LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30 2020) — A recent publication in the Journal of Neuroscience by a group of researchers at the University of Kentucky looks at Encoding the Odor of Cigarette Smoke. Tim McClintock, a physiology professor in the UK College of Medicine, says their work lays a foundation for two things.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2020) — Alan Daugherty, senior associate dean for research at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been selected to serve as chair of Scientific Committee of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation, an organization that trains medical students to be leaders in cardiovascular science and medicine.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2020) — A new University of Kentucky College of Medicine study provides insight into how a protein called angiotensinogen (AGT) contributes to blood pressure regulation and atherosclerosis.

AGT is a member of the renin-angiotensin system, a hormone system in the human body that regulates blood pressure and fluid balance. AGT produces angiotensin II, which regulates blood pressure and contributes to atherosclerosis, or the buildup of plaque in the arteries.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an ever-changing environment requiring quick adjustment, especially in the field of research. In response to the pandemic, scientists at UK ceased non-essential research activity in the spring, and education was moved to online platforms. While these measures were necessary to ensure safety for faculty and learners, graduate students in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBS) PhD program saw their progress interrupted.

Throughout the summer the University of Kentucky College of Medicine has been part of a University-wide pilot program aiming to help boost resumes and build important skills for both UK and non-UK students.

The Summer Badge Program is not your average summer school. The program provides an opportunity for learners to complete courses and earn digital badges, regardless of their current major, with the badges certifying competency in a specific skill.

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On Wednesday, July 8 2020 Jonathan 'Mike' Grossheim successfully defended his dissertation and earned his PhD. Congratulations, Dr. Grossheim!


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Timothy S McClintock, Qiang Wang, Tomoko Sengoku, William B Titlow, Patrick Breheny, Mixture and Concentration Effects on Odorant Receptor Response Patterns In Vivo, Chemical Senses, , bjaa032,

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On Monday, June 15, 2020 Jeff Chen successfully defended his dissertation and earned his PhD.

"Involvement of the Renin Angiotensin System in Marfan Syndrome Associated Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms"

Doctoral Committee

Dr. Alan Daughety
Department of Physiology, Mentor

Dr. Ken Campbell
Department of Physiology

Dr. Ming Gong
Department of Physiology

Dr. Nancy Webb
Department of Pharmacology & Nutritional Sciences

Outside Examiner, Dr. Vincent Venditto
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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On Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Laura Peterson Brown (John McCarthy Lab) successfully defended her dissertation and earned her PhD. Congratulations Dr. Laura Peterson Brown!

Doctoral Committee

Dr. John McCarthy
Department of Physiology, Mentor

Dr. Brian Delisle
Department of Physiology

Dr. Steve Estus
Department of Physiology

Dr. Tim Butterfield
Department of Athletic Training and Clinical Nutrition

Dr. Charlotte Peterson
Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Doug Harrison (Outside Examiner)
Departmentof Biology

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Mere days after the COVID-19 pandemic forced limitations on research in laboratories, a team of neuroscience-related researchers from the UK College of Medicine figured out a way to keep the important discussions going, virtually.

The team’s solution: developing an online seminar series discussing a wide variety of topics in neuroscience, which is one of the six research priority areas in the UK Vice President for Research’s Research Priorities Initiative.

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On Friday, May 15, 2020 Brandon Farmer successfully defended his dissertation and earned his PhD! Brandon is part of the MD/PhD Program and earned his PhD in Lance Johnson's Lab. He will now return to the MD portion of the program and continue his studies to become the next generation of physician-scientists. Congratulations Dr. Farmer!

Doctoral Committee Members

Dr. Lance Johnson
Department of Physiology, Mentor

Dr. Steven Estus
Department of Physiology

Dr. Donna Wilcock
Department of Physiology

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Congratulations to Brian Delisle, PhD for his promotion to full professor! 

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 19, 1935. Surgeon. Physiologist. Mathematician. Teacher. Researcher. Pilot. Astronaut. University of Kentucky, M.S., 1966. He has undergraduate degrees in mathematics and chemistry, a master of business administration degree in operations analysis and computer programming, a master’s degree in physiology and biophysics (UK), and a doctorate in medicine. He joined the U.S.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) has created a new biospecimen bank to support research on the novel virus. Logistical support for the biobank is led by the UK Markey Cancer Center.

Neurobiol Dis. 2020 Mar;136:104742. doi: 10.1016/j.nbd.2020.104742.
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Front Immunol. 2020 Feb 14;11:200. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2020.00200.
Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2020 Jan 3. pii: S0169-409X(20)30002-8. doi: 10.1016/j.addr.2019.12.003.

A position is available in the Department of Physiology. The position is to assist with tissue culture, electrophysiology, molecular biology and biochemistry techniques. S/he will be responsible for performing many of the proposed experiments. The applicant will need to isolate different types of mouse cardiomyocytes (nodal, atrial, ventricular) to perform single cell electrophysiology. The electrophysiology experiments include acquisition and analysis of voltage and current clamp data.