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Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

Special Master’s Program in Physiology

Program Leadership

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Dr Bryan Mackenzie

Academic Director 
Associate Professor
bryan.mackenzie@uc.edu

Hello, I'm Bryan Mackenzie. I serve as Academic Director of the SMP in physiology. I am the course director for Interprofessional Education in the fall semester, and for Statistics & Experimental Design in the spring semester. I also teach in Graduate Medical Physiology. I actively serve as an adviser to students in the SMP.

My research program explores the molecular physiology of iron transport, absorption, and homeostasis. Iron metabolism is of major public-health significance because of the huge worldwide prevalence of iron-deficiency anemia, and also common hereditary disorders that lead to iron overload and consequent organ damage. My lab focuses on the mechanisms and structure–function of the iron transporters divalent metal-ion transporter-1 (DMT1)—responsible for cellular iron uptake in the intestine, erythroid precursor cells, and many other cell types—and ferroportin, a cellular iron exporter that delivers iron to the blood plasma from enterocytes and macrophages. Approaches in my lab include functional assays in RNA-injected Xenopus oocytes expressing iron transporters, and iron absorption and homeostasis in genetically modified mouse models.

 


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Ms Emma Jones

Education Specialist
emma.jones@uc.edu

Hello! I am Emma Jones, Education Specialist for UC's special master's program in physiology. In addition to serving on the admissions committee, I am also one of the primary contacts for students throughout their time in the program. I work very closely with each and every student as they navigate through the curriculum - the part of my job I enjoy the most!

I completed my undergraduate degree here at UC in Communication with a minor in Marketing, and will be receiving my Master's in Educational Studies at the end of the year with a focus in Educational & Community-Based Action Research. Having been a Bearcat fan and Cincinnati native my whole life, I am very familiar with all Cincinnati has to offer. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me about the program, UC, or the Cincinnati area in general!

 


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Dr Katie Hobbing

Associate Director
Admissions | Professional Development
Assistant Professor
katharine.hobbing@uc.edu

Hello! I am Katie Hobbing. I am an assistant professor of pharmacology and systems physiology. I serve as associate director of the SMP in physiology, for which my two major roles are to serve as chair of the admissions committee and to oversee professional development of students within the program. I am course director of the fall course Professional Development.

 


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Dr Roger T Worrell

Associate Director
Capstone | Faculty Mentoring
Associate Professor
roger.worrell@uc.edu

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.

 


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Dr Robert Banks

Founding Director of te SMP
Professor Emeritus
Robert.Banks@uc.edu

Hello, I'm Bob Banks, Professor Emeritus of Physiology. I have been very involved in UC's Special Master's Program in Physiology since its inception in the fall of 2006. Although I have stepped down as program director,I continue to stay involved in the program and remain committed to helping each of you succeed in achieving your long-term goals. My research expertise is cardiovascular and renal physiology and, although I no longer have an active laboratory, I remain very interested in these fields.

 


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Ms Jeannie Cummins

SMP Administrator
jeannie.cummins@uc.edu

Hello! I'm Jeannie Cummins, SMP Administrator 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 Faculty

Many of the primary faculty, secondary faculty, and faculty emeriti of the Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology participate in the special master's program in physiology by teaching or by serving as faculty mentors to students in the program.

Download the SMP 2019–20 Faculty List with Photos (PDF)

 


Course Directors

Faculty serving as course directors or as block directors within Graduate Medical Physiology are listed below.

  • Heather Christensen, PhD | Graduate Medical Physiology (Renal, Acid–Base)
  • Katie Hobbing, PhD |  Professional Development 
  • Michael Lieberman, PhD | Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine
  • John Lorenz, PhD  |  Graduate Medical Physiology (Whole-Body Fluid Homeostasis, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology)
  • Bryan Mackenzie, PhD  |  Interprofessional Education  |  Statistics & Experimental Design  |  Graduate Medical Physiology (Hemophysiology)
  • Aaron Marshall, PhD  |  Graduate Medical Physiology (Endocrine, Reproduction)
  • John Monaco, PhD | Fundamentals in Cellular Medicine
  • Teresa Reyes, PhD  |  Neurophysiology & Behavior 
  • Keith Stringer, MD | Fundamentals in Cellular Medicine (Clinical Director), Fundamentals in Molecular Medicine (Clinical Director)
  • Roger T Worrell, PhD  |  Physiology Capstone  |  Graduate Medical Physiology (Gastrointestinal)

 

 

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Program Leadership

Bryan Mackenzie, PhD Email
Academic Director

Emma C Jones, BA Email
Educational Specialist

Katie Hobbing, PhD Email
Associate Director
(Admissions | Professional Development)

Roger T Worrell, PhD Email
Associate Director
(Capstone | Faculty Mentoring)