Department Chair, Professor
D.V.M Tuskegee University, 1982
BS University of Kentucky, 1978
At Asbury since 1994
Courses: General Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition
I am a veterinarian-turned-biology professor. One of my favorite aspects of veterinary medicine was teaching clients about the health care of their animals, and that interest eventually grew into a passion for teaching science to college students.
My wife, Lynndy, is a nurse for an outpatient surgery center. My son, Luke, is a 2009 graduate of Asbury with a major in Theatre and Cinema Performance and a minor in Piano Performance. He studied at the Stella Adler Acting Studio in New York City for three years, and now resides in Los Angeles.
My primary interests are in anatomy and physiology. I’m equally fascinated by the spectacular and the trivial.
Areas of research include investigating various health conditions and their effects on the neurological control of blood pressure and heart rate. These conditions include spinal cord trauma and diabetes mellitus. Another study investigates the effect on the neurological control of blood pressure and heart rate of a drug commonly used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Chikodi N. Anigbogu, Richard O. Speakman, Dennis L. Silcox, Laura V. Brown, David R. Brown, Ming C. Gong, Abhijit R. Patwardhan, L. Raymond Reynolds, Dennis G. Karounos, Don E. Burgess, Bobby R. Baldridge, David C. Randall, 2012. Extended longitudinal analysis of arterial pressure and heart rate control in unanesthetized rats with type 1 diabetes. Autonomic Neurosci: Basic Clin. 170, 20-29.
- Li WY, Strang SE, Brown DR, Smith R'G, Silcox DL, Li S-G, BaldridgeBR, Nesselroade, KP, Jr and Randall, DC. Atomoxetine Changes Rat's HR Response to Stress from Tachycardia to Bradycardia via Alterations in Autonomic Function, Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical, doi: 154: 48-53, 2010; doi 10.1016/j.autneu.2009.11.003.
- Baldridge, Bobby R., Don E. Burgess, Ethan E. Zimmerman, Jonathan J. Carroll, Aletia G. Sprinkle, Richard O. Speakman, Sheng-Gang Li, David R. Brown, Robert F. Taylor, Susan Dworkin and David C. Randall. Blood Pressure Power within Frequency Range around 0.4 Hz in Rat Conforms to Self-Similar Scaling following Spinal Cord Transection, Am. J. Physiol. Regulatory Integrative Comp. Physiol. 288: R737-R741, 2005.
- Baldridge, Bobby R., Don E. Burgess, Ethan E. Zimmerman, Jonathan J. Carroll, Aletia G. Sprinkle, Richard O. Speakman, Sheng-Gang Li, David R. Brown, Robert F. Taylor, Susan Dworkin and David C. Randall. Relationship between Heart Rate and Arterial Blood Pressure in Conscious Rat Before vs. After Spinal Cord Transection, Am. J. Physiol. Regulatory Integrative Comp. Physiol. 283: R748-R756, 2002, and Articles in Press (online journal, April, 2002)
I enjoy theatre, music, books (favorite authors include: Anton Chekov, Thomas Hardy, Richard Foster, and Thomas Merton), movies, and TV shows from the 1960s and 1970s (favorites include: The Andy Griffith Show, Kung Fu, Star Trek, and The Waltons).