Our Faculty

Todd Williams

Chair, Department of Biology; Associate Professor of Biology


Contact Information

617-264-7663


Office Hours

Office: Wilkens Science Center, Room 309-D

Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.; by appointment also

Education

Ph.D., Florida State University; M.S., Northeastern University; B.S., Springfield College



Courses I Teach

  • BIOL2201 - Neurobiology
  • BIOL3137 - Medical Neuroscience
  • BIOL2135 - Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL2137 - Aantomy & Physiology II
  • BIOL4160 - Senor Seminar in Neuroscience
  • FYS1101-46 - Brains 2.0: Emerging Research in Neuroscience

Publications + Presentations

  • Overton, J.M. and T.D. Williams. Behavioral and physiologic responses to reduced caloric availability in mice. Physiology and Behavior, 81:749-754, 2004.
  • Williams, T.D., J.B. Chambers, S.P. Gagnon, L.M. Roberts, R.P. Henderson and J.M. Overton. Diet-induced obesity and cardiovascular regulation in C57BL/6J mice. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, 30:769-778, 2003.
  • Williams, T.D., J.B. Chambers, S.P. Gagnon, L.M. Roberts, R.P. Henderson and J.M. Overton. Cardiovascular and metabolic responses to fasting and thermoneutrality in Agouti mice. Physiology and Behavior,78:615-623, 2003.
  • Myers, C.W., W.B. Farquhar, D.E. Forman, T.D. Williams, D.L. Dierks, and J.A. Taylor. Carotid distensibility characterized via the isometric exercise pressor response in humans. American Journal of Physiology, 283:H2592-8, 2002.
  • Yamamoto, H., C.E. Lee, J.N. Marcus, T.D. Williams, J.M. Overton, M.E. Lopez, A.N. Hollenberg, L. Baggio, D.J. Drucker, and J.K. Elmquist. Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor stimulation increases blood pressure and heart rate and activates autonomic regulatory neurons. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 110:43-52, 2002.
  • Williams, T.D., J.B. Chambers, R.P. Henderson, M.E. Rashotte and J.M Overton. Cardiovascular responses to caloric restriction and thermoneutrality in C57BL/6J mice. American Journal of Physiology, 282:R1459-1467, 2002.

Research Focus

His research focuses on systems neuroscience, with interests including delineating neural pathways that are activated during and contribute to different disease states. He is particularly interested in immune protein signaling in the brain and the "fight-or-flight" responses that may result from immune challenges. Dr. Williams's teaching philosophy is to challenge and motivate student achievement through innovative and creative teaching that provides a depth and breadth of knowledge in the biological sciences.