SURF Faculty

Steven Cala, PhD; Associate Professor. Cellular physiology of calcium regulation in heart muscle.

Xuequn Chen, PhD; Assistant Professor. Cellular & Molecular Physiology; secretory pathways.

Charles Chung, PhD: Assistant Professor. Cardiac Physiology, Diastolic Function, Biomechanics and Biophysics, Ultrasound

Donald DeGracia, PhD; Associate Professor. Neurophysiology.

Stephen E. DiCarlo, PhD; Professor. Exercise and cardiovascular function.

Bhanu P. Jena, PhD; Professor. Molecular mechanism of membrane fusion.

J-P Jin, MD, PhD; Professor and Chair. Gene regulation and structural-function relationships of contractile and cytoskeleton proteins

Robert Lasley, PhD; Professor. Role of subcellular compartmentation of signaling and cellular redox state in cardiac physiology during G protein coupled receptor (GPCR) activation and during conditions of stress.

Heidi Lujan, PhD; Assistant Professor. Exercise and cardiovascular function.

Jason H. Mateika, PhD; Professor. Respiratory physiology interested in the integrative control of breathing in both humans and animals during rest, exercise and sleep.

Patrick Mueller, PhD; Assistant Professor; Cardiovascular/neural physiology.

Donal S. O'Leary, PhD; Professor. Cardiovascular physiology; baroreceptor reflexes; blood flow.

Jeffrey L. Ram, PhD; Professor. Molecular signaling mechanisms, especially by glutathione; gastrointestinal biology and bacterial bioinformatics; invertebrate reproduction

James A. Rillema, PhD; Professor & Graduate Officer. Endocrinology; signal transduction mechanisms.

Assia Shisheva, PhD; Professor. Molecular mechanism(s) of insulin action.

Debra F. Skafar, PhD; Associate Professor. Molecular endocrinology; steroid receptor structure and function; receptor-ligand interactions.

Fei Sun, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor. Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR); ubiquitin.

Robert Wessells, PhD; Assistant Professor. Cardiac senescence; effects of exercise-training on functional aging; insulin/TOR signaling; fatty acid transporters

Douglas R. Yingst, PhD; Associate Professor. Cellular and molecular physiology; regulation of membrane transport.

Areas of Interest in the Department of Physiology

  • Cardiovascular and Exercise Physiology
  • Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • Endocrine Physiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Renal Physiology
  • Reproductive Sciences
  • Respiratory Physiology