Dr. Megan Pannell

Assistant Professor of Biology


  • B.A., Biology and Psychology, Transylvania University
  • M.S., Biotechnology, Indiana University
  • Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, University of Kentucky


Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Signaling, Neurotrauma

Research Interest

My research focuses on cell signaling, or how cells relay cues from their extracellular environment into physiological responses within the cell. I am particularly interested in the role of Ras family GTPases in these responses. These are small signaling proteins that regulate a variety of cellular responses including cell proliferation, differentiation and growth by turning intracellular pathways on and off. My research at Mercer focuses on Ras-like estrogen regulated growth inhibitor (RERG), a small GTPase that has been characterized as a tumor suppressor in a variety of tumor types. Using cell culture and biochemical techniques, I plan to study the regulation of RERG and the signaling pathways that it acts through.

Recent Publications

  • Bush K., Pannell M., Lock J.L., Queenan, A.M., Jorgensen, J.H., Lee, R.M., Lewis, J.S. & Jarrett, D. 2013. Detection systems for carbapenemase gene identification should include SME serine carbapenemase. Int. J. Antimicrob. Agents 41:1-4.

Contact Dr. Megan Pannell

(478) 301-2361