Faculty Summary

Faculty Contact InformationResearch InterestsCurrently Accepting Rotation Students
Charles E. Wood, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
(352) 294-5064
Fetus; Stress; Neuroendocrinology; Blood pressure; Hypoxia; Ischemia; Labor; Parturition; Adrenocorticotropin; ACTH; Cortisol; Estrogen; Estradiol; Estradiol-3-Sulfate; Sulfatase; Sulfotransferase.Yes
Abdel Alli, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor
(352) 273-7877
Diabetic nephropathy; Blood pressure disorders; Pregnancy; Ion channels; Sodium transport; Exosomes; Proteases; Scaffolding proteins; Phospholipid phosphates.Yes
Heather Brockway, Ph.D.  
Assistant Professor
(352) 273-9523 h.brockway@ufl.edu
Dr. Brockway’s research encompasses various aspects of the maternal-fetal interface physiology underlying normal and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Of particular interest is the role of the placenta in normal birth timing and how placental hypermaturity impacts the maternal-fetal interface leading to premature birth. Current research topics include: using placental transcriptomics to identify essential biological pathways in placental maturation, deep phenotyping of idiopathic spontaneous birth to aberrant biological pathways related to birth timing, and the impact of pregnancy specific glycoproteins on pregnancy physiology.   
Erin B. Bruce, Ph.D.
(352) 294-8626
Dr. Bruce teaches graduate-level courses in Cardiovascular Physiology. 
Erica A. Dale, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(352) 273-8241
Neural control of breathing; Stepping, standing, and postural control after spinal cord injury; Spinal mechanisms in the autonomic control of arrhythmias in a porcine model; Respiratory physiology and neurobiology; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Spinal learning. 
Helen Jones, Ph.D.       Associate Professor
(352) 846-1503 jonesh@ufl.edu
Malformations of the maternal-fetal interface underlie many pregnancy pathologies and may also contribute to congenital malformations, all of which have acute and chronic sequelae for both mother and baby. Dr. Jones’ current and future research investigates the development and function and potential for treatment of this interface in 3 highly significant conditions; Fetal Growth Restriction, Congenital Heart defects and Placenta Accreta spectrum.  
Annette de Kloet, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(352) 294-8490
Obesity; Hypertension; Metabolic syndrome; Stress and stress-related pathologies; Neuroendocrinology; Neural regulation of blood pressure; Neural regulation of energy metabolism; Thermoregulation; Ingestive behavior; Renin angiotensin system.Yes
Karyn Esser, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Program Director, Institute of Myology
(352) 273-5728
Circadian rhythms and the molecular clock in skeletal muscle; Exercise and circadian rhythms; Molecular clock and myogenic transcription program; Skeletal muscle hypertrophy; Aging and circadian rhythms; Skeletal muscle structure and function. 
Jaya P. Kolli, M.D.
(352) 273-8693
Dr. Kolli teaches graduate-level courses in Renal and Cardiovascular Physiology. 
Andrew C. Liu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(352) 392-3791
Circadian rhythms in mammals; Biochemistry; Genetics; Molecular biology; Functional genomics; Behavior; Physiology; Immunology.Yes
Mohan K. Raizada, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
(352) 392-9299
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Involved in Brain Angiotensin Control of Cardiovascular Functions; Genetic Targeting of the RAS for the Control of Hypertension.Yes
Peter P. Sayeski, Ph.D.
(352) 392-1816
Signal transduction; Jak2 tyrosine kinase; Tyrosine kinase biology; Small molecule inhibitors; Myeloproliferative disorders; Stroke; Hematological malignancies. 
Bruce R. Stevens, Ph.D.
(352) 392-3791
Gut microbiome; Inflammation; Astrocyte; Transport; Transporter; Membranes; Schizophrenia; Psychosis; TLR3, Innate Immunity; Signaling; Cellular physiology; Antioxidant; PKR; Heme oxygenase; Glutamate. 
Colin Sumners, Ph.D.
Professor and Program Director, Junior Honors Medical Program
(352) 392-4485
The cellular, molecular and physiological actions of angiotensin II (Ang II) in the brain. 
Tanja Taivassalo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor(352) 294-8748
Neuromuscular disease; Mitochondria and mitochondrial DNA disorders; Innovative treatment approaches aimed at inducing skeletal muscle adaptation; Exercise training; Intermittent hypoxia.Yes
Glenn A. Walter, Ph.D.
(352) 294-5996
Pathophysiology of muscle damage and the development of novel molecular and cellular imaging techniques.Yes

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