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.
Our mission: Cultivate an environment that fosters ingenuity, leadership and excellence in teaching, research and service.
Our vision: Build the finest veterinary biomedical science department.
The One-Year Master's in Biomedical Science Class of 2022 has been finalized and the class photo appears below. For more info on how to apply to become part of the 2023 class, visit https://www.vet.k-state.edu/academics/graduate-programs/Programs/one-year-masters/.
Recent accomplishments by A&P department faculty and students
- Dr. Peying Fong has been appointed to the Early Careers Committee for the Biophysical Society, a three-year term (July 2021-June 2024). She has also been re-appointed as a senior editor for The Journal of Physiology (July 2021-June 2024).
- Dr. David Poole presented the ACSM J.B. Wolffe Memorial Lecture June 2021, “How Do YOU Power Aerobic Exercise?” plenary lecture. He is also the new chairman of the Exercise and Environmental Physiology Section, American Physiological Society through 2024 and was recently named a "World Expert" in muscles by Expertscape, based on Expertscape PubMed-based algorithms placing him among the top 0.1% of scholars writing on the topic of muscles over the past 10 years.
- Dr. Tim Musch has been listed among the top 0.78% of published authors on microcirculation, according to Expertscape.
- Dr. Steve Ensley and his group (Drs. Geraldine Magnin, Steve Fritz and Yuntao Zhang) received award recognition at the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Honor Awards.
- Five of the 14 students who received Johnson Cancer Research awards are users of the Confocal Core Facility. This is a tribute to the outstanding work that Joel Sanneman does in managing the facility. Deepa Upreti, GRA with Dr. Masa Tamura, was among those recognized.
- Drs. Matt Basel, Judy Klimek and Butch KuKanich were among the nominees for the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teaching Award which was presented at the Senior Honors Banquet.
- Dr. Bruce Schultz was elected to the American Physiological Society – Cell and Molecular Physiology Section Vice-Chairman. This is a three-year term that began on May 1.
Recently Funded Grant Proposals
- Dr. Geraldine Magnin, Method Validation for the Analysis of Cannabinoids in Animal Specimen and Hemp-based Animal Feed Products, sponsored by HHS/FDA, PI allocation of $76,000.
- Dr. Steve Ensley, Method Validation for the Analysis of Cannabinoids in Animal Specimen and Hemp-based Animal Feed Products, sponsored by HHS/FDA, PI allocation of $76,000.
- Dr. David Poole, Multidrug Metabolic Approach to Improve Exercise and Skeletal Muscle Oxidative Capacity in HFpEF, sponsored by the NIH and the University of Pennsylvania, PI allocation of $7,867.
- Dr. Jishu Shi, Research Supporting Workforce Development for the National BioAgro Defense Facility Development of CSF Subunit Vaccines, sponsored by the USDA, PI allocation of $109,900.
- Dr. Jishu Shi, Research Supporting Workforce Development for the National BioAgro Defense Facility Development of CSF Subunit Vaccines, sponsored by the USDA, PI allocation of $337,600.
- Dr. Steve Ensley, Developing a Food Animal Veterinary Toxicology Training Program at KSU CVM, sponsored by the USDA, PI allocation of $124,000.
- Dr. Jishu Shi, Professional Services Agreement, sponsored by Elanco, PI allocation of $220,000.
- Dr. Bruce Schultz, Small Molecule-Modulated Bicarbonate Conductance of CFTR Variants, sponsored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, PI allocation of $140,000.
- Dr. Rob Delong, RAPID - Impact of Coronaviridae Lipid Protein and RNA Interaction on Copper, Zinc, and Their Derivatives Coated Personal Protective Equipment Surfaces and Viral Infectivity, sponsored by the NSF, PI allocation of $61,012.
- Dr. Steve Ensley, Integrating Prospective Research and Diagnostic Survey of Commercial Swine Production Systems to Determine Diagnostic Reference Ranges for Common Bone and Mineralization-Related Biological Measurments, sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, PI allocation of $6,791.
- Dr. Steve Ensley, KSVDL VET-LRN Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Program, sponsored by the FDA, PI allocation of $115,532.
- Dr. Stephanie Hall, Protective Effects of Exercise Against Alzheimer's Disease in a Transgenic Rat Model, sponsored by the NIH, PI allocation of $140,500.
- Dr. Mark Weiss, 2021 JCRC Innovation Award, sponsored by the KSU Foundation/Johnson Cancer Research Center, PI allocation of $22,500.
- Dr. David Poole, Targeting Skeletal Muscle Perfusion and Oxidative Capacity in HFpEF, sponsored by the NIH, PI allocation of $16,740.
- Dr. Stephanie Hall, Cognitive and Neurobiological Approaches to Plasticity CNAP, sponsored by the NIH (K-State COBRE), PI allocation of $211,341.
- Dr. Abbie Viscardi, Cognitive and Neurobiological Approaches to Plasticity CNAP, sponsored by the NIH (K-State COBRE), PI allocation of $211,341.
- Dr. Judy Klimek was featured in the Faculty Focus Live Podcast, discussing how she uses group exam review to help her reassess exam questions and engage with students who might need extra assistance.
PhD student Miriam Martin wins 2 awards
PhD student Miriam Martin won the Applied/Clinical Science Oral Presentations Award and the ASR Ganta Graduate Student Award on March 2 during Phi Zeta Research Day festivities. The doctoral student has established a specialized research focus on the effects pain relievers have on improving quality of life for animals.
Drs. Hans Coetzee, left, and Michael Kleinhenz are drawing wide-ranging media attention for their studies on industrial hemp in cattle feed.
Dr. Coetzee's lab leads research on safety of hemp in cattle feed
A pair of studies at Kansas State University is bringing new insight to farmers and producers seeking to incorporate industrial hemp in cattle feed. After the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp production in the U.S., interest has grown in industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity, including as feed for animals. FDA approval, however, through the Association of American Feed Control Officials would be required before hemp could be fed to livestock or pets.
"Although hemp can be legally cultivated under license in Kansas, feeding hemp products to livestock remains prohibited because the potential for cannabinoid drug residues to accumulate in meat and milk has not been studied," said Dr. Hans Coetzee, professor and anatomy and physiology department head.
Our Department in the News
Dehorning Pain Management (Bovine Veterinarian)
K-State Researches Possibility of Feeding Hemp to Cattle (KSNT Topeka)
K-State Studies Deadly Blue Green Algae (KSNT Topeka)