Erica A. Dale, Ph.D.

Dale, Erica
Erica Dale, PhD

Assistant Professor

Phone:  (352) 273-8241
Office:  CG-20G

Education and Training/Previous Appointments

  • 2018-19: Assistant Professor: Department of Neuroscience, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • 2016-18: Assistant Research Professor: University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2013-15: Postdoctoral Fellow: University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2012-13: Postdoctoral Scholar: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • 2011-12: Postdoctoral Visiting Scholar: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Canada
  • 2011: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (Comparative Biomedical Sciences)
  • 2000: B.S.: Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA (Zoology)

Research Interests

  • Neural control of breathing: Whole nerve electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, plethysmography, chronic diaphragm EMG, cervical spinal cord injury, chronic spinal cord stimulation
  • Stepping, standing, and postural control after spinal cord injury: thoracic spinal cord injury, spinal cord stimulation and stepping in rodent models, hindlimb and forelimb EMG
  • Spinal mechanisms in the autonomic control of arrhythmias in a porcine model: Cardiac function, ECG, ultrasound, spinal cord stimulation, intraspinal neuronal recording, spike sorting, immunohistochemistry
  • Respiratory physiology and neurobiology
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Spinal learning

Dale lab website

Teaching (Including Courses)

  • Human Physiology in Translation (BMS 3521)
  • Dental Physiology (DEN 5120C)

Awards and Honors

  • 2020: McKnight Brain Institute Career Accelerator Award
  • 2014: UCLA Brain Research Institute/Semel Postdoctoral Scholars Travel Award
  • 2013: Research Recognition Award; Central Nervous System Section (American Physiological Society)
  • 2009: Student Presentation Award (Cellular and Network Properties of the Spinal Cord Meeting; Madison, Wisconsin)
  • 2007: Caroline Tum Suden/Francis B. Hellenbrandt Professional Opportunity Award (American Physiological Society)
  • 2004: Merck-Merial Summer Research Scholarship (University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine)


PubMed Listing

  • Saddic, L., Howard-Quijano, K., Kipke, J., Kubo, Y., Dale. E.A., Hoover, D., Shivkumar, K., Eghbali, M., & Mahajan, A. (2018). Progression of myocardial ischemia leads to unique changes in immediate early gene expression in the spinal cord dorsal horn. American journal of physiology: Heart and circulatory physiology, 315(6): H1592-H1601. (PMID: 30216122; PMCID: PMC6336975)
  • Howard-Quijano, K., Takamiya, T., Dale, E.A., Kipke, J., Kubo, Y., Grogan, T., Afyouni, A., Shivkumar, K., & Mahajan, A. (2017). Spinal cord stimulation reduces ventricular arrhythmias during acute ischemia by attenuation of regional myocardial excitability. American journal of physiology: Heart and circulatory physiology, 313(2): H421-H431. (PMID: 28576833; PMCID: PMC5582923)
  • Howard-Quijano, K., Takamiya, T., Dale, E.A., Yamakawa, K., Zhou, W., Buckley, U., & Mahajan, A. (2017). Effect of thoracic epidural anesthesia on ventricular excitability in a porcine model. Anesthesiology, 126(6): 1096-1106. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000001613. (PMID: 28358748)
  • Dale, E.A., Fields, D.P., Devinney, M.J., & Mitchell, G.S. (2017). Phrenic motor neuron TrkB expression is necessary for acute intermittent hypoxia-induced phrenic long-term facilitation. Experimental Neurology, 287(Pt2): 130-136. (PMID: 27185271; PMCID: PMC5193112)
  • Satriotomo, I., Nichols, N.L., Dale, E.A., Emery, A.T., Dahlberg, J.M., & Mitchell, G.S. (2016). Repetitive acute intermittent hypoxia increases growth/neurotrophic factor expression in non-respiratory motor neurons. Neuroscience, 322: 479-88. (PMID: 26944605, PMCID: PMC5203934)
  • Devinney, M.J., Fields, D.P., Huxtable, A.G., Peterson, T.J., Dale, E.A., & Mitchell, G.S. (2015). Phrenic long-term facilitation requires PKCƟ activity within phrenic motor neurons. Journal of neuroscience, 35(21): 8107-17. (PMID: 26019328; PMCID: PMC4444536)
  • Gonzalez-Rothi, E.J., Lee, K.Z., Dale, E.A., Reier, P.J., Mitchell, G.S., & Fuller, D.D. (2015). Intermittent hypoxia and neurorehabilitation. Journal of applied physiology (1985), 119(12): 1455-65. (PMID: 25997947; PMCID: PMC4683349)
  • Huxtable, A.G., Macfarlane, P.M., Vinit, S., Nichols, N.L., Dale, E.A., & Mitchell, G.S. (2014). Adrenergic a1 receptor activation is sufficient, but not necessary for phrenic long-term facilitation. Journal of applied physiology (1985), 116(11):1345-52.  (PMID: 24526581; PMCID: PMC4044400)
  • Dale, E.A., Ben Mabrouk, F., & Mitchell, G.S. (2014). Unexpected benefits of intermittent hypoxia: enhanced respiratory and non-respiratory motor function. Physiology (Bethesda), 29(1):39-48. (PMID: 24382870; PMCID: PMC4073945)
  • Nichols, N.L., Gowing, G., Satriotomo, I., Nashold, L.J., Dale, E.A., Suzuki, M., Avalos, P., Mulcrone, P.L., McHugh, J., Svendsen, C.N., & Mitchell, G.S. (2013). Intermittent hypoxia and stem cell implants preserve breathing capacity in a rodent model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine, 187(5):535-42. (PMID: 23220913; PMCID: PMC3733409)