Mississippi College

Erick Bourassa

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On this site,  you can learn a little bit about me and find links to my class syllabi, research articles, and other publications. My contact information and office hours are available on the left-side panel.

About Me


B.A. Psychology, Wilkes University (2004)
Ph.D. Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy (2008)
BMedSc., University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine (2013)



Much of my research in the past has focused on the role of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in the brain and how its role in the development of hypertension. The RAS is one of the two major regulators of blood pressure (the other being the sympathetic nervous system), and has traditionally been thought of as a hormone system in the peripheral circulation; however, it is now known to be present in the brain and regulated independently of the peripheral RAS system. My research has shown that the part of the brainstem that regulates the sympathetic nervous system contains receptors for angiotensin II, the major hormone of the RAS, and that animals with high blood pressure have increased angiotensin II receptors. Additionally, my research has shown that animals under cardiovascular stress (other than hypertension) have an increased ability to produce angiotensin II which may explain the maintenance of those cardiovascular states.

Today, my research is taking me in other directions. I am currently interested in the rapid increase in antibiotic resistance among certain species of bacteria, and I hope to begin working on unraveling the mechanisms behind the large increase in this specific type of antibiotic resistance.

I also have long had an interest in pedagogical research - that is, researching how we teach and learn. I am particularly interested in the effectiveness of problem-based learning and flipped classroom models in the medical education setting.

Class Schedule

Fall 2015

  • - Virology
    Tuesday & Thursday, 12 - 1:15, Hederman 100
  • - Vertebrate Histology
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, M 1:30 - 4:30, TR 8-9:15, MSB 210
  • - Histology Laboratory
    Wednesday, 1:30-4:30,
  • - Medical Physiology II
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, MWF 11-12, T 1:30-3:30, MSB202/H100
  • - Cell & Genetics Lab
    Thursday, 1:30-5:30,
  • - Pharm II (PAS)
    Thursday, 9:30-11:30, MEB