Stephen J. Moorman, PhD

Professor of Anatomy and Neuroanatomy, Associate Chair - Department of Anatomy

  • Office: 60 Prospect Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 224
  • Campus:
    Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Middletown
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Dr. Moorman came to the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology and in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. His research interests in the past have included spinal cord regeneration, development of the vestibular apparatus in zebrafish, and the regulation of transcriptional noise in single cells.  His current research interest is the use of technology to enhance learning and assessment in medical education.  In addition to still being an avid runner, he is also an experienced rock climber, singer, and theatrical set designer.

Courses Taught:

Anatomy and Embryology



BS in Biology/Anatomy from Cornell University

MS in Anatomy from SUNY Stony Brook

PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Colorado State University

Academic Appointments

Assistant Research Scientist - University of Michigan 1992-1993

Assistant Professor - UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, 1993-1998

Assistant Professor - Case Western Reserve University, 1998-2002

Associate Professor - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2002- 2016

Professional Affiliations

Society for Neuroscience

American Association of Anatomists


Rutgers Leadership Academy Fellow

Stuart D. Cook MD Master Educator

Harvard-Macy Medical Education Fellow

Research America Science Advocacy Fellow

Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory - Stephen Kuffler Fellow

Areas of Research/Interest

Medical Education

Gravitational and Space Biology

Developmental Neurobiology

Selected Publications

Moorman, S.J. and A.Z. Shorr (2008) The primary cilium as a gravity sensor and a regulator of transcriptional noise.  Developmental Dynamics 237:1955-1959

Moorman, S.J., N. Shimada, G. Sokunbi, and C. Pfirrmann (2007) Simulated–microgravity induced changes in gene expression in zebrafish embryos suggest that the primary cilium is involved in gravity transduction.  Gravitational and Space Biology 20:79-86

Moorman, S.J. (2006) Prof-in-a-Box: using internet-videoconferencing to assist students in the gross anatomy laboratory.  BMC Medical Education 6:55

Shimada, N. and S.J. Moorman (2006) Changes in gravitational force cause changes in gene expression in the lens of developing zebrafish.  Developmental Dynamics 235:2686-2694

Moorman, S.J., R. Cordova, and S.A. Davies (2002) A Critical Period for functional development of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) vestibular system.  Developmental Dynamics 223:285-291.

Invited Presentations

St. George’s University, Grenada: Invited Speaker

Michigan State University School of Human Medicine: Invited Speaker

Dalhousie University School of Medicine: Invited Speaker

Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Center for Advanced Studies in Space Life Sciences: Invited Speaker


2004-2010            NIH/NCRR  “The zebrafish atlas”

2007-2008            UMDNJ Educational Technology Grant Program: “Informatics approach to student assessment”

2002-2007            NASA  “Effects of microgravity on gene expression”

1999-2003            NASA “Effects of Microgravity on Zebrafish Vestibular development”

1997-2002            NIH/NIDCD “Is development of the equilibrium receptor system dependent on gravity.”

1995-1998            American Paralysis Association  “Cell-cell interactions that limit regeneration after spinal cord injuries.”

Community Service/Outreach

2007                 Siemens National High School Math, Science, and Technology Competition, Judge

2005-present     North Jersey Regional Science Fair, Category Chair  & ISEF panel

1997-1998        49th International Science and Engineering Fair, Zoology Category Co-Chair