Dr. Mary Ann Asson-Batres

Professor (TSU Biology);  Adjunct Faculty Research Assistant Professor (Vanderbilt University)

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Department of Biological Sciences
College of Life & Physical Sciences

Adjunct Faculty Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Vanderbilt University 2010 - Current


Contact Information:

Office Location: 313 Harned Hall
Telephone: 615-963-5779
Email: massonbatres@tnstate.edu

Research Areas:

Effect of Vitamin A and Vitamin A derivatives on Stem Cell Differentiation; Factors affecting neuron and cardiomyocyte development and differentiation


Refereed journal articles 15
Research abstracts 34
Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures 38

Most Significant Publications:

Asson-Batres, MA and Clark, G, “Retinoic acid is present in the postnatal rodent olfactory organ and persists in vitamin A-depleted neural tissue” J Nutrition, 139:1067-72. 2009.

Asson-Batres, MA and Smith, WB, “Localization of retinaldehyde dehydrogenases and retinoid binding proteins to sustentacular cells, glia, Bowman’s gland cells and stroma: potential sites of retinoic acid synthesis in the postnatal rat olfactory organ” J. Comp. Neurol. 496:149-171. 2006.

Asson-Batres, MA and Shneyder, AV, “Method for developing a standardized protocol for capturing and storing brightfield photomicrographs” The American Biology Teacher. 68:307-314. 2006.

Asson-Batres, MA, Zeng, M-S, Savchenko, V, Aderoju, A, McKanna, J “Vitamin A deficiency leads to increased cell proliferation in olfactory epithelium of mature rats” J Neurobiol. 54:539-54. 2003.

Asson-Batres, MA, Ahmad, O, Smith, WB, “Expression of the cellular retinoic acid-binding proteins, type II and type I, in mature rat olfactory epithelium” Cell Tissue Res. 312:9-19. 2003.



Biology 5020/7020 Graduate Seminar

Biology 5180 Graduate Cell Biology



B.S (Biology). – University of Portland

M.S (Biology). – University of Oregon

Ph.D (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) – Oregon Health & Sciences University


Date joined staff:  1996


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