Welcome to MPB

The Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics (MPB) is a basic science department in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The department has been consistently ranked in the top three physiology departments in the nation based on funding from the National Institutes of Health, as well NRC ranking of related graduate programs. Faculty in the department use diverse cutting edge techniques to address important research questions that span the spectrum of biomedical sciences .

We are pleased to announce the 2017 MPB retreat is being held in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary BRET Office Reunion.  We will feature an alumni symposium and poster session, followed by a BBQ dinner. 

Find information about the BRET Reunion here.


1:00-4:00 pm Retreat/Symposium Presentations

214 Light Hall

1:00: Welcome: Roger J. Colbran, Ph.D. Interim Chair

1:05: Rachel N. Lippert, Ph.D. (Cone Lab)

         Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research

         Maternal Programming of Brain Dopamine Circuits

1:30: Christopher Easley, Ph.D. (Piston Lab)

         Knowles Associate Professor, Auburn University

         Automated Microfluidic Systems for Studying Endocrine Tissue at High Temporal 


1:55: Katie C. Coate, Ph.D., M.S. (Cherrington Lab)

         Assistant Professor, Samford University

         FGF21 and the Pancreas: From Physiology to Pharmacology and Beyond

2:20: Marylyn Ritchie, Ph.D.  (Moore Lab)

         Director, Center for Systems Genomics, Penn State

         Meta-Dimensional Methods for ‘Omics Data Integration’

2:40: Refreshment Break

2:55: A J Robison, Ph.D. (Colbran Lab)

         Assistant Professor, Michigan State

         Circuit-specific gene expression drives susceptibility to depression

3:20: Patrick Fueger, Ph.D. (Wasserman Lab)

         Associate Professor, Beckman Research Institute City of Hope

         Gene 33: From transcription assay control gene in Light Hall to target for diabetes

3:40: Lincoln Potter, Ph.D. (Garbers Lab)

         Professor, University of Minnesota

         Phosphoryl Control of Natriuretic Peptide-Stimulated Guanylyl Cyclases: From

         Chemical Discovery to Physiologic Consequence


4:00 - 5:30 pm Poster Session. 

Lighl Hall, North Lobby

MPB Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows


6:00 pm MPB BBQ Buffet Dinner