Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Welcome to the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. We bring a long tradition to the study of physiology that spans the entire spectrum from molecules to man. Strong research programs exist in Molecular Biophysics, Cardiovascular and Gastrointestinal Physiology, Neuroscience as well as in Chemical Senses.
Focus areas include: Structural Biology, which aims to understand function in terms of molecular structure, and Systems Physiology, which aims to elucidate fundamental ways of communication within and between physiological systems. Biophysical approaches serve as the common language used at all levels of scientific inquiry.
The Department offers a strong collegial atmosphere where faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows and administrators work together to promote and share in the discovery of fundamental principles governing life processes.
Dr. Liya Qiao, Neuroinflammatory regulation of colonic mechanosensory activity (R01)
Dr. Qinglian Liu, Structural and functional studies of HSP70 molecular chaparones (R01 & R01-Suppl)
Dr. Qinglian Liu, Targeting a novel Hsp70 substrate binding mode for potential treatment of gonorrhea infection (R21)
Dr. Gea-Ny Tseng, Cardiac ion channel regulation (MPI R01/Case-Western Reserve)
Drs. Jose Eltit & Montserrat Samso, Mechanistic insights of premature ventricular contraction-induced cardiomyopathy (Co-I, R01)
Dr. Monserrat Samso, RyR architecture and gatekeeping of internal calcium stores (R01)
Dr. Javier Gonzalez-Maeso, Preclinical role of HDAC2 in mGlu2-dependent schizophrenia treatment (R01)
Dr. Carlos Escalante, Structural and mechanistic insights into AAV mediated site-specific integration (R01)
Dr. Lei Zhou, Molecular biophysics of cAMP regulation in HCN channels R01-Suppl)
Dr. Clive Baumgarten, Structural determinants of PIP1 regulation (R01 Subcontract)
Dr. John Grider, Human enteric glia: a novel target for motility and postoperative ileus (R01 Subcontract)
Dr. Sunila Mahavadi, Oxidative stress, microRNA, and hyper-contractility in diabetes (U24 Subcontract, CCTR)
Dr. Molly Crowe, Regulation of gut motility by nutrient receptors (F32 postdoc)
Dr. Kavita Iyers, Cryo EM and pharmacological study of hyperphosphorylated cardiac RYR (AHA, postdoc)
Justin Saunders, Gut dysbiosis and 5-HT2A dysregulation in a preclinical schizophrenia model (F30 predoc)
S. Teja Devarakonda, Relaxin signaling in post myocardial infarction associated adverse remodeling (AHA, predoc)
Dr. Qinglian Liu, Characterizing the unique substrate binding activity of HSP110 molecular (AHA)
Dr. Liya Qiao, Role of TrkB.T1 in bowel and urinary bladder comormidity (Commonwealth Health Research Board)
Dr. Liya Qiao, Targeting TrkB.T1 to treat referred pain (CCTR)
Dr. Richard Costanzo, Odor sensing systems (Industrial)
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