of Iowa led me to change my research interests to the area of developmental biology. My experimental organism is the chick embryo, a great model systems because they are easy to obtain, they feed themselves, and they don't bite! Chick embryos also are quite similar to humans in their early development, and therefore a study of chick development can reveal much about human embryology.  My research over the years has focused on a variety of topics, including: the development of skeletal tissues; tissue interactions in vertebrate limb development; development of tissue patterns in the vertebrate limb; the role of the cytoskeleton in cell differentiation; and the distribution of endocrine receptors in developing embryos.  Students in my lab have approached these questions by using techniques of tissue culture, immunohistochemistry, and basic histology.

In addition to research, I enjoy doing digital photomicrography and have published photomicrographs in several popular textbooks and lab atlases. Also, I frequently present workshops to other college faculty on methods for incorporating histology and pathology into undergraduate curricula.


Representative Publications

Zanetti, N.C. and M. Solursh. 1989. Effect of Cell Shape on Cartilage Differentiation. In Cell Shape: Determinants, Regulation, and Regulatory Role. Stein and Bronner, ed. Academic Press.

Zanetti, N.C., V.M. Dress and M. Solursh. 1990. Comparison between Ectoderm-Conditioned Medium and Fibronectin in Their Effects on Chondrogenesis by Limb Bud Mesenchymal Cells.Devel. Bio. 139:383-395.

Zanetti, NC. 2005.  Using Histopathology to teach Histology to Undergraduates. 

HAPS Educator, Spring, 2005.  p. 9 - 10.

Articles & Book Reviews

  • The Histology Challenge: how it came about, how it works now, and thoughts about the future of this dynamic HAPS website feature. HAPS Educator. November 2014.
    HAPS-EDucator [Human Anatomy & Physiology Society]
    2014
  • Contribution to EduSnippets' feature
    HAPS-EDucator [Human Anatomy & Physiology Society]
    2012
  • Contribution to 'EduSnippets' feature
    HAPS-EDucator [Human Anatomy & Physiology Society]
    2010
  • Development and DIsease: Embryoological stories that can enhance an A&P course
    HAPS-EDucator [Human Anatomy & Physiology Society]
    2010
  • See one, learn one, teach one
    HAPS-EDucator [Human Anatomy & Physiology Society]
    2009
  • General Models in Histology
    HAPS-EDucator [Human Anatomy & Physiology Society]
    2005
  • Using Histopathology to teach Histology to Undergraduates
    HAPS-EDucator [Human Anatomy & Physiology Society]
    2005
  • Long-term Projects for Morphology Courses
    HAPS-EDucator [Human Anatomy & Physiology Society]
    2003
  • Novel Activities for Morphology Laboratories: Activities for use Within a Single Class Section
    HAPS-EDucator [Human Anatomy & Physiology Society]
    2003
  • Methods for demonstrating and culturing live chick embryos for undergraduate teaching laboratories: a review
    HAPS-EDucator [Human Anatomy & Physiology Society], vol. 5
    2001
  • One Department's Experience with Writing Across the Curriculum
    Voices, vol. 20
    1998
  • Comparison between ectoderm-conditioned medium and fibronectin in their effects on chondrogenesis by limb bud mesenchymal cells
    Developmental Biology, vol. 139
    1990
  • Possible role of fibronectin in epithelial inhibition of limb bud chondrogenesis
    Journal of Cell Biology
    1988
  • Diffusible factor produced by limb ectoderm inhibits chondrogenesis by promoting cell spreading
    Journal of Cell Biology
    1987
  • Epithelial effects on limb chondrogenesis involve extracellular matrix and cell shape
    Developmental Biology, vol. 113
    1985
  • Epithelial effects on limb chondrogenesis involve extracellular matrix and the actin cytoskeleton
    Journal of Cell Biology
    1984
  • Extracellular matrix mediates epithelial effects on chondrogenesis in vitro
    Developmental Biology, vol. 105
    1984
  • Induction of chondrogenesis in limb mesenchymal cultures by disruption of the actin cytoskeleton
    Journal of Cell Biology, vol. 99
    1984
  • Epithelial modification of extracellular matrix and the role of cell shape in limb cartilage differentiation
    Journal of Cell Biology
    1983
  • Evidence for a role of 13S axonemal ATPase in modulation of ciliary microtubule sliding
    Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton, vol. 2
    1981
  • Effects of MgAPT2- and Ca2+ on microtubule sliding in isolated Tetrahymena cilia
    Journal of Cell Biology
    1980
  • Properties of microtubule sliding disintegration in isolated Tetrahymena cilia
    Journal of Cell Biology, vol. 86
    1980
  • Effects of divalent cations on dynein cross-bridging and ciliary microtubule sliding
    Journal of Cell Biology, vol. 80
    1979
  • Divalent cation effects on ciliary dynein cross-bridges and microtubule sliding
    Journal of Cell Biology
    1978
  • Mysteries at the Microscope: Histopathology Case Studies from the HAPS
    HAPS-EDucator [Human Anatomy & Physiology Society]
    Winter, 2015

Awards & Distinctions

  • Invited instructor and performer at many national and international dulcimer conferences, including Kentucky Music Week, John C Campbell Folk School, Dulcimer U (Western Carolina University), Nonesuch Dulcimer Club (England), as well as many local historic sites and community events.

