The department has a fundamental role in
acquiring new knowledge to further our understanding of animal and
human physiology and pathophysiology. To maximize our resources and
foster collaborative interactions, we have established four research
focus groups. They are Cardiovascular and Pulmonary physiology,
Immunophysiology, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology. In most cases,
faculty have research interests that fall under more than one group.
Research programs in these groups investigate their respective topics through integrating studies at the isolated tissue or cellular level to whole organ or animal function. Programmatic strengths of these groups include an actively shared system of well-equipped laboratories and excellent support personnel, mutually supportive technical and conceptual expertise, and interrelated but diverse extramural funding sources.
Department Common-Use Laboratories
The Department of Anatomy and Physiology supports several common use laboratories: The Cell Biology Facility, and the Image Analysis Facility. All house state-of-the-art research and teaching equipment.
Additional equipment in dept.
Common-use equipment and facilities purchased and supported by the KSU COBRE grant include:
The image analysis facility houses a Leica DMRD
microscope with brightfield, darkfield, phase and epifluorescence
capabilities and three-axis stage encoding. The microscope is setup for
modern immunofluorescence work and has an extensive list of
fluorescence filter cubes for multiple labeling applications. The
microscope has a camera system with two 35mm camera backs and an
Optronics DEI 870 color camera. The Optronics camera is used for
electronically capturing images for documentation or for analysis
using the R&M Biometrics Bioquant True Color Windows image analysis
system. The image analysis software has stereology and
three-dimensional reconstruction capabilities built-in.
In addition, the image analysis facility houses a computer workstation with attached scanner and one of the two departmental color laser printers.