Professor, Dept. of Basic Medical Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Wagner received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology from The University of California, Los Angeles in 1986. He then earned a dual Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology and Neuroscience from Michigan State University in 1994. He did his post-doctoral training with Dr. Martin Kelly in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Oregon Health and Science University, where he also landed his first faculty appointment in 1998. Dr. Wagner joined The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at Western University of Health Sciences in 2001, and now holds the rank of Professor. His 29 years of graduate and post-graduate experience provide him with the expertise to strategically incorporate principles of neuroendocrinology, neurophysiology, pharmacology and behavior into his current research interests, which center on the synaptic and hormonal determinants underlying the hypothalamic control of energy balance. He is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health to specifically study sex differences in, and hormonal influences on, cannabinoid-mediated regulation of appetite, sex behavior, core body temperature and neurotransmission at proopiomelanocortin synapses. Dr. Wagner has 53 publications in peer-reviewed journals to his credit, many of which have been cited numerous times in the scientific and biomedical literature. He has also served as a mentor to numerous osteopathic medical student research fellows, undergraduate and, most importantly, graduate students in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program at Western University. His students have won sub-specialty awards for their presentations at the Western Student Medical Research Forum conducted annually in Carmel, CA. Accordingly, he was issued the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in 2015, and the Provost’s Distinguished Scholar Award for Western University in 2018.