Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities with several primary and adjunct faculty.

Active research areas include:

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

Applicants interested in working with reproductive faculty may have their applications referred to the Discovery to Cure Program (

Example research opportunities:

  • Mentor: Paulo Caceres PhD
    • Possible Project/Goal: Regulation of angiogenesis in kidney microvasculature
    • Anticipated experience: Learn laboratory techniques like gel electrophoresis, western blot, PCR and angiogenesis bio-assays. Design experiments, analyze and interpret data, and present results of the study.
  • Mentor: Charles S Chung PhD
    • Possible Project/Goal: Biochemical analysis of muscle (myofilament) proteins
    • Anticipated experience: Learn and practice gel electrophoresis and/or western blotting.  Experience experimental design, analysis, and presenting about a science study.
  • Mentor: Mariela Mendez, PhD
    • Possible Project/Goal: Cross-talk between immune cells and kidney cells in the progression of diabetic kidney disease and hypertension.
    • Anticipated experience: Students involved in this project will have the opportunity to learn: 1- Renal Physiology; 2-Basics of Cell isolation and cultures; 3-Western Blots; 4-RT-PCR; 5-Immunohistochemistry; 6-Imaging quantification; 7-Data analysis; 8-Graphing data

Applicants are encouraged to review the research profiles of faculty ( and describe research and faculty of interest in their personal statements.