Dr. John Kiernan

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., D.Sc. University of Birmingham
M.A.   University of Cambridge
M.B., Ch.B University of Birmingham
B.Sc. University of Birmingham

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 83014

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Research Interest:

Long-term research interests include cellular and vascular responses to injury in the nervous systems of vertebrate animals, the neuropathology of human motor neuron diseases, and the physical and chemical mechanisms of fixation and staining of tissues for subsequent microscopy. Recent work has been largely confined to the last of these fields.

Selected Publications:

Kiernan, J. A. 2010. On chemical reactions and staining mechanisms. Connection (Dako Inc. Scientific Magazine). Vol. 14, pp. 127‑136.

Kiernan, J. A. 2010. Carbohydrate histochemistry. Connection (Dako Inc. Scientific Magazine). Vol. 14, pp. 68-78.

Kiernan, J. A. 2010. Staining sections of the central nervous system. Connection (Dako Inc. Scientific Magazine). Vol. 14, pp. 60-67..

• Kumar, G. L. & Kiernan, J. A. 2010. Editorial.  Special stains and H&E. Connection (Dako Inc. Scientific Magazine). Vol. 14, p. 14.

•Dapson, R., Horobin, R. W. & Kiernan, J. A. 2010. Hematoxylin shortages: their causes and duration, and other dyes that can replace hemalum in routine H & E staining. Biotechnic & Histochemistry 85: 55‑63.

Kiernan, J. A. 2009. Training and education in histotechnology and histochemistry for graduate students and research workers. Journal of Histotechnology 32: 115-118.

Kiernan, J. A. 2009. A system for quantitative evaluation of morphological effects of fixatives for light microscopy, using paraffin sections of kidney and brain. Biotechnic & Histochemistry 84: 1‑10.

Kiernan, J. A. 2009. Barr's The Human Nervous System: An Anatomical Viewpoint. 9th edition. Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 9780781782562.

Kiernan, J. A. (2008). Histological and Histochemical Methods: Theory and Practice. 4th edition. Oxford: Scion Publishing.

• Dapson, R.W., Frank, M., Penney, D. P. and Kiernan, J. A. (2007). Revised procedures for the certification of carmine (CI 75470, Natural red 4) as a biological stain. Biotechnic & Histochemistry82: 13-15.

• Frank, M., Dapson, R. W., Wickersham, T. W. and Kiernan, J. A. (2007). Certification procedures for nuclear fast red (Kernechtrot), C. I. 60760. Biotechnic and Histochemistry82: 35-39.

Kiernan, J. A. (2007). Indigogenic substrates for the detection and localization of enzymes. Biotechnic & Histochemistry 82: 73-103.

Kiernan, J. A. (2007). Histochemistry of staining methods for normal and degenerating myelin in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Journal of Histotechnology30: 87-106.

Kiernan, J. A. (2006) Dyes and other colorants in microtechnique and biomedical research. Coloration Technology 122: 1-21.

Kiernan, J. A. (2005). Barr's The Human Nervous System: An Anatomical Viewpoint. 8th edition. Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.


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