Malinda Stull – Asbury University
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Associate Professor

Department: Science & Health

Office: HR 203B

Phone Extension: 2233


Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Biology, Penn State University College of Medicine, 2003. Dissertation:  Function of the insulin-like growth factors in epithelial cell proliferation and differentiation during normal development of the murine mammary gland.

B.A. Chemistry, Biology Minor, Asbury College, 1995.

Courses offered: 

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Ethical Issues in Science
  • Introduction to Scientific Research
  • Introductory Chemistry/Chemistry for the Health Sciences
  • Medical Terminology

Selected/Recent Publications: 

Pai VP­, Hernandez LL, Hedlund PB, Stull MA, and HorsemanND.­­­­­­­­­ (2015) The Type 7 Serotonin Receptor, 5-HT7, is essential in the mammary gland for regulation of mammary epithelial structure and function. BioMed Research International, vol. 2015, Article ID 364746. doi:10.1155/2015/364746.

Stull MA, Pai V, Vomacha AJ, Marshall AM, Jacob GA, Norseman ND (2007)  Mammary gland homeostasis employs serotonergic regulation of epithelial tight junctions.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104 (42) 16709-16713.

Loladze AV, Stull MA, Rowzee AM, DeMarco J, Lantry JH III, Rosen CJ, LeRoith D, Wagner K-U, Henninhausen L, Wood TL. (2006) Epithelial-specific and stage-specific functions of insulin-like growth factor-I during postnatal mammary development.  Endocrinology 147 (11):  5412-5423.

Stull MA, Rowzee AM, Loladze AV, Wood TL (2004) Growth factor regulation of cell cycle progression in mammary epithelial cells.Journal of Mammary Gland Biology. 9(1):15-16.

Stull MA, Richert MM, Loladze AV and Wood TL (2002) Requirement for insulin-like growth factor-I in epidermal growth factor-mediated cell cycle progression of mammary epithelial cells. Endocrinology 143:1872-1875.


Johnson MR, Wood AL,  McGuire, CX, Brabon HA, Stull MA and Brammell BF (2014) Development of eDNA protocols for detection of four darter species in central Kentucky streams.  Kentucky Academy of Sciences 100th Annual Meeting Abstr. #P-97. P. 65.

Pauley C, Sams RB, Stull MA, Wigginton AJ, Brammell BF (2014) Development of an eDNA protocol for hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) in central Kentucky streams. Kentucky Academy of Sciences 100th Annual Meeting Abstr. #P-180. p. 65.

Stull M (2006) Serotonergic Regulation of Transepithelial Resistance In Breast Epithelial Cells.  Molecular and Cellular Physiology Seminar Series, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (oral presentation).

Stull M, and Horseman ND (2005) Evidence for Serotonin Recpetor Signaling in Normal Beast Epithelial Cells. Endocrine Society 87th Annual Meeting Abstr. #P3-267.

Stull M (2005) Serotonergic Mechanisms of Homeostasis and Cell Death Regulation in Mammary Gland.  Gordon Conference on Mammary Gland Biology (oral presentation).

Current research/scholarship: 

My primary research focus thus far has been understanding the intracicies involved in promoting normal mammary gland development knowing that our knowledge of normal development is central to our understanding of disease. My passion for cell biology with a particular interest in cancer biology motivates me to establish collaborations with research scientists on other campuses who are interested in similar topics.  I am especially eager to connect our undergraduate students with researchers in the biomedical sciences through the Introduction to Scientific Research course I teach.

Current on site research is being conducted in collaboration with my colleague, Dr. Ben Brammell, who has developed a research program characterizing aquatic species distribution in local and nearby watersheds.  The goal is to expand the current biomarker gene expression analyses using my background in molecular biology. This will enable even more undergradate students to get hands on experience using various experimental techniques that are foundational to biological and biomedical research.  Experimental techniques currently include, but are not limited to, end point and real time PCR, agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and molecular cloning as a means to determine species-specific DNA sequences.


One of the most fulfilling aspects of being a faculty member at Asbury is the ability that we have to enter into the lives of our students.  Some of my most rewarding experiences are related to times when I have opened my home to students.  It has been a joy to host weekly discipleship group meetings and student government meetings during my time as a faculty member here.  The relationships that are established during these times have been shown to live on even after the students graduate.  It is a blessing for students to continually provide updates even after they are busy doctors, dentists, veterinarians, researchers or missionaries, to name a few.  It’s encouraging to see how Asbury graduates are impacting our world!

I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my dog. I also enjoy spending time surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. That can be in the form of solitary time at a nature preserve or with friends in state and national parks. I enjoy eating (and learning to cook!) a variety of ethnic foods.  My current favorites are Ethiopian food and Indian food.

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