The Department of Anatomy and Physiology is dedicated to research excellence. The research vision of department faculty is to develop and sustain internationally competitive research programs focused on the discovery of information valuable to animal and human physiology and pathophysiology. Comparative medicine is a departmental and college research strength and departmental researchers investigate their respective topics by completing studies focused on understanding mechanisms relating genomic, proteomic, cell and neural signaling, tissue and organ biology, and systemic aspects of physiology. Investigators seek to further the understanding of mechanisms contributing to many prevalent health issues and syndromes including aging, alcohol dependence, cancer, cystic fibrosis, hearing loss, heart failure, male infertility, and Parkinson’s Disease. Programmatic strengths include shared common-use laboratories, dedicated support personnel, and interrelated but diverse extramural funding sources. Faculty members in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology actively seek interdisciplinary collaboration and are engaged in collaborative research with college, university, national, governmental and international laboratories.
Areas of research expertise in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology include: