Physiology Research Groups
The Physiology Department has two main research focus areas:
- Mechanisms of Systemic Diseases, Molecular Metabolism and Physiology
- Cancer Molecular Biology/Physiology
Within these areas are research sub-groups focused on specific disease processes and physiologic concepts.
Mechanisms of Systemic Diseases, Molecular Metabolism and Physiology
Focus: Understanding mechanisms accounting for disease development, progression and complications (retinopathy, osteoporosis, bone marrow pathology, artherosclerosis and neuroendocrine changes). Diabetes and Inflammatory bowel disease are focus areas.
Faculty: Busik, Mohr, McCabe, Parameswaran
Diabetes and Obesity
Focus: Identifying how diet (high fat), diabetes, leptin, and inflammation impacts organ function directly and systemically.
Faculty: Busik, Haslam, Mohr, Olson, McCabe, Parameswaran, Leinninger, Doseff, Wiseman
Focus: Neural regulation of organ system function, including metabolism, intestinal motility, cardiovascular system, spinal cord regeneration, glaucoma, and Parkinson’s disease.
Faculty: Wang, Weber, Schneider, Gallo, Cox, Mazei-Robison, Robison, Gulbransen, Crandall
Focus: Gastrointestinal function and disease, including inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and bile atresia.
Faculty: Parameswaran, Olson, Luckie, Li, McCabe, Xiao, Gulbransen, Doseff
Cancer Molecular Biology/Physiology Research
Focus: Understanding environmental and dietary factors that affect hormonal activity (estrogen and/or progesterone) and the development and progression of breast cancer.
Focus: Mechanisms promoting liver cancer.