Gordon S. Mitchell, PhD

Gordon S. Mitchell, PhD
Professor and Center Director
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Research InterestsGSM
Dr. Mitchell’s research lab uses a multidisciplinary approach, including neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, ventilation measurements, immunohistochemistry and cell/molecular biology techniques, including flow cytometry and RNA interference in vivo (with his laboratory being one of the first to successfully apply this technology in vivo).

Current research interests focus on fundamental mechanisms of spinal respiratory motor plasticity induced by intermittent hypoxia, and attempts to harness that plasticity to treat devastating clinical disorders that compromise breathing and non-respiratory limb movements, such as cervical spinal injury and ALS. Dr. MItchell’s laboratory works on multiple levels of biological organization, ranging from cell/molecular studies in animal models, through integrative studies of disease/injury in both animal models and humans.

Degrees and Training

  • BS in Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, CA
  • PhD in Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, CA
  • Postdoctoral Trainee, Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
  • Postdoctoral Trainee, Abteilung Physiologie, Max-Planck-Institut für experimentelle Medizin, Göttingen, Germany