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Principal/Primary Faculty

Pooneh Bagher, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medical Physiology
Microcirculation; Calcium Imaging; Endothelial Cell Biology

Sanjukta Chakraborty, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medical Physiology
Lymphatic Biology, Inflammation, Microbiome, Tumor Microenvironment, Lymphatic Metastasis

Anatoliy A. Gashev, MD, PhD, DMedSci
Associate Professor of Medical Physiology
Lymphatic Biology; Lymph Transport; Microcirculation

Shannon S. Glaser, PhD
Professor of Medical Physiology

Travis W. Hein, PhD
Professor of Medical Physiology
Vascular Biology; Microcirculation; Nitric Oxide and Endothelin-1 Signaling; Diabetes

Lih Kuo, PhD
Professor of Medical Physiology
Associate Department Head 
Director, Ophthalmic Vascular Research Program
Vascular Biology; Microcirculation; Oxidative Stress

Cynthia Meininger, PhD
Professor of Medical Physiology
Director, Graduate Studies - Temple Campus
Endothelial Cell Biology; Vascular Complications of Diabetes

Brett M. Mitchell, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Physiology
Hypertension; Immunity and Inflammation; Preeclampsia; Endothelial Dysfunction

Ian V.J. Murray, PhD
Instructional Associate Professor of Medical Physiology
Mechanisms Underlying Alzheimer's Disease; Analysis of Medical Education

Mariappan Muthuchamy, PhD
Professor of Medical Physiology
Cardiac & Lymphatic Muscle Contraction, Mechanotransduction

Xu Peng, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Physiology
Cardiac and Vascular Development; Angiogenesis and Vasculogenesis

Thomas V. Peterson, PhD
Instructional Professor of Medical Physiology
Teaching and Curriculum Development; Medical Student Admissions

Joseph M. Rutkowski, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medical Physiology
Lymphatic Biology, Lymph Transport, Metabolism, Adipose Tissue Biology

Carl Tong, MD, PhD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medical Physiology
Contractile Proteins, Diastolic Dysfunction, Contractility, Cardiomyopathy, Calcium to Cross-Bridge Relationship

Andreea Trache, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Physiology
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Live Cell Biophysics, Mechanobiology, Imaging

Jerome P. Trzeciakowski, PhD
Instructional Professor of Medical Physiology
Biomathematics, Complexity, Modeling, Algorithm Design

Vincent J. VanBuren, PhD, FAHA
Instructional Assistant Professor of Medical Physiology
Director, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Laboratory
Computational Biology; Bioinformatics; Gene Networks

Emily Wilson, PhD
Professor of Medical Physiology
Associate Vice President for Faculty Development and IPE
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and IPE
Vascular Remodeling; Smooth Muscle Phenotype; Mechanobiology

David C. Zawieja, PhD
Regents Professor and Head of Medical Physiology
Director, Division of Lymphatic Biology
Lymphatic Biology; Vascular Biology; Microcirculation; Imaging

Shenyuan L. Zhang, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Physiology
Calcium Channels, Calcium Signaling, Immune Disease

Warren E. Zimmer, PhD
Scott Exter Professor of Medical Physiology
Gene Regulation; Smooth Muscle Differentiation; Cancer

Joint/Adjunct Faculty

Jiang Chang, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Molecular Development and Diseases, Institute of Biosciences and Technology
Assistant Professor of Medical Physiology
Cardiac Biology; Molecular Basis of Heart Failure

Peter J. A. Davies, MD, PhD
Professor and Alkek Chair, Institute of Biosciences and Technology
Professor of Medical Physiology
Molecular Basis of Hormone and Drug Action; Biology and Pharmacology of Retinoids

Rakeshwar S. Guleria, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Medical Physiology

Rajesh Kumar, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Physiology

Matthew McMillin, PhD
Research Biologist, Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System
Assistant Professor of Medical Physiology
Molecular Disease Processes in Pathogenesis of Liver Disease and Hepatic Encephalopathy

M. Karen Newell-Rogers, PhD
Professor of Medical Physiology

David J. Reiner, PhD
Associate Professor, Institute of Biosciences and Technology
Professor of Medical Physiology
Mechanisms of Cell Signaling; Harnessing Model Genetic Organisms for Drug Discovery and Translational Biology

Robert H. Rosa, Jr., MD
Professor of Surgery
Professor of Medical Physiology
Retinal Vasoregulation; Retinal and Choroidal Neovascularization; Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy

M. Nasir Uddin, PhD, FAHA
Associate Professor of Medical Physiology
Women's Health; Pathogenesis of Preeclampsia and Ovarian Cancer and Therapeutic Intervention

Guoyao Wu, PhD
Professor of Animal Science
Professor of Medical Physiology
TAES Faculty Fellow and University Faculty Fellow
Pathobiology of Nitric Oxide and Polyamines; Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Complications

