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Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

Special Master’s Program in Physiology

MS in Physiology Faculty

All primary faculty and secondary faculty of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the College of Medicine participate in our master's program through teaching and/or mentoring. Below is more information on the faculty and staff who are directly involved with the program as instructors or in program management.

Dr. Lorenz photoDr. John Lorenz
Program Director

Hi I'm John Lorenz, and I am the Director of the UC special Master's Program in Physiology. I am the primary contact for students' questions and concerns, along with Dr. Banks, who is the founding Director of the program. It is also my job to write letters and transmit progress reports for the students as they navigate the curriculum. In addition to directing this program, I also do a good deal of teaching in the medical school curriculum in both the first and second year.

My area of expertise is cardiovascular and renal physiology and I have a research lab that also focuses on cardio-renal biology. We specialize on the use of genetically modified mouse models to examine mechanisms of body fluid and blood pressure regulation. I also participate in our faculty mentoring program, offering both literature review and laboratory thesis options.


Mackenzie216x270Dr. Bryan Mackenzie
Program Co-Director
Associate Professor

Hello. I'm Bryan Mackenzie and serve as co-director for the Master's in Physiology. I am also course director for Health Professions in the Fall Semester and for the Statistics course in the Spring semester. I actively serve as advisor to students the Masters program as well as the undergraduate program in the College of Medicine. 

Research in my lab focuses on mechanisms of iron transport. Iron deficiency is the most prevalent micronutrient deficiency worldwide. Meanwhile iron overload associated with conditions like hereditary hemochromatosis or thalassemia poses a serious threat to many other individuals. Divalent metal-ion transporter-1 (DMT1) is indispensable for iron homeostasis. It is the front-line, primary route of iron uptake in the intestine. DMT1 is also responsible for mobilization of iron from the endosome to cytosol, a crucial step in the transferrin-associated uptake of iron in erythroid precursor cells.


Dr. Worrell photoDr. Roger Worrell
Capstone Project Director
Associate Professor

I am the Capstone Project Director of the UC Special Master’s Program in Physiology. I shall be the primary contact for students’ questions and concerns regarding their capstone thesis projects and will coordinate and direct the oral and poster presentations of the projects. I am a broadly trained Physiologist and have taught Physiology at the undergraduate, Pharmacy School, Medical School, Allied Health Professions, and Ph.D. Graduate student levels. As well as being Director of the Capstone Project, I also participate in our faculty mentoring program, offering a number of potential Capstone Projects across a broad range of areas. If you have a wild idea, come see me!

My research expertise centers around epithelial ion transport in health and disease, with primary interest in intestinal transport and its relation to microbial niche development and maintenance, as well as interest in renal transport mechanisms. Research methods employed in these areas include cellular, cultured organoid, organ, and whole animal levels. Focus is both on mechanisms and regulation in health as well as in disease states. Disease states include but are not limited to; Cystic Fibrosis, hypertension, endocrine disorders, hepatic encephalopathy, and diarrhea (C. difficile) and intestinal microbial dysbiosis. Professionally, I have been actively involved in the American Physiological Society (APS) since my graduate school days and have been an active member of The Ohio Physiological Society (OPS) since 2001. 


Dr. Banks photoDr. Robert Banks
Director Emeritus
Professor Emeritus

Hello everyone, I'm Bob Banks and I am now an Emeritus Professor in the Department. I have been very involved in the UC Special Masters Program in Physiology since our inaugural class was accepted in 2007. As Dr. Lorenz has noted I continue to assist him in many facets of this program and remain committed to helping each of you succeed in achieving your long-term goals.

I also teach Body-Fluid spaces as well as the Renal and Acid-Base sections of our Graduate Medical Physiology courses in the MS curriculum. My area of expertise is cardiovascular and renal physiology and, although I no longer have an active laboratory, I remain very interested in these areas. Finally, I also participate in our faculty mentoring program and assist students in reviewing topics related to those areas.


Ms. Cummins photoMs. Jeannie Cummins
Program Manager

Hello! I'm Jeannie Cummins, Program Manager of the UC Special Master's Program in Physiology. I am your contact for questions pertaining to the program beginning with the application process... All the way through our accepted student's graduation. I am in constant contact with current students and encourage them to stop by my office as I adhere to an open door policy. Interacting with the applicants, students, faculty, and staff at UC is something I thoroughly enjoy and I have been known to lend a friendly maternal ear now and then! My husband, two daughters, two pups, and I were born and raised in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati, so feel free to ask me about the area!

Program Instructors

Below is a list of the faculty who are directly involved in the MS Program as instructors, along with the course(s) they participate in. This list does not include the instructors from the medical curriculum.

Dr. John Lorenz - Graduate Medical Physiology
Dr. Robert Banks - Graduate Medical Physiology
Dr. Richard Paul - Graduate Medical Physiology
Dr. Steven Kleene - Graduate Medical Physiology
Dr. Judith Heiny - Graduate Medical Physiology, Molecular Physiology
Dr. Bryan Mackenzie - Health Professions & Statistics

Research Mentors

All primary faculty and secondary faculty of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the College of Medicine participate as mentors for our MS students. Click on either of the above links to review the primary and secondary faculty and their areas of research expertise. You are encouraged to seek out a faculty member whose interests parallel yours, or whose research projects sound interesting to you. A full list of faculty and their MS thesis options is distributed to the MS students at the beginning of the program.

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Special Master’s Program Contacts

John N Lorenz, PhD
Program Director

Bryan Mackenzie, PhD
Program Co-Director
Director of Admissions

Jeannie Cummins
Program Manager