Aidan McFall, PhD CP


 PO Box 2844                                              Westerville, OH  43086                                         740-816-0944


Professional Overview

Scientist: With a doctorate in Cellular and Molecular Biology, I have fifteen years of laboratory research experience obtaining funding for, generating, analyzing and communicating novel research data in the fields of innate immunity in plants, mammalian cell surface receptor biology, and human oncogene signal transduction.

Sole Proprietor Quality Horsemanship LLC:  As a private business owner in the field of animal health, I have executed a research and development business that 1) identifies improvable metrics in the health potential of domesticated equines 2) collects compelling preliminary data to guide future institutionalized equine health studies and 3) improves individual human and equine client health outcome. 


Summary of Skills

Critical and meaningful data analysis and interpretation with corresponding computer literacy

Biochemical, molecular, microbiological, cell biological and whole organism biomechanical research working with protein, RNA and DNA, in vitro, in cell culture, in vivo, and in the field

Excellence in written communication, including peer-reviewed scientific publications in research journals and funded public and private grants

Excellence in working one-on-one and in groups with clients, personnel and equines

Establishment and operation of a successful small business

Excellence in oral communication, including authentic, transformative communication in both private and public forums

Excellence in making novel and compelling intellectual connections for real-world problem solving 

Excellence in improving health outcome for equines and their human partners


Degrees Awarded

1990      BA – Biology                                                                        University of California Berkeley

1998      PhD – Cellular and Molecular Biology                       University of Wisconsin Madison

2006      CP (Certified Practitioner)                                             Association for the Advancement of Natural                                                                                                                       Horse Care Practices


Positions Held

1990-1991. Technician. DNA Plant Technology, Oakland CA. Supervisor: Dr. Trevor Suslow.  

1991-1992. Graduate Student. University of Madison Wisconsin, Department of Biochemistry. Supervisor:  Dr. Brad Olwin.

1992-1998. Graduate Student. University of Madison Wisconsin, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Alan Rapraeger.

1998-2001. Postdoctoral Fellow. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Supervisor: Dr. Channing Der.

2002-2007. Scientist/Postdoctoral Fellow. Ohio State University, Columbus, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. Supervisor: Dr. David Mackey.

2007-present.  Sole Proprietor Quality Horsemanship LLC – Equine Wellness Research and Development.



Olwin BB, Arthur K, Hannon K, Hein P, McFall A, Riley B, Szebenyi G, Zhou Z, Zuber ME, Rapraeger AC. 1994. Sep;39(1):90-100. Role of FGFs in skeletal muscle and limb development.  Mol. Reprod. Dev.

McFall AJ and AC Rapraeger. 1997. May;16:272(20):12901-4. Identification of an adhesion site within the syndecan-4 extracellular protein domain.  J. Biol. Chem.

McFall AJ and AC Rapraeger. 1998. Oct;23:273(43):28270-6.  Characterization of the high affinity cell-binding domain in the cell surface proteoglycan syndecan-4.  J. Biol. Chem.

Shield, JM, Pruitt K, McFall A, Shaub A, and CJ Der. 2000. 10:147-153.  Understanding Ras: “it ain’t over til it’s over.” Trends Cell Biol.

McFall A, Lambert Q, Kusa A, Rogers-Graham K, and CJ Der. 2001. Aug;21(16):5488-99. Oncogenic Ras blocks anoikis by activation of a novel effector pathway independent of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase. Mol. Cell Biol.

Eckert LB, Repasky GA, Ulku AS, McFall A, Zhou H, Sartor CI and CJ Der. 2004. Jul;1:64(13):4585-92. Involvement of Ras activation in human breast cancer cell signaling, invasion and anoikis. Cancer Res.

Kim MG, da Cunha L, McFall AJ, Belkhadir Y, DebRoy S, Dangle JL, Mackey D. 2005. Jun;3:121(5):749-59. Two Pseudomonas syringae type III effectors inhibit RIN4-regulated basal defense in Arabidopsis. Cell.

Da Cuhna L, McFall AJ, Mackey D.  2006. Apr;8(5):1372-81.Epub Mar 23 . Innate immunity in plants: a continuum of layered defenses.  Microbes Infect.

Mackey D, McFall AJ. 2006 Sep;61(6):1365-71. Epub Aug 8. MAMPs and MIMPs: proposed classifications for inducers of innate immunity. Mol Microbiol.