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Dr. Donald F. Slish

Professor of Biological Sciences
Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee Chair

I teach Cell Biology and pharmacology related courses, as well as introductory biology. I have always been fascinated by the mechanisms that drugs use to produce effects in the body, and I try to bring this interest into all of my teaching. I also am the chief pre-medical advisor at Plattsburgh State and am very excited about helping students to realize their goals in medicine.

My scholarly interest is in pedagogical applications of interactive online media. This includes games and animations produced with Adobe Animate (formerly Flash), HTML5, CSS, and Javascript.


  • Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Pharmacology, University of Cincinnati, 1991
  • B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Scranton, 1985

Teaching Areas

  • BIO101 — General Biology I
  • BIO103 — Concepts in Biology
  • BIO213 — Pharmacology of Illicit Drugs
  • BIO114 — Introduction to the Health Professions
  • BIO401 — Cell Biology
  • BIO417 — Biology of Cancer
  • BIO424 — Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Research Areas

  • Pedagogical applications of online media, biological applications

Recent Publications

  • Slish, D. F. (2017) Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs, Cognella Academic Publishing, San Diego, Calif.
  • Slish, D. F., Nash, M. & Premo, J. (2015). Gamification increases scores of underperforming students in cell biology. In Carliner, S., Fulford, C. & Ostashewski, N. (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2015, 887–893.
  • Vogt, F. D. & Slish, D. F. (2011). A model for programmatic evaluation by student assessment. Journal of Science Education and Technology 20, 796–802.
  • Slish, D. F. (2005). Assessment of the use of the jigsaw method and active learning in non-majors, Introductory Biology, Bioscene 31(4), 4–10.
  • Slish, D. F., Arvigo, R., & Balick, M. (2004). Alseis yucatanensis: a natural product from Belize that exhibits multiple mechanisms of vasorelaxation, J. Ethnopharm. 92, 297–302.
  • Slish, D. F., Welsh, D.G., & Brayden, J.E, (2002). Diacylglycerol and protein kinase C activate cation channels involved in myogenic tone, Am. J. Physiol. 283, H2196–H2201.
  • Slish, D. F. (2000) Creating computer animations of biological concepts, American Biology Teacher, 62(2), 94–97.
  • Slish, D. F., Ueda, H., Arvigo, R., & Balick, M. J. (1999). Ethnobotany in the search for vasoactive herbal medicines, J. Ethnopharm. 66 159–165.
  • Upton, R., Graff, A., Williamson, E., Langer, R., Hatung, T., Rehwald, Flachsmann, E. A., Reich, E., Martinez, M., Chandra, A., Li, A., Isminger, P., Ko, R., & Slish, D. F. (1999). Hawthorn leaf with flower: Analytical, quality control, and therapeutic monograph. American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, Santa Cruz, Calif.

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