Ruth Harris

Interim Chair

Ruth Harris

Interim Chair


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Physiology

The Graduate School

Other Duties

Regents' Professor, Physiology


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

  • BS, Food Science University of Leeds, 1977

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

  • MEDI 5158

    Mod 3: Cardiopulmonary
  • BIOM 8011

    Respon Conduct of Research
  • BIOM 8033

    Integrated Systems Biol
  • PSIO 9300

  • PSIO 9010

    Seminar in Physiology


Selected Recent Publications

  • Leptin receptor-expressing neurons in the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus contribute to weight loss caused by fourth ventricle leptin infusions., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Low-dose infusions of leptin into the nucleus of the solitary tract increase sensitivity to third ventricle leptin., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Development of leptin resistance in sucrose drinking rats is associated with consuming carbohydrate-containing solutions and not calorie-free sweet solution., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Remote ischemic post-conditioning promotes hematoma resolution via AMPK-dependent immune regulation., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Source of dietary sucrose influences development of leptin resistance in male and female rats., 2018
    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
  • Interim Chair Department of Physiology 2018 - 2019

  • Augusta University Research Institute Award Selection Committee 2018

  • Member MCG Basic Science Faculty Salary Committee 2017 - 2018

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Editorial Board: Physiology and Behavior 2018 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • New Investigator Awards Committee, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior 2018 - Present

    Role: Chairperson
  • Organizing Committee, Georgia State University Biotech Symposium 2016 - Present

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

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • Korean Nutrition Society 2001 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member