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Faculty

* Indicates labs that are training graduate students and/or Post-docs.

Michelle Mazei-Robison, Ph.D. Michelle Mazei-Robison, Ph.D.

Associate Professor *
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building
766 Service Rd  Rm 5017
517-884-5004
mazeirob@msu.edu

Interests: The goal of the Mazei-Robison lab is to understand how dysfunction of ventral tegmental area (VTA) neurons contributes to drug addiction and mood disorders. We identify molecular and cellular changes in VTA neurons using methods such as translating ribosome affinity purification and evaluate their behavioral relevance using viral and genetic approaches in mouse models.

Laura McCabe, Ph.D. Laura McCabe, Ph.D.

MSU Foundation Professor and Assistant Vice President for Regulatory Affairs *
Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd Rm 4165
517-884-5144 (office)
517-884-4157 (lab)
mccabel@msu.edu

Interests: Type 1 diabetes; inflammatory bowel disease; microbiota gut-bone signaling axis.

Richard Miksicek, Ph.D. Richard Miksicek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd Rm 2240B
517-884-5120
miksicek@msu.edu

Susanne Mohr, Ph.D. Susanne Mohr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor *
Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd Rm 3165
517-884-5108 (office)
517-884-3155 (lab)
mohrs@msu.edu

Interests: Diabetic retinopathy; hyperglycemic activation of caspase-1/IL-1β pathway; IL-1β driven autoinflammation; role of GAPDH in retinal inflammation and cell death; retinal Müller and endothelial cell signaling.

L. Karl Olson, Ph.D. L. Karl Olson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor *
Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd Rm 3164
Office: 517-884-5116
Lab:  517-884-5105
olsonla@msu.edu

Interests: Regulation of pancreatic ß cell function, differentiation, and survival in type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Development of therapeutic approaches to improve ß cell function and survival during metabolic and inflammatory insults.

Narayanan Parameswaran, BVSc., Ph.D. Narayanan Parameswaran, BVSc., Ph.D.

Professor *
Associate Chair
Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd Rm 4163
Office: 517-884-5115
Lab:  517-884-5146
narap@msu.edu

Interests: Cell signaling, Innate immunity, inflammation, macrophages, gut microbiota, probiotics, gut-bone axis, immunology of gut-bone signaling, GPCR signaling, arrestins, G-protein coupled receptor kinases, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, sepsis, inflammatory models, osteomicrobiology, osteoimmunology.

Kanchan Pavangadkar, Ph.D. Kanchan Pavangadkar, Ph.D.

Specialist - Advisor
2240 Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd, E. Lansing MI 48824
 
kanchan@msu.edu

Mark Reimers, Ph.D. Mark Reimers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Neuroscience
Giltner Hall
293 Farm Lane Rm 326
 
reimersm@msu.edu

A.J. Robison, Ph.D. A.J. Robison, Ph.D.

Associate Professor *
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building
766 Service Dr Rm 5014
Office:  517-884-5003
Lab:  517-884-5084
robiso45@msu.edu

Interests: The Robison Lab studies circuit-specific gene transcription in the hippocampus as it relates to three main areas: drug addiction, mood disorders/aggression, and cognitive dysfunction/Alzheimer’s disease. We use mouse behavioral models, electrophysiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry to uncover disease etiology from the function of genes all the way up to the function of the whole organism.

Robert Root-Bernstein, Ph.D. Robert Root-Bernstein, Ph.D.

Professor *
Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd Rm 2174
Office:  517-884-5039
Lab:  517-884-5031
rootbern@msu.edu

Interests: Origins and evolution of receptors and transporters from complementary modules, drug interactions at receptors and mechanisms of receptor enhancement, theories of autoimmune disease etiology and pathogenesis with a special focus on type 1 diabetes and myocarditis, and aspects of autoimmunity in AIDS.

Janice Schwartz, Ph.D. Janice Schwartz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
SE MI Detroit Medical Center
Office:  313-578-9671
janice.schwartz@hc.msu.edu

Lori Seischab, Ph.D. Lori Seischab, Ph.D.

Specialist - Advisor
2240 Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd, E. Lansing MI 48824
517-884-5200
seischab@msu.edu

Chris Shaltry, Ph.D. Chris Shaltry, Ph.D.

Academic Technology and Curriculum Specialist
Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd Rm 2178
517-884-5034
shaltryc@msu.edu

Shirley Siew, Ph.D. Shirley Siew, Ph.D.

Professor
E. Fee Hall
965 Fee Rd Rm A622
517-353-9160 x245
siew@msu.edu

William Spielman, Ph.D. William Spielman, Ph.D.

Professor
Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd Rm 3163
517-884-5000
spielman@msu.edu

Marty Spranger, Ph.D. Marty Spranger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd  Room 2201H
517-884-5044
mds@msu.edu

Hariharan Subramanian, Ph.D. Hariharan Subramanian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor *
Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd Rm 2196
517-884-5052
subram46@msu.edu

Interests: Mast cells, anaphylaxis and asthma, IgE receptor and G protein coupled receptor signaling in mast cells, T cell mediated immune responses in allergic diseases.

Laura Symonds, Ph.D. Laura Symonds, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Neuroscience
Undergraduate Director
Giltner Hall
293 Farm Lane Rm 108
517-432-2203
symonds@msu.edu

Jennifer L. Taylor, Ph.D. Jennifer L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Giltner Hall
293 Farm Lane Rm 209
517-884-9525
taylo958@msu.edu

Bruce Uhal, Ph.D. Bruce Uhal, Ph.D.

Professor *
Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd Rm 3197
Office:  517-884-5131
Lab:  517-884-5091
uhal@msu.edu

Interests: Mechanisms of acute lung injury and fibrogenesis; regulation of lung epithelial cell death; roles of the angiotensin system in adult and fetal lung injury and repair.

Main Office

Department of Physiology
 Biomedical Physical Sciences (BPS) Building
567 Wilson Rd Rm 2201

Main Phone: 517-884-5000
Office Fax: 517-432-1967


Department Chair

C. Lee Cox
Dr. C. Lee Cox

BPS Building Rm 2201E

Phone: 517-884-5050
Fax: 517-432-1967
 coxclee@msu.edu


Graduate Office

Department of Physiology
BPS Building Rm 2205

Phone: 517-884-5075
Fax: 517-432-1967