Erin B. Bruce, Ph.D.


Erin B. Bruce, Ph.D.
Erin B. Bruce, Ph.D.

Phone:  (352) 294-8626
Office: CG-20B

Education and Training/Previous Appointments

  • 2017: Postdoctoral Training, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • 2013: Ph.D.: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
  • 2007: B.S.: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (Biology)

Research Interests

Dr. Bruce’s research interests focus on the renin angiotensin system and its regulation of metabolic and cardiovascular function. Using transgenic mice, she is investigating the role of ACE2 in adipose tissue vs. the brain in the presence of metabolic stress, such as high fat diet and/or temperature change. Dr. Bruce is also investigating the role of AT1aR in the nodose ganglion of the vagus nerve.

Teaching (Including Courses)

  • Human Physiology in Translation (BMS 3521)
  • The Respiratory System (BMS 6642)
  • The Cardiovascular System (BMS 6633)
  • Principles of Physiology (GMS 6400C)
  • Cardiovascular and Muscle Physiology (GMS 6411)
  • Fundamentals of Physiology and Functional Genomics 1 (GMS 6471)
  • Fundamentals of Physiology and Functional Genomics 2 (GMS 6472)
  • Fundamentals of Physiology and Functional Genomics 3 (GMS 6473)
  • Medical Cardiovascular and Muscle Physiology (GMS 6474)

Awards and Honors

  • 2019 & 2020: Exemplary Teacher Award, University of Florida College of Medicine


PubMed Listing

  • Bruce, E. B., Sakarya, Y., Kirichenko, N., Toklu, H. Z., Sumners, C., Morgan, D., Tümer N., Scarpace, P. J., … Carter, C. S. (2018). ACE2 activator diminazene aceturate reduces adiposity but preserves lean mass in young and old rats. Experimental Gerontology, 111, 133-140. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2018.07.008. (PMID: 30006298)
  • Wang, L. A., de Kloet, A. D., Smeltzer, M. D., Cahill, K. M., Hiller, H., Bruce, E. B., Pioquinto, D. J., Ludin, J. A., Katovich, M. J., Raizada, M. K., … Krause, E. G. (2018). Coupling corticotropin-releasing-hormone and angiotensin converting enzyme 2 dampens stress responsiveness in male mice. Neuropharmacology, 133, 85-93. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2018.01.025. (PMID: 29360543; PMCID: PMC5858993)
  • Toklu, H. Z., Scarpace, P. J., Sakarya, Y., Kirichenko, N., Matheny, M., Bruce, E. B., Carter, C. S., Morgan, D., … Tümer, N. (2016). Intracerebroventricular tempol administration in older rats reduces oxidative stress in the hypothalamus but does not change STAT3 signalling or SIRT1/AMPK pathway. Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism = Physiologie appliquee, nutrition et metabolisme42(1), 59-67. (PMID: 28006433; PMCID: PMC5522741)
  • Bruce, E. B., & de Kloet, A. D. (2016). The intricacies of the renin-angiotensin-system in metabolic regulation. Physiology & behavior178, 157-165. (PMID: 27887998; PMCID: PMC5600901)
  • Toklu, H. Z., Bruce, E. B., Sakarya, Y., Carter, C. S., Morgan, D., Matheny, M. K., Kirichenko, N., Scarpace, P. J., … Tümer, N. (2016). Anorexic response to rapamycin does not appear to involve a central mechanism. Clinical and experimental pharmacology & physiology43(9), 802-7. (PMID: 27232670; PMCID: PMC5522742)
  • Schaub, J. W., Bruce, E. B., & Haskell-Luevano, C. (2010). Drugs, exercise, and the melanocortin-4 receptor– different means, same ends: treating obesity. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 681, 49-60. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4419-6354-3_4. (PMID: 21222259)