The mission of the UNMC Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology is to excel in research, teaching, service and mentoring. The faculty is charged with accomplishing this mission under the leadership of the Chair, Dr. Irving H. Zucker. Among the faculty are 8 professors, 2 associate professors, 5 assistant professor, 1 instructors and 1 volunteer. There are also 4 courtesy faculty members whose primary appointments are in other UNMC departments. An accomplished staff of 22 individuals supports the faculty in pursuing the mission of the Department.
In pursuit of the Department’s research mission, the faculty currently holds approximately $5.1 million in research funding from extramural sources, including the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, and several private companies. The primary research strength of the Department is in the area of the cardiovascular and renal physiology, but there is also expertise in the areas of reproductive physiology and neural control of cardiopulmonary and renal function.
The Department’s teaching activities revolve around 12 graduate-level courses, each of which is offered either each semester, annually or on a 2-yr rotating basis. In addition, the faculty participates in teaching core courses for students enrolled in other programs – medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, nuclear medicine, physical therapy and the biomedical research training program (BRTP). Several of our faculty members have won teaching awards.
The Department also excels in research training at a variety of educational levels. This research training emphasis is a reflection of the mentoring mission of the Department. Research training programs are offered for high school and undergraduate students, medical students, graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. As of summer 2010, 6 undergraduate students, 3 medical student, 12 graduate students and 11 postdoctoral research associates are pursuing research training in the Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology.
Each member of our faculty serves the scientific community by acting as a grant reviewer (for regional or national funding agencies), manuscript reviewer (for scientific journals) and/or holding elected office in national societies (e.g. the American Physiological Society).