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Sherry Adams, Ph.D.

Assistant Lecturer
Respiratory Physiology, Neuroscience, Exercise Physiology

Office: TAB 280

(208) 282-7829


Curriculum Vitae


Research Gate


My interest is in traumatic brain injury/concussion and the modulation of respiratory neural control, neurological functions, perception, anxiety, and physiological functions. Additional areas to explore would be intervention programs including physical activity and nutrition to determine outcomes on stress, anxiety, and physiological parameters.


2015 Ph.D. Veterinary Medical Sciences (Respiratory Physiology and Neuroscience), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2009 MS Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2006 BS Exercise Science, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

Biographical Sketch

I am originally from the Midwest where I grew up on a farm and am a first-generation college student who went on to receive my Ph.D. with the encouragement of many great mentors. My areas of interest include Physiology, Neuroscience, and Nutrition. I have always enjoyed exercise and the positive effects on physical and mental health. As a doctoral student, I researched the effect of traumatic brain injury on respiration, somatic motor function, and anxiety. I have continued this research looking at respiratory function and anxiety in post-concussed collegiate athletes. In addition to my research interests, I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and traveling. I am very excited to be in the West and look forward to exploring in and around Idaho.


BIOL 3301 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 3302 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2206 Cell Biology BIOL 1101 Intro to Biology
BIOL 4491 Seminar

Selected publications

Tsai H., K. Fennelly, K.W. Hegland, S. Adams, J. Condrey, J.L. Hosford, and P.W. Davenport. Cough physiology in elderly women with nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung infections, J Appl Physiol, 2017.

Tsai H., J.A. Condrey, S. Adams, J. Wuerz, A. Specht and P.W. Davenport. The effects of internal airway percussion (IAP) new device on the concentration of exhaled protein in healthy humans and canines, J Pulm Med Respir Res 2016, 2: 006.

Adams, S., J.A. Condrey, H-W. Tsai, S.I. Svetlov, V. Prima and P.W. Davenport. Somatomotor and behavioral changes following traumatic brain injury, Neurol Volume 1.1: http://dx.doi.org/10.16966/noa.104 Open Access 2, 2015.

Adams, S., J.A. Condrey, H-W. Tsai, S.I. Svetlov and P.W. Davenport. Respiratory responses following blast-induced traumatic brain injury in rats. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology, Sep 18. pii: S1569-9048(14)00215-8. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2014.08.015. PMID: 25242461, 2014.

Tsai, H.W., S. Adams, J. Condrey and P.W. Davenport. The effect of tracheal occlusion on respiratory load compensation and changes in neurons containing inhibitory neurotransmitter in the nucleus of the solitary tract in conscious rats. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology, Sep 9. pii: S1569-9048(14)00229-8. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2014.09.002. PMID: 25218413, 2014.

Adams, S., A.A. Abbott, M.A. Arms, A.J. Baxter, C.R. Becker. E.G. Dutcher, J.K. Edelbaum and L.N. Millham. Faculty Advisors: J.A. Clawson, J.R. Crooker, P.S. Decker, K.J. Doyle, F.J. Herrington, S.L. Mandali, K.S. Stark-Wroblewski, and B.J. Zimmer. Successful aging in the heartland: The challenge of preparing interdisciplinary healthcare teams. Proceedings of NCUR, 735-741, 2006.