Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology

Faculty in this Research Group

Cardio-respiratory interactions Autonomic regulation of the vasculature Obstructive sleep apnea Respiration related regulation of upper airway musculature

Effects of environmental stress on animal physiology and behavior; Efficacy of energy healing in changing physiological measures; Use of Biofeedback with Parkinsons' patients, athletes and children.

Renal and neural mechanisms mediating cardiovascular health and disease; Autonomic regulation of renal function; Peripheral sensory nerve activity and interaction with immune mediators

Cell-Cell communication in airway epithelium; Pathogen-Host interaction in the airway; Arsenic effects on the airway epithelium; Wound repair of the airway epithelium.

Sex differences in T cell mediated hypertension, role of estrogen in development of postmenopausal hypertension

Gap-junction channel function and regulation; mechanistic basis for contribution of gap junctions to 1) controlled cell proliferation and 2) coordinated function of the heart and blood vessels in health and disease states.

Neural control of respiratory muscles; control of breathing during sleep; influence of prenatal nicotine exposure on the respiratory control system.

Mechanical properties of microcirculatory vessels; regulations of the peripheral circulation and transcapillary fluid exchange.

Muscle structure and function.

Biophysical and cellular mechanisms underlying neurotransmitter modulation of sympathetic outflow and ultimately arterial blood pressure.

Microscopic imaging and spectroscopy; metabolism and stimulus-response coupling in muscle and insulin-secreting cells.

Mathematical aspects of microcirculation and blood rheology; physiological fluid mechanics.

In vivo functions of gap-junction intercellular channels.