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.

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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.


Dr. Zhoumeng Lin's group recognized for contributions to research

LinDr. Zhoumeng Lin, professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the Department of Anatomy & Physiology, and his group are earning recognition for their research. For the full story, check out K-State Today. Dr. Lin was recently chosen as president-elect for the Biological Modeling Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. His student, Dr. Wei-Chun Chou, was elected as the post-doc representative for the BMSS.


Safety officer Marla Pyle wins Commitment to Excellence Award

PyleMarla Pyle has won a College of Veterinary Medicine Commitment to Excellence Award for recently heading up the relocation of 10,000 square feet of lab space from Mosier Hall to Coles Hall. She has made significant contributions to enhancing lab safety and compliance in her 26 years of work at Kansas State University.


Dr. Tamura's PhD student Deepa Upreti receives 3 scholarships

UpretiDeepa Upreti, a PhD student working in Dr. Masa Tamara's group, has received three scholarships from the College of Veterinary Medicine's Graduate Executive Committee: the Dr. Samuel M. Kruckenberg Award, the Marguerite L. Richardson Graduate Student Scholarship and the Dr. Leo and Gloria Whitehair Graduate Research Enhancement Endowment Award.


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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.


KuKanich Zoetis awardDr. Frank Blecha, left, presented Dr. Butch KuKanich with the 2021 Zoetis Research Award on March 2 at Kansas State University.

KuKanich award helps highlight department's Phi Zeta Day kudos

KuKanichThe Kansas State University Anatomy & Physiology Department enjoyed a successful Phi Zeta Day on March 2, during which Dr. Butch KuKanich won the 2021 Zoetis Research Award, the highest honor bestowed by the College of Veterinary Medicine to recognize faculty making outstanding contributions in research.

Students in A&P also excelled in Graduate Student Award categories. Miriam Martin, mentored by Department Head Dr. Hans Coetzee, and Maria Lou, mentored by Dr. Abbie Viscardi, placed first and second, respectively, in the Applied/Clinical Science Oral Presentations division. Martin, who gave two oral presentations during the festivities, also was selected to receive the ASR Ganta Graduate Student Award. Lauren Aldrich, mentored by Dr. KuKanich, took first place in the Applied/Clinical Science Small Animal Oral Presentations division. Alyssa Toillion, mentored by Dr. Coetzee, won first prize in the poster competition.

Andrew Curtis (Coetzee lab), Payton Wise (Viscardi), Mikaela Weeder (Dr. Michael Kleinhenz), Haileigh Avellar (Dr. Dylan Lutter) and Deepa Upreti (Drs. Masa Tamura and Jeff Comer) also delivered excellent presentations during Phi Zeta Day, Dr. Coetzee said.


Coetzee hemp studyDrs. 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.

A team of K-State researchers recently received a $200,000 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to establish concentrations of cannabinoids in livestock after exposure to industrial hemp.

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RELATED: Drs. Magnin, Ensley team on cannabinoid grant

Magnin EnsleyFaculty members Dr. Geraldine Magnin and Dr. Steve Ensley are partnering on a four-year grant proposal that has been funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The proposal, titled "Method validation for the analysis of cannabinoids in animal specimen and hemp-based animal feed products," is worth $76,000 a year and is part of the Anatomy & Physiology Department's focus on groundbreaking research.


Teaching award

Dr. Szladovits wins teaching award for fourth time in 13 years


Dr. Zsolt Szladovits has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim First Year Teaching Excellence Award. He has now received this award four times in the last 13 years. "We greatly appreciate the outstanding contributions that Zsolt and all our teaching faculty make towards delivering the teaching mission of the department especially during these challenging times," Anatomy & Physiology Department Head Dr. Hans Coetzee said. Dr. Coetzee, left, presented the award to Dr. Szladovits along with Dr. Bonnie Rush, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.


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Department offers One-Year Master's Degree in Biomedical Science

BaselThe Kansas State University Anatomy & Physiology Department is offering a One-Year Master's Degree in Biomedical Science, headed up by Dr. Matt Basel. For more info and to apply to be a part of a future class, please visit this page:


Dr. Hall studies protective effects of exercise on Alzheimer's disease

HallA new Kansas State University Anatomy & Physiology Department faculty member has earned an NIH grant worth a total of $140,500 over two years. Dr. Stephanie Hall received the award for her proposal titled "Protective effects of exercise against Alzheimer's disease in a transgenic rat model." Dr. Hall was also invited to take part in an NIH study section as an early career reviewer. Dr. Hall comes to KSU from Boise State. Before that, she studied skeletal muscle physiology at the University of Florida. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado.


Dr. Comer achieves KSU College of Vet Med first with award win

ComerA Kansas State University researcher is the first in the College of Veterinary Medicine to receive a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Jeff Comer, associate professor of anatomy and physiology, has received a $450,513 award from the NSF Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, Program.


Dr. Delong ranks among '50 Kansans You Should Get to Know'

Delong Dr. Rob Delong is featured in Ingram's business magazine's "50 Kansans You Should Get to Know." Dr. Delong serves as associate professor in the Nanotechnology Innovation Center at K-State. His group studies the interaction, stabilization and delivery of nucleic acid therapeutics and proteins by nanoparticles, with a particular interest in their anti-cancer, biochemical and immunological activity.