Clinical Assistant Professor
Office Phone: 509-335-4413
Office: McCoy 102
Dr. Lampa's current teaching duties include working as co-instruction
VM 511 and 512 courses. He is responsible for a block of lectures in
both courses in addition to teaching in all of the laboratories.
In addition, Dr. Lampa also teaches neuroanatomy (MS 532) to WWAMI
medical students in Spokane, and he teaches undergraduate neuroscience
students (NEURO 404). He is also the director of the Robert P. Worthman
Veterinary Teaching Anatomy Museum.
Dr. Lampa has been involved in the instruction of gross anatomy and
neuroanatomy to medical and veterinary students for 20 years, during
that time he has learned a great deal of what it takes to be a
successful anatomy professor. "I personally have more than a thousand
hours of human and veterinary species dissection experience that I
believe is invaluable for teaching students who are trying to grasp the
complex three-dimensional nature of gross anatomy", he asserts. He
believes that concepts taught in gross anatomy go far beyond learning
anatomical structures; they also provide an environment for students to
interact with their peers and faculty to begin fostering the
communication skills that will be essential in students' medical
careers. The depth of his varied anatomical experiences greatly enhances
his ability to teach anatomy.
Dr. Lampa's Ph.D. dissertation looked at the neuromuscular topography
of the mouse gluteus maximus muscle using confocal microscopy and
electrophysiology, although he is not currently pursuing that research,
he is still interested in using microscopic techniques to answer
functional morphologic questions. His post doctoral research involved
looking at the central and peripheral neural controls of feeding using
behavioral, pharmacological, and immunohistochemical techniques. His
present interests regard anatomical teaching pedagogy.
Dr. Steve Lampa received a B.S. in Biology from Washington State
University (1990).After finishing his undergraduate degree, he worked as
a scientific instructional technician in the WWAMI medical program as
the anatomy lab manager while completing a masterâ€™s degree in Zoology
(1994) working with Dr. Jon Mallatt, at Washington State University. His
M.S. research was on the quantitative ultrastructure of the larval
lamprey gill using electron microscopy. After finishing his M.S., he
worked full time in the WWAMI medical education program teaching anatomy
to 1st year medical students. In 1998 he began a Ph.D. in
Neuroscience at Washington State University, looking at neuromuscular
topography using physiologic and microscopic measurements. During
his Ph.D. he worked as a research assistant at the University of Idaho
with Dr. Michael Laskowski. Upon completion of a Ph.D. in 2004, he
joined IPN at Washington State University as a
clinical instructor of anatomy and post-doctoral research assistant
working with Drs. Robert Ritter and Steven Simasko. In the spring of
2008, Dr. Lampa moved to a 100% teaching assignment as a clinical
assistant professor of anatomy, sharing an appointment between IPN and
the WSU WWAMI Medical Education Program in Spokane. Dr. Lampa now
has a 100% appointment in IPN as a Clinical Assistant Professor of
Potluri, S., S.J.Lampa
, A.S. Norton and M.B.
Laskowski.A morphometric analysis of neuromuscular topography in the
serratus anterior muscle. Muscle and Nerve 33:398-408 (2006).
Lampa, S.J., Potluri, S., Norton, A.S., Fusco, W.,
Laskowski, M.B. Ephrin-A5 overexpression degrades topographic
specificity in the mouse gluteus maximus muscle. Dev. Brain Res.
Lampa, S.J., Potluri, S., Norton A.S., Laskowski,
M.B. A morphological technique to explore neuromuscular topography
expressed in the mouse gluteus maximus muscle. J. Neurosci.
Methods 138:51-56 (2004).
Mallatt J., Bailey J.F., Lampa S.
, Evans M., Tate W.
Quantitative ultrastructure of gill epithelial cells in the larval
lamprey Petromyzon marinus. Can J. Fish Aquat. Sci. 52:1150-1164 (1995).