Basic Breathing Research Core

Fundamental principles in the neural control of breathing and respiratory muscles are explored. Major areas of strength include: respiratory motor plasticity, opioid induced respiratory depression and muscle wasting with neuromuscular injury/disease, aging, heart failure, sepsis and cancer.

Researcher/Clinician NameTitleDepartmentCoresSpecialties
barnardAlison Barnard, DPT, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research CorePathophysiology in Muscular Dystrophy
BartonElisabeth Barton, PhDProfessor & Associate DeanDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyBasic Breathing Research CoreMuscular dystrophy and respiratory muscle function
Don BolserDonald Bolser, PhDProfessorDepartment of Physiological SciencesBasic Breathing Research Core, Airway Defense CoreRespiratory control, mechanisms of cough, and airway defense
BryantAndrew Bryant, MDClinical Associate ProfessorDivision of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep MedicineBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen CorePulmonary critical care and sleep medicine; hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension
Barry ByrneBarry Byrne, MD, PhDProfessor & Associate Chair; DirectorDepartment of Pediatrics; Gene Powell CenterBasic Breathing Research CorePompe disease, gene therapy
ClantonThomas Clanton, PhDBK & Betty Stevens ProfessorDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyBasic Breathing Research CoreInflammation in respiratory muscles
DaleErica Dale, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physiology & AgingBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurotechnology Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreSpinal stimulation induced phrenic motor plasticity; neurostimulation and functional recovery of breathing capacity after spinal injury
DavenportPaul Davenport, PhDDistinguished ProfessorDepartment of Physiological SciencesBasic Breathing Research Core, Airway Defense CoreRespiratory control, sensation and airway defense
Emily FoxEmily Fox, PT, DPT, PhD, NCSAssociate Professor; DirectorDepartment of Physical Therapy; Brooks-PHHP Research Collaboration & Brooks Neuromuscular ResearchBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Spinal Cord Injury CorePhrenic/diaphragm pacing as rehabilitative tool; therapeutic intermittent hypoxia and spinal injury
DF David Fuller, PhDProfessor; Associate DirectorDepartment of Physical Therapy; BREATHE CenterBasic Breathing Research Core, Airway Defense Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Neurotechnology Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreSpinal stimulation and recovery of breathing activity with opiate-induced respiratory depression and spinal injury; Regulation of airway muscles; hyperbaric oxygenation, intermittent hypoxia and respiratory plasticity, Pompe disease
Elisa Gonzalez-RothiElisa Gonzalez-Rothi, DPT, PhDResearch Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreRespiratory plasticity induced by neurostimulation and intermittent hypoxia; spinal cord injury; sleep apnea & pathogenic intermittent hypoxia after SCI
HeppleRussell Hepple, PhDProfessorDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research CoreAging and toxicology of respiratory muscle
JudgeAndrew Judge, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research CoreSepsis, cachexia and respiratory muscles
JudgeSarah Judge, PhDResearch Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research CoreSkeletal muscle biology and cancer cachexia
KaufmannChristopher Kaufmann, PhD, MHSAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Health Outcomes & Biomedical InformaticsBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders CoreSleep disorders and neurodegeneration
Orlando LaitanoOrlando Laitano, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyBasic Breathing Research CoreMechanisms underlying sepsis-induced myopathy with disuse in aging and on the pathophysiology of exertional heat stroke.
LascanoJorge Lascano, MDProfessorDivision of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep MedicineBasic Breathing Research CorePulmonary critical care
MehradBorna Mehrad, MDChief & Ethel Smith Research ProfessorDivision of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep MedicineBasic Breathing Research CoreLung disease
Gordon MitchellGordon Mitchell, PhDPreeminence Professor; Director; Deputy DirectorDepartment of Physical Therapy; BREATHE Center; McKnight Brain InstituteBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreIntermittent hypoxia induced respiratory plasticity, therapeutic intermittent hypoxia in spinal injury and ALS
Maria NikodemovaMaria Nikodemova, MS, PhDResearch Associate ScientistDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Spinal Cord Injury Coremicroglial plasticity in healthy CNS and during neurodegeneration; APOE4 phenotype, sleep apnea; the role of microglia and neuroinflammation in regulating respiratory motor plasticity during hypoxia and after spinal cord injury
Aline OliveiraAline Oliveira, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Pharmacology & TherapeuticsBasic Breathing CoreNeuroimmune axis contribution to pulmonary hypertension; neuroinflammation and neuroplasticity
Mike ReidMichael Reid, PhDProfessor; DeanDepartment of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology; College of Health & Human PerformanceBasic Breathing Research CoreMolecular biology of respiratory muscle
ReznikovLeah Reznikov, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physiological SciencesBasic Breathing Research CoreNeural innervation of the airways, cystic fibrosis
Emma SchachnerEmma Schachner, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physiological SciencesBasic Breathing Research CoreThe origin and evolution of major morphological and physiological innovations in vertebrates, with a focus on the evolution of the amniote respiratory system
Yasin SevenYasin B. Seven, MS, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physiological SciencesBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurotechnology Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreNeuroprotection in spinal cord injury and neurodegenerative diseases, nanoparticle-based targeted drug delivery
Barbara SmithBarbara Smith, PT, PhDResearch Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen CorePompe disease, diaphragm pacing; therapeutic intermittent hypoxia in ALS patients
Ashley SmuderAshley Smuder, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen CoreDiaphragm atrophy; response to therapeutics; HBO and diaphragm muscle inflammation in Pompe and SCI
SweeneyLee Sweeney, PhDProfessor; DirectorDepartment of Pharmacology & Therapeutics; Myology InstituteBasic Breathing Research CoreMolecular motors of the myosin superfamily; muscular dystrophy
VandenborneKrista Vandenborne, PT, PhDDistinguished Professor & ChairDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research CoreRespiratory failure in human DMD
Adrienn VargaAdrienn Varga, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of NeuroscienceBasic Breathing Research CoreHow the brain controls breathing and breathing-related behaviors in health and disease
Alicia VoseAlicia Vose, PhD, CCC-SLPAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Neurology (UF Health -Jacksonville)Basic Breathing Research Core, Airway Defense Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreAcute intermittent hypoxia and respiratory strength training to enhance breathing and swallowing in people with chronic spinal cord injury; effects of diaphragm stimulation on respiratory neural drive and function
WalterGlenn Walter, PhDProfessor & Vice ChairDepartment of Physiology & AgingBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurotechnology CoreMRI imaging of respiratory muscles & their plasticity