    Category: Other
    international dulcimer community, 2016
  • Invited instructor and performer at many national and international dulcimer conferences, including Kentucky Music Week, John C Campbell Folk School, Dulcimer U (Western Carolina University), Nonesuch Dulcimer Club (England), as well as many local historic sites and community events.

    Category: Other
    international dulcimer community, 2015
  • Invited instructor and performer at many national and international dulcimer conferences, including Kentucky Music Week, John C Campbell Folk School, Dulcimer U (Western Carolina University), Nonesuch Dulcimer Club (England), as well as many local historic sites and community events.

    Category: Other
    international dulcimer community, 2014
  • Invited instructor and performer at many national and international dulcimer conferences, including Kentucky Music Week, John C Campbell Folk School, Dulcimer U (Western Carolina University), Nonesuch Dulcimer Club (England), as well as many local historic sites and community events.

    Category: Other
    international dulcimer community, 2013
  • Invited instructor and performer at many national and international dulcimer conferences, including Kentucky Music Week, John C Campbell Folk School, Dulcimer U (Western Carolina University), Nonesuch Dulcimer Club (England), as well as many local historic sites and community events.

    Category: Other
    international dulcimer community, 2012
  • Invited instructor and performer at many national and international dulcimer conferences, including Kentucky Music Week, John C Campbell Folk School, Dulcimer U (Western Carolina University), Nonesuch Dulcimer Club (England), as well as many local historic sites and community events.

    Category: Other
    international dulcimer community, 2011
  • Invited instructor and performer at many national and international dulcimer conferences, including Kentucky Music Week, John C Campbell Folk School, Dulcimer U (Western Carolina University), Nonesuch Dulcimer Club (England), as well as many local historic sites and community events.

    Category: Other
    international dulcimer community, 2010
  • Invited instructor and performer at many national and international dulcimer conferences, including Kentucky Music Week, John C Campbell Folk School, Dulcimer U (Western Carolina University), Nonesuch Dulcimer Club (England), as well as many local historic sites and community events.

    Category: Other
    international dulcimer community, 2009
  • First Place Winner, National Mountain Dulcimer Championship. Walnut Vally Festival
    Category: Other
    First Place Winner, National Mountain Dulcimer Championship. Walnut Vally Festival, 2008
  • Invited instructor and performer at many national and international dulcimer conferences, including Kentucky Music Week, John C Campbell Folk School, Dulcimer U (Western Carolina University), Nonesuch Dulcimer Club (England), as well as many local historic sites and community events.

    Category: Other
    international dulcimer community, 2008
  • Invited instructor and performer at many national and international dulcimer conferences, including Kentucky Music Week, John C Campbell Folk School, Dulcimer U (Western Carolina University), Nonesuch Dulcimer Club (England), as well as many local historic sites and community events.

    Category: Other
    international dulcimer community, 2007
  • Nominated for Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award
    Category: Teaching
    Nominated for Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007

Books & Book Chapters

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (Amerman)
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2016
  • A Photographic Atlas for Anatomy and Physiology. (Heisler et al)
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2015
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (Amerman)
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2013
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (Amerman)
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2013
  • New Clinical Case Studeis for Mastering A & P
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2012
  • Practice Anatomy Lab (online)
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2012
  • http://hapshistology.wetpaint.com/?mail=1201

    2008
  • A Brief Atlas of the Human Body, 2nd ed
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2007
  • A Brief Atlas of the Human Body, 1st ed
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2006
  • Human Anaomy and Physiology (Marieb, 7th ed)
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2005
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory Manual (Marieb) 7th and 8th ed
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2005
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

    2005
  • in various Pearson/Benjamin Cummings Human A & P texts
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2005
  • Biology, 7th ed
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2004
  • Great Ideas in Teaching Anatomy & Physiology

