Ruth Harris


Ruth Harris


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Physiology

The Graduate School
Department of Graduate Studies


  • Ph.D., Physiology, General University of Leeds, 1981

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Research Award Augusta University Research Institute, 2017

  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Basic Science Teaching Faculty Senate of the Medical College of Georgia, 2012

  • Outstanding Journal Research Article The Obesity Society, 2012

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • PSIO 9210

    Invest of a Problem
  • MEDI 5158

    Mod 3: Cardiopulmonary
  • COGS 8011

    Respon Conduct of Research
  • PSIO 9010

    Seminar in Physiology
  • COGS 8033

    Integrated Systems Biol
  • COGS 8060

    Intro to Research II


Selected Recent Publications

  • Fourth ventricle leptin infusions dose dependently activate hypothalamic signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3)., 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Chronic and acute effects of stress on energy balance: are there appropriate animal models?, 2015
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Hexosamine biosynthetic pathway activity in leptin resistant sucrose-drinking rats, 2015
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • In vivo and vitro evidence that chronic activation of the hexosamine biosynthetic pathway interferes with leptin-dependent STAT3 phosphorylation, 2015
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Leptin in the hindbrain facilitates phosphorylation of STAT3 in the hypothalamus, 2015
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Department Service

  • Department of Physiology Associate 2012 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Department of Physiology Search Committee 2010 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair

University Service

  • COGS 8033: Integrated Systems Biology 2011 - Present

    Role: Other
  • IACUC 2011 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Physiology Department Post-doc Advisory Committee 2011 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Research Misconduct Inquiry Committee 2014

    Role: Committee Member
  • Lab Animal Services (LAS) Director Search Committee 2012

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • International Ingestive Behavior Society 2018 - Present

    Role: Officer, President/Elect/Past
  • Organizing Committee, Georgia State University Biotech Symposium 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Physiology and Behavior 2014 - Present

    Role: Editor
  • Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 2012 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative 2001 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member