Faculty and Research

Laboratories in the Department of Physiology are vibrant facilities where researchers seek to expand the boundaries of medical understanding and open the doors to breakthrough discoveries.

Look below to learn about our faculty members’ research interests and take a peek at what’s going on in their labs.

James Stull, Ph.D.

Jim Stull, Ph.D.

Professor
Chair, Department of Physiology
The Fouad A. and Val Imm Bashour Distinguished Chair in Physiology
Research Interests: Contractile signal integration and protein phosphorylation
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Ilya Bezprozvanny, Ph.D.

Ilya Bezprozvanny, Ph.D., D.Sci.

Professor
Carl J. and Hortense M. Thomsen Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Research
Research Interests: Calcium signaling and neurodegenerative disorders
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Paul Blount, Ph.D.

Paul Blount, Ph.D.

Professor
Research Interests: Mechanosensitive ion channels
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George Demartino, Ph.D.

George N. DeMartino

Professor
Robert W. Lackey Professorship in Physiology
Research Interests: Ubiquitin/proteasome system of intracellular protein degradation
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Don Hilgemann, Ph.D.

Don Hilgemann, Ph.D.

Professor
Roy and Christine Sturgis Chair in Biomedical Research
Research Interests: Regulation and function of ion transport

Irene Iscala, Ph.D.

Irene Iscla, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of bacterial and mammalian mechanosensitive channels
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Youxing Jiang, Ph.D.

Youxing Jiang, Ph.D.

Professor
HHMI Investigator
Research Interests: Ion channels and transporters
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Kris Kamm, Ph.D.

Kris Kamm, Ph.D.

Professor
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Research Interests: Control of smooth muscle contractility
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Andrey Karamyshev, Ph.D.

Andrey Karamyshev, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: ABC transporters: Cystic fibrosis
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Mee Whi Kim, Ph.D.

Mee Whi Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: To understand biophysical pathogenesis of HD, SCAa, AD, and FTD and design novel therapeutic compounds for these neurodegenerative disorders
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Jen Liou, Ph.D.

Jen Liou, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Calcium signaling at ER-plasma membrane junctions

Yi Liu, Ph.D.

Yi Liu, Ph.D.

Professor
Chair, Integrative Biology Graduate Program
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of circadian clocks
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Ryan Potts, Ph.D.

Ryan Potts, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: MAGE cancer-testis antigens, protein trafficking, ubiquitination/post-translational modification
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Joyce Repa, Ph.D.

Joyce Repa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Secondary Appointment: Internal Medicine–Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Research Interests: Effects of diet and drugs on nuclear receptor regulation of gene expression

Hui-Qiao Sun, Ph.D.

Hui-Qiao Sun, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Actin cytoskeleton and cell signaling

Philip Thomas, Ph.D.

Philip J. Thomas, Ph.D.

Professor
Ruth S. Harrell Professorship in Medical Research
Research Interests: ABC transporters – Cystic fibrosis
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Jiang Wu, Ph.D.

Jiang Wu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Chromatin regulation of vertebrate neural development
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Helen Yin, Ph.D.

Helen L. Yin, Ph.D.

Professor
Vice Chair, Department of Physiology Peter and Jean D. Dehlinger Professorship in Biomedical Science
Research Interests: Actin cytoskeleton, phosphoinositides and apoptosis

Chengcheng (Alec) Zhang, Ph.D.

Chengcheng (Alec) Zhang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Mechanisms by which Angiopoietin-like proteins regulate HSC expansion and the interaction of HSCs and their in vivo microenvironment
Lab

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