Biosciences Graduate Program

George Richerson, MD, PhD


Specialty: Breathing Control Disorders
The Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience
Director: Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program in Neurology
Head, Department of Neurology
Professor of Neurology
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Contact Information

Primary Office: 2151-A1 RCP
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-356-4296

Lab: 1000 ML
Iowa City, IA 52242

Web: Richerson Laboratory


BS, Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University
MD, Medicine, University of Iowa
PhD, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, University of Iowa

Internship, Waterbury Hospital Health Center
Residency, Neurology Chief Resident, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Licensure and Certifications

Physician's and Surgeon's License, Connecticut Board of Health
Physician's and Surgeon's License, Iowa Board of Medicine
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Biosciences Graduate Program
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Translational Biomedicine
Medical Scientist Training Program

Research Summary

Sudden death in epilepsy (SUDEP) and infants (SIDS), GABA mechanisms in epilepsy, Non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, Control of breathing, Sleep, Serotonin, Brainstem mechanisms

Selected Publications

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Cerpa V, Aylwin M, Beltrán-Castillo S, Bravo E, Llona I, Richerson G, Eugenín J.  Prenatal-perinatal Nicotine Alters Neonatal Raphe Neurons: Meaning for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology.  2015 February 19. 

Massey C, Iceman K, Johansen S, Wu Y, Harris M, Richerson G.  Isoflurane abolishes spontaneous firing of serotonin neurons and masks their pH/CO2 chemosensitivity.  Journal of neurophysiology.  2015 February 18. 

Brust R, Corcoran A, Richerson G, Nattie E, Dymecki S.  Functional and developmental identification of a molecular subtype of brain serotonergic neuron specialized to regulate breathing dynamics.  Cell reports.  2014 December 24. 9(6):2152-65.

Cerpa V, Gonzalez A, Richerson G.  Diphtheria toxin treatment of Pet-1-Cre floxed diphtheria toxin receptor mice disrupts thermoregulation without affecting respiratory chemoreception.  Neuroscience.  2014 October 24. 279:65-76.

Buchanan G, Murray N, Hajek M, Richerson G.  Serotonin neurones have anti-convulsant effects and reduce seizure-induced mortality.  The Journal of physiology.  2014 October 1. 592(Pt 19):4395-410.

Massey C, Sowers L, Dlouhy B, Richerson G.  Mechanisms of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy: the pathway to prevention.  Nature reviews. Neurology.  2014 May 1. 10(5):271-82.

Price M, Gong H, Parsons M, Kundert J, Reznikov L, Bernardinelli L, Chaloner K, Buchanan G, Wemmie J, Richerson G, Cassell M, Welsh M.  Localization and behaviors in null mice suggest that ASIC1 and ASIC2 modulate responses to aversive stimuli.  Genes, brain, and behavior.  2014 February 1. 13(2):179-94.

Corcoran A, Commons K, Wu Y, Smith J, Harris M, Richerson G.  Dual effects of 5-HT(1a) receptor activation on breathing in neonatal mice.  The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience.  2014 January 1. 34(1):51-9.

Teran F, Massey C, Richerson G.  Serotonin neurons and central respiratory chemoreception: where are we now?.  Progress in brain research.  2014 January 1. 209:207-33.

Iceman K, Richerson G, Harris M.  Medullary serotonin neurons are CO2 sensitive in situ.  Journal of neurophysiology.  2013 December 1. 110(11):2536-44.

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