A microbiologist by training, I found my way into neurobiology via molecular techniques. I have been able to carve out an "alternative career" in science, where I perform basic bench science, assist in lab management, mentor and train junior scientist, and communicate science through local outreach. I am also the course manager for the Neural Systems and Behavior Advanced Research Training Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory.
MY RESEARCH AND DUTIES
I am interested in how the genetic and cellular mechanisms affect the ionic current in weakly electric fish and how they maintain energy homeostasis. My current focus is the IKir, produced by the KATP complex. I also manage and oversee the molecular portion of our research aims.
I specialize in coordinating outreach and broader impact initiatives. My main focus is to communicate the simple fact that everyone can be a scientist everyday. I am particularly interested in reaching rural populations. I design the program, coordinate visits, and lead STEM outreach program to schools and the public.
In addition to supervision, I oversee undergraduate recruitment, training. My primary aim is mentoring students and training future scientist.
Development and implementation of lab policies and procedures, product and supply management, purchasing, and storage, data management, animal husbandry, and IACUC, OSHA, and other regulatory compliance.
August 2008- March 2012
MASTER OF SCIENCE, MICROBIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
March 2012. "The nutritional niche of the human Escherichia coli HS in the mouse intestine. Master's Thesis Defense. University of Oklahoma Department of Botany and Microbiology
August 2003- July 2008
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
July 2008. "Importance of malate metabolism for colonization of the mouse intestine of Escherichia coli in the mouse intestine." Undergraduate Senior Thesis. University of Oklahoma Department of Botany and Microbiology
June 2017- present
NEURAL SYSTEMS & BEHAVIOR
Course manager, (2019-present) for the Neural Systems and Behavior Advanced Research Training Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory. Faculty member (2019), and teaching assistant (2017, 2018) in the Electric Fish module.
November 2017- March 2018
SEARCH COMMITTEE MEMBER, DIRECTOR OF BANDS
Non-department member for College of Fine arts Director of Bands search.
*WEAKLY ELECTRIC FISH AS CHARISMATIC MIDI-FAUNA: LESSONS IN NEUROSCIENCE BROADER IMPACTS.
Maltby, R., K.L. Willis, M.R. Markham. 2020. Integrative and Comparative Biology 59, P1-238.
*METABOLISM SENSING MECHANISMS IN THE ELECTRIC ORGAN CELLS OF A WEAKLY ELECTRIC FISH.
Maltby, R., M. Nourbakhsh-Rey, M.R. Markham. 2019. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58, P2-81
ENERGETICS OF SENSING AND COMMUNICATION IN ELECTRIC FISH: A BLESSING AND A CURSE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE?
Markham M.R., Y. Ban, A.G. McCauley, R. Maltby. 2016. Integr. Comp. Biol. 56(5): 889-900.
*SPATIAL UNCOUPLING BETWEEN SODIUM ACTIVATED POTASSIUM CHANNELS AND VOLTAGE GATED SODIUM CHANNELS IN ELECTROCYTES OF THE WEAKLY ELECTRIC FISH EIGENMANNIA VIRESCENS.
Ban, Y., B.E. Smith, R. Maltby, C. Connolly, M.R. Markham. 2016. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56, E11-E11
*ENERGETIC ADAPTATIONS AND CONSTRAINTS IN ACTIVE SENSORY AND COMMUNICATION SIGNALS.
Markham, M.R., R. Maltby, H.L. Riedmann, P.M. Sinnett, Y. Ban. 2016. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56, E137-E137
*COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF NA+/K+ ATPASE ALPHA SUBUNITS FROM THE ELECTRIC ORGANS OF WEAKLY ELECTRIC FISH WITH LOW AND HIGH DISCHARGE RATES.
Riedmann, H.L., E.N. Ahadizadeh, R. Maltby, M.R. Markham. 2014. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 54, E338-E338
NUTRITIONAL BASIS FOR COLONIZATION RESISTANCE BY HUMAN COMMENSAL ESCHERICHIA COLI STRAINS HS AND NISSLE 1917 AGAINST E. COLI O157:H7 IN THE MOUSE INTESTINE.
Maltby, R., M. Leatham-Jensen, T. Gibson, P.S. Cohen, T. Conway. 2013. PLoS One. 8(1): e53957.
Thanks for your interest in my research. Get in touch with any questions or comments regarding my work, Electric Fish Roadshow, or for applying to the Markham lab. I’d love to hear from you.
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