Dr. Jim Hoerter
Dr. Jim Hoerter

Professor of Biology
Office: ASC 3087
Phone: (231) 591-2563
E-mail Address: hoerterj@ferris.edu
Research Website: www.ferris.edu/hoerter

Professor Hoerter began his career at the National Cancer Institute, and then decided to pursue a research/ teaching career beginning with appointments at the University of Missouri and Stephens College in 1975. In 2008 he received a U.S. Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to study somatic stem cells at Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland. He believes the research lab is one of the most effective ways to teach students to think as a scientist, to experiment, analyze and evaluate data, and then communicate and defend the significance of the results to the scientific community. Undergraduate students play a vital role in his lab by designing and conducting experiments, analyzing the data and contributing to publications. Students are included as co-authors on many of his research publications. He is the recipient of numerous research grants from NSF and NIH, and currently has an NIH AREA to investigate the role of adult stem cells in melanoma. Professor Hoerter currently teaches Biological Concepts (Biol 103).

Ph.D. in Genetics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
M.S. in Genetics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
B.S. in Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Selected Publications:
The Effect of UVA Fluence Rate on Indicators of Oxidative Stress in Human Dermal Fibroblasts. Hoerter, James D., Christopher S. Ward*, Kyle D. Bale*, Admasu N. Gizachew*, Rachelle Graham*, Jaclyn Reynolds*, Melanie E. Ward*, Chesca Choi*, Jean-Leonard Kagabo*, Michael Sauer*, Tara Kuipers*, Timothy Hotchkiss*, Nate Banner*, Renee A. Chellson*, Theresa Ohaeri*,Langston Gant, Leah Vanderhill. International Journal of Biological Sciences 4:63-70. 2008.

Effects of Sublethal UVA Irradiation on Activity Levels of Oxidative Defense Enzymes and Protein Oxidation.   James D. Hoerter*, Alan A. Arnold, Dorota Kuczynska, Akemi Shibuya, Christopher S. Ward, Michael G. Sauer, Admasu Gizachew, Timothy M. Hotchkiss, Todd Fleming and Steve Johnson.   Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology 81: 171-180. 2005

Altered Hydroperoxidase (HPI and HPII) Activities in the Δfur (Ferric Uptake Regulator) Mutant Contribute to Increased Sensitivity to UVA Irradiation.  James D. Hoerter, Alan A. Arnold*, Christopher Ward*, Michael Sauer*, Steve Johnson*, Todd Fleming* and Abraham Eisenstark.   Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology. 79: 151-157.  2005.


Employed at Ferris since 1993