Faculty associated with the Physiology Intercollegiate Graduate Degree Program at Penn State, and a summary of their research interests
Faculty are listed in alphabetical order by last name. To see more information about a faculty member, click on his/her name.
Lacy AlexanderDr. Alexander utilizes in vivo and in vitro approaches using the human cutaneous circulation to examine the underlying signaling mechanisms mediating microvascular dysfunction with primary human aging, hypercholesterolemia, and essential hypertension.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Margherita CantornaVitamin A and vitamin D regulation of the microbiota and host immunity. Utilizing animal models of multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and gastrointestinal infection.
Distinguished Professor in Molecular Immunology
Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Mary Jane De SouzaWomens health and Physical Activity, Endocrinology of the Female Athlete, Effects of Exercise on the Menstrual Cycle, Female Athlete Triad (Eating disorders, amenorrhea and osteoporosis), Eating Behaviors, Food Intake, and Exercise, Luteal Phase Defects and Amenorrhea, Bone Health and Osteoporosis in Female Athletes, and Energy Deficiency and Bone Health.
Professor of Kinesiology
Kevin HarvatineInvestigation of dietary factors that modify ruminal fatty acid biohydrogenation, regulation of synthesis of milk components, and basic regulation of lipid synthesis with the continual goal of developing feeding strategies to improve the efficiency and performance of dairy cows
Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology
Donna KorzickAging, post-menopausal estrogen loss, and cardiovascular disease risk in females using animal models; mitochondrial regulation of cell survival signaling during myocardial infarction in aged female rats.
Professor of Physiology and Kinesiology
Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Physiology
Joy PateSpecializing in the area of corpus luteum function. Primary research interests focus on the regulation of luteolysis, prostaglandin production by the corpus luteum, and the interactions between the immune system & the reproductive system.
Professor of Reproductive Physiology
C. Lee Rumberger and Family Chair in Agricultural Sciences
Director, Center for Reproductive Biology and Health
Connie Jo RogersRole of changes in energy balance and related nutritional factors on inflammation, immune regulation and cancer risk using both animal models and human subjects.
Associate Professor and Occupant of the Broadhurst Career Development Professorship for the Study of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Jonas RubensonIntegrating experimental and modeling approaches to study gait and skeletal muscle function during locomotion in both health and disease/impairment. In particular, the relationship between in vivo muscle mechanics and metabolic energetics and mechanisms underlying locomotor adaptation and optimization.
Assoc. Professor, Kinesiology
Anthony SchmittThe process of paramyxovirus particle formation by budding: identifying and characterizing viral proteins used in budding, and learning how these manipulate host budding machinery to allow virus release.
Professor of Molecular Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Greg ShearerWe seek to understand disease-related functional changes in the context of global changes in lipid mediators (bioactive metabolites of dietary fatty acids) and use them to identify markers of disease and better ways to prevent or manage disease
Assoc. Professor, Nutritional Sciences
Troy Sutton• Animal models of influenza • Airborne transmission of influenza viruses • Evolution of pandemic influenza viruses • Highly pathogenic avian influenza • Development of live-attenuated influenza vaccine platforms • High containment BSL3+ research
Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences