Welcome to the Department of Biomedical Sciences

The Department is dedicated to the mission of the University through excellence in teaching, preeminence in scholarship and research, and a commitment to effective leadership in professional service in an inclusive environment. These goals are achieved through: daily contact with professional and graduate students involving didactic lectures, group interactions, and individual mentoring; significant contributions to science through innovative research; and, leadership roles in professional activities within the University, among local and state agencies, and at the National/International level in … continue reading

Graduate Studies


It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Department of Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. With world-class and award-winning researchers, our program has a great deal to offer you! At the Department of Biomedical Sciences, investigators are engaged in research across a variety of fields, including cancer, neurodegenerative disease, exercise, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory and reproductive physiology… continue reading

January 20

John Thyfault, Ph.D., FACSM, FTOS, Professor, Departments of Molecular & Integrative Physiology and Internal Medicine- Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Genetics at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Senior Research Scientist at the Kansas City VA Medical Center, and Scientific Director of Basic Research at the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyle and Nutrition
“Exercise, hepatic metabolic adaptations, and whole-body health”

See fall semester schedule and details

October – December 2021 Publications

1. Resistance-exercise training attenuates LPS-induced astrocyte remodeling and neuroinflammatory cytokine expression in female Wistar rats.
Kelty TJ, Mao X, Kerr NR, Childs TE, Ruegsegger GN, Booth FW.
J Appl Physiol (1985). 2021 Dec 23. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00571.2021.
PMID: 34941437
2. Goblet Cell Hyperplasia is not Epithelial-Autonomous in the Cftr Knockout Intestine.
Walker NM, Liu J, Young SM, Woode RA, Clarke LL.
Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2021 Dec 8. doi: 10.1152/ajpgi.00290.2021.
PMID: 34878935
3. The Ighmbp2D564N mouse model is the first SMARD1 model to demonstrate respiratory defects.
Smith CE, Lorson MA, Ricardez Hernandez SM, Al Rawi Z, Mao J, Marquez J, Villalón E, Keilholz AN, Smith CL, Garro-Kacher MO, Morcos T, Davis DJ, Bryda EC, Nichols NL, Lorson CL.
Hum Mol Genet. 2021 Nov 2:ddab317. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddab317.
PMID: 34726235
4. Placental Changes in the serotonin transporter (Slc6a4) knockout mouse suggest a role for serotonin in controlling nutrient acquisition.
Mao J, Kinkade JA, Bivens NJ, Roberts RM, Rosenfeld CS.
Placenta. 2021 Oct 1;115:158-168. doi: 10.1016/j.placenta.2021.09.021.
PMID: 34649169
5. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (ketoprofen) delivery differentially impacts phrenic long-term facilitation in rats with motor neuron death induced by intrapleural CTB-SAP injections.
Borkowski LF, Keilholz AN, Smith CL, Canda KA, Nichols NL.
Exp Neurol. 2021 Oct 9;347:113892. doi: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2021.113892.
PMID: 34634309
6. Gestational and lactational exposure to BPA or BPS has minimal effects on skeletal outcomes in adult female mice.
Dirkes RK, Welly RJ, Mao J, Kinkade J, Vieira-Potter VJ, Rosenfeld CS, Bruzina PS.
Bone Rep. 2021 Oct 1;15:101136. doi: 10.1016/j.bonr.2021.101136. eCollection 2021 Dec.
PMID: 34632005
7. Transcriptomics and Other Omics Approaches to Investigate Effects of Xenobiotics on the Placenta.
Rosenfeld CS.
Front Cell Dev Biol. 2021 Sep 24;9:723656. doi: 10.3389/fcell.2021.723656. eCollection 2021.
PMID: 34631709
8. miRNA changes in the mouse placenta due to bisphenol A exposure.
Mao J, Kinkade JA, Bivens NJ, Rosenfeld CS.
Epigenomics. 2021 Dec;13(24):1909-1919. doi: 10.2217/epi-2021-0339. Epub 2021 Nov 29. PMID: 34841895
9. Gestational and lactational exposure to BPA, but not BPS, negatively impacts trabecular microarchitecture and cortical geometry in adult male offspring.
Dirkes RK, Welly RJ, Mao J, Kinkade J, Vieira-Potter VJ, Rosenfeld CS, Bruzina PS.
Bone Rep. 2021 Nov 3;15:101147. doi: 10.1016/j.bonr.2021.101147. eCollection 2021 Dec PMID: 34820485