Welcome to the Department of Physiology

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The Department of Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to quality in research, graduate and postdoctoral training and medical education. The research interests of our faculty are broadly based, with strong programs in cardiovascular physiology, renal physiology, respiratory physiology, physiological genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and computational biology. Read more...

Education

Learn more about our PhD Program in Physiology.

We are currently accepting applications for our Master's in Medical Physiology Program.

Recent Awards

The department of physiology would like to acknowledge and congratulate the following department members:

Shauna Rasmussen, 5th year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Aron Geurts, for winning the 26th Annual Graduate School Poster Session with her poster titled Utilization of immune compromised rats for allogeneic rat hepatocyte transplant model.

Dr. Justine Abais-Battad, postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Dave Mattson, for winning the 26th Annual Graduate School Poster Session with her poster titled Influence of Parental Dietary Protein Source on Dahl Salt-Sensitive Hypertension and Renal Disease.

Dr. Abais-Battad also received the $1,000 Edward J. Lennon, MD Award for an Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Researcher for 2016.

Maria Angeles Baker, graduate student in Dr. Liang's lab, for successful defense of her thesis entitled miR-192-5p in the Kidney is Protective against the Development of Hypertension.

Three medical students who spent the summer conducting research in the labs of several physiology faculty received awards for their posters:

  • 6th place: Scott Sandy, mentored by Dr. Geurts, poster titled CRISPR/Cas9 ex vivo gene editing of rat primary hepatocytes as a potential therapeutic model for genetic disease.
     
  • 7th place: Kristen Winsor, mentored by Dr. Staruschenko, poster titled Atrial Natriuretic Peptide knockout exacerbates renal and cardiac damage in salt sensitive hypertension.
     
  • Tied for 10th: Sophie Miller, mentored by Dr. Kriegel, poster titled The Mechanistic Role of miR-21-5p and PPAR in CKD-Related NAFLD and Dyslipidemia.

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Physiology Department Seminar "The long-lasting effects of inflammation on respiratory plasticity" Feb. 1

02-01-20178:30 AM  - 9:30 AMPhysiology Conference Room, Basic Science Building, BSB 576

Adrianne Huxtable, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Human Physiology University of Oregon "The long-lasting effects of inflammation on respiratory plasticity"

Physiology Department Seminar "Roles of central and peripheral serotonin cells in the chemoreflex control of breathing" Feb. 8

02-08-20178:30 AM  - 9:30 AMPhysiology Conference Room, Basic Science Building, BSB 576

Gary Mouradian, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Physiology - Hodges Lab "Roles of central and peripheral serotonin cells in the chemoreflex control of breathing"

Physiology Department Seminar "Regulation of the DNA damage response by oxidative metabolism in pancreatic beta-cells" Feb. 15

02-15-20178:30 AM  - 9:30 AMPhysiology Conference Room, Basic Science Building, BSB 576

Bryndon Oleson, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Biochemistry "Regulation of the DNA damage response by oxidative metabolism in pancreatic beta-cells"

Physiology Department Seminar "Role of NFR2-angiotensin II interactions in setting the “redox window” for optimum vascular function" Feb. 22

02-22-20178:30 AM  - 9:30 AMPhysiology Conference Room, basic Science Building, BSB 576

Julian Lombard, PhD Professor Department of Physiology "Role of NFR2-angiotensin II interactions in setting the “redox window” for optimum vascular function"

Physiology Department Seminar "Molecular Approaches to Understanding Human Salt-Sensitive Hypertension" Feb. 23

02-23-20178:30 AM  - 9:30 AMPhysiology Conference Room, Basic Science Building, BSB 576

Master’s Dissertation Defense Marc Casati Graduate Student - Liang Lab "Molecular Approaches to Understanding Human Salt-Sensitive Hypertension"

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Recent News

MCW Researchers Receive $1.7 Million Grant to Investigate Genetic Factors in Cardiovascular Disease

Oct. 19 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) received a four-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to investigate genetic factors involved with cardiovascular diseases.

MCW awarded $1.9 million for cardiovascular research in chronic kidney disease

July 22 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has been awarded a five-year $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to investigate the underlying principles of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its correlation to cardiovascular diseases. The primary aim of the research grant will be to study the condition at a molecular level and reveal new treatments for cardiovascular disease in CKD patients.

New master’s degree paves way to medical school

June 29 - “It was like being thrown in the deep end of a pool and having to sink or swim.”

MCW receives grant to research intricacies of blood-clotting process

Apr. 5 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to research the relationship between von Willebrand factor (VWF), a protein that helps blood clot, and collagen, one of the major structural components of blood vessel walls.

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Department of Physiology
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-8266 | Phys_info@mcw.edu

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