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Physiology

David Ardell
Associate Professor

Computational biology of gene expression systems, including:

  • Structure, function, evolution and coevolution with genomes
  • Functional and evolutionary bioinformatics of RNA and proteins
  • Evolutionary and comparative genomics
 

 

dardell@ucmerced.edu
(209) 228-2953
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Rudy M. Ortiz
Professor

Professor Ortiz's research focuses on the regulation of kidney function and metabolism in a variety of animal models, including seals and dolphins, with the intent that the data will have translative value to clinical medicine. These studies are conducted in collaboration with colleagues at:

  • Sonoma State University
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • University of California, Santa Cruz

His lab -  in conjunction with collaborators at Kagawa Medical University, SUNY Buffalo Medical School, and Tulane University HSC -  investigate:

  • Role of aldosterone plays in exacerbating high blood pressure
  • Effects of aldosterone antagonism and hypercholesterolemia on renal sodium regulation

Professor Ortiz is also pursuing studies that address the link between diabetes and obesity with hypertension.
From an evolutionary perspective, he is interested in the physiological mechanisms marine-adapted vertebrates use to regulate water and electrolytes during a variety of altered environmental conditions, such as prolonged food deprivation or extended fresh water exposure.

rortiz@ucmerced.edu
(209) 228-2964
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Nestor Oviedo
Associate Professor
  • Tissue regeneration
  • Stem cells
  • Cancer
  • Planarian biology
noviedo2@ucmerced.edu
(209) 228-4541
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Fred Wolf
Assistant Professor

Genetic and neural circuit coding mechanisms of simple behaviors in Drosophila.

fwolf@ucmerced.edu
(415) 370-1132
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Fabian Filipp
Assistant Professor

Systems biology of cancer metabolism:
Stable isotope fluxomics in response to nutrition, metabolic disease, and drugs; methods development in NMR spectroscopy, structural, and chemical biology; structure, dynamics, and function of human lipogenesis machinery in human cancer progression

ffilipp@ucmerced.edu
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