John Schmidt

John Schmidt

Professor of Physiology


Dr. Schmidt has been a research scientist and educator since 1988. He performed post-doctoral research in Cell Biology at Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and the School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.  He previously taught at Wichita State University (neuroscience, developmental biology, cell biology) and has also taught embryology, pharmacology, microbiology, biochemistry and research at SCNM.

Classes Taught:

Physiology 1 (PHYS 5014), Physiology 2 (PHYS 5024), Physiology 3 (PHYS 5034), Basic Sciences Capstone (CAPS 5014), NPLEX I Review (CAPS 6024)


B.S. Biochemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1981)

Ph.D. Pharmacology, University of Washington, Seattle (1987)


 Member of the American Physiological Society.



  1. Waechter, C.J., Schmidt, J.W., and Catterall, W.A. (1983) Glycosylation is Required for Maintenance of Functional Sodium Channels in Neuroblastoma Cells. J. Biol. Chem. 258, 5117-5123.
  2. Yeager, R.E., Heideman, W., Olwin, B.B., Keller, C.H., Schmidt, J.W., Schattuk, R.L., and Storm, D.R. (1985) Reconstitution of Calmodulin Sensitive Adenylate Cyclase from Bovine Brain with Phosphatidylcholine Liposomes. J. of Neuroscience 44, 818-824.
  3. Schmidt, J.W., Rossie, S., and Catterall, W.A. (1985) A Large Intracellular Pool of Sodium Channel Alpha Subunits in Developing Rat Brain. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 82, 4847-4851.
  4. Schmidt, J.W., Hinds, T.R., and Vincenzi, F.F. (1985) On the Failure of Calmodulin to Activate the Calcium Pump ATPase of Dog Red Blood Cells. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 82A, 601-607
  5. Schmidt, J.W., and Catterall, W.A. (1986) Biosynthesis and Processing of the Alpha Subunit of the Voltage Sensitive Sodium Channel in Rat Brain Neurons. Cell 46, 437-445.
  6. Gonoi, T., Ashida, K., Feller, D., Schmidt, J., and Catterall, W.A. (1986) Mechanism of Action of a Polypeptide Neurotoxin from the Coral Gonipora on Sodium Channels in Mouse Neuroblastoma Cells. Mol. Pharm. 29, 347-354.
  7. Catterall, W.A., Schmidt, J.W., Messner, D.J., and Feller, D.J. (1986) Structure and Biosynthesis of Neuronal Sodium Channels. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 479, 186-203.
  8. Schmidt, J.W., and Catterall, W.A. (1987) Palmitylation, Sulfation, and Glycosylation of the Alpha Subunit of the Voltage Sensitive Sodium Channel: Role of Posttranslational Modification in Channel Assembly. J. Biol. Chem. 262, 13713-13723.
  9. Schmidt, J.W., Brugge, J.S., and Nelson, W.J. (1992) pp60src tyrosine kinsase modulates P19 embryonal carcinoma cell fate by inhibiting neuronal but not epithelial differentiation. J. Cell Biology 116, 1019-1033.
  10. Schmidt, J.W., Piepinhagen, P. and Nelson, W.J. (1993) Modulation of epithelial morphogenesis and cell fate by cell-to-cell signals and regulated cell adhesion. Seminars in Cell Biology. 4, 161-173.
  11. Schmidt, D. J., Schmidt, J. W., and Wollner, D. A. (1994) Cell Membranes: Transport to Understanding or Barrier to Learning? in Science Discoveries and Science Teaching: The Link. Society for College Science Teachers Monograph Series. E.D. Siebert and C.R. Estes, Editors. Pages 56-62.
  12. John W. Schmidt, Debra Wollner, Jessica Curcio, June Riedlinger and Linda S. Kim (2006) Hormone replacement therapy in menopausal women: Past problems and future possibilities. Gynecological Endocrinology 22, 564-577.