    2003
  • Biological Science

    2002
  • Cell Shape: Determinants, Regulation, and Regulatory Role

    1989

Presentations

  • All I Really Need to Know (about pathology) I Learned from the Histology Challenge
    2017
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Fetal Attraction: Using Embryological Stories to Enhance A&P instruction. Invited HAPS SYNAPSE presentation
    2017
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Histopathology: for Undergraduates?
    2016
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
  • The Histology Challenge (administrator; author, producer for most cases; collaborator on others) . Regular feature (case studies, online discussion, and instructional materials) presented on website for Human Anatomy and Physiology Society
    2016
    cases presented in 2016: 103 - 116, virtual, Virtual
  • Mysteries at the Microscope: Histopathology Case Studies as a Tool for Teaching Undergraduate Histology
    May, 2015
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas
  • The Histology Challenge (administrator; author, producer for most cases; collaborator on others) . Regular feature (case studies, online discussion, and instructional materials) presented on website for Human Anatomy and Physiology Society.
    2015
    cases presented in 2015: 94 - 97; 99 - 102; photomicrographs and contributor for case 98, Virtual, Virtual
  • "In Sickness and in Health": Histopathology is for everyone!
    2014
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida
  • The Histology Challenge ( Co-author, co-producer, and administrator) . Regular feature (case studies, online discussion, and instructional materials) presented on website for Human Anatomy and Physiology Society.
    2014
    Cases presented in 2014: # 78, 80, 81, 82, 87, 90, Virtual, Virtual
  • The Histology Challenge wants YOU.
    2014
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Beyond the Microscope: In Pursuit of a More Lively Histology Class
    2013
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Las Vagas, Nevada
  • The Histology Challenge ( Co-author, co-producer, and administrator) . Regular feature (case studies, online discussion, and instructional materials) presented on website for Human Anatomy and Physiology Society.
    2013
    Case studies # 62, 67, 69, 71, 72, 73, Virtual, Virtual
  • Histopathology: For Undergraduates?
    2012
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, unknown, Unknown
  • Histopathology as a Tool for Teaching Normal Histology, REGIONAL MEETING OF
    2011
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Sarasota, Florida
  • Development and Disease
    2010
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Unknown, Unknown
  • Microscopically Yours: A Glimpse of our Cells in Sickness and in Health.
    2010
    Delaware Technical Community College, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Teaching Strategies in Science: Novel Activities for Traditional Morphology Laboratories
    2010
    Delaware Technical Community College, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Histology: Disjointed Facts or Unifying Principles?
    2009
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Unknown, Unknown
  • Histology Hints: Let's Tour the Endocrine System
    2008
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Unknown, Unknown
  • Helpful Hints for Histology Labs
    2007
    'Strategies for Success' Benjamin Cummings Science Workshop at MassBay Community College, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Histology Hints: Let's Tour the Reproductive System
    2007
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Unknown, Unknown
  • Helpful Hints for Histology Labs
    2006
    'Strategies for Success' Benjamin Cummings Science Workshop at Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York
  • Histology Hints: Let's Tour the Digestive System
    2006
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Unknown, Unknown
  • Helpful Hints for Histology Labs
    2005
    'Strategies for Success' Benjamin Cummings Science Workshop at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
  • Helpful Hints for Histology Labs
    2005
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Unknown, Unknown
  • Histopathology as a Tool for Teaching Normal Histology
    2004
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Calgary, Canada-British Columbia
  • General Models in Histology. Workshop presented at Strategies for Success
    2003
    Science Workshop at Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, New York
  • General Models in Histology
    2003
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Novel Activities for Traditional Morphology Laboratories
    2002
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Unknown, Unknown
  • 'Methods for Demonstrating or Culturing Live Chick Embryos for Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories
    2000
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 'Differentiation and Pattern Formation of Skeletal Tissue During Embryonic Limb Development'.
    1997
    Research seminar. LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York
  • 'Role of Ectoderm and Extracellular Matrix in Cartilage Patterning during Chick Limb Development
    1996
    Northeast Regional Developmental Biology conference, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
  • 'Role of Ectoderm and Extracellular Matrix in Cartilage Patterning During Chick Limb Development.'
    1995
    1st Solursh Symposium, 'Development: Advances on Many Fronts'. Iowa City, Iowa City, Iowa
  • 'Cell and Tissue Interactions in Embryonic Limb Development'.
    1989
    Distinguished Biologist Lecture Series. Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York
  • Cell Differentiation in Embryonic Limb Development
    1986
    Biology Department Seminar, Skidmore College., Saratoga, New York
  • 'Role of Extracellular Matrix in Limb Bud Chondrogenesis'.
    1985
    Seminar for Cell Differentiation Group, Department of Biology SUNY Albany., Albany, New York
  • Cell Differentiation in Embryonic Limb Development
    1985
    Biology Department Seminar, Loudonville, New York
  • Ciliary Motility
    1982
    Ciliate Meeting, Aurora, New York