Anatomy and Physiology

We are a multi-disciplinary department with responsibilities in instruction, research and continuing education in the disciplines of gross and microscopic anatomy, cell and systemic physiology, pharmacology, and neuroscience.

Highlights in research and teaching

Killing Cancer - New Brain Cancer Treatment Targets Tumors
Killing Cancer - New Brain Cancer Treatment Targets Tumors

Targeting brain tumors with enough anti-cancer medication is no easy task. But, Dr. Deryl Troyer in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology is working with Dr. Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry, on developing a novel materials-treatment method for persons with brain cancer that uses a type of white blood cell to deliver anticancer drugs to particularly virulent brain tumors.

Dr. Bruce Schultz to be interim head of anatomy and physiology department

Dr. Bruce SchultzDr. Bruce Schultz has been appointed interim head of the anatomy and physiology department in the College of Veterinary Medicine, effective Dec. 1. The current head of the department, Dr. Mike Kenney, has accepted a position as associate dean for research in the College of Science at the University of Texas, El Paso. Dr. Kenney has served at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine for 23 years.

Beetroot beneficial for athletes and heart failure patients

Recently, the Auburn University football team revealed its pregame ritual of taking beetroot concentrate, or beet juice, before each game. The juice may have contributed to the team's recent winning season — and one exercise physiologist who has been studying the supplement for several years says that may be the case. "Our research, published in the journal Physiology in 2013, has shown that the nitrate found in beetroot concentrate increases blood flow to skeletal muscles during exercise," said Dr. David Poole, professor of exercise kinesiology and anatomy and physiology at Kansas State University.

Pair of Kansas State University faculty members cover the topic of CLC transport proteins in latest physiology journal

Drs. Peying Fong and Jeff ComerA chloride channel may sound like the latest addition to the cable television lineup, but two Kansas State University researchers are helping to show — including in 3-D — why knowing more about this family of transport proteins may unlock mysteries behind some genetic diseases. The Sept. 15 issue of The Journal of Physiology highlights Dr. Peying Fong and Dr. Jeffrey Comer from the College of Veterinary Medicine's anatomy and physiology department for their independent contributions on the featured topic of CLC — or chloride channel — transport proteins.

Dr. Joshua Rowe receives CVM's annual teaching award for first-year instruction

Drs. Joshua Rowe and Michael KenneyA talented trio of faculty members recently took center stage in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Drs. Joshua Rowe, Butch KuKanich and Warren Beard were each called forward as the respective top teachers for the first, second and third years of instruction, as voted on by each respective class of students at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Dr. Rowe is pictured at left receiving the award from Dr. Michael Kenney.