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Division of Regenerative and Rehabilitation Sciences

The Division of Regenerative and Rehabilitation Sciences (RRS) provides a structure for developing and facilitating College of Health Professions faculty engagement in research, clinical service, and research graduate programs. 

Each faculty with an affiliation in the Division of Regenerative and Rehabilitation Sciences (clinical or research) has their primary academic appointment in one of the clinical/professional departments of the College of Health Professions for purposes of promotion and/or tenure. The Division of RRS helps the with faculty growth, community interaction, and professional service.

The Division of Regenerative and Rehabilitation Sciences provides administrative and infrastructure support for:

  1. Administering Research Centers and core research laboratories associated with the College of Health Professions.
  2. Facilitating scientific interaction between research-intensive faculty affiliated with the division.
  3. Providing affiliated faculty structured research mentorship related to grant submissions, the generations of collaborations, and research project direction and progress.
  4. Directing the PhD track in Regenerative and Rehabilitation Sciences. An interdisciplinary graduate track under the Integrated Biomedical Sciences PhD program (IBSP) at UTHSC which students have a research focus that addresses questions pertinent to basic or clinical problems in rehabilitation. Students who are in the PhD in RRS will work with Division of RRS faculty and can be affiliated with one of the centers in the Division of RRS.
  5. Developing and teaching pertinent RRS specific courses in this PhD track with division affiliated faculty.
  6. Providing an interdisciplinary home for the integration of clinical programs with research.

PhD Program

Now accepting applications.

Learn More

Upcoming Seminars

Weekly seminars are held on Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. 

If you are interested in attending, please contact Janine Twitchell to receive the link. 

Spring Schedule - 2022

Division Faculty

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Stephen Alway, PhD, FACSM
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Dean, College of Health Professions
Director, Muscle Biology and Sarcopenia Laboratory
Faculty Portfolio

Research Areas: Sarcopenia, skeletal muscle function, muscle mitochondrial dysfunction, muscle atrophy, myonuclear apoptosis, and muscle hypertrophy


James Carson's headshot.

James Carson, PhD, FACSM
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Health Professions
Chief, Division of Regenerative and Rehabilitation Science
Director, Integrative Muscle Biology Laboratory
Faculty Portfolio

Research Areas: Skeletal muscle wasting, cancer cachexia, chemotherapy toxicity, skeletal muscle fatigue, anabolic signaling, and sex hormone regulation of muscle mass and function


barry dale

Barry Dale, PhD, PT, DPT, MBA, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS
Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
College of Health Professions
Faculty Portfolio

Research Areas: Functional recovery with tendinopathy; biomechanics of movement; gait analysis


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Mohammad Moshahid Kahn, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurology, Joint Appointment - Department of Physical Therapy

Faculty Portfolio

Research Areas: Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, Dystonia, DNA damage, Neuroinflammation, Oxidative stress and antioxidants, Regulation of motor function, Dementia, Ribosomal biogenesis, Long non-coding RNAs and CNS in regulation of muscle weakness.


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Sajeesh Kumar KR, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic and Health Sciences
Faculty Portfolio

Research Areas: Rehabilitation Informatics, Rehabilitation Engineering, Telerehabilitation (Low Vision, Audiology, SLP, PT & OT ), Mobile And Wearable Devices, Community Based Participatory Research, Rural and Remote Health, Inter –Professional Training.

Junaith Mohamed

Junaith S. Mohamed, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic and Health Sciences
Director, Muscle and Neural Laboratory
Faculty Portfolio

Research Areas: Skeletal muscle; Skeletal muscle regeneration repair and growth; Skeletal muscle atrophy; Genomics; Proteomics; Epigenetics; microRNAs; Cellular signaling pathways.


Phyllis A. Richey, PhD
College of Medicine - Memphis
Department of Preventative Medicine

Faculty Portfolio

Research Areas: Exercise Physiology, pediatric cardiovascular physiology, delivery and assessment of healthy lifestyle interventions, physical activity, mobility, prevention and treatment of obesity and metabolic syndrome




Jun 20, 2023