Jul 24, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anatomy and Physiology

228 Coles Hall

Department Head:

Johann Coetzee

Director of graduate studies:

Peying Fong

Graduate Faculty:

Matthew Basel, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Frank Blecha, Ph.D., Washington State University
*Johann Coetzee, Ph.D., Iowa State University
*Jeffrey Comer, Ph.D., University of Illinois
*Robert DeLong, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Jon D. Dunn, Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Steve Ensley, Ph.D., Institution Iowa State University
*Howard Erickson, Emeritus, DVM, Kansas State University; Ph.D., Iowa State University
Roger Fedde, Ph.D., Emeritus, University of Minnesota
*Peying Fong, Ph.D., University of California - San Francisco
*Stephanie Hall, Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado
Judy Klimek, DVM, MS, Purdue University
*Stanley Butch KuKanich, DVM, Virginia Tech; Ph.D., North Carolina State University
*Meena Kumari, Ph.D., Delhi University
Geraldine Magnin, Ph.D., University of Louis Pasteur
Pradeep Malreddy, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Daniel C. Marcus,Emeritus, D.Sc., Washington University
*Stephanie Martinez, Ph.D., University of Manitoba
*Nancy Monteiro-Riviere, Emeritus, Ph.D., Purdue University
*Timothy Musch, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison
Fernando Pierucci-Alves, DVM, Federal University of Uberlandia
*David Poole, Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles
*Jim Riviere, DVM, Emeritus, Ph.D., Purdue University
*Bruce D. Schultz, Ph.D., Cornell University
*Jishu Shi, DVM, Beijing Agricultural University, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Cathryn Sparks, Ph.D., Louisiana State University
*Masaaki Tamura, DVM, Ph.D., Azabu Veterinary College
*Deryl Troyer, Emeritus, DVM, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Abbie Viscardi, Ph.D., University of Guelph
Lihua Wang, Ph. D., Beijing China
*A. Philine Wangemann, Emeritus, Ph.D., Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany
*Mark Weiss, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia

Ancillary Faculty

*Tom Barstow, Ph.D., University of California-Davis
*Elizabeth Davis, DVM, Florida State University; Ph.D., Kansas State University*
*​Sally A. Davis, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
*Sherry D. Fleming, Ph.D., University of Colorado
*Craig Harms, Ph.D., Indiana University
Michael Kleinhenz, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Bonnie Rush, DVM, MS, The Ohio State University
*Tom Schermerhorn, VMD, University of Pennsylvania
Justin Thomason, D.V.M., Oklahoma State University
*Jonathan Tomich, Ph.D., Guelph-Waterloo (Canada) Center for Graduate Work
*Ruth Welti, Ph.D., Washington University

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.

Program of study

The Department of Anatomy and Physiology offers opportunities for graduate studies leading to both M. S. (Veterinary Biomedical Science) and Ph.D. degrees. Cell and systemic physiology,  immunophysiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology are the major themes of research of the department. Specific areas of interest include comparative exercise physiology, food animal  immunophysiology, molecular biology of membranes, molecular genetics and gene mapping and  expression, neural control of cardiovascular function, ion channel structure and function, and transport  processes and pathophysiology of microcirculation. Faculty from other departments comprise a strong  ancillary support group. Career options available with an advanced degree in anatomy or physiology  include academic positions in various animal and human health science-related institutions such as  Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as positions in industry and agribusiness.


To be admitted with full standing, the applicant must have an average of B or better in the junior and  senior years, a bachelor’s or veterinary medical degree from an approved institution, and adequate  undergraduate preparation in the proposed field.

For the Ph.D. degree, 90 semester hours of graduate study beyond the bachelor’s degree are required,  including at least 30 hours of research. For DVM candidates, if 12 hours of dual credit has not been  applied to the master of science degree, it may be applied toward the Ph.D.

Application procedure

See Veterinary Medicine in this catalog for additional information. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Teaching and research assistantships are awarded on the  basis of merit and availability, using many of the same criteria used for admission decisions. Interested  students are encouraged to peruse the departmental website http://www.vet.ksu.edu/depts/ap. All  students offered admission are considered for financial support.

Additional Programs of Interest

Stem Cell Biotechnology Graduate Certificate

The overarching purpose of the certificate program is to add value to other degrees in the biological and life sciences, specifically including animal sciences, veterinary medicine, biology and biochemistry.  For additional information, please see the Stem Cell Biotechnology Graduate Certificate  catalog page.

Veterinary Biomedical Science

The Masters of Veterinary Biomedical Science Degree is a College of Veterinary Medicine -based program leading to an MS degree. Graduate study may be inter-disciplinary or focused in one of the three participating disciplines: Anatomy & Physiology; Clinical Sciences; Pathobiology. Each student’s program will be designed by his/her supervisory committee to support the student’s thesis project, educational and career goals. For additional information, please see the Veterinary Biomedical Science  catalog page.


Doctor of Philosophy


Anatomy and Physiology