Faculty Labs

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
Ilya Bezprozvanny, Ph.D.
Professor
Carla Cocke Francis Professorship in Alzheimer's Research
Research Interests: Intracellular release and voltage-gated calcium channels
Lab
Paul Blount, Ph.D. Paul Blount, Ph.D.
Professor
Research Interests: Mechanosensitive ion channels
Lab
George N. DeMartino, Ph.D.
Professor
Robert W. Lackey Professorship in Physiology
Research Interests: Ubiquitin/proteasome system of intracellular protein degradation
Lab
P. Robin Hiesinger, Ph.D. P. Robin Hiesinger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Neurogenetics - Synapse specification, formation and function
Lab

Don Hilgemann, Ph.D.
Professor
Roy and Christine Sturgis Chair
in Biomedical Research
Research interests: Regulation
and function of ion transport

Irene Iscla, Ph.D.

Irene Iscla, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Molecular mechanisms of bacterial and mammalian mechanosensitive channels
Lab

Youxing Jiang, Ph.D.

Youxing Jiang, Ph.D.
Professor
HHMI Investigator
Research interests: Ion channels and transporters
Lab

Kris Kamm, Ph.D.

Kris Kamm, Ph.D.
Professor
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Research interests: Control of smooth muscle contractility

Andrey Karamyshev, Ph.D.

Andrey Karamyshev, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interests: ABC transporters: Cystic fibrosis
Lab

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
Lab

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
Chairman, Integrative Biology Graduate Program
Research interests: Molecular mechanisms of circadian clocks
Lab

Ryan Potts, Ph.D. Ryan Potts, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
MAGE cancer-testis antigens, protein trafficking, ubiquitination / post-translational modification
Lab

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
Lab
Hui-Qiao Sun, Ph.D. Hui-Qiao Sun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Actin cytoskeleton and cell signaling
Lab
Philip J. Thomas, Ph.D. Philip J. Thomas, Ph.D.
Professor
Ruth S. Harrell Professorship in Medical Research
Research Interests: ABC transporters - Cystic fibrosis
Lab
Jiang Wu, Ph.D. Jiang Wu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Chromatin regulation of vertebrate neural development
Lab
Xiaoming Zhan, Ph.D. Xiaoming Zhan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Chromatin regulation of vertebrate neural development
Lab
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
Lab
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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