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Division of Physiology People

F​aculty

Jason Yuan, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Physiology Section Chief
Chief interests:
  • Molecular and genetic mechanisms involved in idiopathic pulmonary hypertension (PAH)
  • Genetic, epigenetic and pathogenic mechanisms of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH)
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of acute hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) and gas exchange
  • Novel therapies for PAH and CTEPH
John B. West
John B. West, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.
Professor Emeritus
Chief interests:
  • Physiological basis of lung disease
  • Pulmonary gas exchange
  • Peripheral oxygen delivery
  • Exercise
  • High altitude
John West Website
Curriculum Vitae
Publications
Video Lecture Series
Peter D. Wagner, M.D.
Professor Emeritus
Chief interests:
  • Physiological basis of lung disease
  • Pulmonary gas exchange
  • Peripheral oxygen delivery
  • Exercise
  • Angiogenesis and VEGF
Frank L. Powell, Ph.D.
Professor
Chief interests:
  • Control of ventilation, especially chemoreception
  • Comparative physiology of gas exchange
  • High Altitude
Powell Lab Website
G. Kim Prisk, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Professor
Chief interests:
  • Space physiology
  • Bioengineering of the lung
Michael C. Hogan, Ph.D.
Professor
Chief interests:
  • Exercise physiology
  • Skeletal muscle metabolism
  • O2 dependence of skeletal muscle function
  • Control of mitochondrial respiration
Hogan Lab Website
Susan R. Hopkins, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Chief interests:
  • Exercise physiology
  • High altitude physiology
  • Functional lung imaging
  • Pulmonary gas exchange during exercise
  • Elite athlete training
Chantal J. Darquenne, Ph.D.
Professor
Chief interests:
  • Aerosol deposition in the lung
  • Upper airway dynamics in sleep apnea
  • Pulmonary ventilation
Darquenne Lab Website

Zhenxing Fu, Ph.D
Project Scientist
Chief interests:
  • Physiology of pulmonary capillaries
  • Cell biology of the lung
Ellen C. Breen, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Chief interests:
  • Oxygen transport system – lungs, skeletal muscle and brain
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Exercise
Tatum S. Simonson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Chief interests:
  • High-altitude physiology and genetic adaptations in highland populations
Simonson Lab Website
Leonardo Nogueira, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
Chief interests:
  • Skeletal muscle fatigue mechanisms
  • Muscle repair and satellite cell function
  • Pulmonary inflammatory diseases and peripheral muscle dysfunction
  • Nitric oxide metabolism
Ann Elliott, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Chief interests:
  • Functional lung imaging
  • Pulmonary gas exchange
Rui Carlos Pereira De Sa, Ph.D.
Assistant Project Scientist
Chief interests:
  • Functional imaging of the lung
  • Pulmonary blood flow
Esteban Moya Cespedes, Ph.D.
Assistant Project Scientist
Chief interests:
  • Intermittent hypoxia
  • Control of breathing
Aleksandra Babicheva, Ph.D.
Assistant Project Scientist
Chief interests:
  • The role of miRNA in pulmonary hypertension
  • Endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition
  • Calcium signaling in lung vascular cells

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​​Postdoctoral Scholars

Pritesh Jain, Ph.D.
Chief interests:
  • Hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction
  • Membrane receptors and ion channels in pulmonary hypertension
  • Lung hemodynamic measurements in experimental models of pulmonary hypertension

James Hall, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Katie O'Brien
Katie A. O’Brien, Ph.D.
Marie Sklodowska -Curie Global Research Fellow
Chief interests:
  • Characterization of the high-altitude metabolic phenotype driven by unique Andean genetics
  • Metabolic profile changes and effects of dietary nitrate supplementation in hypoxia

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​​Visiting Scholars

Jiyuan Chen
Jiyuan Chen, M.D., Ph.D. Candidate (Guangzhou Medical University, GuangZhou, China)
Ning Lai
Ning Lai, M.D. Ph.D (Guangzhou Medical University, GuangZhou, China) 
Ji-Feng Li
Ji-Feng Li, M.D., Ph.D.  (Capital Medical University, Beijing, China)
Mingmei Xiong
Mingmei Xiong, M.D., Ph.D (Guangzhou Medical University, GuangZhou, China)

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​​Staff

Janelle Fine, Research & Development Engineer
Wanjun Gu, Data Analyst
Eli Lawrence, Staff Research Associate

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