People: Faculty

Lacy Alexander

Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Dr. 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…

Paul Bartell

Associate Professor of Avian Biology

The regulation of biological clocks in birds at the systems level.

Peter Butler

Professor of Bioengineering

Fundamental molecular mechanisms by which vascular endothelial cells sense the forces from flowing blood and transduce this mechanical information into adjustments of cell and tissue biology.

Orfeu Buxton

Professor of Biobehavioral Health
The causes of chronic sleep deficiency in the workplace, home, and society; the health consequences of chronic sleep deficiency, especially cardiometabolic outcomes, and the physiologic and social mechanisms by which these outcomes arise. Successful…

Margherita Cantorna

Emphasis Area Representative, Immunology and Infectious Disease; Director of the Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Disease; Distinguished Professor in Molecular Immunology
The research in the Cantorna lab seeks to understand the working of the immune system. Animal models of several human diseases including enteric infections and inflammatory bowel disease are utilized to determine the cellular targets and molecular…

Mary Jane De Souza

Professor of Kinesiology
Women's 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…

Francisco Diaz

Associate Professor of Reproductive Biology

Ovarian physiology. Role of SMAD-mediated signaling in follicular and female germ cell (oocyte) development.

Patrick Drew

Huck Distinguished Associate Professor of Neural Engineering and Neurosurgery

Control and development of the cerebral blood flow, neurovascular coupling.

Pamela Giblin

Professor of Immunology

The role of receptor tyrosine kinases in normal physiology and disease progression; the downstream signals that mediate these responses in vivo and in vitro.

Molly Hall

Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Building tools to elucidate the complex genetic and environmental underpinnings of human disease. Integrating genetic (genotype, sequence, structural variation) and exposure (derived from surveys and metabolomics methods) big data to predict disease…

William Hancock

Professor of Bioengineering

The detailed workings of motor proteins and their role in intracellular transport and cell motility.

Kevin Harvatine

Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology
Investigation 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…

Alan Johnson

Professor of Reproductive Biology; Walther H. Ott Professor in Avian Biology

Ovarian dynamics and follicle differentiation; granulosa cell tumors.

Mary Kennett

Professor, Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences; Director, Animal Resource Program

The pathogenesis of infectious disease: examining bacterial virulence and associated pathology in relation to host immune responses.

W. Larry Kenney

Professor of Physiology and Kinesiology

Environmental and exercise physiology, particularly human thermoregulation, skin blood flow, and the biophysics of heat exchange.

Girish Kirimanjeswara

Associate Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Science

Establishing the Virulence Factors

Laura Klein

Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Biobehavioral effects of stress on drug abuse; sex differences in neuroendocrine and behavioral stress responses; nicotine regulation of stress reactivity.

Donna Korzick

Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Physiology; Professor of Physiology and Kinesiology
My research is focused on aging, post-menopausal women, and cardiac ischemia reperfusion injury using animal models. We are particularly interested in the effects of estrogen deficiency on mitochondrial regulation of cell survival following…

Joshua Lambert

Associate Professor of Food Science
Dietary polyphenols in prevention of obesity and fatty liver disease; efficacy and mechanisms of action of food-derived phytochemicals in prevention of lung cancer; biotransformation, bioavailability and potential hepatotoxicity of dietary…

Wansheng Liu

Professor of Genomics

Functional annotation of farm animal genomes, structure and function of mammalian sex (X and Y) chromosome, spermatogenesis and male fertility.

Keefe Manning

Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Surgery

Understanding the native cardiovascular system fluid mechanics; understanding the diseased cardiovascular system fluid mechanics, and the impact that cardiovascular prosthetics generate during and post implantation

James Marden

Associate Director of Operations, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Professor of Biology

How physiological variation within species affects their ecology and evolution. Primarily with insects, but recently also with plants, and a particular interest in allelic variation in the pathogen resistance genes of tropical trees.

Gustavo Nader

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Skeletal muscle growth control and adaptations to exercise. Ribosome biogenesis, transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of RNA Polymerase I.

Troy Ott

Associate Director for Graduate Education, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Professor of Reproductive Physiology

Fertility and reproductive immunology in domestic farm animals.

Joy Pate

Director of the Center for Reproductive Biology and Health; Professor of Reproductive Physiology; C. Lee Rumberger and Family Chair in Agricultural Sciences

Specializing 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.

Andrew Patterson

Associate Professor of Molecular Toxicology

The Patterson lab is focused on understanding the host-metabolite-microbiome axis

Robert Paulson

Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences; Emphasis Area Representative, Genetics

The Paulson lab studies the mechanisms that regulate tissue regeneration with a focus on understanding the response to anemic and hypoxic stress

James Pawelczyk

Associate Professor of Physiology and Kinesiology

Neural control of circulation, particularly skeletal muscle blood flow, as it is affected by exercise or spaceflight.

Gary Perdew

Director of the Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis; John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in Agricultural Sciences

Mechanisms of receptor-mediated carcinogenesis.

Kumble Sandeep Prabhu

Professor of Immunology and Molecular Toxicology

Molecular mechanisms by which bioactives such as selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, and other products of natural origin alter the host response and immune function in inflammation and cancer

David Proctor

Professor of Kinesiology, Physiology, and Medicine

Physiology of aging and exercise; cardiovascular responses to exercise; regulation of skeletal muscle blood flow; skeletal muscle adaptation; vascular adaptation.

Ramesh Ramachandran

Professor of Molecular Endocrinology

The influence of hypothalamic neurotransmitters, hormones, and their receptors on avian reproduction.

Connie Rogers

Associate Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Associate Professor; Broadhurst Career Development Professor for the Study of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Role of changes in energy balance and related nutritional factors on inflammation, immune regulation and cancer risk using both animal models and human subjects.

Catharine Ross

Professor in Nutritional Science; Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair

Vitamin A metabolism; hepatic retinoid function and gene expression; vitamin A in infection and immunity.

Jonas Rubenson

Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Integrating 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…

Robert Sainburg

Director of the Center for Movement Science and Technology; Professor of Kinesiology; Professor of Neurology

Neural mechanisms underlying control of multijoint arm movements in humans.

Rudolf Schilder

Research Associate Professor

Comparative & ecological physiology of insect and mammalian locomotion

Anthony Schmitt

Professor of Molecular Immunology and Infectious Diseases

The 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.

Mary Kathryn Schmitz

Professor of Epidemiology

Greg Shearer

Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences
We 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…

Troy Sutton

Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

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

Regina Vasilatos-Younken

Dean of the Graduate School; Professor of Poultry Science, Endocrine Physiology, and Nutrition

Role of endocrine and metabolic factors in the regulation of muscle and adipose tissue growth.

Nancy Williams

Professor and Head of Kinesiology

Exercise physiology, effects of alterations in energy balance on reproductive function, neuroendocrinology, metabolism, clinical issues pertaining to womens health and reproductive status.