Directory » AARON MORTON
 314 GGB
Assistant Professor
Curriculum Vitae
Aaron B. Morton, Ph.D., investigates disease, injury, and regeneration of neurovascular tissue indwelling skeletal muscle as well as biomaterial applications to enhance tissue recovery. Prior to joining the faculty at TAMU, Dr. Morton conducted postdoctoral training with Steven S. Segal, Ph.D., at the University of Missouri investigating neurovascular crosstalk and biomaterial applications to enhance dystrophic muscle and his doctoral training with Scott K. Powers, Ph.D., at the University of Florida investigating mitochondrial dysfunction in diaphragm muscle following mechanical ventilation. Dr. Morton is currently the director of the Soft Tissue Regeneration and Applied Biomaterials Laboratory at Texas A&M University.

Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Florida (2018)
M.S., Exercise Science, University of West Florida (2013)
B.S., Exercise Science, Harding University (2010)
Morton, AB., Segal, SS., Brow, RK., Semon, J., Biomaterial Compositions and Methods of Treatment (covers original biomaterial development and treatment methods for a variety of muscle injuries and diseases) U.S. Full Patent (No. 63/260,858) filed 9/1/22
GRANTS AUTHORED AND AWARDED TAMU Advancing Discovery to Market Morton (PI) 2023-2025 Effectiveness and Toxicology of Dystrophix in a Large Animal Model of Muscle Dystrophy Total Direct Costs: $495,972 Role: Principal Investigator NIH Loan Repayment Award for Pediatric Research Morton (PI) 2020-2022 Mechanisms of Neurovascular Crosstalk in Skeletal Muscle Regeneration APS Postdoctoral Fellowship Morton (PI) 2019-2020 Mechanisms of Neurovascular Crosstalk in Skeletal Muscle Regeneration Total Costs: $50,000 Role: Principal Investigator Coulter Biomedical Accelerator Segal (PI) 2021-2023 Timed-Release Ion Matrix for Treatment of Muscular Dystrophy Total Costs: $99,987 Role: Grant Author and Designated Project Leader
Reviewing Activity: eCells & Materials Connective Tissue Research Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Science Biology Neural Regeneration Research Journal of Critical Care Research and Practice Royal Society Open Science Frontiers in Physiology American Journal of Physiology – Heart Microcirculation Annals of Palliative Medicine Departmental Service: Graduate Student Space Committee Spring 2023 Graduate Scholarship Awards Committee Spring 2023 Judge: Texas Junior Academy of Science Spring 2023 Poster Judge: Texas Junior Academy of Science Fall 2022 Cardiovascular Research Day 2020 planning committee member
KINE427. Therapeutic Principles
Therapeutic Principles. (3-0). Credit 3. Examination of human tissue types, characteristics, and physiology pertaining to injury, pain transmission, and the healing process; study of common therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound and electricity with emphasis on physiological mechanisms of effect.
Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023
KINE433. Exercise Physiology
This course provides an introduction to the physiology of exercise. It builds on the student’s knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, and describes the acute effects of exercise and the influence of chronic exercise training on the various functional systems in different populations and under different environmental conditions. In addition, the importance of exercise to health and wellness will be considered from a physiological perspective.
Spring 2023
Highlighed Publications
Jacobsen NL, Morton AB, Segal SS. Angiogenesis precedes myogenesis during regeneration following biopsy injury of skeletal muscle. Skelet Muscle. 2023 Feb 14;13(1):3. doi: 10.1186/s13395-023-00313-3. PMID: 36788624; PMCID: PMC9926536.
Morton, Aaron B et al. “Functionalizing biomaterials to promote neurovascular regeneration following skeletal muscle injury.” American journal of physiology. Cell physiology vol. 320,6 (2021): C1099-C1111. doi:10.1152/ajpcell.00501.2020
Morton AB, Norton CE, Jacobsen NL, Fernando CA, Cornelison DDW, Segal SS. Barium chloride injures myofibers through calcium-induced proteolysis with fragmentation of motor nerves and microvessels. Skelet Muscle. 2019 Nov 6;9(1):27. doi: 10.1186/s13395-019-0213-2. PMID: 31694693; PMCID: PMC6833148.
Journal Articles
Hall SE, Ahn B, Smuder AJ, Morton AB, Hinkley JM, Wiggs MP, Sollanek KJ, Hyatt H, Powers SK. Comparative Efficacy of Angiotensin II Type 1 Receptor Blockers Against Ventilator-Induced Diaphragm Dysfunction in Rats. Clin Transl Sci. 2021 Mar;14(2):481-486. doi: 10.1111/cts.12916. Epub 2020 Nov 22. PMID: 33222389; PMCID: PMC7993256.
Ichinoseki-Sekine N, Smuder AJ, Morton AB, Hinkley JM, Mor Huertas A, Powers SK. Hydrogen sulfide donor protects against mechanical ventilation-induced atrophy and contractile dysfunction in the rat diaphragm. Clin Transl Sci. 2021 Nov;14(6):2139-2145. doi: 10.1111/cts.13081. Epub 2021 Jun 16. PMID: 34080307; PMCID: PMC8604213.
Huertas AM, Morton AB, Hinkey JM, Ichinoseki-Sekine N, Smuder AJ. Modification of Neuromuscular Junction Protein Expression by Exercise and Doxorubicin. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2020 Jul;52(7):1477-1484. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002286. PMID: 31985575; PMCID: PMC7901802.
Morton, Aaron B., et al. "Mitochondrial accumulation of doxorubicin in cardiac and diaphragm muscle following exercise preconditioning." Mitochondrion 45 (2019): 52-62.
Conference Presentations
Timed Release Ion Matrix Enhances Muscle Force in Dystrophic Mice. (2023) J Kendra, R Brow, S Segal, A Morton Physiology 38 (S1), 5733472
Inducible deletion of endothelial cell EfnB2 attenuates neuromuscular regeneration in mouse skeletal muscle. (2023) A Morton, N Jacobsen, A Diller, DD Cornelison, S Segal
Physiology 38 (S1), 5730060
Morton, Aaron B., et al. "Which Comes First: Angiogenesis or Myogenesis Following Punch Biopsy Injury?." FASEB journal: official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 36 (2022).
Tiper, Y., et al. "Optimization Of The Electrical Stimulation Parameters For Micro-muscles Engineered From Human Primary Myoblasts." TISSUE ENGINEERING PART A. Vol. 28. 140 HUGUENOT STREET, 3RD FL, NEW ROCHELLE, NY 10801 USA: MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC, 2022.
Microcirculatory Society Pappenheimer Postdoctoral Travel Award 2022
Health Science Research Day Basic Science poster award winner 2021
American Physiological Society IPE best poster award winner 2020
Cardiovascular Day poster award winner 2020
University of Missouri Provost’s Scholar Award 2019-2020