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Friends of Physiology - Alumni

Physiology graduates are active in areas across the country and around the world.  If you are an alumnus / alumna of Physiology, please drop us a line and let us know how you are doing.  We would love to hear from you!

Following are some of the updates we have received.

Hubbard, Joel (Class of 1986)

Janssen, Herbert (Class of 1980)

Lovering, Andrew T. (Class of 2003)

Luo, Defeng (Class of 2001)

Lydic, Ralph (Class of 1979)

Paulson, Dennis J. (Class of 1980)

Wright, Jackie (Class of 1993)


Joel Hubbard, Ph.D.

(Update - 2006) Right now I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Science and Primary Care at TTUHSC.  My main teaching responsibilities are a two-semester clinical hematology lecture/lab course.  I also teach Immunology in our school's Pathophysiology course for the PTs and Molecular Pathologist majors.  I am graduate advisor for two students in Molecular Pathology who are doing research in genetic markers for osteoarthritis.  I am the chair of our Admissions Committee and responsible for formulating policy and maintaining a viable class each year.  I am also chair of our Honors program to coordinate our Honor Students with the Honors College on the other campus.  In our department, because our student-related duties are so great, our time for research is limited.  However, I still find time to corroborate on ongoing projects with Dr. Herb Janssen.  Presently, a large portion of my time is involved on my text book.  I am lead author for a Clinical Laboratory Science text book (A Concise Review of Clinical Laboratory Science).  I am presently coordinating a second edition for Williams and Wilkins publishers.  While I am writing our second edition, I am also writing a couple of chapters for another Hematology Text book. 

On the personal side, I have been married for 29 years to the same wonderful woman.  We have battled a lot of medical problems the last 7 years such as cancer, eye surgeries, and knee replacements, but we keep on ticking.  I have 3 children, two daughters who are 21 and busy making their way in the world, and a son who is 14 and busy making his way in junior high.  All of my children are adopted.  Which reminds me to include that I am also on the board of directors of the Texas Boy's Ranch, and the Lubbock Children's Home.


Herbert Janssen, Ph.D.

(Update - 2008) Herbert Janssen, Ph.D., has been appointed professor of physiology in the Medical Education Department in the TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of medicine in El Paso.  Dr. Janssen�s career as a scientist, medical educator, committee member, and clinical researcher has spanned over 25 years at our Lubbock campus. Since 1996 Dr. Janssen has held the rank of Professor � Orthopedic Surgery and Physiology at TTUHSC. From 1989 to 2004 he served as Assistant Chair of Orthopedic Surgery. In 2004 he was appointed Associate Chair for Research.

His research funding has included grants from NIH, US Department of Education, The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and various foundations and endowments. Dr. Janssen has served on more than 20 TTUHSC academic committees. Dr. Janssen has been awarded the President's Academic Achievement Award (1986), Teaching Excellence Award (1987, 1988), Teacher of the Year in Medicine (1991, 2000, 2002, 2007), Dean's Basic Science Teaching Award (2003), and the Dean's Educational Innovation Award (2006).


Andrew T. Lovering, Ph.D.

(Update - 2009) Andrew T. Lovering, Ph.D. (class of 2003) is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  As a kayaker and mountaineer, there may not be a better place in the U.S. to live for Andy and his two children, McKayla (12) and Rowan (6).  Andy and his kids have already paddled in OR, WA and CA since moving to Eugene less than two years ago (and he is eyeing the mountains this summer).  He is also able to kayak on his way to work some days because the Willamette River runs through town.  Andy has a trailer that attaches to his bike that allows him to bike to work and take his kayak with him.  Now that is sustainable living!  However, Andy is not just kayaking.  In under two years he has established a fully functional lab.  http://www.uoregon.edu/~lovering/lab/index.html

He was also recently awarded a 4 year Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association ($308,000 Direct Costs) to study the cardiopulmonary sequelae of preterm birth in adults with a history of bronchopulmonary dysplasia.  Andy is currently mentoring three graduate students and two undergraduate students working on their honors college thesis.  Andy feels blessed to have his two children and to be able to work in a geographical location that suits his lifestyle, doing research in an area that he loves, in a department that reminds him of the family atmosphere he experienced at TTUHSC.  Thanks to all at TTUHSC who have helped me get to this point in my life!



Defeng Luo, MD

(Update - 2006) Looking back to the years in Physiology, too much memory jams in my mind. I still remember the day when I arrived in Lubbock, Dec. 22, 1998. A little Chinese guy, with some kind of French accent, landed in Lubbock international airport, looking out of the window of the plane, everything was brown, the weather was pretty cold that winter too, and the temperature of my heart drop to almost frozen. I was wondering: am I in a dessert? But after contacting the people in Lubbock, especially the people in the physiology department, my heart warmed up very quickly.  I really enjoyed the two and a half years in Physiology.  I was lucky enough to have a group of the greatest graduate students, "the boys of physiology", and a group of greatest professors to work and study with, which made time pass extremely fast. I am still benefiting from the knowledge I learned during those years.

After I finished my thesis of master in the middle of 2001 (I defended my thesis later that year), I worked as a Medical Dosimetrist in Dr. Lillian Chou's Radiation Oncology of South Plains for two years, and finished my medical board exams during that period of time. I started my psychiatry residency in July of 2003, transferred to Family medicine the year after.  Another thing needing to be mentioned is that I met Alice when I was in physiology, and now we are happily married for 4 years.


Ralph Lydic, Ph.D.

(Update - 2006) Ralph Lydic earned his Ph.D. in 1979 as John Orem's first Ph.D. student and his thesis research focused on sleep-dependent changes in respiratory control.  Ralph spent his post-doctoral years at Harvard Medical School and then served as an Assistant Professor while working in the Laboratory of Neurophysiology directed by Allan Hobson.  In 1986 Lydic was recruited to the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine as an Associate Professor where he continued his research on the neurobiology of sleep and breathing.  At Penn State, Ralph was promoted to the rank of Professor and in 1999 he was recruited to the University of Michigan where he was awarded the Bert La Du Endowed Professorship in Anesthesiology.  Since 1999, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institutes have awarded Lydic more than $7 million in research support.  Ralph organized and co-directs the first class on sleep neurobiology ever offered at the University of Michigan. http://www.med.umich.edu/umsleepscience/umcourse.htm

In addition to his own research program http://www.umich.edu/~neurosci/faculty/rlydic.htm, Lydic serves as the Associate Chair for Anesthesiology Research http://www.med.umich.edu/anesresearch/

Ralph sends warm regards to friends at TTU and TTUSM.


Dennis J. Paulson, Ph.D.

(Update - 2006) Dennis Paulson was promoted to Vice President & Chief Academic Officer for Dental and Medical Education at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL.


Jackie A. Wright, Ph.D.

(Update - 2006) I teach anatomy and physiology at South Plains College in Levelland, TX. I have been included in  Who's Who Among America's Teachers, thanks to nomination by my former students, 3 times since I have been at South Plains, most recently for the 2005-2006 school year.   I have been a full professor since 2000, and this semester will complete my 14th year at the college.  As always I continue dabbling in music, and still direct a church choir part time.  SPC encourages us to take classes with students so they can see as regular people, so I have played euphonium with the Low Brass Ensemble for a number of years and did study jazz improvisation on my accordion for 1 year.


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