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Division of Physiology People


Jason Yuan, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor In Residence, Physiology Division 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
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.
Chief interests:
  • Control of ventilation, especially chemoreception
  • Comparative physiology of gas exchange
  • High Altitude
Powell Lab Website
G. Kim Prisk, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Chief interests:
  • Space physiology
  • Bioengineering of the lung
Michael C. Hogan, Ph.D.
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.
Chief interests:
  • Exercise physiology
  • High altitude physiology
  • Functional lung imaging
  • Pulmonary gas exchange during exercise
  • Elite athlete training
Chantal J. Darquenne, Ph.D.
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.
Associate 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
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


​​Postdoctoral Scholars

Esteban Moya Cespedes, Ph.D.
Chief interests:
  • Intermittent hypoxia
  • Control of breathing
Aleksandra Babicheva, Ph.D.
Chief interests:
  • The role of miRNA in pulmonary hypertension
  • Endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition
  • Calcium signaling in lung vascular cells
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


​​Visiting Scholars

Pablo Catalan
Pablo Catalán Serra, M.D., Ph.D. (Spain)
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)



Janelle Fine, Research & Development Engineer


​​Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Christina Blaul
Jenny Chiem
Megan Edusada
Natalie Gilmore
Wanjun Gu
Jacqueline Howe
Cynthia Indralingham
Eli Lawrence
Anastasia Lucas
Frederick Martinez
Jason (Jailei) Pan
Maryam Ranjbar
Nicole Stevens
William Wegeng
James Yu
Jack (Zhijian) Zhang
Adam (Huayi) Zhao