Natalia Omelchenko

Assistant Professor of Biology


 I have a Ph.D. in Anatomy, Histology, Cytology and Embryology (1998) from the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Russian Academy of Science, which is where Pavlov’s classic work in the field of physiology of digestion was conducted. In science, I have a unique combination of expertise that includes anatomy, histology, developmental biology and neuroscience, experience with different organisms (humans, rodents, fishes and birds), proficiency with basic and advanced histological methods of structural analysis, and experience with small animal surgery and microsurgeries. In classroom, my teaching philosophy is based on three principal thoughts. First, I would like each of my students to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Second, I feel a tremendous responsibility to assure appropriate training. Third, I believe that the learning has to be fun.I am glad to have each of you in my class!


  • BIO 105 – Life Science for Non-Majors
  • BIO 204 – Anatomy and Physiology for Dental Hygiene
  • BIO 302 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 303 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
  • BIO 328 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 334 – Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II
  • BIO 432 – Histology Lecture and Lab


  1. Balcita-Pedicino JJ, Omelchenko N, Bell R, Sesack SR. (2011) The inhibitory influence of the lateral habenula on midbrain dopamine cells: ultrastructural evidence for indirect mediation via the rostromedial mesopontine tegmental nucleus. J Comp Neurol. Apr 15;519(6):1143-64.
  2. Omelchenko N, Sesack SR. (2010) Periaqueductal gray afferents synapse onto dopamine and GABA neurons in the rat ventral tegmental area. J Neurosci Res. 2010 Apr;88(5):981-91.
  3. Omelchenko N, Bell R, Sesack SR. (2009) Lateral habenula projections to dopamine and GABA neurons in the rat ventral tegmental area. Eur J Neurosci. Oct;30(7):1239-50. Epub 2009 Sep 29.
  4. Omelchenko N, Sesack SR.(2009) Ultrastructural analysis of local collaterals of rat ventral i77777 area neurons: GABA phenotype and synapses onto dopamine and GABA cells. Synapse. Oct;63(10):895-906.
  5. Omelchenko N, Sesack SR. (2007) Glutamate synaptic inputs to ventral tegmental area neurons in the rat derive primarily from subcortical sources. Neuroscience. May 25;146(3):1259-74. Epub 2007 Mar 28.
  6. Omelchenko N, Sesack SR. (2006) Cholinergic axons in the rat ventral tegmental area synapse preferentially onto mesoaccumbens dopamine neurons. J Comp Neurol. Feb 20;494(6):863-75.
  7. Omelchenko N, Sesack SR. (2005) Laterodorsal tegmental projections to identified cell populations in the rat ventral tegmental area. J Comp Neurol. Mar 7;483(2):217-35.
  8. Sesack SR, Carr DB, Omelchenko N, Pinto A. (2003) Anatomical substrates for glutamate-dopamine interactions: evidence for specificity of connections and extrasynaptic actions. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1003: 36-52.
  9. 9. Omelchenko N, Lance-Jones C. (2003) Programming neural Hoxd10: in vivo evidence that early node-associated signals predominate over paraxial mesoderm signals at posterior spinal levels. Development Biology, 261 (1): 99-115.
  10. Lance-Jones C, Omelchenko N, Bailis A, Lynch S, Sharma K. (2001) Hoxd10 induction and regionalization in the developing lumbosacral spinal cord. Development 128(12):2255-68.

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