Physiology Faculty

Name Email Campus Specialty
Sanjaya Abeysirigunawardena

Kent More on Abeysirigunawardena
Joseph Bedont

Kent sleep; circadian rhythms; metabolism; brain-body interactions; excretion; nitrogen stress; kidney disease. More on Bedont
Yeong-Renn Chen

NEOMED Oxygen free radicals, Nitric oxide, oxidative postranslational modifications, mitochondrial biology in myocardial infarction. More on Chen
William Chilian

NEOMED Angiogenesis, arteriogenesis, regulation of coronary blood flow, heart failure, stem cells, regenerative medicine. More on Chilian
Lique Coolen

Kent Mechanisms by which spinal cord injury affects urogenital and sexual function, neurobiology of addiction and understanding neural circuits that mediate female reproductive function and dysfunction. More on Coolen
Mark Dalman

Kent More on Dalman
Dimitrios Davalos

CCF The Dimitrios Davalos lab studies the interactions between blood vessels, neurons and microglia in health and disease. More on Davalos
Feng Dong

NEOMED More on Dong
Jessica Ferrell

NEOMED My long-term research interests lie in examining the pathological disruptions to bile acid physiology that contribute to alcoholic- and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Our lab utilizes knockout mouse models, dietary studies, and cell and molecular biology techniques to investigate how alcohol, high fat diets, circadian disruption, or an altered gut microbiome can lead to liver injury and/or metabolic syndrome. We are also interested in studying the interactions between liver/gut metabolism and Alzheimer’s disease, as Type 2 diabetes, cholesterol homeostasis, and gut dysbiosis are thought to be involved in disease progression, while bile acids and their receptors may be novel therapeutic targets. More on Ferrell
Rebecca German

NEOMED More on German
T. Lee Gilman

Kent Influences of diet, stress and genetic variation on emotions, behavior, and overall brain & body health.  More on Gilman.
Ellen L. Glickman

Kent Metabolic and thermal responses to acute cold exposure. More on Glickman
Gary Koski


Kent Immune system and cancer, vaccines, molecular mechanisms. More on Koski
Manabu Kurokawa


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Kurokawa Lab

Laura Leff

Kent Molecular ecology of bacteria, bacterial enumeration and identification. More on Leff
Michael Lehman

Kent Reproductive neuroendocrine system of the brain in mammals as governed by intricate neural and hormonal communication between the brain, pituitary gland and gonads. More on Lehman
Eric Mintz

Kent Behavioral neurobiology, circadian rhythms, feeding, and social behavior, sex differences in biological rhythms. More on Mintz
Aleisha Moore

Kent The Moore lab aims to define and understand neuronal networks regulating gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons, the final output cells in the brain controlling fertility. Currently, we are funded by the National Institutes of Health to investigate whether changes in the regulation of GnRH neurons by cells co-expressing the neuropeptides Kisspeptin, Neurokinin B and Dynorphin (aka KNDy neurons) leads to infertility in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common endocrinopathy in women worldwide. To achieve this, we use a preclinical model of PCOS combined with genetic, anatomical, and functional tools to identify and analyze how changes within KNDy neurons and associated networks lead to the development of PCOS symptoms. More on Moore
Devin Mueller

Kent Neural mechanisms of learning and memory that underlie drug use and emotional regulation. More on Mueller
Colleen Novak

Kent Neural and endocrine mechanisms of activity thermogenesis in obesity. More on Novak
Vahagn Ohanyan

NEOMED More on Ohanyan
Heather O'Leary

NEOMED More on O'Leary
Richard Piet

Kent Neurophysiological mechanisms involved in regulating the activity of the gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons and their contributions to biological timing and fertility. More on Piet
Gunnar Poplawski

CCF Translational therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, stem cell and gene therapies for spinal cord injury, in vitro and in vivo models of glioblastomas, hIPSC derived neurons to study regeneration. More on Poplawski
Priya Raman

NEOMED My lab is interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying vascular complications and Alzheimer's disease-related dementia associated with diabetes and obesity. We are studying the role of a post-translational protein modification (O-Glycosylation) and a proatherogenic matricellular protein (Thrombospondin-1) in vascular smooth muscle cell phenotypic changes and seeking to understand how targets contributed to vascular and cognitive anomalies in metabolic disorders.  More on Raman
Erin Reed-Geaghan

NEOMED My lab is interested in the role of the immune system in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Specifically, we seek to understand the ways in which the brain’s resident immune cells, microglia, contribute to the neuroinflammatory processes driving neurodegeneration. We believe microglia from men and women respond differently in AD, contributing to the sex differences in disease onset and progression, and we’re working on identifying the reasons for these differences. We are also interested in how these cells communicate with the circulating peripheral immune system, and the ways in which these interactions affect disease progression. More on Reed-Geaghan
Angela Ridgel

Kent Motor functions, Parkinsons disease, rehabilitation. More on Ridgel
Apollo Stacy

CCF More on Stacy
Srinivasan Vijayaraghavan

Kent Signal transduction, sperm physiology, fertilization, contraception. More on Vijayaraghavan
Bradley Winters

NEOMED Cellular neurophysiology of brainstem sound localization circuits that process timing and intensity differences between the two ears. More on Winters
Liya Yin

NEOMED More on Yin