Cell Biology and Physiology Faculty

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Ade Adebiyi, Ph.D. icon Profile
Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
aadebiyi@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: The mechanisms that regulate vascular reactivity in physiological and pathophysiological conditions.

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Ioannis Dragatsis, Ph.D. icon Profile
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology
idragatsis@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: Animal models for neurodegeneration disorders: Huntington's disease.

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Zheng Fan Ph.D. icon Profile
Professor
Department of Physiology
zfan@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: To understand the structure and function of ion channels. One specific area is to study inwardly rectifying potassium channels.

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Polly Hofmann, Ph.D. icon Profile
Professor
Department of Physiology
phofmann@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: Second messenger signaling pathways in the heart.

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Jonathan Jaggar, Ph.D. icon Profile
Professor
Department of Physiology
jjaggar@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: Regulation of arterial smooth muscle function by calcium signaling and ion channels.

Leonard Johnson, Ph.D. icon Profile
Thomas A. Gerwin Professor and Chair
Department of Physiology
ljohns28@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: The role of polyamines in growth, migration and death of intestinal epithelial cells.

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Charles Leffler, Ph.D. icon Profile
Professor
Department of Physiology and Professor of Pediatrics
cleffler@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: Autocrine/paracrine control of the newborn cerebral circulation, and the cellular mechanisms involved in such control.

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Anjaparavanda Naren, Ph.D. icon Profile
Professor
Department of Physiology
anaren@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: Structure and function of ion channels with special emphasis on CFTR

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Kristen O'Connell, Ph.D. icon Profile
Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
koconne3@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: Understanding the mechanisms that underlie the specific distribution of Kv channels and how channel localization affects electrical signaling.

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Helena Parfenova, Ph.D. icon Profile
Professor
Department of Physiology
hparfeno@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: We investigate the roles of heme oxygenase and carbon monoxide, the heme oxygenase derived endogenous gaseous mediator in regulating blood flow to the brain and in promoting survival of brain endothelial cells during cerebral vascular insult caused by seizures and oxidative stress.

Kaushik Parthasarathi, Ph.D. icon Profile
Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
kparthas@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: Inflammatory responses in lung microcirculation; Role of junctional proteins as mediators of proinflammatory signaling.

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Gadiparthi Rao, Ph.D. icon Profile
Professor
Department of Physiology,
rrao2@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: Gene regulation, cell signaling and vascular wall remodeling; Phospholipases, eicosanoids, cytokines and endothelial cell barrier function and pathological angiogenesis

Radhakrishna (RK) Rao, Ph.D. icon Profile
Professor
Department of Physiology
rrao2@uthsc.ed

icon Research Interests: Regulation of epithelial tight junctions and adherens junctions by intracellular signal transduction with special emphasis on protein phosphorylation.

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Brian Sorrentino, M.D. icon Profile
Member
Department of Hematology-Oncology
brian.sorrentino@stjude.org

icon Research Interests: Gene therapy for blood and immune system disorders using safety modified lentiviral vectors. I also have a more basic program on the effects of transcription factors on hematopoietic stem cell biology and T cell leukemia.

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Donald Thomason, Ph.D. icon Profile
Professor
Department of Physiology
dtomaso@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: Mechanisms controlling potassium content and volume of muscle

Gabor Tigyi, M.D., Ph.D. icon Profile
Van Vleet Professor of Physiology, and Chair
Department of Physiology
gtigyi@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: Lipid growth factors in health and disease with a particular emphasis on drug discovery of anti-metastatic lipids. We are particularly interested in developing radiomitigators that protect animals from lethal levels of irradiation.

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Christopher Waters, Ph.D. icon Profile
Professor, Vice Chair
Department of Physiology
cwaters2@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: Acute lung injury; Mechanotransduction; Epithelial wound healing; Cellular biomechanics and transport; Ventilator-induced lung injury; Asthma; Vascular endothelial and lung epithelial cell barrier function and the effects of mechanical stresses.

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Junming Yue, Ph.D. icon Profile
Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
jyue@uthsc.edu

icon Research Interests: My lab is studying the role of microRNA gene in vascular disease using replication defective viral vectors, transgenic/knockout mouse and rat models.

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