Research Personnel Spotlight

Research Personnel Spotlight

Jason Nasse - Postdoctoral Associate


Dec 9, 2015, 08:45 AM by Savannah Tiedeman
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Meet Jason Nasse, postdoctoral associate in the lab of Dr. Bob Ritter. From our conversation, it is easy to glean how much Jason enjoys his position in a university setting and how his passion for research is the driving factor toward his goals.

Jason grew up in Vermont and moved to Florida directly after completing high school. After living there for a brief period, he decided to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his bachelors degree in cellular biology with a minor in chemistry and quickly went on to complete his MS degree at Ohio State. In order to further his career, Jason worked briefly in industry outside of Philadelphia, but realized the limitations and returned to Ohio State to complete his PhD. He has now been a part of IPN for a year and half and enjoys it immensely. 

Some of Jason's hobbies include photography, painting, cycling, hiking, and soccer. He combines his love for photography with his interest in hiking in his gorgeous landscape photographs. About a year ago, Jason rescued blue heeler/Australian shepherd mix named Jackson, with whom he also enjoys running. 

As a postdoc, Jason engages in feeding behavior research. He focuses on how the brain senses nutrients and changes neurophysiological signaling as a result. Jason most enjoys exploring new pathways and understanding fine details about the brain. 


2014- present Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, Laboratory of Drs. Robert and Sue Ritter, Washington State University

Graduate Research Fellow, Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program, Laboratory of Dr. Joseph B. Travers, The Ohio State University 

2007-2009 Scientist, Cardiac Safety within the Oncology CEDD, GlaxoSmithKline

2005-2007 Graduate Student, Biophysics Program, Laboratory of Dr. Joseph B. Travers, The Ohio State University

2003-2005 Research Associate, Autonomic Neuroscience Laboratory of Dr. Richard Rogers, Pennington Biomedical Research Center


Ritter, R.C., Campos, C.A., Nasse, J.S., Peters, J.H., (in press).  Vagal Afferent Signaling and the Integration of Direct and Indirect Controls of Food. Appetite and Food Intake: behavioral and physiological considerations., edited by Ruth B.S. Harris and Richard Mattes, CRC press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL

Nasse, J. S. (2014). A novel slice preparation to study medullary oromotor and autonomic circuits in vitro. Journal of neuroscience methods, 237, 41–53.

Nasse, J. S., & Travers, J. B. (2014). Adrenoreceptor Modulation of Oromotor Pathways in the Rat Medulla. Journal of Neurophysiology, 112(3), 580-93.

An, Y., Belevych, N., Wang, Y., Zhang, H., Nasse, J. S., Herschman, H., et al. (2014). Prostacyclin mediates endothelial COX-2-dependent neuroprotective effects during excitotoxic brain injury. Journal of inflammation research, 7, 57–67.

Nasse, J., Terman, D., Venugopal, S., Hermann, G., Rogers, R., & Travers, J. B. (2008). Local circuit input to the medullary reticular formation from the rostral nucleus of the solitary tract. American journal of physiology Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology, 295, R1391–408.

Rogers, R. C., Nasse, J. S., & Hermann, G. E. (2006). Live-cell imaging methods for the study of vagal afferents within the nucleus of the solitary tract. Journal of neuroscience methods, 150, 47–58.

Hermann, G. E., Nasse, J. S., & Rogers, R. C. (2005). Alpha-1 adrenergic input to solitary nucleus neurones: calcium oscillations, excitation and gastric reflex control. The Journal of Physiology, 562, 553–568.

Mire, P., & Nasse, J. (2002). Hair bundle motility induced by chemoreceptors in anemones. Hearing research, 163, 111–120.

Mire, P., Nasse, J., & Venable-Thibodeaux, S. (2000). Gap junctional communication in the vibration-sensitive response of sea anemones. Hearing research, 144, 109–123.

Honors and Awards

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, 2nd place, College of Dentistry Research Day, 2011.

T32 Graduate fellowship award, Comprehensive Training in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences,The Ohio State University, 2010-2014

National Science Foundation, Grant Recipient to perform undergraduate research in the sensory cell physiology lab, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Summer 1999.