Raymond Runyan, PhD

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Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
(520) 626-2326

Raymond Runyan, PhD, is a principal investigator on NIH grant R01HL124782-01, studying microfabricated coculture model: myocyte rescue by TNT-transferred mitochondria. The research team is looking at the transfer of mitochondria from stem cells into myocytes and the effects that donated mitochondria have on heart cell function.

Other projects in his laboratory explore the signals that mediate the early steps of valve formation in the embryonic heart and the roles of environmental agents such as trichloroethlene and arsenic as causes of congenital heart disease.

Michael Rohrbaugh, PhD

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Professor of Psychology
(520) 621-7458

Leslie Ritter, PhD, RN

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Professor of Neurology and Nursing
William M. Feinberg Endowed Chair for Stroke Research
(520) 626-7683

Leslie Ritter, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing and the Department of Neurology, and the William M. Feinberg Endowed Chair for Stroke Research at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA).

Dr. Ritter conducts innovative research on how inflammation interferes with recovery after stroke. Her research team was the first to identify a significant, early inflammatory response in the small blood vessels of the brain after stroke. As a result of these pioneering findings, in 2000 she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.

Since then, Dr. Ritter and her multidisciplinary research team have investigated ways to decrease inflammatory damage after stroke, especially in people with conditions that may worsen the inflammation, such as diabetes.

In addition to her research efforts, Dr. Ritter serves as the faculty coordinator of the Primary Stroke Center at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson. Passionate about teaching others about stroke research, Dr. Ritter mentors undergraduate and graduate students in nursing, neurosciences, physiology and medicine. She also educates the public about stroke.

Dr. Ritter founded and continues to facilitate stroke survivor and caregiver support groups in Green Valley, Ariz. She also is an active participant in state legislative initiatives that aim to ensure the highest standard of stroke care for the citizens of Arizona.

Dr. Ritter received both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the UA College of Nursing, and also holds a master's degree in exercise and sports sciences and a doctorate in physiological sciences from the UA.

Ragnar Olafsson, PhD

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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Radiology
(520) 626-6834

Paul E. Nolan, Jr

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Professor of Pharmacology
(520) 626-4451

William Montfort, PhD

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Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
(520) 621-1884

Paul F. McDonagh, PhD

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Professor of CT Surgery & Physiology
(520) 626-2329

Robert S. McCuskey, PhD

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Professor Emeritus of Anatomy
(520) 626-6084

Ronald M. Lynch, PhD

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Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology
(520) 626-2472

Timothy G. Lohman, PhD

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Professor of Physiology
(520) 626-2639
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