Yubin Zhou, MB, PhD
Assistant Professor, Institute of Biosciences and Technology
Assistant Professor of Medical Physiology
Calcium Channels, Calcium Ion Transport, Calcium Flux

Emeritus Faculty

R. Kelly Hester, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Medical Physiology
Associate Dean for Faculty Development Emeritus, Texas A&M University College of Medicine

Janet L. Parker, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Medical Physiology

H. Wayne Sampson, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Medical Physiology

Elvin E. Smith, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Medical Physiology
Executive Vice President Emeritus, Health Science Center

Research Staff

Walter E. Cromer, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
Supervisor: Dr. David C. Zawieja
wecromer@tamu.edu

Olga Gasheva, MD, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist
Supervisor: Dr. David C. Zawieja
ogasheva@tamu.edu

Wei Wang, MD, MSc
Assistant Research Scientist
Supervisor: Dr. David C. Zawieja
weiwang@tamu.edu

Wankun Xie, MD, PhD
Research Scientist
Supervisor: Dr. Lih Kuo
wxie@tamu.edu

Clerical Staff

Stephanie A. Hilliard, MA
Project Coordinator II
shilliard@tamu.edu

Holly Sterling
Administrative Associate III
HSterling@tamu.edu

Tina R. Mendoza
Business Administrator I
trmendoza@tamu.edu

Amelia Rodriguez
Business Associate I
aerodriguez@tamu.edu

Technical Staff

Valorie Chiasson, BS
Research Associate
Supervisor: Dr. Brett Mitchell
vchiasson@tamu.edu

Kevin W. Foskett, BS
End User Support Specialist III
Supervisor: Dr. David Zawieja
kfoskett@tamu.edu

Bethany Goodlett, BS
Research Assistant
Supervisor: Dr. Brett Mitchell
bethany-goodlett@tamu.edu

Sanskruthi Guduri
Student Research Assistant
Supervisor: Dr. Carl Tong
sanskruthi2016@tamu.edu

Morgan Jackson, BS
Technician II
Supervisor: Dr. Anatoliy A. Gashev
mjackson7469@tamu.edu

Katherine A. Kelly, MS
Research Specialist IV
Supervisor: Dr. Cynthia Meininger
kak@tamu.edu

Alexandra Lopez
Research Assistant
Supervisor: Dr. Brett Mitchell
alexhopelopez@tamu.edu

Matthew Lopez
Student Assistant
Supervisor: Dr. Shannon Glaser
lopezmat792@tamu.edu

Lilly McAlister, BS
Technician II
Supervisor: Dr. Carl Tong
lilly.mcalister@tamu.edu

Ray Mitchell, BA
Research Associate
Supervisor: Dr. Xu Peng
RMitchell@tamu.edu

Malea Murphy, PhD 
Research Specialist II 
Supervisor: Dr. Andreea Trache 
maleamurphy@tamu.edu

Frida Leon Olmedo
Student Assistant
Supervisor: Dr. Andreea Trache
frida_leon_olmedo98@tamu.edu

Samuel V. Padgham, AAS, AA
Technician II
Supervisor: Dr. Andreea Trache
svpadgham@tamu.edu

Yi Ren, PhD
Research Assistant
Supervisor: Dr. Travis W. Hein
yren@tamu.edu

Andrea Reyna, BS
Research Assistant
Supervisor: Dr. Joseph Rutkowski
areyna94@tamu.edu

Tori White
Technician II
Supervisor: Dr. Shannon Glaser
tkshepperd@tamu.edu

Xin Xu, MD, DVM
Research Assistant
Supervisor: Dr. Lih Kuo
netxin@tamu.edu

Graduate Students

Heidi Creed, BS
University of Washington
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Rutkowski
hcreed@tamu.edu

April O'Brien, BS
University of Mary Washington
Supervisor: Dr. Shannon Glaser
aprilobrien@tamu.edu

Sukanya Roy, MS
University of Calcutta, India
Mentor: Dr. Sanjukta Chakraborty
 

Jian Wang, BS
Nankai University, Tianjin, China
Mentor: Dr. Xu Peng
jianwang009@tamu.edu

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Shobana Balakrishnan, PhD
University of Madras, India
Mentor: Dr. Brett Mitchell
navshobi27@tamu.edu

Gaurav Baranwal, PhD
University of Florida, Gainesville
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Rutkowski
gauravbaranwal@tamu.edu

Adri Chakraborty, PhD
University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mentor: Dr. Joseph M. Rutkowski
adri.chakraborty@tamu.edu

Subhashree Kumaravel, PhD
Pondicherry University, India
Mentor: Dr. Sanjukta Chakraborty
subhashree@tamu.edu

Krishna R. Ojha, PhD
The University of Akron
Mentor: Dr. Andreea Trache

Shu-Huai Tsai, PhD
Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan
Mentor: Dr. Lih Kuo
stsai@tamu.edu

Min Zhao, PhD
Mentor: Dr. Lih Kuo
mzhao@tamu.edu