Endocrinology is the study of hormones, molecules made in one part of the body and travel through the blood to have actions at distant sites. The endocrine system acts to coordinate several body processes including energy use, reproductive function, blood pressure, and growth. Faculty in the Department of Physiology study the role of hormones in cardiovascular function, inflammation, and stress. The Department offers an advanced Endocrine course.
Dr. Wendy Bollag: Adrenal steroid synthesis and ACTH signaling.
Dr. Michael Brands: Integrative cardio-renal physiology in diabetes and inflammation. Roles of insulin and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system.
Dr. Ruth Harris: Leptin signaling in the control of food intake and stress responses.
Dr. Weiqin Chen: Adipose tissue dysfunction and metabolic disorders.