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Andrea Corcoran, PhD

Assistant Professor, The John Merck Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


  • PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 2009
  • MS, Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada, 2005
  • BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada, 2009


  • Human Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition

Academic Research/Interests

My research interests lie in the neural control of breathing, particularly as it relates to understanding the pathophysiology underlying Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The leading hypothesis for SIDS is a dysfunction in the medullary serotonergic (5-HT) system. These abnormalities may prevent vulnerable infants from adequately responding to environmental stressors, such as low oxygen (from rebreathing exhaled gases) or high temperature (from overbundling).

Areas of Expertise

Respiratory Physiology, Neurophysiology

I believe the ultimate focus of teaching is helping students make meaning, make connections and have an impact on the world. Ultimately students should be able to come out of a class feeling a little different about something and more than a little inspired to do more. I love my role in this process and providing students with scientific literacy by means of an undergraduate education will hopefully impart in them such inspiration to “do more” as citizens by addressing issues affecting our world today.

On Being at SVC

I hope to soon confirm my suspicions that the best part will be my wonderful and inspiring colleagues and students.

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